Liberty + Legalism = Bondage

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1, KJV

Paul the Apostle was writing to the churches he established in the region of Galatia (modern day Turkey). Certain men came in and told the new Christians that in order to be saved, they needed not only faith in Jesus, but it was necessary for them to keep the Law of Moses. They were mixing law with grace. Paul referred to this as “another gospel, which is not another” (1:6-7, KJV). The “gospel” they were proclaiming sounded the same, but was completely different. It was mixing legalism with liberty, which always leads to bondage.

Here in the South we see this kind of bondage mixed with faith repeatedly. Women are told how to dress; how to wear their hair; that they cannot apply make-up. The men who dictate these legalistic requirements often color their hair. Can you say double standard?

Still other men teach a particular type of bondage that holds one hostage to everyday language. This “freedom” professes the liberty of confession declaring health and wealth. However, one is actually held in bondage, as any “negative confession” can bring sorrow and suffering.

The Bible is specific about how one is saved:

  • Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.” KJV
  • Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (KJV)

In both passages faith is contrasted with works. They are diametrically opposed to each other. Paul settled the argument when he wrote to the Christians in Rome:

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6, KJV).

To add to the Gospel is to pervert the Gospel and make it of no effect. It is no Gospel. It is bondage.

Think about it…

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2 responses to “Liberty + Legalism = Bondage

  1. Joe Dallas

    Careful with that grace stuff, Randy. It might just set people free. Can’t have that.

  2. Certainly Joe! Thanks for commenting.

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