Tag Archives: legalism

A quiet kind of revolution

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) Earlier I shared, in this Catch, how almost daily I go help Marti’s fellow … Continue reading

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Getting what we deserve?

Step 3. Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it. The classic illustration of this attitude of the Pharisees is seen in a parable Jesus told about a … Continue reading

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Oh mercy

Step 3. Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it. The Pharisees don’t like mercy because they are legalists. Legalists base everything on the law. They are interpreters … Continue reading

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Rain on me

Step 2. Have come to believe that our means of obtaining greatness is to make everyone lower than ourselves in our own mind. I find myself loving people who in turn are loving to me But what you ask is … Continue reading

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A cult-buster book

12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) has impacted people more than any book I’ve written. Story after story reveals how people have been set free from legalism and the resulting bondage it creates — bondage to authoritarianism, to … Continue reading

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12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)

“How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” (Galatians 3:3 NLT) They’ll never see the light if all you preach is hate … Continue reading

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Pharisee Alert

I have a built-in Pharisee alert that typically sounds off whenever I throw back to the judgmental, condescending, legalistic attitudes that characterized much of my early Christian experience. You may remember I’m a recovering Pharisee, which means I will never … Continue reading

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Pyrotechnic weekend

Neal’s solution to my fireworks dilemma, “How about planning a trip without a date and mail the bombs to New Hampshire ahead of the trip? It could be years ahead, fireworks are age-free. All the fun, none of the guilt, packed … Continue reading

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