“You foolish Galatians! Who has done a number on you–you before whose very eyes the Lord Jesus was vividly portrayed as crucifed? Tell me this: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?” (Galatians 3:1-2)
I had just sketched the young single mother and she was telling me about her life. She doesn’t go to church anywhere, she said, but her mom has been pressuring her to attend her church. And what kind of church does her mother have?
“She’s started her own religion.”
That got my attention as few other things will. She’s started her own religion?
Just what this world needs, another variety of religion.
“And what is that all about?” I asked.
“Well, she’s reading the Old Testament and the New Testament.”
“Okay. No problem there,” I said.
She said, “She’s given up pork. And she said we can’t have any birthdays or specific holidays because they aren’t biblical.”
Uh oh. This woman has started on a slippery slope which can lead her into an abyss of legalism and law-keeping.
I said, “If she keeps on this way, you can expect your mother to start keeping the Sabbath as her day of worship. And it will get worse after that.”
I took a notepad and wrote: “Acts 15–You don’t have to become a Jew to be saved” and “Colossians 3–let no one judge you on the basis of what you eat or the sabbath.” (Note: I had it wrong. It’s Colossians 2.)
I said, “The note is for you, not your mom. She might not appreciate the discussion we are having. But as you read these and think about them, they might provide the answers you want to give her.”
“But the best answer you can give your mother when she pressures you to attend her church is to already be attending a good strong church and tell her that.”