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Enjoying God: My Wife’s Break From a Legalistic Perspective

Enjoying God_ My Wife's Break From a Legalistic Perspective

Do you enjoy God? You know, like a good movie or a nice dinner. After a long day, you’re looking for a pleasant escape into something you enjoy. Is God at the top of your “things I enjoy the most” list? My wife was not… Continue Reading …

The Negative Effect of Fundamentalism On the Soul

The Negative Effect of Fundamentalism On the Soul

Fundamentalism is one slice of Christian evangelicalism. In addition to the fundamentals of the faith, fundamentalists typically hold to strict sub-biblical, ascetic practices. Though they love Jesus and are passionate about following Him, many of them embrace legalistic preferences. The negative effect of this kind… Continue Reading …

Hiding Behind Grace To Avoid The Hard Things

Sometimes “extending grace” may mean you’re about to get into conflict. Though you should never look for a fight, you should also not be looking for ways to avoid soul care when it is within your competency and influence to help someone who is struggling.… Continue Reading …

I Am a Saved Legalist Who Struggles with Depression

How you answer this question will impact the quality of your life on earth. Do you believe God sends people to hell, or do you think hell is the result for people who reject God? Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …

Modesty Wars: Hyper-Grace v. Legalism

Too often, discussions about modesty digress into contentious sparring matches between Christians with differing perspectives on this secondary issue. It does not have to be this way. There is no reason to be unkind, even when you don’t see eye to eye with another person.… Continue Reading …

Give Your Children Fewer Rules and More Attitude

Being rule-centered may bring pseudo comfort because you are living within a “secure structure of codes,” but it will suffocate the life that God could give you if you were willing to walk in the Spirit. Rule-based living is a self-reliant way that leaves you… Continue Reading …

Investigating Legalism—Where in the World Is Worldliness?

Where in the world is worldliness? How you answer this question will determine how you live out your Christian experience in God’s world. Your “system of Christian practice” flows from how you answer my question. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

Legalism Is a Fear-Based Culture that Leads to a Complex Life

Legalism is a complicated subject. It stirs emotive responses from many Christians. If you’re in it, it’s hard to get out. If you did come out of it, it’s easy to overreact and go to some dangerous places. In this two-part series, I’m going to… Continue Reading …

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

Being holy is not legalism. Being an obedient and disciplined Christian does not have to be legalistic either. If something is wrong, an overreaction to that bad thing is also an inadequate response. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud,… Continue Reading …

Christian Legalism: People-Pleasing and Performance Traps

Christian Legalism, People-Pleasing and Performance Traps

Legalism is the bane of religion. It’s the persistent nemesis in all of our hearts. Though we usually discuss legalism as it pertains to our salvation, I’m speaking more here of how it affects our sanctification. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes,… Continue Reading …