Of Jesus, we read:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn. 1:14)
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (Jn. 1:17)
Christ-like leaders exercise both grace and truth, even when it comes to policy-making.
Churches that are all about grace tend to be churches with no or a very limited number of policies. What policies they do have can be easily set aside. They don’t want to offend anyone. As a result, people tend to do what is right in their own eyes. Eventually these churches can lose hold of that with which it should be standing firm — truth.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. (Eph. 6:13-14)
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3)
Churches that emphasize truth over grace tend to be churches with a large number of policies. They get so concerned with doing what is right that they don’t care if it offends people. As a result, people tend to be denied any sense of initiative or creativity, hence not reaching their full potential in ministry. Eventually these churches can lose hold of that in which they should be standing firm — grace.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Rom. 5:1-2)
… this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. (2 Pet. 5:12)
God’s Word clearly instructs us to stand firm in His grace (Rom. 5:2; 1 Pet. 5:12) AND to stand firm with the belt of truth around our waist (Eph. 6:14). We are not given an either/or option.
What do churches with policies that stem from both grace and truth look like?
Churches guided by both grace and truth tend to have just enough policies to protect and reflect grace as well as truth … no more, no less. They will have policies that promote truth in love (Eph. 4:15), because of grace. They will have policies that help the Body line up with truth while building people up in His grace (Acts 20:32), hence providing for all that is good and true and enhancing lives and ministry in the process. Eventually these churches lose what could bind them and distract them, becoming more and more Christ-like in all they do