There is a balance to be found to enjoy the freedom that we are granted by the Gospel and not to abuse that freedom, but on the other hand not to curtail it by imposing a new legalism.
“everything is permissable” – but not everything is beneficial.
Paul 1 Corinthians 6:1
We are freed by the gospel, but not all actions lead us into the fulness of life that freedom brings.
It is interesting that we are far more intolerant of those who we perceive to be abusing the freedom of the gospel, than we are those who would curtail our freedom. Should we not be equally as critical of both. It seems that the attitude of the pharisee – as abominable as it was to Jesus – is actually fairly central to the conservative christian world. It is cultural baggage, anglo saxon, victorian, protestant, whatever. We need to see it for what it is, because it is not the Gospel.