Colossians 2:16-23

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.   These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.  Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.  They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.


Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world,  why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:   “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?  These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.  Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

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Legalism - trying to add a man-made righteous requirement to the gospel, claiming that the gospel is not enough for your growth in the Christian life.


“When people try to entice you into particular styles of piety and devotion other than single-minded devotion to Jesus, you need take no notice. They are like shadows cast by a solid object, and the solid object is what matters, not the shadows. The solid object, of course, is Jesus the king.”

NT Wright


If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong.. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and back-biting; the pleasure of power, of hatred.

CS Lewis

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