Let me ask this.
Are Christian's to abstain from certain things?
I remember a letter that was sent around that said, Acts 15:28, 29 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Now is it legalism to abstain from fornication?
This one of those taste not, touch not, handle not type of instructions and if so the OP would feel that it is and he can go around fornicating with whomever and if he was rebuked he would be quick to call a person a legalist or being legalistic.
Maybe they felt that the person who had his fathers wife was unjustly put out of fellowship because of doing that that was not named even amongst the Gentiles.
I agree above that legalism is adding something to the work of Christ for your salvation and that is what Paul taught.
The context of Collosians has to do with the admixture of the Religious culture of the day to their Christian walk. Such things were eating meats sacrificed to Idols which included strangled animals, Fornication was part of the religious culture of that day among the heathen, as well as drinking blood.
I always say if your culture agrees with the Bible keep your culture but if it doesn't then you have to get rid of your culture. Sad thing many throw away the Bible and get a new version that allows them wrongly join the word of truth with their culture
Edited by AVBibleBeliever, 25 January 2014 - 03:15 PM.