I am sick of people using the term, “legalism”, to silence those who defend doctrine or defend solid biblical positions. Or using the term, “Pharisee”, in the same way.
I find it dishonest when they do that. I would also say it is laziness for leaders and laypeople to use this tactic.
Calling people, “Pharisee” or “Legalist” has become the default position for Evangelicals to diminish doctrine in favor of an emphasis on “love”. This is a popular tactic used to force fellow Christians into subservience to the “love-is-all-we-need” mentality.