Legalism Produces Cookie Cutter Christians

Legalism is nothing more than a list of do’s and don’ts. Satan is the god of this world and he has found a way to pollute the hearts and minds of the sincere. He pollutes the hearts and minds of believers by instilling undue fear. Undue Fear often stems from being told that a person must “beware of this or that.” Believers are wrongly taught to operate from a religious checklist.

Is A Religious Checklist God’s Way?

A religious checklist goes like this. Don’t eat pork. Don’t wear makeup. You must “accept God” in order to evade hell. The Enemy entices a believer with either a half truth or with an outright lie in order to get a person to react in a religious manner. Satan masquerades as an “angel of light” in hopes of getting a believer to accept a lie. Once a lie is accepted, he then steals that person’s God given free will. The Enemy’s goal is to gain worship for himself. In turn, the religious trap is set. The trap is to make a person appear holy without any real divine power from God. For instance, he may trick people into believing that they must God consult on trivial matters. For instance, some believers fall for the lie that they must consult God on what shirt to wear. Something similar happened to me.

Leaving Legalism Behind

When I was a child, I grew up under a legalistic, religious group. Under this religious group, I picked up a legalistic mindset. For instance, I was told that getting a college degree was useless because the “end is coming.” Nevertheless, I am glad I let commonsense prevail and I got my degree. Secondly, I believed their falsehoods about Jesus. For instance, I fell for the lie that