Legalism hinders Christian growth and ruins Christian unity!⇦Tweet that!
The False Charge: Grace leads to sin.
If you gathered a typical group of well-churched Christians who have listened to a lot of sermons and read a lot of books and asked, “What does an emphasis on grace lead to?” Many of them would answer, “If grace is emphasized too much, it leads to sin.”
I’ve heard it a million times. (That’s not hyperbole, a million times in my almost 50 years as a follower of Christ!)
Does highlighting the grace of God really prevent Christians from obeying the truth?
The Truth: No, legalism prevents Christians from obeying the truth!
In Galatians 5:7-15 Paul asks his readers, “Who disrupted your Christian life?”
His answer would jar most pre-churched Christians:
It’s the legalistic teachers who “bump Christians off course” so that we do not “obey the truth.” Notice that it’s only by grace through faith that we “run well” in our Christian life so that we obey the truth of Scripture. Legalism always hinders sanctification.
Christ in us doesn’t want to disobey the truth. The new creation deeply desires to live for Christ and others. And that’s how grace perfectly fulfills the law, by releasing us to love in Jesus’ name.
Christ sets us free to mature and love others.⇦Tweet that!
The gospel of Christ set us free from our sin—a radical liberation that sets you free from the power of death and empowers you to love fearlessly.
Question: What scares you most about teaching the uninhibited, unhinged, unfettered grace of God in Christ?