You’ve heard the skeptics charge the Message with Legalism. Yet one of the great mysteries revealed to the Bride was that of “The grace, straightened out; not disgrace, but real, true grace.” (Is this the Sign of the End, Sir?
We find that the prophet’s emphasis was not as though morality would save. He did preach that the Holy Ghost in the Believer would make you WANT to live right, and that if you didn’t desire to live right it ought to be a very clear sign that something wasn’t quite right yet. That your heart was like a crow trying to put on dove feathers. Paul gives this comparison of the deeds of the Spirit of Christ to that of the flesh:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
We see very clearly what the work of the Spirit has on the believer. It results in a life of joy, longsuffering, gentleness. So while some may claim they have the Grace of God and therefore do not need to do “works”, it’s just common sense that if the Holy Spirit of God has changed a person, their actions will exhibit the Spirit that is governing them.
Again, the Word inspires the Believer to get deeper into Christ, to the unbeliever it veils their understanding of the Gospel calling it legalism, and pushes them into a worldly lukewarm Laodicea condition.