I started going to church when I was 13 in the 1980s and the church was, you guessed it, a legalistic church. I’ve had to shed a lot of baggage on the road of following Jesus.
Now, I’m a card carrying member of the POTSC movement and I pastor a church that celebrates and runs on grace. Many of our folks self identify as recovering legalists.
So it begs the question:
was legalism an era in church or will it be ever present in church?
OR, as I’m now wondering:
Is legalism just a fundamental part of human nature? Is it simply in our DNA, that no matter what kind of church we are part of, we’ll always be trying to move away from legalism?
To put it another way: Is legalism an external force found in certain churches or an internal force found in human DNA?
I shudder to think about kids being raised in our church, going off to school, marrying, starting a family, going to a church and telling their pastor, “Yep, I was raised in a legalistic church.”
What do you think?