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Legalists Anonymous

While spending time in Paul’s letter to the Galatians I’ve begun to wonder whether getting intoxicated together at the open bar of the law is actually more dangerous than alcohol.

Early on, Paul describes how violent he used to be— while living by a system of Law he thought he was keeping (Gal 1:13-14).

Now he’s writing a letter to followers of Christ with concern they are becoming like he used to be (Gal 1:6-7); (Gal 3:1-4); (Gal 4:12).

Seems to me that if Paul’s letter to the Galatians is any indication—the danger has always been to selectively hide behind rules of law, while condemning one another in ways that rob us of the sanity, freedom, honesty, and concern for one another that recovering jurists and amateur prosecutors now find in the Spirit of Jesus (Gal 5:13-15); (Gal 5:22-23).

Or am I missing something?

P.S. The picture is of a Spanish winery

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