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Summary:

  1. Keep standing firm in your freedom.
  2. Stop seeking the favor of everyone.
  3. Start refusing to submit to bondage.
  4. Continue being straightforward about the truth.

 

Four Antilegalistic Strategies

by Charles R. Swindoll
 

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1 NLT)
 

Grace killers cannot be mildly ignored or kindly tolerated. You can no more allow legalism to continue than you could permit a rattlesnake to slip into your house and hide. Before long, somebody is going to get hurt. So then, since liberty is worth fighting for, how do we do it? Where can our personal grace awakening begin? I can think of four strong strategies:
 

Keep standing firm in your freedom.

I'm reminded of what Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1: "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Stand your ground. Ask the Lord to give you courage.


Stop seeking the favor of everyone.

This may be a stubborn habit to break, but it is really worth all the effort you can muster. If you're in a group where you feel you are being coerced to do certain things that are against your conscience or you're being pressured to stop doing things that you see no problem with, get out of the group! You're unwise to stay in situations where your conscience tells you it is not right. That is nothing more than serving men, not God. I don't care how spiritual sounding it may be. Stop seeking the favor of everybody.


Start refusing to submit to bondage.

Call it what it is: slavery. It's trying to be "spiritual" by performance. Think of how delightful it would be to get rid of all the anxiety that comes with the bondage to which you have submitted yourself; think how clean you could feel by being real again, or perhaps real for the first time in your adult life.


Continue being straightforward about the truth.

That means live honestly. If you don't agree, say so kindly but firmly. If you are the only one, be true to yourself and stand alone. When you blow it, say, "I blew it." If you don't know, admit the truth. It's okay not to know. And the next time your kids spot hypocrisy, even though you may feel embarrassed, agree with them, "You know what, kids? You're right. I was a first-class hypocrite. What you saw and pointed out is exactly right." Tell them that. It may sound embarrassing to you now, but they will admire and respect your admission. And they won't grow up damaged. Best of all, they will learn to model the same kind of vulnerability and honesty, even if you are in vocational Christian work . . . especially if you're in vocational Christian work. Nobody expects perfection, but they do and they should expect honesty.
 

We need affirmation and encouragement to be all we're meant to be, and because so many are rather delicate within, they need those who are strong to assist them in their fight for liberty. And so, if for no other reason, liberty is worth fighting for so others can breathe freely.
 

If fighting for liberty sounds too aggressive to you, perhaps too selfish, then think of it as fighting so others can be set free—so others can be awakened to the joys and privileges of personal freedom. Those who do that on real battlefields are called patriots or heroes. With all my heart, I believe those who square off against legalism should be considered the same.
 

link: http://www.insight.org/resources/articles/grace/four-antilegalistic.html?t=grace

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I like it! I live in a very legalistic area, and am strong in freedom and grace, but this is helpful, also to share with others not so strong yet

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The hard part for me has been recognizing that which is legalistic bondage and that which is not the Truth.

 

I appreciated the which helped clarify some key points in regards to that.

 

Swindoll's advice is good for someone who is either of strong character to begin with or someone who has gone through several processes of healing to where they can understand and accept the bondages and  lies for what they are.

 

Those are my thoughts.

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This is great! What do you think?

Summary:

  1. Keep standing firm in your freedom.
  2. Stop seeking the favor of everyone.
  3. Start refusing to submit to bondage.
  4. Continue being straightforward about the truth.

 

Four Antilegalistic Strategies

by Charles R. Swindoll

 

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1 NLT)

 

Grace killers cannot be mildly ignored or kindly tolerated. You can no more allow legalism to continue than you could permit a rattlesnake to slip into your house and hide. Before long, somebody is going to get hurt. So then, since liberty is worth fighting for, how do we do it? Where can our personal grace awakening begin? I can think of four strong strategies:

 

Keep standing firm in your freedom.

I'm reminded of what Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1: "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Stand your ground. Ask the Lord to give you courage.

Stop seeking the favor of everyone.

This may be a stubborn habit to break, but it is really worth all the effort you can muster. If you're in a group where you feel you are being coerced to do certain things that are against your conscience or you're being pressured to stop doing things that you see no problem with, get out of the group! You're unwise to stay in situations where your conscience tells you it is not right. That is nothing more than serving men, not God. I don't care how spiritual sounding it may be. Stop seeking the favor of everybody.

Start refusing to submit to bondage.

Call it what it is: slavery. It's trying to be "spiritual" by performance. Think of how delightful it would be to get rid of all the anxiety that comes with the bondage to which you have submitted yourself; think how clean you could feel by being real again, or perhaps real for the first time in your adult life.

Continue being straightforward about the truth.

That means live honestly. If you don't agree, say so kindly but firmly. If you are the only one, be true to yourself and stand alone. When you blow it, say, "I blew it." If you don't know, admit the truth. It's okay not to know. And the next time your kids spot hypocrisy, even though you may feel embarrassed, agree with them, "You know what, kids? You're right. I was a first-class hypocrite. What you saw and pointed out is exactly right." Tell them that. It may sound embarrassing to you now, but they will admire and respect your admission. And they won't grow up damaged. Best of all, they will learn to model the same kind of vulnerability and honesty, even if you are in vocational Christian work . . . especially if you're in vocational Christian work. Nobody expects perfection, but they do and they should expect honesty.

 

We need affirmation and encouragement to be all we're meant to be, and because so many are rather delicate within, they need those who are strong to assist them in their fight for liberty. And so, if for no other reason, liberty is worth fighting for so others can breathe freely.

 

If fighting for liberty sounds too aggressive to you, perhaps too selfish, then think of it as fighting so others can be set free—so others can be awakened to the joys and privileges of personal freedom. Those who do that on real battlefields are called patriots or heroes. With all my heart, I believe those who square off against legalism should be considered the same.

 

link: http://www.insight.org/resources/articles/grace/four-antilegalistic.html?t=grace

 

As an individual, there is really nothing making you submit to anyone.  If you choose to do so, you are acting of your own accord.  If I choose to join a church that is very controlling or legalistic, I did so by my own choice.  I can just as easily choose to leave that church.  As I read this post, I have come to the same conclusion I usually do when I hear people complain about legalism.  Who was ever really making you submit? 

 

Lets look at these points one by one. 

 

1.  Keep standing firm in your freedom.  That is kind of your choice isn't it, and wasn't it all along?  I can also say to those who are legalistic, "Keep standing firm for your convictions."  If you believe something is sinful, don't do it, even if you are made fun of and called a legalist.  I know I won't back down.

 

2.  Stop seeking the favor of everyone.  That kind of cuts both ways.  As a matter of fact, you will find more people who love you and accept you if you are against legalism than for it.  I would suggest that those who are legalistic listen to his advise very carefully.  Don't listen to those who will claim you are alienating others by being legalistic.  Stand for what you believe in. 

 

3.  Start refusing to submit to bondage.  This is interesting, because Biblically, you can be in bondage to sin, and think you are not in bondage.  You can be 100 percent against legalism because you are continuing to live in sin and don't want anyone making you feel bad about it.  I am 100 percent with you about not submitting to bondage, so I won't let the anti-legalist crowd cause me to return back to sin because they give me assurances the things I abstain from are really ok.  I won't do things that would violate my conscience and return to bondage because someone tells me I am ok to do so. 

 

4.  Continue being straight forward about the truth.  I can't agree more.  The Bible is the truth, and we should stand for every jot and tittle in it.  Jesus said that if we want to be great in the Kingdom, we will keep the least commandments and teach others to do the same thing.  I will continue to do so. 

 

Once again, as I read your article, I found myself in some ways agreeing with the sentiments, but not as the author intended. 

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The hard part for me has been recognizing that which is legalistic bondage and that which is not the Truth.

 

I appreciated the which helped clarify some key points in regards to that.

 

Swindoll's advice is good for someone who is either of strong character to begin with or someone who has gone through several processes of healing to where they can understand and accept the bondages and  lies for what they are.

 

Those are my thoughts.

That was Chuck Swindoll?  I never did like his teachings.  I listened to this "Route 66" series he did, and he is very confused.  He was teaching that it was a Christian freedom to drink alcohol.  How did Jesus come to set us free so we could drink in moderation, when there was never anything in the law of Moses or anywhere that ever prohibited us from drinking in moderation in the first place?  How could Jesus die to set us free to drink alcohol, when sinners do it all the time.  Jesus came to set us free from the bondages of sin, not so we can do things.  I challenge anyone to listen to what Chuck Swindoll teaches.  You can find him on radio stations in nearly every market.  Ask yourself why Jesus would come and die on a cross to give me freedom to do anything really, when I was perfectly free to do those things as a sinner?  What I needed freedom from was sinful habits.  That is where the blood of Jesus comes in. 

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2.  Stop seeking the favor of everyone.  That kind of cuts both ways.  As a matter of fact, you will find more people who love you and accept you if you are against legalism than for it.  I would suggest that those who are legalistic listen to his advise very carefully.  Don't listen to those who will claim you are alienating others by being legalistic.  Stand for what you believe in.

 

Legalism is a system of condemnation and comparison. It sets us up to put others down. If I can’t ever be good enough, I can at least be better than you. We learned to judge and condemn others, rather than to understand them. We learned to compare ourselves with them, rather than to listen and care. We learned to keep them at a distance just in case, rather than to love them. In legalism, we learned to mistrust God, others, and ourselves. But the Lord gave us each other for good. We learn love from each other and others give us an outlet for our love. Relationships are good. Yes, they can be difficult, but they are meant to teach us about ourselves and how to trust God. The message from the beginning, according to John (1 Jn 3:11) was that we should love one another. But legalism pushes us away from each other.

 

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I like it! I live in a very legalistic area, and am strong in freedom and grace ...

... yet you and others on these forums embrace a latter day Galatianism called Lordship Salvation.

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3.  Start refusing to submit to bondage.  This is interesting, because Biblically, you can be in bondage to sin, and think you are not in bondage.  You can be 100 percent against legalism because you are continuing to live in sin and don't want anyone making you feel bad about it.  I am 100 percent with you about not submitting to bondage, so I won't let the anti-legalist crowd cause me to return back to sin because they give me assurances the things I abstain from are really ok.  I won't do things that would violate my conscience and return to bondage because someone tells me I am ok to do so.

 

I think you missed the OP article's disclaimer brother: It's trying to be "spiritual" by performance.

People often try to show their "spirituality" by outward measurements: how they dress (or don't dress), what they drink (or don't drink), etc. Our relationship to Jesus should be less about what we DO but instead more about HE's done. How we interact with others should be more about love for God and alignment with His missional purpose instead of being about a list of do's or don'ts. Would you agree?

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I like it! I live in a very legalistic area, and am strong in freedom and grace ...

... yet you and others on these forums embrace a latter day Galatianism called Lordship Salvation.

For the readers who may not know, will you expound on what you mean by "Lordship Salvation"?

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Once again, as I read your article, I found myself in some ways agreeing with the sentiments, but not as the author intended. 

 

I guess it's all about perspective brother :thumbsup:

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      And I will answer you: You have two choices.
       
      To continue living as the world does: To love sin, unrighteousness, and disobedience.
      Or to live as a repentant sinner: Pursuing love, peace, mercy, and His righteousness.
      "Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous." - 1 John 3:7
       
      The repentant sinner have desire and pleasure to live as the Lord Jesus tells him so.
      And it is so good to live like the Lord Jesus tells us to... It brings us peace and many blessings.
      "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." - 1 John 2:6
      "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered;
      and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." - John 15:6
       
      But you may say: I cannot live or have difficult in living as the Lord Jesus tells me; but I am willing to.
      It is common at the very start of our walk, sin, the flesh and evil spirits will start battling against you to prevent you doing so.
      Because the flesh fights against all the things of the Spirit of God. And it cannot receive them.
      "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;
      and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." - Galatians 5:17
       
      But what will I do?
      Will I just give up and let the flesh reign over me just like it did when I was in the world?
      Definitely, not.
      "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." - Romans 6:12
      This is how those who do not trust in the power and love of the Lord Jesus would think.
      But you are not one of them, you have courage, you have His Spirit in you... And that is why you will overcome all things.
      "But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
          “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”" - Matthew 19:26
      The Father loved you so much, to the point of giving His only begotten Son for you... And how will you thank Him?!
      You would desire to live as He wants you to - and that for your own benefit, as you have crucified your flesh with its evil desires.
      "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." - 1 Corinthians 6:20
      And I am sure that if the Spirit of God is in you, you will start being encouraged and to have pleasure in living as He told us to. And you will not look back.
      As it is written:
      "And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy,
      and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine." - Leviticus 20:26
       
      Then, if you still have trouble with battling against the flesh and its evil desires: Do not give up, and fight against it.
      "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,
      nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
       
      You may lose a few battles against it, but I am sure that you will overcome it and become a winner...
      "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
      You may lose a few battles, but with the Lord and His Spirit in you, it is certain that this war you will win!
      "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." - Romans 11:36
       
      If you are still struggling with something and desire some powerful help from the Lord Himself...
      Then, please agree to the prayer below and you will see and feel that He loves you.
      In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ:
      If you agree to the prayer above, then please just bring your hand over your head and say:
      “ I believe, agree and receive...in Jesus' name. Amen! ”
      And His amazing power, love, and grace is released in you.
      You will notice and you will say: The Lord loves me indeed, and I love Him also!
       
      Read the Word, read the Holy Bible, specially the New Testament...
      "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
      to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
      to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." - 2 Peter 1:5-7
      As there is so much truth to help you and to light your paths.
      "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
          In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6
       
      God bless you in Jesus' name!
    • By 4LdKHVCzRDj2
      Do you love yourself?
      Before you can love your brother you must love yourself first.
      Do you love your brother?
      Before you can love God you must love yourself and your brother first.
      Do you love God?
      If you want to start thinking about loving God you must love yourself and your brother first.
      "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
      For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." - 1 John 5:3-4
      "In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
      Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." - 1 John 3:10
       
      To say or to think you love yourself, brother, or God is one thing... You can say whatever you want.
      "If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true." - John 5:31
       
      Then we need a second witness, that will confirm if what you are saying is true.
      "It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true." - John 8:17
      "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." - Acts 5:32
       
      If anyone loves his wife, he will seek to please his wife. If anyone loves Christ, he will seek to please Christ.
      And how do we please Christ?!
      "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." - 1 John 2:6
      "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:17
       
      Many people claim to love Christ, but few are looking forward to please Him.
      Why?! Because many do not love Him.
      Love -> "does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;" - 1 Corinthians 13:5
       
      When we start talking about to strive and desire wholeheartedly what is good and to purify our hearts many people feel offended and start making excuses to justify themselves.
      "Many will say to Me in that day,
          ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
              And then I will declare to them,
                  ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’" - Matthew 7:22-24
      Why are they offended?! They heard and heard and just ignored all the warnings and refused to repent. And decided to resume their lives led by lawlessness (flesh, themselves).
      "but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" - Mark 3:29
      "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
      and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." - John 3:19
      "He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
      Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." - Proverbs 29:1
       
      Repent, and desire to love one another. To love in deed and in truth, as Christ loved us.
      "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:35
       
      Desire to love Him, to love His words and commandments... To live for ourselves, our evil pleasures and desires of the flesh is just a waste of time.
      I see people who received healing from the Lord, received many good things, experienced many wonders in their lives...
      But now they have abandoned the Lord, the Lord is calling them to repentance and they are resisting... They say: I prefer to live here, "eating and drinking", living for myself; the Lord understands...
      I say to you:
      "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
          but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." - Romans 14:17
      And:
      "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in
      you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes." - Luke 10:13
      Do not be deceived, do not fight against the truth. Doing such will only lead you to destruction.
      "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." - 2 Corinthians 13:8
       
      Consider the amazing love God is having for us... He needs nothing from us, for all things are from Him and He loves us so much that He wants us to live with Him, to have life indeed.
      He gave His only begotten Son to die in our place, to pay The Price, so we all could have life and live for Him.
      "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the
      Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." - John 4:23
      We are trapped in the flesh, the flesh only lead us to death...
      All its passions and evil desires will soon end, and you will die. Do not be deceived by it.
      "What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death." - Romans 6:21
       
      Just believe in the Lord, He will change your life for the better and you will start living for real.
      Repent, repent of your sins and say: I want to live, I want to have life... Forgive me and give me life, Lord Jesus!
      Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ... Let Him reign over your life... No matter what you have done: Just repent. He loves you!
      "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
      and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." - Galatians 2:20
       
      And you will tell me: When will be my time. When?
      I tell you: Your time is when you believe.
      "Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens." - Romans 9:18
      The Lord Jesus calls you today... What do you want from Him?
      "...According to your faith let it be to you." - Matthew 9:29
      "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
       
      Only He has The Power to raise you from the dead; eternal life is guaranteed in Him. And only in Him.
      "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,
      who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." - Romans 8:1
      "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
      He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11
       
      Carved images and idols can do nothing for you.
      "They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
          They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
              They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk;
                  Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them;
                      So is everyone who trusts in them." - Psalm 115:5-8
      The Lord Jesus is the one who has power to heal, save, and make everything new.
      "And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
      the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." - John 17:3
      "And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me." - John 12:45
       
      You have something that make you suffer, you are thinking about it right now...
      The Lord Jesus is touching and healing you right now, at this very same moment.
      Are you feeling this?! Feel and receive, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
      Repent, believe in the Gospel. And have life.
      "And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’" - Luke 10:9
      "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;
      and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38
      "So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us" - Acts 15:8
       
      God bless you in Jesus' name!
    • By Berean
      What is the definition of "Grace" as given in 2n Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
      Thank you for your response.
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