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Legalism

Legalism, in my view, is relying on the Mosaic Law for our righteousness. The Bible says that the law was good as it was originally given. The issue was that the hearts of men could not be changed by the law. If righteousness could have come through the law the scripture says it would have been done that way by God. Man needed to be reborn into righteousness after the fall of Adam and Eve. This was accomplished through Christ, a righteous man, dying on the cross and being raised again to new life. The Law was instituted as a tutor of righteousness until the appointed time of the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s requirements have not changed in Scripture. Beginning in the OT and then into the NT God teaches us about his requirements for right living, right thinking, and right hearts. What Jesus did was to make our transformation in these areas possible. We can now do through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit what we could not do under the Law. We can become a new creation in Christ. The scriptures teach us how we are to make these changes.

Today’s modern teaching on legalism has made it about overlooking God’s requirements for righteous living. That we have no choice but to continue to sin. This teaching denies the new birth in Christ. It puts believers in the camp of the unrighteous, with no real power, and at the control of sin. This is false teaching according to the Bible.


Two Covenants meaning Hagar and Sarah

Galatians 4:21 begins a teaching about the two sons of Abraham. The story in the OT of the two sons named Ishmael and Isaac tells of how Ishmael and his mother Hagar were sent away by Abraham. In Galatians the apostle Paul says that we can look figuratively at the mothers of Abraham’s sons as representing two covenants, one of the natural, and one of the promise through the power of the Spirit. Paul clearly teaches that the present Jerusalem is of Hagar. She will not share in the inheritance of God. Paul declares that there is a Jerusalem that is above and that she is the mother of those who are in Christ.
Today we have many teachers and preachers who make errors in dividing the word of truth. They teach one part of the Bible as full and complete truth, but when other parts of the Bible are read their teaching is contradicted by other Scriptures. This means there is error in what they are teaching.
The present church system that we know of in North America does not have checks and balances. There is alot of control implemented in the majority of churches. We can be certain that this type of control of people and of what we are being taught is not of God. We seem to have a mishmash of teachings related to both Hagar and Sarah. On the one hand we have freedom in Christ, on the other hand we are subjects and children to these church systems. The Hagars of our day.


Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged

Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon. He was the ruler of the entire known world of his day. The prophet Daniel declared that Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was the head of gold in the king’s dream. It was a great and mighty kingdom. The king’s heart was lifted up as he reflected on everything he had done and accomplished in his kingdom. “I shall never be moved, he declared.” A few short months later God took this great king and altered his mind in mid sentence. Nebuchadnezzar was given the mind of a beast. His whole life changed immediately. He lived his life as an animal in a pasture for seven years. On his body grew feathers and claws. On the appointed day God gave Nebuchadnezzar his mind back. The king lifted his eyes to heaven and declared that there is no God like the Most High.
Do we think that it is any different today? We live our lives in North America as if we are in control of our future and our destiny. When the appointed time comes nothing will hold back the purposes of God from being done. At the time of Christ’s coming the scripture says, “will He find faith on the earth”? The Bible says to be careful about being so sure that we will stand, lest we fall.