Talks for Growing Christians
Paul Warns Against the Dangers of Religious Legalism
Lesson Number 12
- Legalism is a distortion of biblical Christianity.
a. Legalism forgets our position in Christ.
b. Legalism forgets that the Law ended in Christ.
c. Legalism forgets that the enemy was conquered in Christ.
- Let’s not get hung up with legalism.
- Judaism put an emphasis on Old Testament laws. What happens when this emphasis is mixed with Christianity?
- Why does legalism look so good?
- What is the worst form of legalism?
- How does Paul argue against legalism?
- What happens when we keep a list of “don’ts”?
- What does Romans 14 tell us about legalistic judgment of others?
- The emphasis on laws was a form of legalism, and legalism distorts Christianity.
- Because the legalists seem to be very religious.
- Legalism that says salvation comes by keeping the rules.
- He argues that legalism forgets our position in Christ, that the law ended with Christ, and that the enemy was conquered by Christ.
- Any form of running your life by a list of don’ts rather than by a burning love for Christ is legalism.
- Do not judge other Christians in non-moral areas.
- Review the argument against legalism, and take it to heart.
- Beware of judging others by your spiritual lists. Do you find yourself doing this? Do you sometimes feel that you are being judged by others?
- Are you sure of your position in Christ? What is it? Could you explain it to someone?
- Are you under the law, or in love with Christ? Do you ever use your liberty in Christ for self-indulgence?
- “…you, being dead in your trespasses…He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” Colossians 2:13