When we preach a standard of living instead of the life of Christ, we are preaching self. God did not call us to testify of ourselves; He called us to give the testimony of Christ. We must understand that should we choose to teach law with the emphasis of adherence to the ten commandments, we are setting ourselves up to fail before the eyes of the world; because even the non-believing world is able to see that we cannot keep the law nor maintain the standards we so piously tout. It is no wonder that when you ask the average Joe why he doesn’t go to church, the answer is almost always, ‘I don’t go because the church is full of hypocrites!’ Now though this statement may seem like a direct attack on the shortcomings or abilities of the saints in not keeping with what God requires, the real root of the problem is not the saints but rather the message. We were not called to live, preach, and teach the righteous requirements of the law as a standard; we were called into the life of Christ, the Righteous One, to preach and teach the finished work of the cross.
‘But now the righteousness of God is revealed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propititiation by His blood, through faith to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.’ ~ Romans 3:21-26
George L. Miller