“When Law and Gospel are improperly distinguished, both are undermined. Separated from the Law, the Gospel gets absorbed into an ideology of tolerance in which indiscriminateness is equated with grace. Separated from the Gospel, the Law becomes an insatiable demand hammering away at the conscience until it destroys a person.” (Emphasis mine.)
Dr. James A. Nestigen, “Distinguishing Law and Gospel: A Functional View.” Presented as a Wenchel Lecture at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 19 January 1994, published in Concordia Journal 22:1 (January 1996), 27.
Gospel reductionism: Grace becomes tolerance and Law must therefore be reduced to principles for Christian living.