Galatians 3:1 "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?"
I've heard this statement a few times. I've heard some say that our church is legalist in its beliefs and practice. Do those people even know what legalist means anyway? Probably not. I found this definition and thought it was pretty good. This unknown person said a legalist is "a person who thinks that salvation comes by not only faith in Christ but also obedience in accordance with the Word of God." Nothing needs to be added to salvation but faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for that salvation.
I know one thing...those that label us fundamental, independent, sin-hating, Christ-loving, hell preaching, separated churches as legalist do not like hard preaching and/or what we stand for. Those people will find some old dead church to go to where they can look pretty good. Those people stand out like a sore thumb when they hear preaching that is hard and straight. I guess they think if they label us as legalists then others will stay away too.
Some people don't stay in a church where sin is preached and truth is proclaimed and Biblical separation is practiced because they say "legalism, legalism". They wouldn't know legalism if they stumbled over it.
Legalism has nothing to do with living clean and holy before God. Legalism has to do with adding baptism, church membership, and good works to the grace of God for salvation. The truth is that there are some people that don't have any standards at all in some of these dead churches who are legalists.
You believe, you trust Jesus and get baptized and join the church and endure to the end to be saved. That's legalism. Holy living and separation and looking like a Christian is not legalism. It's Bible holiness. It is merely following Christ.
So in a nutshell....I'm not a legalist....I'm saved by the grace of God and obedient to those things He tells me to do!!
Galatians 2:16 "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."