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Quotes About Legalism

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Tullian Tchividjian
“Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.”
Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian
“Legalism breeds a sense of entitlement that turns us into complainers.”
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

John Newton
“I endeavored to renounce society, that I might avoid temptation. But it was a poor religion; so far as it prevailed, only tended to make me gloomy, stupid, unsociable, and useless.”
John Newton

Martin Luther
“Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law...”
Martin Luther

John H. Gerstner
“The main thing between you and God is not so much your sins; it's your damnable good works. ”
John H. Gerstner

“You win over people just like you win over a dog. You see a dog passing down the street with an old bone in his mouth. You don't grab the bone from him and tell him it's not good for him. He'll growl at you. It's the only thing he has. But you throw a big fat lamb chop in front of him, and he's going to drop that bone and pick up the lamb chop, his tail wagging to beat the band. And you've got a friend. Instead of going around grabbing bones from people... I'm going to throw them some lamb chops. Something with real meat and life in it. I'm going to tell them about New Beginnings.”
David Wilkerson, The Cross and the Switchblade

Tullian Tchividjian
“The ironic thing about legalism is that it not only doesn't make people work harder, it makes them give up. Moralism doesn't produce morality; rather, it produces immorality.”
Tullian Tchividjian

David Kinnaman
“What are Christians known for? Outsiders think our moralizing, our condemnations, and our attempts to draw boundaries around everything. Even if these standards are accurate and biblical, they seem to be all we have to offer. And our lives are a poor advertisement for the standards. We have set the gameboard to register lifestyle points; then we are surprised to be trapped by our mistakes. The truth is we have invited the hypocrite image.”
David Kinnaman, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters

Tullian Tchividjian
“one primary enemy of the Gospel—legalism—comes in two forms. Some people avoid the gospel and try to save themselves by keeping the rules, doing what they’re told, maintaining the standards, and so on (you could call this “front-door legalism”). Other people avoid the gospel and try to save themselves by breaking the rules, doing whatever they want, developing their own autonomous standards, and so on (you could call this “back-door legalism”).”
Tullian Tchividjian

C. JoyBell C.
“I believe that secularism is not the enemy of spirituality. Our spirits are in fact secular and free. But the enemy of your spirit is materialism which produces legalism. People scramble for the "perfect law" in order fix everything, while failing to see that law only points towards what is material. And so, people find themselves going around in a circle that will never end. The key is to break away from that circle. You have to begin focusing your attention onto what is inside you and what is inside everybody else. This will in turn produce common sense, intuition, and understanding. Then comes strength.”
C. JoyBell C.

Criss Jami
“In the end, only God can see the heart of an individual and distinguish the difference between legalistic deadweight and the passion of holy solemnity.”
Criss Jami

Oswald Chambers
“Conceit makes the way God deals with me personally the binding standard for others.”
Oswald Chambers, Approved Unto God: The Spiritual Life of the Christian Worker

Bono
“Religion to me almost like when God leaves – and people devise a set of rules to fill in the space.”
Bono

Tullian Tchividjian
“We make a big mistake when we conclude that the law is the answer to bad behavior. In fact, the law alone stirs up more of such behavior. People get worse, not better, when you lay down the law. To be sure, the Spirit does use both God's law and God's gospel in our sanctification. But the law and the gospel do very different things.”
Tullian Tchividjian

David K. Bernard
“...it is a mistake to reduce every decision about Christian living to a "Heaven-or-Hell issue."

For example, some ask if the Bible specifically says a certain action is a "sin" or will send them to "Hell." If not, they feel free to indulge in that action unreservedly and ignore any scriptural principles involved. But this approach is legalistic, which means living by rules or basing salvation on works. It treats the Bible as a law book, focusing on the letter and looking for loopholes.

By contrast, the Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith, not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace teaches us how to live righteously, and faith leads us into obedience. (See Titus 2:11-12; Romans1:5; Hebrews 11:7-8.)”
David K. Bernard

Criss Jami
“These days when Christians bicker they exaggerate passion into a legalistic belief and prosperity into a lukewarm belief.”
Criss Jami

“A legalist is not someone who places divine law above all else. A legalist is someone who places human law above all else.”
Rob Rienow, Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom: Uniting Church and Family in the Great Commission

“How do we stay on the narrow path of following God's will in every sphere of life? How do we maintain sure footing and not fall into the temptation of rebellion on one side, or the temptation of legalism on the other?

God has not sent us out across a tightrope! Yes, the path is narrow, but on both sides of the path is a solid handrail, driven down deep into the rock. What has God given to us that we might not rebel against Him? He has given us His sufficient Word. What has God given us that we might not become legalists and elevate our words above His? He has given us His sufficient word.”
Rob Rienow

T.H. White
“We have invented a moral sense which is rotting now that we can't give it employment, and when a moral sense begins to rot, it is worse than when you had none. I suppose that all endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end, as my precious civilization was, contain within themselves the germs of their own corruption.”
T.H. White, The Ill-Made Knight

T.H. White
“People will do the basest things on account of their so-called honor.”
T.H. White, The Ill-Made Knight

John Milton
“We live Law to ourselves. Our reason is our Law.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Legalism is adding human rules and regulations to the Bible, and judging others based on these new humanistic rules. Legalism is not taking the Bible seriously on every point. That is Christianity.”
Rob Rienow, Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom: Uniting Church and Family in the Great Commission

John le Carré
“To dream in doctrines, how tidy!”
John le Carré, Call for the Dead

“This is so whether the said body of citizens or its prevailing part does this directly of itself, or commits the task to another or others who are not and cannot be the legislator in an unqualified sense but only in a certain respect and at a certain time and in accordance with the authority of the primary legislator. And in consequence of this I say that laws and anything else instituted by election must receive their necessary approval from the same primary authority and no other: whatever may be the situation concerning various ceremonies or solemnities, which are not required for the results of an election to stand but for their good standing, and even without which the election would be no less valid. I say further that it is by the same authority that laws and anything else instituted by election must receive any addition or subtraction or even total overhaul, any interpretation and any suspension: depending on the demands of time and place and other circumstances that might make one of these measures opportune for the sake of the common advantage in such matters.”
Marsiglio of Padua, The Defender of the Peace

Richard Rohr
“Our religious institutions are not giving very many men access to credible encounters with the holy or even with their own wholeness. We largely give men mandates, signposts, scaffolding and appealing images that tend to create religious identity and boundaries, but from the outside.”
Richard Rohr, Adam's Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation

G.K. Chesterton
“If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals.”
G.K. Chesterton

Steve Stockman
“So many of those who take Christ into the world, whether it be it's missionaries or artists, are tied by those who look over their shoulders. There is a lot of peer pressure within churches and Christian movements to dot all the i's and cross all the t's of a precise and perfect faith.”
Steve Stockman

“(Pastor Chuck) Smith told his elders in no uncertain terms that if the church had to turn away young people because of bare feet and clothes that they would be better off ripping up the carpet and replacing the pews with steel folding chairs.”
Larry Eskridge, God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America

“We suggest our new brothers and sisters who are somewhat freaky in dress, hair, and general appearance to ask the Lord in prayer for a balance. We do feel that beads, bells, and various astrological signs, along with the "no bra" philosophy of the Hip scene should be forsaken. We do not believe that a shave and haircut make a Christian any more than long hair and sandals.”
David Hoyt

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