The “New Legalism”

Are you a judgmental “Pharisee” if you are a conservative? Or if you stay away from alcohol or using bad language? Have you ever been called legalistic because you believe the Bible is true and that we should consider all of its teachings rather than just the parts we like?

The definition of legalism is exactly the opposite of these things! And there is a growing number of Christians emerging as what is known as the “New Legalists.”

Today we’re getting a picture of what legalism is, and isn’t in today’s modern Church with Dave Wager. Dave is the author of several books and the  president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible College in northern Wisconsin. Dave is also the president of a ministry called The Omega Force, a catalyst that helps Christians learn the Word of God through college-level courses that anyone can take online.

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2 Responses to The “New Legalism”

  1. Mr Davis says:

    Legalism is bred from an attitude of self justification.

    Luke 10
    25 And, behold , a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou ?

    27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

    29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

    What followed upset the lawyer for Jesus identified not who the neighbor was but the attitudes we all walk in. Only one attitude was commended and all the others, well they make us feel ashamed for they reveal our own heart. And we should feel shame for having that attitude. That should break our heart.

    There is only one who is justified and He died on a cross because of our attitudes:
    The Only One who is and ever will be perfect in and of Himself and that is the Christ.

    That should break our heart.

    He that knew no sin would be made sin for us taking our sins upon Himself and in His flesh so that the handwritting of ordinances against us could be nailed to the Cross and forever settle our debt for sin for the wages of sin is death. Cursed is everyone hung on a tree.

    That should break our heart.

    Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, Ezekeil 36:31-32

    Repent, for if we don't what hope is there for us. What answer can you hope to give God in that great and dreadful day in hopes to deliever your own soul. How can you hope to escape?

    I have only one, but it is God who made it so.
    O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:24-25


  2. Mr Davis says:

    We cannot hope to change the culture we live in. It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified which changes people. For the cross is the power of salvation to all who will believe, for in the cross was the obedience of Christ made known and the power of God in His resurrection from the dead.

    preach the Gospel.


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