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The Dangers of Legalism, Part 1

The Dangers of Legalism, Part 1



In my many years being part of the Christ-following community in the United States, I have yet to meet someone who claims to be a legalist. Seems we all believe our own set of man-made rules are actually God’s rules, as well. But frankly, that just isn’t so, and we need to talk about it. I confess that I am both allergic to legalism - and a legalist! My heart is constantly setting up standards by which I measure myself and others, and I do it so that I can feel spiritually mature. Can you identify with that?Over the next two weeks we’ll take a close, hard look at what legalism is and the dangers it brings. Today we have a front row seat on the dialogue between Jesus and the religious leaders of His day. They wanted Him to conform to their rules, while He wanted them to quit setting aside God’s commandments in favor of their system. What we’ll find is this: God cares about our hearts: what they harbor, what they manufacture, and what they export! True spiritual standing is based solely