By Erwin W. For example there is a form of legalism that uses rules or commandments as a way of salvation. Such laws in and of themselves might be good and proper, but they cannot save a soul. Among Christians there is also a kind of legalism that teaches that, although we are saved through faith in Christ, sanctification is a matter of submitting to certain rules or standards. Make no mistake, these rules might have value to keep Christians from certain select sins, but they are not a substitute for the fruit of the Spirit.
Jul 29, Have you, as a Christian, ever been accused of legalism? That word is often bandied about in the Christian subculture incorrectly. For example. Legalism (or nomism), in Christian theology, is the act of putting law above gospel by establishing requirements for salvation beyond repentance and faith in .
Throughout this chapter, references are made to the legalistic approach of religious authorities who accused Jesus Christ of breaking the Sabbath. A popular meaning attached to the word today is that any form of biblical law-keeping is legalism and therefore to be avoided. However, this use of the word is incorrect. The Pharisees, an excessively strict branch of Judaism whose religious interpretations dominated popular thinking at the time of Christ, were examples of this. Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.