Boxing’s Main Event

jacobwrestlegodFor today’s post, I’d like to interrupt the series on the Fundamentals.  I want to invite you check out my article in this month’s In Touch Magazine, a publication from Charles Stanley’s ministries.

It’s about legalism.

It’s an unconventional approach to Jacob’s wrestling match with God.

Click here to read it.  If if you like the article, please share it with your friends, your blog, your twitter, and your facebook.


7 thoughts on “Boxing’s Main Event

  1. Great article Bill! I especially liked the wrestling vs. clinging juxtaposition. I also loved the punchline ~ “Jacob suddenly became physically what he had always been spiritually: a permanently disabled charity case.”

    Charity Case,

  2. Tee hee, Donny – very clever, cling-ons on our trek in life.

    Dr, G – another KO to legalism. Yippee! I’ll share, count on it.

  3. Great article, Bill, as always.

    The grace push is very relevant and necessary, yet on some occasions (not always) we might want to contrast the grace principle to help ensure that “our liberties remain free.”

    First, we can corporately exercise our grace as a church organization to the detriment of the congregation. For example, we can show preference to wealthy believers as over against economically poor believers. While we may not be guilty of committing any spiritual “adultery” with God (because we are living by the grace principle), we could still be guilty of spiritual “murder” with the economically poor Christians (see James 2:11).

    Secondly, we can individually exercise our grace as individuals to the detriment of individual believers. Paul doesn’t use the term “murder” like James; instead he uses the term “destroy” (NASB) when referring to the effects of our behaviors on the faith of other believers. The specific context in Corinth was eating food sacrificed to idols (1 Cor 8:9-11). In other words, what is good for me as an individual may not be good for another individual believer, especially if that other believer looks up to me as one who is spiritually mature.

    But do not let me be the wet towel of grace — God forbid! How often has grace been my solace in times of discouragement? So, please do not view me as a neo-legalist. My intent is simply to draw some contrasts from Scripture regarding our much-cherished liberties in Christ both corporately and individually.

    MUCH Grace,

    • Joe, I could never call you a legalist, neo- or otherwise! The weaker Christian issue is huge… it’s about not causing a new or young believer to stumble. My experience has been that the only people who stumble are legalistic veteran believers who want to control me, so they say that I might cause a weaker person to stumble, thus judging me. I get to offend legalists… just not weaker Christians!
      “And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.” Galatians 2:4, 5, NKJV.

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