"All the world religions can be placed in one of two camps... legalism or grace.
Humankind does it or God does it.
Salvation is a wage based on deeds done or salvation is a gift based on Christ's death.
A legalist believes the supreme force behind salvation is
you. If you look right, speak right, and belong to the right segment of the
right group, you will be saved. The brunt of responsibility doesn't lie within
God; it lies within you.
The result? The outside sparkles. The talk is good and the step is true.
But look closely. Look carefully.
Something is missing.
What is it? Joy.
...Fear. (That you won't do enough.)
...Arrogance (That you have done enough.)
...Failure. (That you have made a mistake.) . . .
Spiritual life is not in human endeavor.
It is rooted in and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.
Every spiritual achievement is created and
energized by God."
~Max Lucado, from "He Still Moves Stones"