206 – Is legalism killing your church?Legalism puts a strangle hold on a church. It stunts the spiritual growth of the members and worst of all, it stifles the activity of the Holy Spirit.But legalism is not a new thing. Jesus had to deal with the same tendency with the religious leaders of his day. They were more interested in observing all the minute rules and laws than having a relationship with God. They thought their obedience to all these rules made them righteous.In this week's episode, I talk about:What legalism is and how to discern itSome examples of legalism in churches todaySome examples of legalism in the BibleSome examples of overcoming legalism in the BibleSome examples of overcoming legalism todayAnd most importantly: the only real remedy for legalismIs there any legalism in your church? Have you ever stifled the Holy Spirit?We need to take an honest look at ourselves and our churches to see if there's any legalism lurking in our midst. And this requires humility.The solution is simple. It's the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is moving upon the waters of your heart and your church right now. To read a full transcript of this episode and to study the Bible verses quoted this week, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/206Support the show_________________________James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshop for your church or organization (online and in person) Subscribe to the podcast (and get your copy of Praying with the Mindset of Jesus) Make a donation to support the show Schedule a free one hour coaching call to see if the Jesus Mindset Coaching program is a good fit for you Contact James here
I. In vv1-2 We hear the accusation of the Pharisees against Jesus. There we see the hypercritical legalism of false religion. II. In vv3-6 we hear the counterattack of Jesus against the Pharisees. He exposes their insincere religious commitments and hardness of heart. III. In vv7-9 we hear Jesus sum up the Pharisees as pretenders, with no true heart for God.
Legalism depicts God as distant, harsh, joyless, and uninvolved in our lives in any meaningful way. It tells us that He doesn't talk to us about our future. He doesn't heal anymore. The most we can hope for is going to church and paying our tithes. But the good news is that Jesus has become our guarantee of a better covenant. As always, thanks for listening! Join us September 22-24, 2023! Register for Brilliance23 Virtual Conference HERE! P.S. For a very limited number of tickets, we're offering an exclusive three-day in-person conference experience! Join Graham Cooke and Team Brilliant for an intimate studio audience in Charleston, South Carolina. Click HERE to learn more information. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/brilliant-persepctives/message
The Problem with Legalism - Colossians 2:16-23 - Even if the Colossians managed to overcome the heresy being taught in their church, they still needed to watch out for legalism. We can be doctrinally correct, morally upright, and still oppose the way of Jesus. Legalism is sneaky, because it feels like good Christianity. In fact, most Christians today have heard the term, but probably can't identify it. In this passage, we'll see what Paul warns us against. fbcconroe.org/getconnected
3 Wrong Reasons to Give 1. Bartering — “Let's make a deal God.” 2. Penance — “I've sinned greatly God. Will this make up for it?” 3. Legalism — “I guess I'll give because I'm supposed to do so.” John 6:1-13 1 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. John 6:1-13 The Dominoes of Giving 1. Needs produce opportunities (6:5-6). 2. Opportunities produce action (6:5-9). 3. Action produces results (6:10-13).
In this episode, we explore practical ways to break free from the grip of legalism and embrace the profound principles of the New Covenant. In Part 2 of our series, 'The Law of the New Covenant: Curing Legalism,' we dive even deeper into the heart of this transformative journey. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of the New Covenant Torah, seeking to dispel misconceptions and unveil the liberating truth it holds. You'll clearly learn what is the law of the New Covenant and if you're a legalist.
One of the most misunderstood subjects today is the covenants and the law (Torah). What is the Torah of the New Covenant? Is it identical to the Old Covenant? What does the New Testament reveal? Join us on a quest to demystify the New Covenant Torah, a subject shrouded in misconception. In this episode, we dive deep into the New Testament's revelations, dispel common myths, and extend an invitation to explore the law of the New Covenant. Get ready for a thought-provoking study.
In this episode we talk about living in the freedom of God's grace versus the slavery of legalism. While this episode is lengthy, there is some much more that could have been said on the topic or even just regarding the book of Galatians. After listening to this episode, I would highly encourage you to go read Galatians start to finish keeping in mind what we discussed today.Purchase The Grace Awakening (Chuck Swindoll).View the definition of "justify".View the definition of "righteousness".Quotes used:AMP Bible footnote: "Being justified is a legal or judicial declaration of righteousness. Justification has two parts: (1) Being declared free of blame, acquitted of sin—not guilty. Believers are justified because Jesus Christ personally assumed the guilt for our sin on the cross; (2) God declares the person righteous, that is, placed in a position of right-standing with Him. A person may not be made righteous by his personal behavior, no matter how good, or by the declaration of any other human being.""There is a battle raging today throughout the world in the heads and hearts of multitudes of people, who just will not accept the fact that they can do absolutely nothing to justify themselves before God!" (Phil Newton)"Paul did not deny that good works were significant. He just denied that they were the grounds of our acceptance. Ephesians 2:8-10 shows Paul's gospel clearly—God's initiating grace, through mankind's faith response, unto good works." (Dr. Bob Utley)Scriptures referenced:Matthew 7:28-29Galatians 5:1Acts 10Acts 13:1-3Acts 13:9Acts 13:46Acts 14:24-15:11Genesis 17:14Leviticus 12:3Romans 3:20James 2:10Galatians 1:1-9Galatians 2:11-14Galatians 2:15-21John 17:20-212 Corinthians 5:21Romans 8:33-34Romans 8:38-39Ephesians 2:8-10Galatians 3:1-3Matthew 22:37-40John 14:15John 3:16Romans 5:8Matthew 3:17Romans 5:3Hebrews 13:52 Timothy 1:7Philippians 4:6Romans 8:1Philippians 3:12-14Hebrews 4:16Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 282 Corinthians 5:9Colossians 1:9-10Ephesians 5:10John 1:12-131 John 5:3Galatians 5:2-4Revelation 12:10-11Romans 6:1-22 Corinthians 5:17Romans 8:14**CORRECTIONS/CLARIFICATIONS**I said that Paul lists his "credentials" so as to defend against the attacks of his opponents therefore defending against the diminishing of his message. Another reason he lists his credentials is to show how those things cannot save (e.g., Philippians 3:1-11).When I said, "Is that not different than the whole distinction between identity and behavior," I didn't mean to say "not".Support the showIf you feel so led, you can support the podcast by clicking HERE or by clicking the "Support the show" button above. I Just Want to Talk about the Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means that any donations made are tax-deductible. Thank you so much for giving as the Lord leads!Take care!
Pastors Mitch Kimbrell and Craig Combs (and their occasional special guests) talk about all the things they can't get to on Sunday morning in a wide-ranging conversation that can often find itself in a pleasant detour along the way.
Pastor and author Kent Hughes observes that legalism reduces the message of the gospel. He explains that it “enshrines spirituality as a series of wooden laws” and calls it godliness. “Being in Christ is a relationship,” he explains, “and like all relationships, it deserves disciplined maintenance, but never legalistic reductionism.” This kind of false teaching had crept into the Colossian church. Based on Paul’s rebuke in verses 16 and 21, they had begun to observe particular days as sacred and certain foods as religiously clean or unclean. It is unclear whether Paul had in mind legalists who wanted Christians to follow the law of Moses or the kind of rigid rule-following associated with some forms of mystery religions. Perhaps he had both in view. His statement (v. 17) that dietary rules and the observance of special days are only a shadow of the reality found in Christ sounds much like the argument made in the book of Hebrews. His warning about the false worship of angels (v. 18) may refer to Gnostic ideas about spiritual intermediaries or certain magical practices involving angels. Legalism does not work! Legalism will not help us control the flesh. Instead, it promotes spiritual pride. A Christian who falls into this way of thinking has forgotten the power of the cross. Christ’s victory over sin is the only thing that can truly keep us from “sensual indulgence” (v. 23). The rituals and observances of the Mosaic law were fulfilled with the coming of Christ. The rules and regulations of this type of religion have no lasting value and are “destined to perish with use” (v. 22). Without the power of the cross, the harshest discipline is merely a show. >> Sometimes we may be tempted to reduce the message of the gospel to a list of “dos and don’ts.” Be careful not to let someone else’s judgment about such matters control your practice. Instead, rely on the grace of God in Christ to make you righteous.
How do we stay on the narrow path? How do we keep from falling toward legalism in our efforts to be righteous? Or falling the other way into easy grace? The church needs our testimonies of this struggle and how we strive to follow the Lord. How will they know u less we tell them?
The Christian faith is constantly at war with itself over questions of grace versus obedience. There is nothing new in this, because the discussion was going on right from the start.I think the problem comes about because once you start talking about obedience you have to ask obedience to what? The logical answer is the law. And once the law enters the picture, legalism is not very far behind. And if the letters of the apostle Paul in the New Testament seem a little confusing on this point, there is a reason for it. We are reading someone else's mail, and there is a distinction in Paul's letters that is lost on many modern readers. It is the distinction between the law and legalism.Legalism is, in simple terms, the doctrine of justification by works of the law rather than by faith. But it is more than that. It is a view of the law as master, rather than teacher. It is an error most Jews would not have made, but Gentiles, who thought in Roman terms of government, might well have made that error. Let's see how Paul explains these concepts in his epistle to the Romans, chapter 4.
Embark on a profound exploration of legalism in this gripping two-part series. Part 1 is available now, exclusively on SoundCloud, where Pastor Joseph and Nate dissect the intricate nuances of legalism and its impact on our daily lives. Check out our related episodes:
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A common retort against any Christian that dares to speak out publicly about sin is to simply call them a legalist. In fact, the title of legalist has been thrown around so much that it effectively has lost any bite it used to carry with it. The name now applies to anyone who suggests that people follow God's clear commands. The term legalist has effectively become a meaningless name you call someone when they point out a command found in scripture that you don't like. So if the word's meaning has become muddied due to sloppy usage, what does legalism truly look like? Find out in this episode of Bible Bashed. ---------------------------------- ▶ Splash Page: https://i.mtr.bio/biblebashed ▶ Main Episode's playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtY_5efowCOk74PtUhCCkvuHlif5K09v9 ▶ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BibleBashed ▶ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BibleBashed ▶ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BibleBashed ---------------------------------- #legalism #Bible #obeygod #obeythebible --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/biblebashed/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/biblebashed/support
There are no legalists. Just ask anybody, they'll deny it. We all know legalists, but none of us are legalists. So, what does it mean? Join us as we discover what it means to be a legalist and how to avoid falling into that trap.
In this conversation, Grant and Kamal discuss the following questions:What do you say to those who always feel condemned and not loved by God?What do you say to those who feel that they can do whatever they want and God just loves them anyway?What makes people gravitate towards the extremes of self-condemnation or licentiousness?How do we not become discouraged in our journey of sanctification?How do we grasp the fear and the love of God at the same time?How do we distinguish between self-righteousness and total obedience to God?What did Yeshua mean when He said, "Narrow is the road that leads to life and only few will find it"? For more teachings by Grant Luton (and to print the notes), visit our website: https://www.TorahTodayMinistries.org And when you visit, be sure to subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter, which will keep you up to date with news, photos, and upcoming events at Torah Today Ministries.
If I question, if I doubt, what if everything falls apart? Become an atheist if you need to. If Jesus is real, he'll find you again. Let the things unravel that need to unravel. - Christy Wood Have you heard these myths about deconstruction and the journey of faith? Myth 1: Deconstruction means losing your faith. Myth 2: Questioning is a sign of weakness. Myth 3: Faith means never asking questions. Christy Wood joins Amy Fritz for a conversation about leaving behind legalism and finding Jesus where we don't expect to find him. Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/06/28/86-part-1-shiny-happy-people-the-impact-of-iblp-and-bill-gothard-on-the-evangelical-church-guests-kristina-kallman-and-jj-merrick/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/10/26/58-untwisting-scriptures-guest-rebecca-davis/ Resources: Find Christy Wood here: https://christylynnewood.com/product/religious-rebels-book/ Buy Christy's book: https://amzn.to/3q7zVVZ Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz https://twitter.com/faithuntangled https://twitter.com/amyfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe Chelle Taylor
The word “legalism” is not found in the Bible. So what do people mean when they contrast legalism with the gospel?This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3279340/advertisement
The word “legalism” is not found in the Bible. So what do people mean when they contrast legalism with the gospel?This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3279343/advertisement
Consistent spiritual discipline is Christian living and is not legalistic.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3279340/advertisement
John 8:31-3631To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 33They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants[b] and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" 34Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.Galatians 5:13-2613 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.26 Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other. Jesus is our Freedom! Misuse of our Freedom in Christ Legalism LicensePurpose of Freedom in Christ
Jesus Christ is the ultimate reality. Everything points to him. Our salvation and our freedom is found in him. All other religious philosophies or ascetic practices are merely shadows. They cannot save us or transform us. Only Christ, our reality, can do that. We don't have time to chase shadows, because the people around us need us to be true followers of Jesus so we can bring light into their dark worlds and tell people about what God can do!“You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, ‘Don't handle! Don't taste! Don't touch!'? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person's evil desires.”Colossians 2:20-23To plug into our daily bible study, text "DLR" to 501-200-3122 and follow the link to sign up. For more information on how to get connected at New Life Church - Downtown Little Rock, follow us on Instagram @nlcdowntownlittlerock or visit our website at newlifechurch.tv
As Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem, He was confronted with a question: “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (v. 23). It was a poignant question. Of course, Jesus did not tell him this many or that many will be saved. Instead, He urged the man to “make every effort to enter through the narrow door” (v. 24). In today's devotional, Dr. Michael Youssef explains what it means for the Christian to “make every effort to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24). This devotional is adapted from MY Journal, Leading The Way's monthly devotional magazine. Sign up now for a free six-month subscription to MY Journal—Dr. Youssef's gift to you.If you would like more insight into today's devotional topic, listen to Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon series Enduring Wisdom: WATCH NOW
In today's devotional, Dr. Michael Youssef digs into God's Word to compare the legalism of the Pharisees with the true Kingdom of God according to Jesus. This devotional is adapted from MY Journal, Leading The Way's monthly devotional magazine. Sign up now for a free six-month subscription to MY Journal—Dr. Youssef's gift to you.If you would like more insight into today's devotional topic, listen to Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon series Enduring Wisdom: WATCH NOW
By now, many of you have seen the documentary on the Duggar family, "Shiny Happy People." As a woman who grew up under spiritual abuse, I am glad to see any form of abuse unearthed and exposed. Rules without relationship injure people, and the legalistic way in which Gothard and others like him control people using the Bible as their excuse to do so is wrong. However, I believe this was the wrong way to expose it. This documentary was salivating at the chance to give Christians stones to throw at people — even those who did not deserve it—and that's exactly what they got. Today I'll be sharing my thoughts and directing us back to the gospel that changes us. SHOW NOTES --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/heidistjohn/message
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Last week, we talked about some of the consequences of original sin. Original sin makes us more prone to believe lies than God's truth. Let me illustrate this concept with some examples: If the internet says it, it must be true. If the View, CNN. Fox, Hollywood, and the politicians say it is true; it must be true. It must be true if they say the Bible is antiquated and full of errors. It must be true if they say Jesus was just a good man. If the professors and teachers say, there is no absolute truth, that must be true. Recognize the contradiction in this statement. If religious leaders claim to be the final authority rather than the Bible, they must be telling the truth. Review the dangers in trends and traditions to be the final authority; that must be true. Jesus addressed this issue head-on in the pericope today.
This week Leslie continues the Biblical Mindset series with a Scriptural look at legalism. As you seek to become consecrated to Christ, Satan would like nothing better than to distract you from true set-apartness and pull you either into the bondage of legalism (self-constructed holiness) or licentiousness (self-ruled, fleshly living). In this episode, Leslie shares important Biblical principles that can help you avoid both of these pitfalls and keep your eyes on the true Source of set-apartness.To register for next year's Set Apart Conference and enjoy the best prices on registration, visit https://setapart.org/2024-set-apart-conference/. To learn about our 2023 Weeklong Intensive program at Ellerslie, visit https://ellerslie.com/weeklong-intensive-training/. For more resources from Leslie, visit www.setapart.org. To support Set Apart Ministries, visit https://setapart.org/support-setapart/. Book recommendations: Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray and The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Online article on abiding in Christ by Leslie: https://setapart.org/clinging-to-the-vine/.
This week Greg sat down and reviewed the documentary "Shiny Happy People", based on the Duggars and their use of the Bill Gothard curriculum. Greg's parents used Bill Gothard's text books and was part of ATI (Advanced Training Institute) for the first few years of their homeschooling. Greg talks about his personal experience being under legalistic church leadership that used and endorsed Bill Gothard, and even had him visit their church for training. Enjoy! Covenant Real Estate: "Confidence from Contract to Close" Support the showBe sure to check out our merch store at www.dmwpodcast.com and follow us on all social media accounts @DeadMenWalkingPodcast (twitter: @RealDMWPodcast) Thanks for listening and be sure to tell a friend! All Glory to God!
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Christians are perpetually navigating between two dangers: legalism and antinomianism. What do forest fires have to do with it? Listen in as Dr. Aaron Rock explains. More Resources: We are excited to partner with the Fight Laugh Feast Network to reach more listeners. Download the app here: https://subsplash.com/fightlaughfeastnetwork/app More resources at Dr. Aaron Rock’s blog: Pursuit of Glory https://pursuitofglory.org/
In light of the Amazon hit series Shiny Happy People, this week's episode is about deconstructing legalism - and how to rebuild your faith when it all feels so messy. We look at progressive and conservative fundamentalism, why "check list" holiness is so deceitful and how to find true freedom on the other side. For the email series on SHP, sign up for Phylicia's newsletter URLS: Newsletter signup: https://phyliciamasonheimer.com/newsletter/