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Legalism

Season
Season 2
Episode Number
95
Release Date
October 7, 2020
Tags
Commandments
Guest

feat. San

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Table of Contents
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 CSB

What is legalism? Join me and San in a conversation about the struggle to be true to God's Word without becoming legalistic.

About San

I've known known San since I was born, since she is my cousin. San is a devout student of The Word; and although she was not looking to become a pastor, she completed a degree in theology at Knox Seminary.

Definitions from this episode

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DEFINITION

Legalism [1]

noun

  1. : strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code the institutionalized legalism that restricts free choice
  2. : a legal term or rule
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DEFINITION

Antinomianism [2]

noun

  1. Complete rejection of the law
  2. literally, against the law
If you start off answering the question will you be in heaven with "yes, because I ...," you're on the wrong track 👤 San

Notes from this Episode

  • Legalism causes judgmental-ness and fractures in the Church.
  • There's a difference is doing something because you love Christ or because the Holy Spirit has convicted you and doing something to be saved.
  • It's supposed to be about relationship not religion!
  • It's hard to find the right balance between the extremes of getting too caught up in following God's Word (legalism) and not following it at all.
  • Fellowship with diverse believers allows us to balance each other out and pull each other back from the extremes.

Bible verses mentioned in the episode:

Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the beam of wood in your own eye?

Matthew 7:3 CSB

References and Footnotes

  1. "Legalism". Merriam-Webster; visited October 6, 2020
  2. "Antinomianism". Encyclopædia Britannica. January 20, 2020
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