Category: Mercy

Does Mercy Trump Meticulous Obedience?


For quite a while now, we have noticed a trend among Christians to teach that the great mercy of God, and it is truly great, trumps strict obedience to God’s laws. A favorite “proof text” is Hosea 66 as referenced by Jesus in Matthew 1:27. The idea being that faced with a dilemma between strictly obeying Scriptures that would cause a “hardship” on a person and extending mercy instead – in spite of what would be the scriptural thing to do ordinarily.