Summary and Conclusion
One must have sympathy toward, and show mercy toward another who has lived under a legalistic religious system as Andrew Farley has done in the past. It truly is a burdensome way of moving through this life as a believer, and one that can be very frustrating. However, having had that experience does not excuse moving completely to the other side of the spectrum. Rebellion against “religion” does not excuse taking up a position that reinterprets—tweaks—the truth of the gospel.
It is rather ironic that Farley quotes heavily from Galatians, in that the Apostle Paul wrote to that church to chastise them for buying into the ritualism of the Judaizers (circumcision), and casting aside the one true gospel of Jesus Christ. The church at Galatia had deserted “him who called (them) in the grace of Christ” and turned to a different gospel, preached by those who troubled them and wanted to distort the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7).
By tweaking, misinterpreting, and coming up with premises that are not supported with Scripture, Farley has inched dangerously close to distorting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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