One of the bywords in religious circles today is "Legalism". Associated with legalism are the poster children, the Pharisees. Yet many fail to understand the sins of the Pharisees and why they were condemned by Christ. As a result, the topic of legalism is often misunderstood as well. We hope you will enjoy this two part series on the Pharisees so that their sins can be avoided today.
Many Christians today fail to appreciate the benefit the Old Testament can bring to their daily walk. The Old Testament is often looked upon as a collection of interesting stories, and Israel is viewed as a forgotten people. Yet many of the New Testament writers base their teaching on an understanding of the Old Law and its people. To fail to study and appreciate the Old Covenant and people of God is to rob one’s self of important insights into the New Covenant and the New Kingdom. One such insight is provided by God in the parallel He establishes between physical Israel and spiritual Israel (the church).
Within first epistle to Timothy, Paul’s concern for the doctrine of Christ becomes a recurring theme. Consider the following passages:
I came across the following article some time back and discovered it once again today. I do now know who the author was, but I believe they have captured quite ably the spirit of innovation that has always plagued the Lord's people. Please read and consider the following narrative as if it were written by Nadab and Abihu, ever mindful of the consequences that shortly followed.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.