Today I’m attacking lie #30: “legalism is just “salvation by works”"
Is legalism more than just salvation by works? Is there a broader definition of legalism — one that’s affecting the whole of Christendom today? Read this article now to discover the answers to these questions and many more!
Some Christians think that the only definition of legalism is “salvation by works”. But there’s a more important definition of legalism that’s VERY important for those of us who are already saved.
There’s legalism on both sides of salvation…
Paul makes this abundantly clear in his letter to the church in Galatia. He’s talking to Christians and letting them know that they’re being legalistic by trying to make progress in their spiritual walk by their works.
Paul says in Galatians 3:1-4 that basically you have come to salvation by believing in God (faith) not by your own works — so why are you so crazy as to think that you could then live this life (the christian life) by anything other than faith?
And Paul even continues to tell what happens to the Christian who tries to “follow the law” and be legalistic (emphasis mine) verses 9-10…
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith-this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”
Don’t be like the Galatians!
So don’t let anyone fool you with this lie that Legalism only refers to getting salvation by works. Legalism is also being a Christian and trying to grow closer to God by works!