Josh Dowell – Did say that – “Law without Grace is regimen – But – Grace without Law is license”
But the fact remains that obedience to a perceived law that is not law – is an error in perception and is therefore Not obedience at all.
Isa 1:12 “When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts?
Definition of Legalistic /ˌliɡ(ə)lˈɪstɪk/
1. obeying the law in a very strict and exact way
Definition of Le·gal·ism / (lē′gə-lĭz′əm)
1. Strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion or morality.
2. A legal word, expression, or rule.
There is a 3rd definition that begs awareness – That is it is possible to be Legalistic about any code or regimen be it valid or counterfeit itself being pressed into service as if it was law. There is a difference between Legalistic Legalism being like the law – mimicking the law but in actuality not being law. There is a difference between what is Legalistic and what is law or lawful. In other words there is a difference between what is Law and what is like the Law. Further; especially as we advance into the present and the future – that we understand that there is also a growing difference between what is Legal ie lawful on man’s level and what is right ie righteous Commanded in Torah (the 1st 5 Books of Moses), TaNaK and the New Covenant/Testament on YHWH’s level.
Basically in simplified terms we have 2 basic fronts to contend with; in that;
We all must realize that we are to be on that straight and narrow path (Mt.7:13), – neither turning to the right or the left (Dt.5:32 – Prv.4:27). It is crucial to realize that there is a ‘Christian Church’ ditch on one side and a ‘Rabbinic Jewish’ ditch on the other – Both – that must be discerned and/or avoided.
However, it remains that any group can unite in any common error, but three basic things will happen 1) there will be those that realize the error moving back towards the Truth, 2) those that will crystallize in the error reproducing the error, 3) and those that move on to an increased error only to start the process all over again. This 2 out of 3 possibilities insures this Bible statement being true that things will “wax” worse and worse (2Tim.3:13). The continual fragmenting of these various franchised ‘denominations’ attests to this process. Either we will unite in unchangeable Truth that can only be continually revealed, changing nothing that went before or we will unite in error that can only increase in volume and scope that questions everything that went before … until it is revealed.
2Tim.3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
On the Church side
This is plainly happening in both the Denominated Churches that claim to Keep Sabbath, and with those that claim Sunday; that in addition to their chosen weekly observance, embrace the Annual Catholic Julian Calendar Holidays while fully ignoring the Scriptural ‘mow`ed’ Annual Feastdays of Ex.23/Lev.23. This alone showcases that YHWH’s Weekly/Annual Appointed Time Feast Covenant System has been gutted to the framework shell and re-filled in with Man’s Religious Imaginations. And a variety of other such things and excuses for them, etc.
Mr 7:7 … in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 “For laying aside the commandment of Yah, you hold the tradition of men … and many other such things you do. 9 … “All too well you reject the commandment of Yah, that you may keep your tradition.
– (This was to the Pharisaic / Rabbinic Jews)
So; both the Church and the Jews have their own respective ‘replacement theology’
On the Jewish side
Case in point; Most Rabbinic, Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Karaite (et.al), etc. and those that mimic them – Hebrew Roots, Messianic Jews/Israel, Netzaim Israel, (et.al) alike; revere the Talmud, Mishnah, Oral Torah, the Amidah, 613 laws, extra feastdays not in Lev.23, feastdays not kept as Torah instructs and a host of other things – cater to a Levitical Priesthood mindset. Which is itself odd; for the Rabbinic, Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Karaite (et.al), etc. do not validate or revere Yahshua; claimed by the Hebrew Roots, Messianic Jews/Israel, Netzaim Israel, (et.al) alike – Who is our Melkizedeq High Priest (Ps.110:1-4 / Heb.7:21). If Yahshua did Not come – He did Not change anything (Gen.49:10 / Gal.3:19 / Heb.7:12). We are hopelessly locked in the Levitical mindset just as the Jews tell it. Of course the Rabbinic, Orthodox and others don’t truly follow the Levitical laws or the instructions as set by Torah.
The issue is that both the Church and the Jews either don’t or errantly / loosely follow Torah – Actually following their own respective man made like the law legalisms – Demanding (respective) lockstep adherence. And that’s the point – right or left – like the law is NOT the law / like the Covenant is NOT the Covenant.
Like it or not that is exactly what haSatan does; counterfeits / hijacks the original (Isa.14:12-14), then fashions his own – and both sides have followed that example.
Legalistic Adherence is Not the same Legal Obedience