Legalism Is Anti-Biblical

August 07, 2008

“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 fundamentalists have added to scripture. Throughout the years, we have seen certain legalisms permeate many denominations. There have been zealous Baptists who declared dancing and all use of alcoholic beverages by adults to be evil; even going to Disney World (due to their endorsement of gay pride days in Central Florida).

You see, every denomination grabs hold of certain legalisms with the best of intentions. Some Methodists make “being nice” the supreme virtue; some Episcopalians have redefined tolerance as the ultimate value; some Presbyterians legalistically embrace Calvinism over the Bible; some Pentecostals insist that speaking in tongues for all believers is required; Catholics have a whole boat-load of legalisms; and Lutherans have their “red door.” Of course, there are no greater legalists today than the secular legalists who espouse political correctness. They have become the Gestapo when it comes to enduring select legalisms of their choice. Well-intentioned people feel there is a need to add to scripture and not trust scripture to be enough.

Understand that man-made legalisms are an insult to God and to His Word. It’s like saying the Bible is incomplete and we have the knowledge to correct the scriptures on what is right and wrong. In fact, we are getting 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).

Whew! That’s strong! The Word of God is enough.