I’ve come to believe that legalism and judgmentalism are natural outworkings of the traditional “gospel” of exclusion. If we believe that God accepts some people and rejects others, then we naturally draw a line between those who we accept and those who we reject (judgmentalism), and we seek to define the criteria by which we judge others (legalism). The traditional “gospel” gives birth to an “us” verses “them” mentality. It’s no wonder that traditional Christianity, especially fundamentalism and evangelicalism is seen by many to be judgmental, exclusionary, and even mean-spirited.
What do you think?