|“God brings suffering into your life so that you will be able to minister to others that are suffering.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8
You will not find the word “legalism” in Scripture. People use this word to describe at least two types of people: First, those who believe that keeping the law is a requirement for salvation. Second, those who add to the commandments of God. Both manifestations of legalism are deadly, but our Lord seems to express a particular abhorrence for the second type. He faulted the religious leaders for ignoring the commandments of God and adding in their place the traditions of man. Usually the two go together. If you feel competent to add to God’s commands, you will probably feel competent to delete some of them. Adding to God’s commandments usually comes in an endeavor to give definition to the positive commands. For example, God says, “Honor your parents.” What does this look like? This was the illustration Jesus used in Mark 7.
You can easily slip into this mindset if you are not careful, like the individual who believes it is wrong to gamble, but takes a brother to civil court for a supposed wrong. Ask yourself, what would shock you more: seeing someone drinking a beer in the Sunday service or listening to a woman preacher? I am not suggesting that gambling and drinking are good ideas; rather that God did not see fit to prohibit them. You are safe only when you call sin what the Bible disallows and nothing more.
Psalm 84-86 Romans 12 (New King James Version)
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