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Long-Sleeve Dresses

          I knew a lady who attended a legalistic church. The church made her feel guilty because she didn't wear dresses which had sleeves that came down to her wrists. They told her someone might lust after her because her arms were exposed. 

          She tried to explain to them that it was unlikely this would happen since she was almost eighty years old. They continued, however, to make her feel condemned for wearing short sleeves.

          Finally she bowed to their pressure and bought a pretty dress covered with strawberries with sleeves down to her wrists. She was excited to go to church that day, thinking the guilt trips would be over. She asked the pastor's wife, "Well, how do you like my dress?" 

          She answered, "Those strawberries are much too red. The dress is worldly. You are just trying to attract attention to yourself!" 

          Legalism always uses guilt to make other people change their beliefs. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 179)



Jesus Did Not Work With the Pharisees

"If Jesus had thought the kingdom could be built through law, legalism and fundamentalism, He would have worked with the Pharisees rather than calling disciples." --David Currie


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