I believe legalism is a problem for many reasons and one that really stands out to me is ignorance.
The ignorant legalist is unaware or has forgotten that nothing can save them but the blood of Christ. They think that good works are the key to salvation. Somehow, they have either misunderstood, forgotten or don't know that salvation is in Christ alone. They think or fall into the type of thinking that suggests the more committees they're on... the better their chances of getting into heaven one day. They think the ticket through the pearly gates comes when they are nice to other people or do good things for them.
I believe that we often get so wrapped up in life and in serving others that we lose sight of our true identity. It's a mistake that deeply affects our soul, body and spirit... our self as a whole.
You get to go to heaven because you accept Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour... period.
You will go to heaven because of who you are (a Child of God) not because of what you've done.
I hang on to the lyrics of one of my favorite Casting Crown songs, Who Am I?
Not because of who I am but because of what You've done.
Not because of what I've done but because of who You are.
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