Friday, July 15, 2011

The Dangers Of Legalism And Isolationism - The Gospel (Part 5 of ∞)


Have you fallen into temptation? If so, do not run to legalism! Legalism, though deceptively appealing, cannot change your behavior. Although it may alter your outer appearance, it does not strike deep at the root of sin. Many have deceived themselves into thinking that they are better-moral people because of the list of rules they keep. But in the midst of all the rule-making, the root of sin only digs itself deeper.

Have you fallen into temptation? If so, do not run to isolationism! Many think that if they could only isolate themselves from the world around them... if they could only completely stop associating with ungodly people— then, at last, holiness would be achieved. But in the midst their isolation, they failed to realize that the root of sin was still intact in their own hearts. And thus, while while fleeing from the many roots in the world around them, they failed to attack their own!

There is only one weapon which can strike the root of sin with a fatal blow. And that weapon is not legalism, it is not isolationism... the weapon is the gospel. The gospel is the only weapon strong enough to exterminate sin at its root. Do not seek for any other weapon, gimmick, or trick. Seek Christ, for He appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

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