Welcome to episode 2 of the Grace Cafe Podcast! Our conversation in this episode centered around legalism and the toxic side effects it brings to the party. We talk about two types of legalism; a legalism of “don’t” and a legalism of “do”. One says you’re defined by what you avoid and the other says you’re defined by how you appear to others. Both types of legalism are a form of behavior modification and moralism that cover up the real you and put a fake you on display. Both types put us in a pressure cooker of performancism that is just waiting to burst.
One of the toxic side effects of legalism is the view of sanctification it forces on us. Legalism demands your best life now through strict adherence to rule keeping and it views sanctification as an upward progression from bad behavior to good behavior in direct proportion to one’s ability to keep the rules, whatever those rules are. In this environment, failure to perform and keep the rules is an indication you may not be a believer. We believe legalism in any form is contrary to the freedom Christ died to provide us.
In this episode we talk about:
- A legalism of “Do” and a legalism of “Don’t”.
- What is fruit and is fruit another name for good works?
- Living up to the expectation of others.
- Is sanctification a life of upward progress and improved performance based on our best efforts?
- Trials and bearing fruit in trials.
- Sloppy Christianity
- Tightwads and bad baseball analogies.
We reference the following verses in this episode:
- For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14, ESV)
- And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31, ESV)
- So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. (Hebrews 13:12, ESV)