This post first appeared on Kineti and is authored by Judah Gabriel Himango, one of Tabernacle of David’s teachers.
Legalism and lawlessness: two extremes in Messiah faith
Many churches in the Evangelical world spend a great deal of time condemning legalism: rigid adherence to Biblical laws and the man-made stringencies around them, observance by the letter and not by the Spirit, observance of Biblical laws to gain eternal life with God.
But Yeshua’s words in the Gospels warn of a different issue:
“Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:12-14, Tree of Life Version
While legalism has been and continues to be a problem among believers, especially Messianic believers, its opposite extreme — lawlessness — pulls God’s people away from living godly, upstanding lives.
In this new podcast episode, Messianic apologist John McKee and myself discuss forms of legalism and lawlessness we’ve encountered in our Messianic walk, and how believers can avoid these extremes that tend to be too common in our Messiah faith. Enjoy, fine Kineti readers!
And, a reminder, you can subscribe to our podcast over at MessianicWalk.com