I’m a Cheerful Legalist!

(P)eople throw this cheap term with a flexible definition around to slur those who believe there is only one way to worship God. By that definition, we are cheerfully legalists! We know that God accepted Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. We know Jesus said that worship must be in spirit and truth to be acceptable (John 4:23-24). Since truth does not allow for a variety of ideas, Jesus taught there was only one way to worship God. And Paul must have been the greatest legalist of all time, for he cursed any angel or man who preached anything differently than he preached (Gal 1:6-9). Yes, we are legalists in this sense.

We do not believe a sincere heart covers for disobeying the word of God. David had a sincere heart moving the Ark of the Covenant, but God killed a man for it not being moved the right way. Moses had 40 years of faithful service as Israel’s leader, but God kept him from the land of Canaan for striking a rock for water instead of speaking to it. We see these examples in Scripture, and we choose to esteem every precept of God and hate every false way (Ps 119:128). Why not come be such legalists with us?

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8 responses to “I’m a Cheerful Legalist!

  1. A study on what legalism is:
    http://biblehub.com/topical/dbt/8774.htm

    One of the definitions concerns having an obsession with legal human traditions. That is a broad definition-it makes anyone opposed to X Mass a legalist. Not so! If the legal human tradition goes against God’s Word in the matter then we must not participate in it, legal or not.

    For example, a human legal tradition of exchanging wedding rings in a wedding ceremony is not forbidden by God. However, celebrating the X Mass traditions of men is expressly and extensively condemned in His Word, so it is not legalism to call attention to our brethren to not participate in it. In fact, it is an act of obedience and brotherly love to do so.

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    • Did anyone notice that many of those scriptures describes those who insist on celebrating Christo-pagan (man-made) “holy” days? And yet, they would accuse us of legalism…of being like the Pharisees… but those scriptures noted in the study tell it quite differently. Let’s fear God since He will judge by His Word all of our works, good or bad.

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