Legalism Defined

from Jun 30, 2016 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

Here’s an excerpt from Legalism Defined, Nicholas Batzig’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

Legalism is, by definition, an attempt to add anything to the finished work of Christ. It is to trust in anything other than Christ and His finished work for one’s standing before God. The New Testament refutation of legalism is primarily a response to perversions of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The majority of the Savior’s opponets were those who believed that they were righteous in and of themselves and commitment to the law of God. The Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes exemplified, by their words and deeds, doctrinal legalism in the days of Christ and the Apostles. While they made occasional appeals to grace, they self-righteously truncated and twisted the Scriptural meaning of grace.

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