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  Legalism (theology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Legalism, in Christian theology, is a pejorative term referring to an improper fixation on law or codes of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of pride and the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God.
Legalism may also be alleged, in Christian theology, in criticism of theories which are perceived to be excessively dependent upon legal concepts.
In addition to the primary definition of legalism (in which it refers to works for salvation), the term "legalism" is commonly used to refer the view that adherence to certain manmade rules is necessary for moral or spiritual righteousness and full acceptance and partnership in the Christian community.
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 Legalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a school of Korean legal thought originating in the Joseon Dynasty era.
Legalism in Christian theology is a pejorative term referring either to the imposition of excessive religious rules of behavior (also known as letterism) or to a system of meriting salvation through doing good works, something the Apostle Paul denied was possible (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Within modern Christian circles, the term has also taken on a more nebulous definition between Christian denominations who observe certain aspects of the Ten Commandments and Law of God differently.
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 Flesh Tank and Peashooter Regulations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In other words legalism will be present wherever a person is trying to be ethical in his own strength, that is, without relying on the merciful help of God in Christ.
The second meaning of legalism is this: the erecting of specific requirements of conduct beyond the teaching of Scripture and making adherence to them the means by which a person is qualified for full participation in the local family of God, the church.
Their theology is wrong because all the fullness of deity dwells in Christ (2:9) not angels.
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 Theology Today - Vol 37, No. 1 - April 1980 - TABLETALK - Theological Labels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Legalism in theology derives its sanction from the use of the law as a label for the first (and fundamental) part of the Old Testament canon.
It is a theology which is chiefly concerned with the providential care and rule of God in the lives of men and women, as they face the vicissitudes of everyday existence, rather than with the message of salvation for those caught in the crisis of sin and guilt.
It is a theology that seeks to articulate faith in a manner applicable to the universal human situation and consonant with knowledge gathered from reflection on human experience of life.
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 What Is Legalsim
Legalism is what one calls any system which has them observe laws which they don't agree with, and a legalist is anyone who stands theologically to the right of where you stand.
It then no longer becomes a question of legalism, but a question of love of God's law, and of a changed and softened heart that their desire is to live by it.
Legalism is not hating the sin of the world, nor is it the teaching that Christians should flee from it.
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 Is Righteousness Legalism?
Legalism to those theologians means people seeking justification of their sins by keeping God's law.
The word "legal" comes from the word, "law" or lawful, and is a dictionary synonym of lawful, relating to law.
One such beginning or foundational Scripture that they build their corrupt and perverted theology on is found in I Timothy 1:15, where they teach Paul as saying, he is chief of all church sinners.
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 Best Both Worlds
It is not the legalism or the absence of "grace" that causes the trouble.
It is the theology itself: - a theology that misses the true doctrine of grace as given in Scripture and summarized in the very Gospel of Christ.
The very legalism many attempt to avoid is born and grows from their teaching and understanding that God saves us based on a blend of what He does and what we do.
www.inchristalone.org /BestBothWorlds.htm   (3113 words)

 Messiah's Congregation - Where Faith, History, and Theology meet
Legalism I define as the false principle that God grants acceptance to people, considers them righteous and worthy of being in his presence, on the ground of their obedience to a set of rules, apart from putting their trust in God, relying on him, loving him, and accepting his love for them."
The heresy of legalism, when applied to the Torah, says that anyone who does these things, that is, anyone who mechanically follows the rules for Shabbat, kashrut, etc., will attain life through them, will be saved, will enter the Kingdom of God, will obtain eternal life.
The false doctrine of legalism which Sha’ul is fighting is one which he himself once believed, and it must be presumed that he was not alone.
www.freewebs.com /messiahscongregation/whatislegalism.htm   (6728 words)

 First-aid for Legalists
Legalism is any system, rules, expectations or regulations that promise God's love in return for human effort and obedience.
Legalism is a spiritually toxic virus unique to humans, spread by religion, best treated by God's unconditional and amazing grace.
Legalism is one of authentic Christianity's greatest enemies.
ptm.org /legalism   (184 words)

 Trinity Foundation: Explaining God, man, Bible, salvation, philosophy, theology.
One common misunderstanding of legalism is that one is a legalist only if one tries to obey, or insists that others obey, man-made laws.
The primary example of legalism, one correspondent told me, is the Pharisees, who by their traditions had made void the laws of God.
Legalism is the notion that a sinner can, by his own efforts, or by the power of the Holy Spirit in his life, do some work to obtain or retain his salvation.
www.trinityfoundation.org /journal.php?id=112   (6004 words)

 AVAILABLE LIGHT - Personal Ideologies Or Corporate Theologies
When personal ideologies become corporate theologies, legalism (or re-legalism), hurt, and abuse can become rampant as the beauty, individuality, and personal relationship with Jesus has been destroyed in the name of trying to mold everybody to be like the person who implemented the concept in question.
In this concept, the implementer of the personal ideology gone corporate theology uses the now corporated theology as his or her measuring stick to determine if a person is or is not a "real" Christian in their eyes.
Legalism is the ball and chain that enforce external rules and rules of do's and dont's and regulations and calls the following of the external rules, internal holiness and the not following of those rules, compromising the Gospel.
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 "What is Oneness Pentecostal Theology?"
Oneness theology denies the Trinity and teaches that God is a single person who was "manifested as Father in creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration."
In addition, oneness theology also maintains that baptism is a necessary part of salvation; that is, in order to be saved, one must be baptized, by immersion.
Legalism leads to bondage and the requirements of keeping the law to maintain salvation.
www.carm.org /oneness/whatisoneness.htm   (539 words)

Old Covenant Theology is legalism: Keep in mind that the Westminster Confession (the standard of Old Covenant Theology) taught the moral law was the decalogue as given to Moses.
In fact, it is a tenant of Old Covenant theology that part of the continuity of the covenants lies in the binding aspect of the Old Covenant moral law as given upon Mount Sinai to Moses.
It is not legalism for a church to have standards; we claim it is scriptural.
www.nacnet.org /baptist/arnapr87.htm   (2158 words)

 The New Perspective   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The theology of the new perspective as seen in Sanders, Dunn and Wright is a radical reinterpretation of reformation theology.
The ordinary rabbi, therefore, believed that the goal of the rabbinic religion was the search for reward on the basis of merit that God was a stern judge, and that approaching death brought with it the fear of loosing salvation due to a lack of merit.
Consequently, this caricature of Judaism was imposed upon the N.T. with particular emphasis on the interpretation of Paul’s theology.
www.pressiechurch.org /Theol_2/new_perspective_assurance.htm   (5164 words)

 Legalism - Rapture Ready Message Board   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Legalism is an attitude, a mentality based on pride.
Legalism is not a way of salvation, but a way instead that leads only to death.
Be aware that legalism appeals to the “flesh” or fallen human nature which enjoys being religious and boasts about its religious achievements.
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 bible.org: The Great Sabbath Controversy (Luke 6:1-11)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Legalism is a deadly system, one which characterized the Pharisees of Jesus’; day, and which was evident in their attitudes and actions as we see Luke describing them in our text.
Specifically, the legalism of the Pharisees was dramatically evident in their rules pertaining to the keeping of the Sabbath.
Much to their delight, some of the disciples (who were seemingly oblivious to the legalism of the Pharisees) began to strip heads of grain from the field, rub them in their hands to separate the grain from the sheaf, and pop it into their mouths.
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 : Theology (N.T.)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Posted by Adam Naranjo on March 11, 2005 at 04:28 PM in Pauline Theology & New Perspective, Soteriology, Theology (Biblical), Theology (N.T.)
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 Anti-Intellectualism, Legalism, and the Cults
Without a strong knowledge of the Bible, theology and related subjects, the person is liable to being deceived into the group.
Legalism is the second main subject to be studied in this article.
Legalism means, "Strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion or morality."(8) For the purposes of this article, the "particular code" is one made up by the leadership of a group, and not the commandments explicitly laid out in Scripture.
www.dtl.org /cults/article/anti-intellectialism.htm   (3360 words)

 Legalism and Jehovah's Witnesses
And legalism, while masquerading as faith, is the opposite of faith because it establishes itself instead of faith as the substance of what is not seen.
As with Judaism, the legal requirements were unable to be followed without sin, acting as the tutor to Christ, who paid for our sins, releasing mankind from the Old covenant of the law, entering him into the law of Christ.
The legalism blinded the Pharisees despite the rightness of Jesus miracle, just as today, speaking to anyone who leaves the organization is condemned by the Watchtower, despite any valid points they may make, for their legalism has blinded their eyes.
www.escapefromwatchtower.com /legalism.html   (12683 words)

 Legalism, What Exactly Is It?
I think we shall find in our study, though, that under the general heading of "law," there is a large spectrum, having what I term legalism at one extreme end (the whole essence of man simply involved in law keeping) and antinomianism at the other end of the spectrum (those against law, period).
Since legalism and legalist are not in the vocabulary of the scriptures, as such, we will have to look to the English Dictionaries for help.
An example of this negative definition of legalism is perhaps seen in the case of the Pharisees (Jn.
www.bibletruths.net /Archives/BTAR214.htm   (1408 words)

 Frontline Ministries - Walking in the Spirit - Galatians 5:1-26
This is called legalism and it has no power to deliver someone from the power of sin.
We are free from legalism on one hand and lawlessness on the other.
A believer has the choice to follow the Spirit or the flesh and we demonstrate that we are saved when we choose the Spirit over the flesh.
www.frontlinemin.org /spiritwalk.asp   (3251 words)

 Legalism & Antinomianism
Legalism can also be defined as adding to the law of God those things which God has not required.
Legalism is the former of the two religions which expresses itself in two ways: either a sinner, can, (1) by his own efforts or (2) with the Spirit's help, exert effort to either attain or maintain their justification.
Justification by faith alone preserves the church from both antinomianism and legalism, both of which are rampant in the modern church.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/topic/legalism-anti.html   (2385 words)

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Legalism (philosophy) was one of the four main philosophic schools during the Warring States Period (the end of the Zhou Dynasty) in Chinese history.
Legalism (theology) is a pejorative term in Christian theology referring to the imposition of excessive conformity to religious rules of behavior.
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A. These days, we are hearing more and more the terms "legalism" and "legalist" in religious circles.
In explaining why Christ's righteousness was imputed, Calvin reasoned from the standpoint of legalism.
He is made righteous through the perfect sacrifice of Christ when he, through obedience, receives the benefits of that sacrifice.
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