Legalism has a thousand faces.
We usually associate it with adherence to a stiff set of rules not found in the Bible – a bunch of no-no’s. But could legalism be more deeply rooted than keeping a set of rules? Could the rule keeping be a symptom of a disease of the heart? Neo-Galatianism proposes that all serious Christians struggle with legalism in one form or another, although they may not be aware of it. Whether Catholic, Arminian, Calvinistic, or otherwise, legalism is a daily struggle. The same problems plaguing the new Christians in Galatia can be found in every Christian group today, so we call this problem Neo (New)-Galatianism.
Unfortunately, many of us are bewitched by its spell without even knowing it. Paul even says as much:
“O, foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you …?” – Gal. 3:3
Hence, our title: Bewitched.
In this book, we will answer, “What did Paul mean, and what is his answer?” Together we’ll discover Paul’s cure for this disease, a remedy that is thankfully still effective for us today.