A Church with accountability but not legalism


A Church without accountability is not an apostolic Church; not one that conforms to New Testament expectations for the Church. But what should accountability in Church look like and how does it differ from legalism? Explore this important theme with me.


Jesus required accountable relationships when he told His disciples to go and make new disciples “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Another truth that teaches accountability for Christians is the fact that (in the Church), we are members of one another (Romans 12:5). We do not “live for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone” (Romans 14:7).

The call for mutual care and accountability, as well as the structure of leadership and membership for the Church taught in the New Testament, assume accountable relationships. 

A closer look at accountability:

  • Definition: obligated to give an account for ones actions; responsible…

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One Response to A Church with accountability but not legalism

  1. Tim Allen says:

    “Obligated”- we hate the word and often abdicate with Cain’s excuse. But we have a duty per Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. It has become repulsive to us to hold a brother to his commitments, but our lax attitude really betrays a love for self that exceeds our love for a brother. In short, to not hold each other accountable is SIN. We owe it to each other to put the righteousness of God above our own level of comfortability. Yes, I’m guilty, too, but if we don’t change our trajectory our decline in the world will be the more rapid. And that’s not legalism, that’s love.

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