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Modern-Day Legalism (Part 2)
September 20, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Colossians 2:16-23

Modern-Day Legalism (Part 2)

September 20, 2020 / Colossians 2:16-23

We spent the last message covering the statements a legalist might say, the specifics of legalism as far as the actual fundamental definitions of this way of thinking, and then we considered one powerful verse (Galatians 4:9) that simply condemned legalism as spiritual backsliding, enslaved to works, and motivated by man’s approval.  Legalism is potentially such a damaging, deceitful, and depressing way to view the Christian life.

I. The to Legalism (16, 20)

  • Make rules outside the Bible.
  • Push yourself to try and keep your rules.
  • Reprimand yourself when you don’t keep your rules.
  • Become proud when you do keep your rules.
  • Appoint yourself as judge over other people.
  • Get angry with people who break your rules or have different rules.
  • Colossians 2:8 and 20 and Galatians 4:3 and 9 are the same Greek word that means “to .”
  • The point it is making in these two passages is that there is an ever present danger of focusing as a believer on conforming to rules rather than through a relationship.

II. The of Legalism (20-23)

  • Look at verse 23 where it emphasizes that they might make you look good (show of wisdom) and promote your self-made religion. They may give off an appearance of spirituality but they really have no value in stopping your flesh or helping you achieve true spirituality and inner victory over the flesh.
  • You lack
  • You feel like you’re never doing .
  • You’re on others. is the native language of the legalist. 

III. The   of Legalism

  • Remember that standards are not
  • Realize that all believers are .

IV. The to Legalism (16-19)

  • Standards are just .
  • Christ is the true .
  • Our spirituality is linked to Jesus Christ – period!
  • The solution is to stop approaching Christianity as a cold, ritualistic , and instead focus on developing a , close relationship with God.

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