Legalism Is Anti-Biblical
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (Colossians 2:8).
One reason fundamentalist Christians are so resented is because some, in defense of Scripture, wind up adding to Scripture. I have seen certain legalisms permeate my own denomination. Some zealous Baptists have declared all dancing to be of the devil. It’s all well-intentioned. No doubt some dancing is lewd, but much dancing is wholesome and fun. Even David danced before the Lord.
Some mainline Protestants have legalistically redefined “tolerance” and “inclusion” as the ultimate values. Some reformed theologians legalistically embrace Calvinism over the Bible. Some Pentecostals insist that speaking in tongues is essential for all true believers. Some Catholics cling to their rosaries over the Word. Well-intentioned people feel there is a need to add to Scripture. They don’t trust Scripture to be enough.
Man-made legalisms are an insult to God. It’s like saying the Bible is incomplete and we have the knowledge to correct the Scriptures on what is right and wrong. We move into some very scary territory when we do that. God’s Word plainly says, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5–6 nkjv). Whew! That’s strong!
So remember, the Word of God is enough. Let’s obey God and trust it.
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