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Trouble in the Church
LIBERTY, NOT LEGALISM!
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 13, 2006
With your Bible opened to the book of Galatians .. know this: Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty! "He gives food to the hungry and freedom to the prisoners" (Psm 146.7). He not only feeds you, He frees you!
That is the overriding theme of the New Testament book of Galatians: that Jesus Christ is the Lord of Liberty! Paul says in Galatians 5.1, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
And that is my prayer for you! That you will stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made you free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. And that yoke of bondage that Paul's referring to is Legalism!
Now as you turn to chapter 1 .. keep in mind that a group of people called "Judaizers" we're corrupting the church that Paul had established there in Galatia. They were teaching that it was fine if they wanted to follow Jesus ... but true salvation required them to follow the Law of Moses!
Here's what they were saying: Faith in Jesus + the Law = Salvation! Paul thunders back: No Sir! It is faith in Jesus + Nothing = Salvation! In other words .. the Judaizers were leading the church members out of the liberty of grace and back under the bondage of the Law! And a lot of the church members were buying into it .. and may I add .. that a lot of modern day church members are still buying into it and I'll tell you why: it appeals to the flesh!
Do you know how a sinful person can gain the favor of God? They cannot! The favor of God is not Jesus + the Law. It is Jesus + Nothing. Jesus is all we need for salvation.
It's not Jesus + Works. It's not Jesus + speaking in tongues. It's not Jesus + Baptism. It's not Jesus + Church Membership. It is Jesus alone.
Well .. with that being taught in the church .. it shouldn't surprise you that there was t ...
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