When Does Law-Keeping Become Legalistic?

Episode 571 Show Notes 

From the Show

No person can stand before God’s judgment seat pure and innocent based on how well they obeyed God’s law. Law-keeping becomes legalism when we think that our law-keeping is what justifies us before God. And one of the symptoms that we are doing that is when we begin to look down on everyone else because we think, “I am so much better than you.”

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I have noticed that over the last few years a number of Christian worship leaders and artists have renounced the Christian religion and say that they have “deconverted” or “deconstructed” their faith. In light of this, what do you think of singing artist’s songs who have since left the faith?

2. What does the word “elect” mean in scripture?

3. For 30 years I struggled with pornography and alcohol addiction. I know that the Bible says to love your enemies, but I have a hard time loving the people that manufacture these two things that destroy lives every day. How do I handle this if I am to love and forgive them for what they are doing?

4.  I really want to be conformed to the image of Christ, and I know it’s only by the power of God that this happens, but I understand that I also have a responsibility as well, but when does law-keeping cross over to legalism?

Resources

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton

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