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My friend and fellow church world agitator Geoff Surratt has a really great series he’s doing at his blog this week called “Five Scary Trends that could Shipwreck the Church”. He started the series yesterday with his first scary trend:  Multisite.  Today’s scary trend:  The Reformed Revolution!  Geoff says: I never thought that theology could be trendy, but now if you are young and cool you are Reformed. Since I am neither young nor cool I may miss this wave. My problem with the Reformeds, however, is not theology (I’m too much of a light-weight to argue there), but with attitude. I’ll call it PLA (Pharisee-ic Legalistic Arrogance) Those is fightin’ words, Geoff! Two main problems with some of the new reformed: 1.  Arrogance 2.  Legalism You HAVE to read his comments here, then post a comment of your own! So… what do YOU think of the new reformed revolution?

As many of you know, I grew up in a very legalistic church (at least during my high school years).  This is really how it goes… read Mark Driscolls list of how to become a legalist in seven easy steps.  Years and years after seeing the damage of legalism, I still hate it…

How to Become a Legalist:

  1. Make rules outside the Bible.
  2. Push yourself to try and keep your rules.
  3. Castigate yourself when you don’t keep your rules.
  4. Become proud when you do keep your rules.
  5. Appoint yourself as judge over other people.
  6. Get angry with people who break your rules or have different rules.
  7. “Beat” the losers.
For those of you who grew up in a legalistic church, how has legalism damaged you?  What are it’s long-lasting effects on your life? Todd