What is legalism? Technically, legalism is connected to salvation by works. But we are not talking technically here when it comes to this poll.
Our popular definition of legalism might be, "Man made rules of conformity/behavior that are not based directly on Scripture."
Legalism may come from what people think the Scriptures mean or imply, but not what the Scriptures actually say. Extrapolated principles are not the same as direct statements and at least one or two steps removed from the text. Legalism may be associated with the pressure to justify everything as spiritual. It may confuse what is to be done in church (edifying, worshipping) with what is done in daily life. It may be an inherited set of traditions that are considered binding and unalterable (as opposed to useful and negotiable).
Control freaks, it seems, are particularly drawn to legalism. So, as long as we have control freaks -- and as long as we have human nature -- we will always have some legalism. So have these controllers managed to manufacture new rules and regulations that are widely influential?
But is legalism in fundamental/conservative evangelical churches less that what it once was, or have old man made rules been exchanged for new ones?
Your thoughts are appreciated. Please comment.
BTW, understood in your answer is, "It depends." That is always true. So either answer this poll from your observation of the broader movements or your own particular experience.