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To which side do you err upon: sloppy agape OR lazy legalism? I guess to answer the question, you need to know what I mean by these terms! My former pastor used these phrases when teaching and they have stuck with me.

Sloppy Agape = the idea that grace abounds by God so one can allow anything and everything – even sin -to continue without rules, order, or consequences

Lazy Legalism = the idea that more stringent rules than biblical commands which are invented by mankind must restrict anything and everything (even non-sinful issues) produces godliness

Sloppy Agape is often characterized by taking away from God’s Word while Lazy Legalism is adding to God’s Word. Both are entirely wrong (Rev. 22:18-19).

What does the Bible say about Sloppy Agape in Romans 6:1-4: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

What did Jesus say about Lazy Legalism in Matt. 15:8-9: “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain, do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Later in verse 14 of that same chapter, Jesus says that the blind will lead the blind into the “ditch” of Lazy Legalism.

So which side of the ditch do you typically fall into and why?

I’d really like to read your responses to this question! I admittedly fall into the sloppy agape side of the ditch too often (but have fallen into lazy legalism sometimes, too).

-Mark (praying that the Holy Spirit will keep us balanced when speaking His truth in love through our biblical counselors at TIL)

(All verses taken from the The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (electronic ed.) . Good News Publishers: Wheaton.)