Error occurs when only some of the truth is followed
and disobedience – which must be confessed, first to God and if it involves others to them as well, or else we will give account before Christ (2 Cor 5:10; Jas 5:16; 1 Jn 1:8,9).
We are saved by the marvelous free grace of God, not by our works (Eph 2:8,9; 1 Tim 1:14). However, we are required (with God’s help) to die to sins, and walk in outer and inward holiness (Rom 6:19; 2 Cor 7:1; 1 Pet 2:24). Any time one doctrine is over-emphasized at the expense of another balancing doctrine we fall into error because there is the failure to correctly handle the Scriptures and teach the whole counsel of God (Act 20:27; 2 Tim 2:15).
See also: balance, cheap gospel, doctrine, error, false teaching, truth.