There are a lot of Christians who were raised within legalistic churches who are very bitter concerning their upbringing. As someone who came from a somewhat legalistic background, I can relate. I also want to call you to not be bitter, and I am going to tell you why. First, you may not understand legalism.… Continue reading Legalistically-Raised Christians, Don’t be Bitter
There is a lot we could say about legalism and how to define it. Legalism comes in many shapes and sizes and can’t be easily pinpointed. In short, legalism is man-centered, performance-based faith – and is not God-dependent. It says that everything is earned through keeping rules. Or we could define legalism as “adding” to… Continue reading What is Christian Legalism?
I was asked to read and review The Black and White Thinking Christian by my friend Fred Jacoby. Fred Jacoby is the founder and director of Foundations Christian Counseling Services in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has been a friend of mine for years, and we have worked on several projects together through his counseling ministry and… Continue reading Book Review: The Black and White Thinking Christian by Fred Jacoby
I would say a good chunk of my upbringing in Christianity is what I would call legalistic fundamentalism. First, let me give a disclaimer to say that I’m not embittered by my childhood. I think there were many or even mostly large positives from it. Right off the bat we need to define our terms.… Continue reading Reclaiming Beauty