Legalism, Love, and the Law

 One of my favorite shorter articles on Christian ethics is John Murray's contribution simply called, "The Christian Ethic."  At one point in this article he discussed how God's law and love relate in Christian ethics.  He gave three specifics: The primacy of love, the priority in love, and the specific nature of the correlation of… Continue reading Legalism, Love, and the Law

Death to the Legalist (in Me)!!

  "Through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God" (Gal. 2:19 NASB).  "If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law" (Gal. 5:18 NASB).  In Reformed theology, these words are taken to mean that the believer is not under the law as a covenant… Continue reading Death to the Legalist (in Me)!!

Legalism: A Complex and Deadly Spiritual Disease

Legalism is not a rare thing in Christian circles.  It's not confined to a certain denomination, age, gender, race, or class.  Legalism is not rare because it's the default mode of the sinful human heart.  Thomas Boston said it is "engrained in man's corrupt nature."  From one angle, then, we could even say that legalism… Continue reading Legalism: A Complex and Deadly Spiritual Disease

Addicted to Law (or Loving Legalism)

 Read this amazing piece by Walter Marshall (in The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification). "We are naturally so prone to ground our salvation on our own works, that if we cannot make them procuring conditions and causes of our salvation by Christ, yet we shall endeavor at least to make them necessary preparatives, to fit us… Continue reading Addicted to Law (or Loving Legalism)