A professor once offered an idea on starting conversations with people who haven’t been to church in a while. To get at a delinquent member’s heart and perhaps to try to determine his attitude toward the church, the prof recommended gauging the person’s reaction to the verse, “Be holy for I am holy.”
Does it strike him as Law? Does it make him fearful? Is he defensive?
Or does he hear it as sweet Gospel? Is he relieved? Does he rejoice in his Father’s goodness?
I get the idea behind it. In theory, it makes sense. But the more I think about it, the more it sounds like those people who can’t answer a question before they preface it with, “Why do you ask?” and then follow up with, “Ask a Law question, you’ll get a Law answer.”
Pastors, what’s the verdict?