This is just a rant. And not a word of it can overcome the word of God.Legalism? LOL! Where do you get legalism out of any thing I said to civic?
Sorry but there is no legalism in obeying and abiding in the truth of God's word, "For the law came by Moses but Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ".
Notice, not grace alone but instead grace and truth, for I can assure you that if you are looking to be saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ and refuse to believe the truth of God's words that he himself spoke, then the grace you are trusting to save you, will be in vain.
Here is what Jesus himself said and these are the clearest words that he ever spoke and were recorded in the NT about who we must know as The Only True God and who we must know as the Messiah who was sent by him, in order to have eternal life and be saved.
John 17:3 "This is eternal life, that they might know you (Father) The Only True God and Jesus the Christ whom you have sent".
So then, was your reply here supposed to be your best shot at a rebuttal, or was it instead just more empty words covering up the fact that you really have no rebuttal?
What John is truly revealing for us in 1 John 4:1-4, is that in God's righteous requirements, Jesus had to be of the same exact ontology (flesh as the Bible reveals what flesh is) and the same sinless state of being that Adam was created in by God before he sinned in order to pay for man's sins by his own life.
Anything more or less would be antichrist, meaning a replacement or substitute for the genuine that cannot be the Christ nor take away the sins of men, not being what Adam truly was both in his ontology and also in his sinless state of being when God created him.
Ephesians 2:8-10English Standard Version (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.