Had the American colonists held fast to the basic standards established in both biblical and British Common Law, the institutions of slavery they later developed would never have come to pass.
McDurmon, Joel. The Problem of Slavery in Christian America (Kindle Locations 420-422). American Vision Press. Kindle Edition.
Legalism is simply separating the law of God from the person of God. Eve sees God’s law, but she has lost sight of the true God himself. Thus, abstracting his law from his loving and generous person, she was deceived into “hearing” law only as negative deprivation and not as the wisdom of a heavenly Father.
Ferguson, Sinclair B.. The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (p. 83). Crossway. Kindle Edition.