Legalism – obfuscation – “faith-only” doctrine?
It is wearisome at times to rebut the legalist and their endless drivel concerning Law-the Sabbath-Obedience while suggesting that Christianity is lawlessness AKA a “faith-only” doctrine.
There is no faith only doctrine, that’s obfuscation, a lack of knowledge and deceit by legalists who are absent faith. Faith enjoins one to God the Father by trusting in Jesus as Lord; in fact, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6);
Obedience to God’s will, the Commandments of Jesus written upon our heart, the moral law, is the natural outpouring or the natural resultant of faith having come to fruition through covenant relationship with God the Father and receiving the Holy Spirit subsequent to believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Obedience through Sanctification in the Spirit FOLLOWING faith is what substantiates and validates one’s faith as TRUE and authentic saving faith; Jesus said, you will know them by their fruit-works-behavior (Matthew 7:15-20).
Christianity is NOT lawlessness; in fact, Christianity is observance to a law (Law of the Spirit written on our heart) that is more stringent than the Covenant of Law as Jesus infused mens rea (the thought life) as culpability (Matthew 5:27-28).
Christianity is grace (unmerited favor unattainable through works of the Law) through faith (trusting-believing in Jesus as Lord) and “obedience through sanctification” (that follows establishment of covenant relationship by faith) as we don’t serve God as slaves to a Law of condemnation but serve God in obedience because we love Him and honor Him through the Spirit. Law and obedience can never save – Law and obedience cannot supplant faith but obedience naturally follows true faith and substantiates that faith.
Legalism is deception and legalism is certainly the offspring of Satan himself and Satan certainly has his way within these forums through his representatives.