Dogmatic, Narrow-Minded And Legalistic

Thomas F. Eaves, Sr.

There are, in the church today, those who attempt to neutralize God’s revelation to man with intimidation. These compromisers do not want to oppose error in any way, and are influencing souls to turn from God’s word to follow the path of least resistance, i.e., the path of worldly acceptance and religious union.

Compromising Christian—I suppose you have the old foggy idea that some people are going to roast in an eternal Hell.
Christian—The Bible teaches that each will reap what is sown (Gal. 6:7-8), and there are some activities which will result in man’s condemnation (Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). God himself teaches that some of his rebellious creatures will be lost (Mat. 25:46).

Compromising Christian—Why that is the most dogmatic, narrow-minded, legalistic thing I have ever heard!
Christian—It is the teaching of God’s word!

Compromising Christian—You’re probably an old moss back who believes that shorts and other immodest clothing, mixed swimming, dancing and social drinking are sin.
Christian—Yes, it is a sin, but not because I think it is a sin but because God condemns these acts as works of the flesh (Rom. 13:14; Gal. 5:19-21; i.e., revelling, drunkenness, lasciviousness).

Compromising Christian — Why that’s the most dogmatic, narrow-minded, legalistic thing I have ever heard!
Christian—But it is God’s message!

Compromising Christian—I imagine you have the same narrow views concerning divorce and remarriage.
Christian—God’s word is very plain concerning marriage, divorce and remarriage. God’s plan for marriage is one woman for one man for one lifetime (Gen. 2:24; Mat. 19:5-6; Rom. 7:1-4). If divorce takes place it must be for fornication (Mat. 19:9; Mark 10:12). To put away a mate for any other cause and to remarry is to be guilty of adultery (Mat. 19:9).

Compromising Christian —Well, I have never…that’s the most dogmatic, narrow-minded, legalistic thing I have ever heard.
Christian —It is taught by inspiration!

Compromising Christian —Do you honestly, actually, truly believe that using instrumental music in worship is a sin, and that people will be lost in Hell because they use it in their worship?
Christian—It isn’t what I believe that is important, what is important is what God has commanded. Each time music is mentioned in the New Testament (in the worship of Christians) it specifies vocal music (Acts 16:25; Rom. 15:9; 1 Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 2:12; 13:15; Jam. 5:13). The transgression of God’s standard is sin (1 John 3:4). It is God’s word which will be the standard of judgment (John 12:48-49).

Compromising Christian—That is the absolute end. That’s the most dogmatic, narrow-minded, legalistic thing I have heard in my whole life!

But all the ranting, raving, intimidation and disparaging remarks do not change one iota of God’s revelation to man. It still stands, and will continue to stand (1 Pet. 1:25), till judgment when it will be God’s standard for judging the works of men (John 12:48-49).

The characters referred to in this article are not fictitious; they are real and exist in many congregations in the brotherhood today. May the compromising Christian see the error of his/her way and repent so that salvation might be theirs in the hereafter.

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