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Legalism: When Guilt Trips are Religious


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Legalism is usually a description of the church down the street that is not relevant to us and to our church. The reality, of course, is that when Paul, in Galatians, identifies our instincts to live under the law he is talking to all of us. We may not be making a big deal out of circumcision, but we inevitably find our own ways to pursue law over grace, and it actually feels very spiritual to us. So legalism is in all of us, and you will find it under everything from anger to depression. This session will bring this tendency to the light and then combat it with that most precious of biblical teachings - union with Christ. Click here to download the outline for this session.

This lecture is from the 2012 National Conference, “Guilt and Shame.”