Charles Swindoll wrote this about legalists:
“The problem with legalists is that not enough people have confronted them and told them to get lost. Those are strong words, but I don’t mess with legalism anymore. I’m 72 years old; what have I got to lose? Seriously, I used to kowtow to legalists, but they’re dangerous. They are grace-killers. They’ll drive off every new Christian you bring to church. They are enemies of the faith. Other than that, I don’t have any opinion! So, if I am trying to force my personal list of no-no’s on you and make you feel guilty if you don’t join me, then I’m out of line and I need to be told that.”
The older I get the more I see the damage of insisting on personal preferences and binding people to men’s traditions and restrictions. Young people and young believers are often hurt this way and discouraged in their faith. I meet them almost every day.
Legalists want to have a reputation for advanced spirituality, but the mark of maturity is not the number of extra-biblical rules you have. Biblical evidence of genuine spirituality is the fruit of the Spirit…
So measure your spirituality by the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit not by the length of your extra-Biblical restrictions or requirements.Insisting on personal presences is a violation of love not a measure of spirituality.
July 4, 2016