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Legalism: Conclusion – Faith and Works are Not Equal

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Christian leaders are shifting the emphasis of discipleship from faith in the words of God to demonstrating ones faith by his works. And, it’s not that good works are not important, this is about getting the cart before the horse.

This is one reason why those who stand upon the critical necessity of doctrinal soundness are considered divisive. Because, they insist that solid, biblical teaching must take precedence over all other activities, outreaches, and programs.

Such Christians are categorized as those who preach law instead of grace. Or as those who idolize the written word of God and insist that everyone must have all their doctrinal beliefs in perfect order and agreement.

Or as those who have more love for the law than for people,

And therefore, are labeled, “legalists”.

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The “Legalist” is a Straw Man

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A “Straw Man” is a deceptive rhetorical technique used to build an argument against something.

To do this, a situation or person is characterized in a very extreme way. By blowing someone’s actions out of proportion. By taking their words out of context. As opposed to accurately representing their behavior and ideas.

This is done to rally people emotionally against an idea or person.

The labels, “Legalism” and “Legalist”, have been used in this same way against Biblical truth and Conservative Christians.

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What “Righteousness” Do You Have?

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Job is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

It’s also, possibly, one of the most ancient of all the books of the Bible.

While it contains many vital messages, one of those lessons has become especially precious to me.

It has to do with what was really going on in Job’s life at that time. And what God was trying to accomplish, for Job’s eternal benefit, by allowing him to suffer as he did.

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Of Wheat, Weeds, and Counterfeit Money

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“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” (Matthew 13: 24-30; 36-43)

This verse is commonly used to justify taking a non-judgmental position toward error and false teachers.

It’s commonly used by Christians to remain silent when they should use rebuke and reproof; as II Timothy 3:16 states.

But in this Evangelical age of “Love”, what else should we expect?

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The Certainty of the Words of Truth

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That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee.” (Proverbs 22:18-24)

Everything around us is changing.

We are told, however, that the gospel doesn’t change. Because the foundational ideas or truths of the gospel do not change.

Truths are eternal; and they are founded upon specific words and specific phrases.

So, logically, we must also be able to trust that the words behind these truths have not changed. That the words also must be eternal.

Or, to say it another way, the words must be certain. They must be fixed, unchangeable, incorruptible. (I Peter 1:23; Isaiah 40:8)

But, for all practical purposes, that is not what many churches teach today. The modern Evangelical church and a growing number of Fundamental churches do not truly believe this.

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The Cross Applied

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At the core of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism today, is an absence of the Cross.

It’s not an absence of preaching about the Cross; it’s an absence of the application of the Cross to the inner man.

Which is evidenced by a focus on good works instead of faith in the words of God.

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Pour Out Your Heart Before Him

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Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

Bringing everything to God in prayer is one of the most common missing elements in Christian Service.

Prayer, or its absence, affects everything we think and do.

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His Yoke is Easy

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Changes in our lives do not occur based on our own determination, resolve, strength, focus, etc..

They do not occur based on our ability combined with God’s ability.

They occur because the Lord works within us.

He works to create both the desire and the doing of a thing.

All based upon our dependence on Him to do exactly that.

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Christians Against Good Stuff?

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I’ve been hearing a lot of Christian leaders putting down things that are not really bad.

Such as:

The American Dream: Equal opportunity for all, an equal voice for all, freedom of religion and language.

Individualism: The Freedom of Individual choice, individual accountability before men and before God.

Nationalism: Promoting American ideals, protecting American citizens, promoting American Traditions and heritage.

Capitalism: Freedom of Individual labor choice, small business promotion, a work and trade system similar to that which Jesus knew.

They preach as if these are BAD things! As if, we should not protect these things against the political and social movements that are working to destroy them.

That we should just sit passively by as these things are being removed from our lives by Progressivism and Liberalism.

As they are being attacked by Spiritual Liberalism specifically.

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