Share a word of wisdom to a new convert about the balance between the need for patience with oneself in the process of growth and the need to put away sin, wrong attitudes, and bad habits; to repent, in short.
John, the first book I had planned to write, back in the 80s, was on balance. That book never made it out of the gate, but the idea was good. (I’m always planning something, but things don’t always get past that stage.) Ira North’s book on the subject, for God’s servants working with congregations, was a popular book in its time.
Two extremes often exist in an area or subject, which should be avoided, as your post indicated. The irony is that, like a pendulum, people will sometimes swing wildly from one extreme to the other. Martin Luther serves as a good example, going from works-based righteousness in the Catholic system, to a faith-only position in reaction, which has become the definition of evangelicals. And we’ve seen some of our people go from rigid positions about everything to accepting just about any idea that comes down the pike.
So our prayer ought to be that we can keep it between the ditches. (Who said something similar to that, Marshall Keeble?)
Too far to the right, and we bind where God has not bound.
Too far to the left, and we loose where God HAS bound.
Balance on the mountaintop of Bible authority (and common sense). (With thanks to Roy Deaver.)