” He must increase, I must decrease.”
If we buy into that statement, then what can bring this about?
In preaching and teaching what would be more apt to bring about an increase in Christ Jesus and a decrease in Joe and Mary in the pew?
Preaching that puts our performance in the fore? Preaching that uses God law to try and make us better? Preaching a sort of Christian progressivism?
Or, preaching and teaching that uses God’s law to put the striver in us to death? Preaching God’s law the way that Jesus preached God’s law…full force…not watered down, so that the law will chop us off at the knees so that no one will be left standing after the sermon other than the One who died for us.
I spoke of this kind of hard law preaching to an Evangelical friend of mine at work last week and he looked at me with a very puzzled look and then said, “you shouldn’t be so hard on yourselves.”
Should we be so hard on ourselves? Or ought we make it easier for the sinner in us to improve?