Summary: Having a clear understanding of God’s law can help us avoid the trap of legalism. King David, the apostle Paul and Jesus can each give us a healthy perspective on God’s law.
1 Timothy: Doing Church God’s Way
North Coast Church
Message #5 August 12-13, 2006 Dr. Larry Osborne
Why Legalism Stinks
Note: PowerPoints and Small Group Worksheets
for this sermon are available at www.northcoastchurch.com.
AN AGE-OLD PROBLEM
Legalism: Any attempt to help God out with extra rules & regulations.
● Self imposed rules are fine.
● Putting them on others is legalism!
Nothing New Under The Sun:
O.T. False Prophets
Jesus & The Pharisees
Cf. NT letters!
Col 2:16-17, 20-23
Observing the Sabbath
Meat Offered To Idols
Modern Day Legalists
Food & Drink Entertainment Choices
How Green Are You? Diet/ Exercise/ etc
The When, What, Who & How:
Read it First – Then Walk Through It Slowly
PUT PASSAGE UP ON THE SCREEN!
~ Explain why we don’t normally do this!
4:1-2 The Spirit clearly says that
~ no doubt about it! Cf. Acts 20:29-31
in later times some will abandon the faith and
~ later NOT last times!
follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. ~ Not just wrong. Satanic!~ cf. 2 Cor 11:14-15
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
4-5 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Thanksgiving Test: Can I honestly thank God for this?
6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
WHY LEGALISM STINKS:
It assumes God forgot something Prov 30:5-6
It produces spiritual arrogance. Luke 18:9-14
It’s spiritually powerless. Col 2:20-23
Fake Warning signs
LEGALISM’S HOLY TRINITY:
Three verses they love to quote completely out of context.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
~ Used Against: Alcohol, smoking, tattoos, piercings
Also: Coffee, Sugars, Processed Foods, etc.
Isaac won Rebekah with a nose ring weighing a beka (approx. 3 ½ oz!) Genesis 24:14-30!
~ Context is immorality – joined to a prostitute!
Never do anything that might cause the weak to stumble.
~ Stumble = Fall away (Apostasy)
Not be annoyed or bothered!
~ The weak are the legalists! Weak in that area
Not baby Christians or non-Christians!
Rom 14:1-2 ~ The weak are those who are afraid of their freedom in Christ!
If you know it offends don’t do it!
If a legalist is open – teach them!
Avoid every appearance of evil.
~ Used against – MOVIES – DRESS STYLES
A GLASS OF WINE AT A RESTAURANT –