The Dangers of Legalism and the False Gospel
Today on Relentless Truth, John explains how Paul addresses one of the main issues in the church of Philippi; how to resolve conflict.
▼ Show Notes

This episode features a discussion in Philippians about Legalism and the false Gospel that so many teach. Legalism is simply the philosophy that advocates personal justification or qualification before God on our individual merit. Or said differently, legalism is law keeping. Historically, many legalists have even added to the law in an effort to somehow please God.


We know from Scripture that we can’t please God apart from Jesus Christ our Lord. While legalists are sometimes among the most seemingly moral people on this earth, we know they are frustrated, self-reliant, and in desperate need of a savior. The temptation to embrace legalism and its friend, asceticism, is real and pervasive in various segments of the church.

The False Gospel

The legalist often lives a life full of regrets. This is simply a denial of the finished work of Jesus Christ. The cure for this life of regrets is to rely on the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ as our only hope for salvation.

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“The temptation to embrace legalism and its friend asceticism, is real and pervasive in various segments of the church.”

John Warren