How To Know If You’re A Legalist (Three tests and a test case) Part 4 of 4

Some other observations about legalistic types from the story of the Prodigal's big brother: They tend to miss the party: “He refused to go in …” (Luke 15:28) Lots of legalist-leaning Christians are like that. They may be, in one sense, “holy,” but it’s never a happy holiness. They’re too busy keeping their halo on …

How To Know If You’re A Legalist (Three tests and a test case) Part 3 of 4

Now that we've looked at the three tests to identify legalism: rules, reasons, and resources, I propose a New Testament test case. A test case of a legalist – The son who missed the party (Luke 15:11-32)  We’ve all heard the prodigal son parable. The youngest son couldn’t wait for his dad to die, so …

How To Know If You’re A Legalist (Three tests and a test case) Part 2 of 4

In part 1 I said there are three factors to consider in measuring our legalistic tendencies: rules, reasons, and resources. We covered the rules factor and now we're on to the other two factors... The reasons… The second factor in diagnosing the legalistic disease has to do with our reasons for obedience to certain laws. …

How To Know If You’re A Legalist (Three tests and a test case) Part 1 of 4

Three tests for legalism – Rules, Reasons, and Resources You won’t be able to find the term, “Legalism” in the Bible, but just about every New Testament author, and some Old Testament ones, address it as a concept. I don’t think there’s ever been a Christian who, to some degree, hasn’t fallen prey to its …