Ministering to Legalistic Christians

John MacArthur responds to the question, “How would you approach a congregation trapped in years of legalistic tradition?”

  1. Love them by not needlessly offending them.  “I would not attack legalism. I would not preach on Christian liberty. I would not assault their consciences either by flaunting liberty on a personal level.”
  2. Understand that convictions—whether right or wrong—inform the conscience. “You also have to understand that the conscience is a mechanism given by God to everyone. It is a device. It is a mechanism by which we are excused or accused, right (Romans 2)? It is informed by our convictions. Conscience is informed by conviction.”
  3. Slowly re-educate their conscience by exalting Jesus. “Get in a Gospel and stay there until those people have been liberated from rules to love for Christ. . .”

HT: JT

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

One Response to Ministering to Legalistic Christians

  1. Gary says:

    I’m reminded of the saying, the primary goal of any discussion is to win the man, not the argument.

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