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The Dangers of Religious Heresy

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Col. 2:16-23

"16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh."

Why is Legalism Dangerous?

  1. Because it creates separation where Christ came to unify!

Why is Legalism Dangerous?

  1. Because it will disqualify you from the Christian race

Acts: 20:29-30 - "I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them."

2 Tim. 4:7 - " I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing."

Matt 23:5 - " They do all their deeds to be seen by others".

Why is Legalism Dangerous?

  1. Because it isn’t the Source of REAL growth

Why is Legalism Dangerous?

  1. It’s proof you haven’t experienced ‘death with Christ’

Rom. 12:2 - "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind"

James 4:4 - "You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

John 17:14-16 - "I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."

Why is Legalism Dangerous?

  1. Because it is sin masked as righteousness and it is rooted in unbelief

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