Binding Where God Has Not
(A Departure from the Divine Hermeneutics)
Proper hermeneutics demands respect for the authority of the word of God. Legalism, on the other hand, is a departure from the divine hermeneutics that really doesn’t respect the authority of the word.
Not all who use the term legalism understand what it is. Neither is everyone who is charged with being a legalist guilty. It is true, however, that legalism is real and alive. It was a problem in the first century and is still a problem today.
What is Legalism?
Many times when we contend for a “thus saith the Lord”, we are charged with being legalists. So, let’s first clarify what legalism is not: