Legalism Quotes

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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

Criss Jami
“My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan's origins, 'holiness' is, metaphorically, frozen stiff in his veins: and at that a corrupted formula - i.e. legalism. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God's permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the sharpest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Criss Jami
“Law without reason is criminal.”
Criss Jami, Healology

David Wilkerson
“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

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

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

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.

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

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, Killosophy

Alexis de Tocqueville
“In America religion is the road to knowledge, and the observance of the divine laws leads man to civil freedom.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Brian D. McLaren
“Accumulating orthodoxy makes it harder year-by-year to be a Christian than it was in Jesus' day.”
Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian

Francis A. Schaeffer
“Without the infinite personal God, all a person can do, as Nietzsche points out, is to make systems. In today's speech we would call them gameplans. A person can erect some sort of structure, some type of limited frame in which he lives, shutting himself up in that frame and not looking beyond it.”
Francis August Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

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

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

Criss Jami
“Christianity is at its purest a philosophy about a person, Jesus Christ, and at its dirtiest a philosophy about requirements and law.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“We live in an age so legalistic, we find it hard to imagine someone wanting to obey their Lord simply because they love their God.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Han Fei
“Past and Present have different customs; new and old adopt different measures. To try to use the ways of a generous and lenient government to rule the people of a critical age is like trying to drive a runaway horse without using reins or whip.”
Han Fei, Han Feizi: Basic Writings

“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.”
Marsilius of Padua, The Defender of the Peace

“Legal action is but warfare disguised.”
Mike Klepper

John Bevere
“The knowledge of God’s Word without love is a destructive force because it puffs us up with pride and legalism.”
John Bevere, The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense

Jonathan Hayashi
“Is one being a legalist if he works hard unto the Lord? Or can a Christian cruise and coast through this life?”
Jonathan Hayashi

Larry Crabb
“Working diligently to straighten up our actions without understanding either what it means to deeply repent or what it is that needs to be scrubbed away by repentance will make us more smug than penetrating. We'll pressure others to do right rather than draw them to want to do right. P195”
Larry Crabb, Inside Out: Real Change Is Possible If You're Willing to Start from The...

“Our cultural conditioning is so ingrained in us that we often see these customs and taboos as inherent to the fabric of the cosmos. We spiritualize them. Legalize them. And when someone else doesn't follow them, it can feel to us like an attack on our very personhood. This kind of cultural blindness affects how we order creation.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators

Vladimir Lossky
“Job’s attitude in accusing God is opposite to that of his friends, who, in assuming the hypocritical role of defenders of God, defended, without knowing it, Satan’s right to an unlimited dominion. Like most defenders of the status quo, in wishing to justify the legitimate character of the present condition of humanity, they gave an absolute value to the legal situation, projecting it on to the very nature of God. In this wrong perspective, the different levels of human, demonic, angelic, and divine reality, bound up in the complex and shifting economy of salvation, are telescoped together, welded together and crystallized in a single vision of a God-Necessity, comparable to the inexorable and impersonal Fate of Greek paganism. They speak solely of the God of the Law, but not the God of the Promise… But Job aimed higher than his friends, for he believed the Promise, without which the Law would have been a monstrous absurdity and the God of the Old Testament could not have been the God of Christians.”
Vladimir Lossky, In the Image and Likeness of God

Philip K. Dick
“From downstairs his mother called, “Sammy, you’re not going out on the roof, are you?”
“No,” he yelled back. I am out, he told himself, making in his mind a fine distinction.”
Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint

John of the Cross
“They place more reliance upon methods and kinds of ceremony than upon the reality of their prayer, and herein they greatly offend and displease God.

I refer, for example, to a Mass which is said with so many candles, neither more nor fewer; which is said by a priest in such and such a way; and must be at such and such an hour, neither sooner nor later; and the prayers and stations must be made at such time and with such ceremonies and in no other manner; and the person who makes them must have such qualities or qualifications.

And there are those who think that if any of these details which they have laid down be wanting, nothing is accomplished.

What is worse, and indeed intolerable, is that certain persons desire to feel some effect in themselves, or to have petitions fulfilled, or to know that the purpose of these ceremonious prayers of theirs will be accomplished.

This is nothing less than to tempt God and to offend Him greatly, so much so that He sometimes gives leave for the devil to deceive them.”
Saint John of the Cross, The Complete Works of Saint John of the Cross, of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Criss Jami
“Every now and then there are those extremist and fanatical, legalistic times, those highly charged political climates in which the mob aims to execute its own fantasy of 'fighting the power'; and therefore it, by and large, whether in target or in tactic, fails to imagine being dead wrong in every sense.”
Criss Jami

“While legalism builds self-righteousness, lawfulness builds righteousness. Obedience to the law is the means of sanctification for the believer.”
Jen Wilkin, Ten Words to Live by: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands

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