Legalism VS Jesus Brochure


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Three-fold brochure highlighting some keys points about legalism today among Christians.

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Legalism VS Jesus Brochure

  1. 1. “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” Gal 3:24-25 “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.   These are a shadow of the things that were to come. The reality, however, is found in Christ.” Col. 2:16-17 Legalism Versus Jesus “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? . . . d i d y o u r e c e i v e the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law,or by hearing with faith? Galatians 3:1-5 Faith in Jesus Releases From Religious Rituals THE GRACE OF JESUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD REPLACES RITUAL FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT REPLACES THE BONDAGE OF THE LAW & RULES JESUS & THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT REPLACES THE TYPES AND SHADOWS OF O.T. RULES AND RITUALS. THE FREE GRACE OF JESUS REPLACES ALL STRIVING TO PLEASE GOD
  2. 2. Saved by grace...not of works Examples of Christian Legalism • Works Salvation: Need Jesus + something else to be saved. • Works Holiness: Focus on external things to earn God’s favor • Jewish Ritualism: Celebrating OT Jewish holidays and traditions as superior to other forms of worship. Depending on out-dated Jewish rituals and traditions to get closer to God rather than our direct relationship to the Father through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. • Gentile Ritualism: Only one way to: hold Sunday services, to use some spiritual gifts or to baptize people. • Man-Made Prohibitions: Christians cannot attend movies, listen to modern music, dance, smoke tobacco or drink any alcohol, play cards or participate in mixed bathing, mixed marriages, recreate on Sundays or speak in tongues. Women cannot wear makeup, jewelry or pants. Jesus Fulfilled the Law “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished” (Matt. 5:17-18).   “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Scriptures on LegalismScriptures on Legalism Gal. 3:24-25 Law was a temp OT tudor Col. 2:22-23 Human rules not = God’s rules John 1:17 Law via Moses. Grace via Jesus Rom. 14:4,10 Don’t judge. Let God Jude 3 Protect essential Gospel 1 John 4:1 Test the spirits Matt. 16:6,12 Beware of “yeast” of legalism Gal. 2:11-14 Peter rebuked: Aiding legalism Gen.17 Ex.24 OT is Covenant Only With Jews Gal. 4:9-11 Warning on OT Religious rituals Gal. 5:1-4 OT Circumcision vs. Jesus Legalism Ritual & Rules Over Relationship Works Over Grace Pride Over Humility Conformity Over Freedom Outward Over Inward