…if the only teaching applied to people is the Law, then they despair, die and perish in their sin. More on this in a future post…
Here is that future post.
This statement is one side of a coin. Some people grow up, live and die under all-law preaching and never have this melt-down I’ve described, or better put, never realize that this is what’s ticking under their hood.
The other alternative is for a person to be crushed under the weight of the fact that they don’t love the Lord with all of who they are…and to not let themselves off the hook because they realize that they do not keep the law perfectly.
Teaching people that “it takes more than faith to really please God” is, in reality, extremely cruel. To those who are convinced of their own righteousness, it pushes them on in their odious good works. Telling the ones who despair of their sin such a thing drives them further and further away from the Gospel…that Christ has obeyed perfectly in their place all that the law demands.