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restlesspirit 64F
424 posts
4/1/2015 4:51 am
you might be a legalist :


"...you might be a legalist"

If you think the 10 commandments are still authoritative for Christians today...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that abstinence is a virtue...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that what our country needs is better moral values...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever thought that God's Law should be imposed upon Americans as the law of the land...then you might be a legalist.

If you think the Law represents God...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that God's Law can effect right living...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that socially-imposed conformity to ethical rules is valuable...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that a man can keep God's principles and precepts...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that its only right that everyone gets what he works for...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that there is a right answer and right action for every circumstance (if you could just take the time to figure it out)...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that obedience is doing what the rules indicate...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that what people think about you is important...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that most people just don't measure up...then you might be a legalist.

If you feel frustrated and defeated in that you just don't seem to be able to do it all right and perfect...then you might be a legalist.

If you are burdened by self-condemnation for your failures in life...then you might be a legalist.

If you're afraid that people will get out of hand if there aren't clear-cut rules...then you might be a legalist.

If you believe that the King James Version is the only real Bible...then you might be a legalist.

If you feel guilty for not coming to church services every Sunday...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever felt guilty for only putting $1 in the offering plate on Sunday...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that tithing is the standard for Christian giving...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever felt naughty or sinful for playing a game of cards or rolling some dice...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever felt guilty for driving up in a new car, or buying a new dress, or even a new home...then you might be a legalist.

If you've every worried about what others were going to think about your new hair-do...then you might be a legalist.

If you've every thought that you can tell a person's spirituality by the way they look and how they dress (their swimsuit, leotard, skirt length, etc.)...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever tried to impose your perspective of modesty on another...then you might be a legalist.

If you men have ever felt condemned for having taken a second look at a beautiful woman (in a short skirt)...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that Christians shouldn't practice birth control...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever taken off jewelry or wiped off make-up to capitulate to another's religious scruples...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever hidden your TV in the closet to conceal it from another legalist...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever judged another by the length or color of their hair, or the number or placement of their earrings or tattoos ...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever looked down upon another for their living arrangements...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever thought that divorced people have somehow forfeited their right to spiritual honor and leadership...then you might be a legalist.

If you've thought that the way your turn out would be the basis of your evaluation as a Christian parent...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever felt superior to, or looked down on, or were prejudiced about people of other races, or condemned interracial marriage...then you might be a legalist.

If you've every felt out of place in the video store wondering who might walk in and what they might think...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever been concerned that someone might see you having a glass of wine (or even a beer) with your dinner...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that people who smoke tobacco are disgusting and sinful...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever told your not to do something because other Christians might see them do it, and it would impinge upon your reputation..then you might be a legalist.

If you've looked down your nose at those in more liberal denominations...then you might be a legalist.

If you've every thought yourself pretty tight and right with God because of your correct doctrine and moral behavior...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever thought that to associate with those who think different than you is sinful compromizing...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever thought that those who don't believe in "once saved, always saved" are unorthodox heretics...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that baptism by immersion under water is the only way to be right with God...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever thought that those who don't believe in a pre-tribulation, premillennial second coming of Jesus are misguided heretics...then you might be a legalist.

If you get all excited about prophetic speculations about the future...then you might be a legalist.

If you think that the visible expression of spiritual gifts is evidence of one's spirituality...then you might be a legalist.

If you have ever thought that God would be more pleased with you if you were willing to go to Africa as a missionary...then you might be a legalist.

If you've ever tried to cover up your flaws, and represent yourself as something you aren't...then you might be a legalist.

If some of these exposes make you uncomfortable, raise your dander a little, or cause you take offense...then you might be a legalist.

If you want to challenge and debate some of these issues...then you might be a legalist...because legalists love to fight and feud.

If some of these have hit you right where it hurts...then you might be a legalist...

BUT aren't we all, to some degree?

Urban_Hermit 68M
317 posts
4/1/2015 7:10 am

I must be a legalist ...... God's law still holds true for many things. Christ came not to do away with the law, but to fulfill it. Some of the things on the list here are a mixed bag of righteous law and human confusion about righteousness. Personally I think this list is faulty......

Judgement Day will be interesting.


Sojourner06 59M
1768 posts
4/1/2015 4:51 pm

    Quoting  :


- And too many Christians still think it's okay to use the expression "too many Christians...".

"Too many"...

1) It makes a clear divide between themselves and "others" (the ones they spend a lot of time pointing out to be wrong) and at the same time tells how righteous they are themselves.

2) It point out a non-defined group of people without any proof of the postulate. Sectarians love the expression, because it will help them gaining what they are looking for: them and US.

- and by the way: SIN is as well ignoring truth pointed out again and again, but ignored because it doesn't fit into ones own theological ideas.
No matter what excuse is given for ignoring the truth.

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

Good News For Christian Man ABP

"REVELATION"


Sojourner06 59M
1768 posts
4/2/2015 5:12 am

Restless.
I think you forget the last reason you wrote for being a legalist....

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

Good News For Christian Man ABP

"REVELATION"


Sojourner06 59M
1768 posts
4/2/2015 4:13 pm

    Quoting restlesspirit:
    sojourner i am a legalist in the sense that i believe GOds laws are still valid, that they point us to Christ and yes we are to try to follow them to our best abilities, However I DO not base my salvation on my ability to do those laws.. that is a works mentality, I am saved by grace,, not works,, although I try to do the works because I love God.. but my salvation is NOT dependent on works,,, that last post is intended to bring out a certain hypocracy I see in some members...The Law is our Guidebook to what sin is but it does not save us,, but some pick and chose among the law as to what they think is okay, thats the point i tried to make, either take it all or dont take it at all.

I know.
We have more or less the same view on things like this.

My comment "I think you forget the last reason you wrote for being a legalist...." was not concerning you, but all those protestants writing a lot of comments to your Post.

Seems like there are a lot of feet for the shoes....

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

Good News For Christian Man ABP

"REVELATION"


gavinLS 68M
410 posts
4/3/2015 2:59 am

Good post Restless. You just reminded us that salvation is by grace, and that's what Christ made possible cause mankind is not capable of complying with the Law.

GBU,

Gavin