In my Christian journey, I have come across many legalists. Legalists, in the strictest sense, are those who add something to Christ for salvation. Practically, they are those who believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation but rant and rave over such things as music, pulpits, buildings, and whatever they feel like condemning so they can feel and portray themselves more righteous than you. Here are the qualities they possess:
1. They refuse to find the humor in things because they are so busy looking for something to slam. Lighten up a little! Have you ever read the verses about joy? Or does it bring you joy to be so negative?
2. They rant and rave anywhere they can about sins they don’t commit, but don’t you dare talk about their sins. When all is said and done, they’re hiding a lot more than you could ever imagine while nailing you to a cross because you don’t fake it like they do.
3. They resemble the religious people of Jesus’ day. Jesus addressed them constantly on their condemning spirit. Modern legalists focus more on one specific part of the Bible rather than the whole. They don’t operate in the love of Jesus. They are so duty-driven that they don’t even enjoy what they do for the Lord.
I praise God that He delivered me from this enslaving spirit. If you are enslaved, God will deliver you too. Find the joy of the Lord today. In this case, you can have your cake and eat it too.