I too left the Nazarene church, but over legalism

Question: I was reading your letter online and, like your “I left the Nazarene church,” I left on the other hand because I found the practices to be legalistic. I find your letter to be greatly encouraging. Thank you and God bless you. Answer: I’m glad the article was of benefit to you. “Legalism” is…

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Law and Legalism

by H. E. Phillips via Guardian of Truth – January 6, 1994 Law is: “A general rule of action or conduct established or enforced by a sovereign authority; as, a law of Caesar; a law of God” (Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged). Webster says of legalism: “Close conformity to law.” Law and legalism are not the same.…

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The Need for Book, Chapter, and Verse

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/NeedForBookChapterAndVerse.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         Do we really need book, chapter, and verse?             A.        Frequently practices are justified by the absence of Scripture. “It doesn’t say not to.”             B.        The argument is taken so far as to say, “There is no book, chapter, and verse for having book, chapter, and verse.”             C.        The point of saying we need…

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How can I follow God when He is so strict?

Question: First of all, I can’t thank you enough for your time. There’s a lot more I want to talk about, possibly so much that neither you nor I have enough time for. Before I ask you more questions I want to continue to discuss this issue of sex and what not because it’s been…

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Should We be Picky?

Text: Psalms 50:7-23   I.         Jesus’ condemnation of the Jews, especially the Pharisees and the Sadducees, is well-known             A.        Many Christians are rightly concerned that they not fall into the same trap that snared the Pharisees.                         1.         Often when it is pointed out that we should do things one way and not another, the response is “That is…

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Legalism: The Un-Sin

by Steve Klein Since the church began, the devil has concocted any number of diabolical schemes to ensnare God’s people. One of his most successful gambits has been the invention of the pseudo-sin commonly called legalism. More people consider legalism to be a sin than consider 7-UP to be a cola, but they are all…

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