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Now, brother, let me tell you something. I say if the preacher behind the
pulpit would've stayed with the old fashion Gospel, and God kept the thing
straight, we wouldn't have so much of this juvenile delinquency, and
everything else that we got today, and the trouble that we got. God still
looks down upon that.
And how can you preach Divine healing and the power of God, when you
associate with such as that? You can't do it. Oil and water won't mix.
That's right. It's got to be one way or the other. Now, that--now, I'm not a
legalist, and I'm not this, that. I am a legalist, and I'm not a legalist;
I--I'm a Christian. That's right. See? And I'm not taking sides, but I'm
telling what the Gospel says.

perhaps, God made me just a little taller than you. That don't make me any
more human than you, don't make me any more a child of God than you. It just
makes something... "Who taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?"
See? Not what you do, what God has done...
See, I'm not much of a legalist. I--I believe that it's sovereign grace of

E-36 God put Satan up there one time as an angel, which he was, the son
of the morning. And he took the good things of God and perverted them into
evil. God's sure that nothing will enter there that'll ever do it again.
Now, you've got to be perfect. Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father in heaven is perfect." Now, how you going to be when you're
continually sinning, when you're continually doing what's wrong?
Now, this will kinda put a little kink in the legalist. But notice, it isn't
what you do; it's what God has done. It's not what you do; it's what He
done. See? You can't be perfect. You can't be in yourself. But in Christ,
you are perfected. You're not trusting in your own good works, or your own
church you belong to, but you're trusting in the shed Blood of the Lord
Jesus. There you are. That's what makes you perfect. There's what anchors
your faith.

E-17 Look at it. In the world today, where all this ism rises up. Watch
on all the cults of non-meat eating, and a legalist that, "I've got to do
so-and-so. If I don't speak with tongues; if I don't do this; if I don't
shout; if I don't dance, there's something wrong with me." That's legalism.
We are saved by grace through faith.
Nothing what you done. It's what He did. He did what you couldn't do. If you
could've saved yourself, then He wouldn't have had to die. But He died in
order to save you, where you could not save yourself.
That old God dishonoring proverb says, "God helps those who can't help
themselves," or "God helps those who help themselves," they say. That's just
vice versa. If you can help yourself, God expects you to do it. God helps
those who cannot help theirself. And you can't help yourself to be saved, so
God by His grace saved you.

E-48 And the legalist got a hold of this idea, "Hallelujah, I'll wear
my dresses down this a way and my dresses down this a way. I'll let my hair
grow long, and I'll be all right." That's a lie.
And they point back to the woman with short hair and with short dresses and
say, "She's going to hell." I can't say that, yet I think those things are
all right. I'm not condemning them, but when you rest your eternal hopes and
salvation upon that doctrine, you are damned with it.
A man or woman, it doesn't matter whether you're this, that, or the other,
you come to the fountain filled with Blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins, and
let the purgative of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ purge your sins.

E-30 Now, who could be saved by the law? No one could be saved by the
law. The law didn't come to save us. The law was to magnify our sins, to
point them out to us. And listen, to you legalist believers, I want to ask
you something: There's not one thing you can do to be saved in yourself. No
sir. You are saved by grace and that alone, and you have nothing to do with
it. God chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world. That's

E-23 And Abraham was called by the grace and by election. And when he
was called--when he was received his call, he was given the covenant of God,
not because he was a good man; but it was given unconditionally to him.
Now, this is going to hurt legalist believers just a little bit now. I don't
mean to pinch, but we want to know the truth. See?
There's nothing that a man can do to save himself. You are already saved by
grace. That's right. You can't stop eating meat; you can't stop doing this;
you can't stop. There's nothing you can do. Christ saved you and that alone.
And that's right.
You can't even come to Him unless He chooses you first. He said, "You never
chose Me, but I chose you. And no man can come to Me, except the Father
draws him first. And all that comes, I'll give him Everlasting Life and
raise him up at the last day." Amen. That settles it. Oh, my, that would
make the Methodists get happy. Think of it.

264-597 Not eating meats, and doing this, and perfecting the body,
you'll never have it. And you've got to quit this, and do this, and do this,
and do this, that's law. That's legalist. We don't believe in the legal
forms of salvation. We believe it "by grace are we saved." And it's not you;
you have nothing to do with it; it's God's election that does it. "No man
can come to Me except My Father draws him." That's right. And He... All
Jesus come to do was to get these that the Father foreknew and predestinated
them before the foundation of the world to become sons and daughters of God.
Amen. "Not him that runneth or him that willeth, but God that showeth
mercy." It's God that does it. You can't brag at all. There's not a thing
that you did; God, by grace, saved you, not you, yourself. If you do, you
got something to brag about. But you haven't nothing to brag. All praises
goes to Him. It's Him. Then He's give you this sure hope, swore by an oath,
the impossibility for His children to ever be lost.

318-163 The law, the legalist (See?), "Aw, you have to do this. If you
don't do this, you're not a Christian. And if you don't keep the sabbath. If
you don't... If you eat meat. If you do these things," all these legal
ideas. "You've got to go to church. If you don't, you pay a penalty for it.
You have to do a novena." That stuff is nonsense. You're saved by the grace
of God, by the foreknowledge of God, by His predestination. God called
Abraham by predestination, by foreknowledge. He called... He hated Esau and
loved Jacob before either one was born. That's right. It's--it's God's
foreknowledge that knows these things.

339-295 I know I've taught on the perseverance of the saints. I've taught
on the supreme Deity of Jesus. I've taught on the security of the believer,
and foreordination, predestination, and many of those things. Which I know
in my congregation is many legalists, which is perfectly all right,
absolutely. But now, to things, I'm a legalist too, and I'm a Calvinist. I
just believe the Bible; that's all.

346-334 Now, there's your legalist idea. "Oh, you know what? That woman
was sanctified, but, bless God, she done wrong, I know she's backslid."
That's wrong. She's not backslid. She made a mistake. If she did it
willfully, then she wasn't right to begin with.
If she didn't mean to do it, and she walks before the holy Church of God and
confesses it, and say, "I'm wrong, and you forgive me," you're duty bound to
do it. You don't do it in your heart, then you ought to went to the altar
yourself. True. There's the real holiness in the church. There's genuine
holiness, the holiness not of you, but of Christ.

348-346 Now, this Melchisedec, this great Person that was met on the
road, He paid... Abraham paid tithes to Him. How great a Man He must've
been. Now, notice quickly.
Who is made, not after the law of... carnal commandments.
Now, see that legalist law? The law said, "Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt
not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal."
Jesus turned right back around, said, "It is said of them of old times,
'Thou shalt not kill,' but I say who's ever angry with his brother without a
cause, has killed already. It is said of them of old times, 'Thou shalt not
commit adultery,' but I say unto you, whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust
after her, has committed adultery already within his heart with her." There
you are. That ought to teach women how to dress, how to do what's right. If
you dress wrong, and cause the man to look at you in the wrong way, you're
guilty of committing adultery, just the same as you went through the act.
Jesus said so.

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