Tullian Tchvidjian wrote another winner. This comes from his upcoming book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Love for an Exhausted World. He shares an excerpt from a letter he received:
The person wrote, "Over the last couple of years, we have really been struggling with the
preaching in our church as it has been very law laden and moralistic.
After listening, I feel condemned with no power to overcome my lack of
ability to obey. Over the last several months, I have found myself very
spiritually depressed, to the point where I had no desire to even attend
church. Pastors are so concerned about somehow preaching 'too much
grace' (as if that is possible) because they wrongly believe that type
of preaching leads to antinomianism or licentiousness. But, I can
testify that the opposite is actually true. I believe preaching only the
law, and giving little to no gospel, actually leads to lawless living.
When mainly law is preached, it leads to the realization that I can’t
follow it, so I might as well quit trying. At least, that’s what has
happened to me."
Although I believe we must preach the whole counsel of God, including the commands, it must be grounded in a message of grace and mercy. I have said it many times before, but if you are going to err, err on the side of grace.