What Exactly is Moralism?


In a previous post, I mentioned moralism, and I gave one resource for your edification.   All of a sudden I’ve had a short stack of these come to my inbox from different sources, and it’s like a theme has developed.  I love it when that happens.  So I am compiling a list of great messages to help us further understand what moralism is exactly, and what happens when moralism is taught, and am sharing them here.  Click each link that is in red below.

This first resource is a video on the Ligonier website by RC Sproul, and to give you a taste, here’s the blurb from the website: “In many American churches, we have replaced the proclamation of Christ and Him crucified with an easy-listening legalism of ‘do more and try harder.’ R.C. Sproul explains the crucial difference between the law and the Gospel and why it is absolutely necessary for Christians to know this difference.”

Good Advice, or Good News? 

The following article appears in Credo Magazine and is written to women by Jessalyn Hutto of Desiring Virtue.  It reminds us as women that we are more than the things we DO.  An excerpt: “It has been my experience that women especially can find it hard to keep the gospel at the center of their daily pursuit of holiness. Why would I say this? Because there seems to be a disproportional emphasis within women’s ministries, retreats, conferences, the blogosphere, and friendships focusing on biblical texts that are specifically applicable to the female sex but lacking in proper biblical context.”

Women need more than Proverbs 31 and Titus 2

Next, an article written by Jared Wilson to pastors on the subject.  This comes by way of a Tim Challies recommendation and originally appears on one of the Gospel Coalition blogs.  Here’s a little teaser: “The message of the law unaccompanied by and untethered from the central message of the gospel condemns us. Because besides telling us stuff to do, the law also thereby reveals our utter inability to measure up.”

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in your Church

Finally, the one I mentioned in that previous post.  This is well worth listening to, because moralism is the slippery slope to the heresy of Pelagianism (believing I am good enough on my own to choose God, so basically I can save myself).  If you are a fan of feel-good preachers, you need to hear this message.  Here’s the blurb: “The goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself, and good people will go to heaven when they die. Some who profess this creed also profess to be Christian. Michael Horton explains how biblical Christianity has been replaced by this vacuous moralistic and therapeutic deism.”

Moralistic and Therapeutic Deism

I may add to this list from time to time, but this should get you started.  Happy learning!





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I am a friend. I am your neighbor, your sister, or someone at your church. I love to study God’s Word and share it with you. Come here to witness my excited “A-ha!” moments, as well as some pretty mundane stuff. I have a distinct disdain for emotionally driven bible studies, so you won’t see any of that here. Why? ”The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV) That’s why. We are not taught by Scripture to “follow our hearts” but to follow Jesus Christ. Emotions can be easily manipulated by crafty teachers, and when that happens we forget to look at Bible verses in their proper context. My prayer is that you find the writings here helpful, edifying, and encouraging.

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