It's an interesting list, but a couple of notes of caution.
First Stephen is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, an uncompromisingly rigid institution which delights in giving comfort and succour to every foul and unclean bird that roosts in the boughs of brain-dead fundamentalism.
Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest first!
Second, it seems somewhat counter-intuitive to create a checklist to measure - of all things - legalism. I mean, it's legalists themselves who practice yardstick religion.
With those qualifications, here's Stephen's list:
Honestly, if your Yes score is greater than five, I'd suggest you seek therapy. My score was just one (living in a temperate climate I couldn't really identify with #13, but suspect I'd lean to Yes). Some didn't make too much sense, though they might if - God forbid - I was living in the American Midwest - or had studied for a Th.M from DTS. Overall I think this list measures something other than 'legalism' (maybe neuroticism) but, hey, what do I know?1. I am continually scandalized by the driving habits of others. Yes or No.2. I believe that God loves me more when I behave. Yes or No.3. When I write a check to my church, I tithe to the penny. Yes or No.4. I entirely avoid alcohol, makeup, or jewelry out of fear of contamination. Yes or No.5. I usually stand out from the crowd because of my formal or conservative attire. Yes or No.6. When I encounter another professing Christian, I find myself judging their appearance. Yes or No.7. My good friends are all from one church or denomination. Yes or No.8. When I miss a Sunday service, I feel guilty. Yes or No.9. When I miss any church activity, I feel guilty. Yes or No.10. There are only a few Bible teachers who truly teach God’s Word. Yes or No.11. When I sin, I feel guilty even after I ask God to forgive me. Yes or No.12. I believe that small children should behave like miniature adults. Yes or No.13. In a snow-covered parking lot, I feel anxious because I can’t see the parking lines. Yes or No.14. When someone gives me a gift or does something kind for me, I feel unsettled until I can reciprocate. Yes or No.15. I always clean my house thoroughly before anyone visits—even if they’re just popping by. Yes or No.16. I want my children to avoid contact with sinful people. Yes or No.17. I prefer to do things myself rather than accept help from people who are sloppy or less conscientious than I am. Yes or No.18. There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Yes or No.19. I believe that God is most glorified through my preferred style of music. Yes or No.20. I believe that all scripture is equally applicable to my life. Yes or No.21. I have had several conversion experiences but still doubt my salvation. Yes or No.22. I have a sneaking suspicion that if Jesus returned while I was sinning, I would go to hell. Yes or No.23. I take pleasure in reporting or punishing people who commit minor infractions. Yes or No.24. I like to make an example out of wrongdoers. Yes or No.25. I feel guilty when I exceed the speed limit by even a few miles per hour. Yes or No.26. I avoid certain behaviors primarily because they are wrong, rather than because they are harmful. Yes or No.27. I feel morally obligated to finish every book I start. Yes or No.28. Others could describe me as bitter and depressed rather than joyful and kind. Yes or No.29. I feel unlucky or cursed if I skip Bible reading or prayer. Yes or No.30. I believe that God is more like a policeman and less like a fireman. Yes or No.
So what's your score out of thirty?