Mr. Weston's speech:
Hello, my name is Reagan Ramm, and I am a legalist. I know I’m a legalist, because I’m told I’m a legalist by a great deal of people. The hard Left think I’m a legalist, Conservatives think I’m a legalist, homeschoolers think I’m a legalist, publicschoolers think I’m a legalist. So I must therefore be…a legalist.
Why am I a legalist? It’s very simple, I wish to live the best life I possibly can, and I want others to live the best life they can live as well. I believe this is done by loving Christ, which means obeying His commandments (John 14). I want myself and others to live a vibrant life with a spirited faith in Christ, a faith that must also have works, for faith without works is dead (James 2)…and in believing so, this makes me a designated legalist in today’s Christian circles.
Now this is something has been moved by Post-modernism and Egalitarianism. The goalposts have been moved considerably by the Christians who have been influenced by these ideologies. In order to be a legalist in the past, you had to actively live and believe that merely following the works of the law led to salvation. One example of a group of people who were “legalists" were the Pharisees. Now, I don’t believe that works are what “save” us. What I do believe—what I see as truth—is that obeying the commandments of Christ are how we love God, and in turn, this leads to human flourishing, and I see this belief as under a massive attack. Our families can’t cope, our churches can’t cope, very little can cope. So if I want to defend Biblical principles and commandments…I am apparently, according to absolutely everybody today, a legalist.
You know we have a huge problem in Christianity which is not going to go away. It’s going to get worse and worse and worse. Many in the church believe that the details of our lives don’t matter and that sin is inconsequential. Or they think that God cares for little else besides our weekly church attendance and our verbal, mental, and/or emotional proclamations of our love for Him. However, The Trinity is not like the ancient gods of the Aztecs who required a blood quota to be appeased. Our God—the one true God—is not seeking appeasement from us, and yet, so many Christians live this way. We think if we just do X, Y, and Z, God won’t care about the rest of our lives. We can easily quote Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” but how many of us can quote the part that comes next? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
As a result of believing that the details of our lives don’t matter, we see so many Christians not behaving like Christ, and living lives that contradict what they say. So I’m going to denounce those practices and beliefs that go contrary to God and the Bible, since these false ideologies are harming and enslaving the saints. We need to denounce practices which harm, and beliefs which don’t coincide with reality. We need to call these things out for what they are, and we need to start mounting some sort of defense against these things. But the trouble with mounting a defense against such beliefs are you get hit with the legalist accusation.
“I’m not a legalist, but…” Well here’s the thing, I am a legalist. If I want to avoid the pitfalls and negative effects of Feminism, the dating-culture, Liberalism, Post-modernism, and so on, I am prepared to accept being called a legalist, and you should be prepared to accept being called a legalist as well. Let’s all just say, “Yes, we’re dreadful, dreadful legalists,” and let’s start denouncing the ideologies and practices which are separating the church from Christ. Let us reject and condemn these sinful, hurtful, and false ideologies that we’ve willfully imported into the church from non-believers and the Left who did it deliberately in order to undermine our culture, our people, and our country. They did it deliberately and then they said, “You’re not allowed to actually argue with us about this.” Well I am arguing with them about this, and I’m going to tell you this…it doesn’t matter that you hate me or ostracize me for being legalistic, I don’t believe in that. I believe in only one thing, and that is becoming like Christ.
I am a legalist.