I’ve been thinking about the Old Testament law recently. Specifically it’s relationship to Christians.
Are Christians under the law?
If we answer no, which I think we should, does that mean morality and discipline don’t matter to the Christian who has assurance of his salvation?
In his book The Grace and Truth Paradox Randy Alcorn addresses the need for a balance between grace and truth.
Some churches today embrace truth but need a heavy dose of grace.
Other churches talk about grace but cry out for a heavy dose of truth.
Alcorn points out an apparent conflict between grace and truth but then says this:
The apparent conflict that exists between grace and truth isn’t because they’re incompatible. But because we lack perspective to resolve their paradox. The two are interdependent. We should never approach truth except in a spirit of grace, or grace, or except in a spirit of truth. Jesus wasn’t 50 percent grace, 50 percent truth, but 100 percent grace, 100 percent truth.
Truth-oriented Christians love studying Scripture and theology. But sometimes they’re quick to judge and slow to forgive. They’re strong on truth, weak on grace.
Grace-oriented Christians love forgiveness and freedom. But sometimes they neglect Bible study and see moral standards as “legalism.” They’re strong on grace, weak on truth.
Countless mistakes in marriage, parenting, ministry, and other relationships are failures to balance grace and truth.