“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
Do everything you can to make sure your church does not put legalists in charge of anything. Doing so is a death sentence for all they touch.
The letter of the law killeth; the Spirit giveth life (2 Corinthians 3:6).
The legalist reduces our duties to God to a list of rules. Legalists delight in the Ten Commandments, of course, but since the New Testament does not codify all the tasks we must do in order to please God, they do it for Him.
How kind of them to help God out. Someone said of a legalist, he knows God didn’t require this rule in the Bible, but He would have if He’d thought of it.
The legalist has God figured out.
To the legalist, everything God does has to do with our grades, our performances. And for us to insist, “He has not dealt with me according to my sins nor rewarded me according to my iniquities” just does not compute. Such a teaching does not work in his system.
This is the text–and grace is the doctrine–which the legalist cannot abide.