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      Legalism 101

      Tuesday, July 31, 2007


      Many these days are paranoid about being a “legalist”. With this paranoia, many neglect the very commandments of the Lord Jesus to save themselves from the accusations and sneers of many who would call them legalists for keeping Christ’s very words. There are many ways in which one can be a legalist, but, as with all to do with matters of authority, we should go to God for our definition of any such word.

      If you love me, keep my commandments. … He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

      - Jesus Christ
      (Joh 14:15, 21)

      What harsh words are these for those who do not keep Christ’s commandments, but what joy in these words of affirmation from the Lord for those that do. Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (1 John 4:1-3; Luke 5:32 KJV) Why did the Lord say such a thing? Was it because He was being harsh in declaring the will of the Father? No, the answer is because, in that day, there were many professors of godliness, there were those who had a form of godliness and considered themselves to be righteous by their own standards possibly by comparing themselves to others who praised themselves, but, in turn, did not keep the commandments of the Lord and denied the power of godliness thereof. Many are the same in this day. Many go to a place of worship consistently, tithe, pray, and take part in the religious fundraisers for, say, a new building or something of the sort, but all the while, in thought or word, they declare: “Lord, thank you for not allowing me to be like that sinner over there. I go to church every week, I tithe, I pray consistently, and I give myself to religious activities… not like that sinner over there. Thank you, Lord that I am not like him.” (Luke 8:10-14) Ah, many wolves in sheep’s clothing we have today, indeed. Jesus Christ gave us two commandments of equal importance: Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, body, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Many will be addressed with these commandments and say, “Well, I do that. Look at what I do! I give money that I wanted to use for something else to those in need! I have such faith that I can move mountains! I would give my body to be burned if need be!” The Apostle Paul, however, declares that even if you do all these things, and have not charity, you are nothing. (1 Cor. 13) Notice what he says. All the things listed above are charitable deeds, but Paul says that one can do them without love. It is quite possible to give all of my goods to the poor, but if I do not have charity, it profits me nothing.

      Keeping the commandments of Christ is not being a “legalist” or being “holier than thou.”

      For this, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (Rom 13:9-10)

      Paul the Apostle states that love is the fulfillment of the law. Is keeping the words of Christ being a legalist? If you go to your average meeting held in a building, the answer is either, “Yes.” or “Does answering this question truthfully going to interfere with the plans that I have laid out for myself and offend those persons that I hold in admiration because of personal advantage?” (Jude 1:16) or even “Does answering this question truthfully abase my pride and hinder the free-will I have to do as I please all ‘in the name of Christ’?” No, keeping the words of Christ definitely DOES NOT make one a legalist. Those who do not keep the words of Christ may say that it does, but they are in the transgression, not the one who keeps them.

      So what is a legalist? I’m afraid many who have little faith in this day have left it up to the legalists to define for them what exactly a legalist is. A legalist is one who professes Christ, who professes godliness, but denies the power thereof. For example, many today go or have gone to a place of worship simply because of some personal gain that may come about their way by attending a certain place with all the while having no desire to repent of not loving their neighbor as themselves and not loving God with all their, heart, soul, mind, and strength (ie. keeping Christ’s words). Some may have gone to seek a girlfriend or boyfriend, maybe some have gone because there is some business deal that someone in that place could have a say so in, or maybe even some go just so everyone can see that they "go to church". Even still, there are others who go simply because of tradition and not because of the love they have for Christ for taking the curse that every man has on him apart from Jesus. It is only those who believe on Him that have this curse lifted because it is Him who has been made a curse for those believing. (Gal. 3:13) Regardless of the truth of Christ, there are still unrepentant people who are the very ones that sit in the back or even in the front and call those who do come to repentance, who DO keep Christ words “legalists” for doing so. No, a legalist is one who is a lover of self and not a lover of God or their neighbor as themselves. There is so much self love prevalent this day because of so many people's igorant adherance to the false teaching from legalists saying that the keeping of Christ’s words is legalism when that is clearly not so. Keeping the commandments of Christ is actually loving Christ Himself. When one goes to the scriptures, one finds this to be true. Never in the scripture is the law talked about as being evil, only the abuse of it. There are many in this day who are more concerned about being seen “in church” than seeing God. There is the root of legalism. Legalism is not in the one who keeps Christ’s commandments; it is in the one who mocks and sneers at those that do. “Do not be deceived,” says the Apostle, “the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:9) One who does righteousness is righteous even as Jesus Christ is righteous. (1 John 3:7) It is not the one who professes their own godliness but denies the keeping of Christ’s words that is righteous; it is actually him that does and keeps the commandments of Christ that is righteous. Would you take advice from a person who gets drunk about the morality of drunkenness instead of an Apostle of God? (1 Cor. 6:10) Then why would you go to the opinion of a legalist as the basis for your definition about what exactly legalism is instead of the only one who never sinned (Jesus Christ)?

      Ah, that the love of God may be shed abroad in our hearts! Away with false professors who trust in themselves for their righteousness and sneer at those who love Christ and look to him for their righteousness! In with Jesus Christ and the keeping of His words forever for He is come in the flesh, raised from the dead, and revived; never to die again! Amen.

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      So Foolish Was I... Nevertheless...

      Sunday, July 29, 2007



      "So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee."

      - David
      ( Psalm 73:22)



      Remember this is the confession of the man after God's own heart; and in telling us his inner life, he writes, "So foolish was I, and ignorant." The word "foolish," here, means more than it signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse of the Psalm, writes, "I was envious at the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked," which shows that the folly he intended had sin in it. He puts himself down as being thus "foolish," and adds a word which is to give intensity to it; "so foolish was I." How foolish he could not tell. It was a sinful folly, a folly which was not to be excused by frailty, but to be condemned because of its perverseness and wilful ignorance, for he had been envious of the present prosperity of the ungodly, forgetful of the dreadful end awaiting all such. And are we better than David that we should call ourselves wise! Do we profess that we have attained perfection, or to have been so chastened that the rod has taken all our wilfulness out of us? Ah, this were pride indeed! If David was foolish, how foolish should we be in our own esteem if we could but see ourselves! Look back, believer: think of your doubting God when He has been so faithful to you--think of your foolish outcry of "Not so, my Father," when He crossed His hands in affliction to give you the larger blessing; think of the many times when you have read His providences in the dark, misinterpreted His dispensations, and groaned out, "All these things are against me," when they are all working together for your good! Think how often you have chosen sin because of its pleasure, when indeed, that pleasure was a root of bitterness to you! Surely if we know our own heart we must plead guilty to the indictment of a sinful folly; and conscious of this "foolishness," we must make David's consequent resolve our own--"Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel."







      Nevertheless...





      "Nevertheless I am continually with Thee."

      - David
      (Psalm 73:23)


      "Nevertheless,"--As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings "nevertheless I am continually with Thee." Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph's confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say "nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!" By this is meant continually upon His mind, He is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before His eye;--the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in His hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on His heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart for ever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of Thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, Thou beholdest me as wearing Christ's garments, and washed in His blood, and thus I stand accepted in Thy presence. I am thus continually in Thy favour--"continually with Thee." Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within--look at the calm without. "Nevertheless"--O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. "Nevertheless I am continually with Thee."





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      Do it All For the Glory of GOD.

      Sunday, July 22, 2007





      "Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

      - Paul the Apostle
      (1Cor. 10:31)



      In other words, right down to the most simple and mundane tasks of everyday life such as eating or drinking, everything we do is supposed to be filtered through the prism of this all important question:

      "How will what I'm doing glorify God, and how will it affect my relationship with Him? And what should I do; what choice should I make given my present prosperity or affliction that will most advance the Kingdom and bring the greatest glory to God?"



      Do you see the focus?



      You see, sometimes we have the focus compeletly backwards, even as Christians. In this current church culture of man-centered theology, where everything seems to center around whether or not we, as humans, benefit or not, it's very easy to make decisions based on things that WE want and then try to "include" God into it in some way.


      For example, maybe we get it fixed in our minds that life is about getting married and having a family or becoming successful in business or perhaps becoming a professional athelete or even just enjoying a "full simple healthy life", and so we pursue those things and then we simply attempt to "fit in God" whenever and wherever we can by perhaps thanking Him when our selfish, personal goals are finally acheived.


      But the problem with that carnal, worldly philosophy is it typically reveals itself as the selfish sin that it is when, suddenly or unexpectedly, life "throws us a curve". Maybe our spouse dies or perhaps we lose our jobs or when we end up in a wheelchair permanently disabled ...and then comes the cry to God: "Why me?! How could you let this happen to me?! Don't you love me anymore, God? How come you're not "blessing" me anymore?" And because our life wasn't really about advancing the Kingdom or bringing glory to God at all in the first place, but rather it was mostly about attempting to aquire comfort, pleasure, personal gain, and self-satisfaction ....well, when such trials hit, that kind of poor theology only leaves people VERY ill-equipped to be able to deal with and cope with the problems of life when they inevitably arrive. That's why Christians should be very uncomfortable with the "Health-Wealth" and man-centered theologies that are sweeping through "churches" today because they are setting up very unrealistic, very unbiblical, temporal expectations of when and why and how God blesses us. They very often set personal happiness as the goal; not the advancement of the Kingdom and the glory of God.


      But the primary issue in life isn't supposed to be "How can Christians be most happy?" or "How can we get what we want?" It's supposed to be "Are we bringing forth His attributes and, in through our thoughts and words and actions in the course of the very day to day, ever changing providence of life that come to us, is He, is God being glorified? And am I enjoying fellowship with Him regardless of whether or not His providences have brought me temporal prosperity or temporal adversity. That is supposed to be the true focus of life. ...and I'll tell you something: Our misconceptions about life and Christianity in general, will obviously lead to the same misconceptions about prayer specifically because, similarly, prayer is not supposed to be chiefly and primarily about us either. Prayer isn't merely an instrument whose purpose is to make our lives go smoothly and without affliction, nor is it a means to accomplish great personal wealth and health and prosperity! No, prayer like all that we, as Christians, have or do is to be chiefly and primarily an instrument to enable and empower us to advance the Kingdom AND to glorify God, and to enhance our relationship with God.





      - Mark Kielar
      ( President of CrossTV and teaching pastor at
      First Baptist of Boynton Beach )

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      What Company Do We Keep?

      Saturday, July 21, 2007



      God,

      My soul is in my hand daily; yet I do not forget Your Law. The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet I do not go astray from Your Commandments. I have taken Your testimonies as an inheritance forever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have bowed down my heart to do Your Precepts always to the end. SAMECH: I hate vain, half-hearted thoughts; but Your Law do I love. You are my hiding-place and my shield; I hope in Your Word. Depart from me, you evil-doers, for I will keep the Commandments of my God.


      (Psa 119:109-115)









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      Boast Of Your Weakness.

      Saturday, July 14, 2007



      So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)




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      All of Grace. (Full Audio Book)

      Thursday, July 12, 2007




      The book All of Grace by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.



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      Man's Petty Kingdom.

      Monday, July 9, 2007



      Those who sense their woeful and terrible inadequacy; those whose hearts are burning because they are discontent with mere religion in whose heart there is a cry for the coming of the Lord in fullness and in glory, we stand again historically at such a time: the soon coming of the Lord.

      There is again a place where God is bidding men to repent of their vested self-interests, of their fierce and intense personal ambitions, of their own desires for the future, of all the welter of things that pertain to their religion, and to their Jerusulem, and to come out of that and to humble themselves in that muddy place and enter the waters of radical separation from selfishness, from ambition, from power, from the love of prestige, and the esteem of men that they may glimpse a Son who is being brought forth into whom they can be joined in those selfsame waters one of with whom you have not recognized, one with whom you are not acquainted, and one of whom you know nothing of.

      I will tell you that if you might enter the waters at this time, for it is certainly the timing of God. "Had they known the timing of their visitation," Jesus wept as he looked upon Jerusalem as he went to the cross.

      I believe that these days have been a time of visitation for your denomination, that if you will not enter into the waters of separation, think of what it will cost you to love the fraternity of like-minded men who are presidents of institutions and heads of denominations; how scintiliating and intoxicating and heady it all is. How full of things that are pompous and earthly; worldy, that which is esteemed of men is an abomination in the sight of God. (Luke 16:15)

      ...Where are the priests of God who will bear it, and where are those who seeing it will remove and go after though they've not been this way before. "Believe in the Lord your God and so shall you be established. Believe in His prophets so shall you prosper." (2 Chr. 20:20) I have been faithful to speak the words God has put in my mouth, and now you are called, not merely to compliment me because "I've challenged your thinking, and it was an interesting lecture."

      Could this not be the very God calling an entire people to a new place: an apostolic reality, and the establishing of a Kingdom, a new quality of life and relationship that will require the radical alteration of much and at the beginning of which is to be found in the waters of repentance and separation from our ambition, from our self interests, from our vanity, from our pride, from our self-seeking, from loving the esteem of men rather than the approval of God? (John 12:43) ...I'll ask you to pray now...




      - Art Katz






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      The Cure for a Young Man's Melancholy.

      Friday, July 6, 2007



      Then mark, how safe a Comforter the Holy Ghost is. All comfort is not safe, mark that. There is a young man over there very melancholy. You know how he became so. He stepped into the house of God and heard a powerful preacher, and the word was blessed, and convinced him of sin. When he went home, his father and the rest found there was something different about him, “Oh,” they said, “John is mad, he is crazy;” and what said his mother? “Send him into the country for a week; let him go to the ball or the theater.” John, did you find any comfort there? “Ah no; they made me worse, for while I was there I thought hell might open and swallow me up.” Did you find any relief in the gayeties of the world? “No,” say you, “I thought it was idle waste of time.”
      Alas! this is miserable comfort, but it is the comfort of the worldling; and, when a Christian gets into distress, how many will recommend him this remedy and the other. “Go and hear Mr. So-and-so preach;” “have a few friends at your house;” “Read such-and-such a consoling volume;” and very likely it is the most unsafe advice in the world. The devil will sometimes come to men’s souls as a false comforter; and he will say to the soul, “What need is there to make all this ado about repentance? you are no worse than other people;” and he will try to make the soul believe, that what is presumption, is the real assurance of the Holy Ghost; thus he deceives many by false comfort.

      Ah! there have been many, like infants, destroyed by elixirs, given to lull them to sleep; many have been ruined by the cry of “peace, peace,” when there is no peace; hearing gentle things, when they ought to be stirred to the quick. Cleopatra’s asp was brought in a basket of flowers; and men’s ruin often lurks in fair and sweet speeches. But the Holy Ghost’s comfort is safe, and you may rest on it. Let him speak the word, and there is a reality about it; let him give the cup of consolation, and you may drink it to the bottom; for in its depths there are no dregs, nothing to intoxicate or ruin, it is all safe. Moreover, the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter; he does not comfort by words, but by deeds. Some comfort by, “Be ye warmed, and be ye filled, giving nothing.” But the Holy Ghost gives, he intercedes with Jesus; he gives us promises, he gives us grace, and so he comforts us. Mark again, he is always a successful Comforter; he never attempts what he cannot accomplish.

      Then, to close up, he is an ever-present Comforter, so that you never have to send for him. Your God is always near you; and when you need comfort in your distress, behold the word is nigh thee; it is in thy mouth, and in thy heart. He is an ever-present help in time of trouble. I wish I had time to expand these thoughts, but I cannot.







      (From the sermon The Comforter)

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      RecoverTheGospel.com

      Wednesday, July 4, 2007



      I'm just posting this to let you know of a great site called
      RecoverTheGospel.com . Brian Boone, the author of the site, asked me a while ago if I would like to post there, too. I just got back to him today, and, Lord willing, I will be posting there as well as here still. There are great resources at that site that encourage all of us to Recover the Gospel!


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      "It's a tremendous priviledge for me to be here with you today..."

      Sunday, July 1, 2007




      Sermons given by the grace of God. ( Paul Washer )






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