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  1. courtneyrae
    December 12, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    I was brought up Southern Baptist and I was homeschooled…double whammy of legalism haha. I agree with you and have believed this for quite some time, but have never been able to put into words quite so clearly. Thank you. Great post!

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  2. Kris
    December 13, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Well said my friend, alot of what you said is really the basis of the church that we started. Our mission is to love God and to love people. As we Love God and worship him, we truly are able to live sinless lives. I think through our love of God, we live in his Kingdom.

    It is extremely dangerous to say that we are loving God and using that as an excuse for our “freedoms.” If we truly love God, then we will enjoy freedom thru him in things and at other times find restraint and abstain from things.
    I think our love for God leads us, as you stated last week, to be open about our sins and freely confess them to both God and to others. St Augustine definitely had this right, as I have found many of our ancient leaders of the faith have had many things right, granted they had many things wrong, but thank you for listening to the truth that resounds so greatly over the traditions that seem to be the forefront of the Christian lineage.

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  3. Bobby
    December 14, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Very well said. No one ever calls themselves a legalist, and when they read a post about legalism they usually think it applies to someone else. Most legalists also think they aren’t legalists because they don’t believe in a works based salvation. However, all legalists believe in a works based grace, which is no grace at all. They feel that their piety and good works earn God’s favor. They typically tend to not have a real understanding of God’s grace.

    When we really grasp that God loved us when we were unlovable, and still loves us while we are still just as unlovable, we begin to understand that we will never cause him to love us or think better of us than He does now. God, for some reason, could never love me more than He already does. This causes me to love Him back, and it liberates me from the bondage of a master/slave relationship and places me in a friend/friend relationship with God. Here I am free to love Him, love other people, and live with a clean conscience giving glory to God in everything I do.

    Thanks for the wise words

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