Ethics in the Pulpit

Alvin C. Rueter

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1988

Issue: The Lure of Heresy (Vol. 8, No 2, Spring, 1988)

Motivating people by showing what’s in it for them—it’s risky. Yet in my view it’s all over the Bible, in Deuteronomy, in the Psalms, in Jesus, and in Paul. If it’s scriptural but risky, how do we know when we’re using it ethically? So far I haven’t been able to develop any formula—just guidelines, testing my appeals by the Golden Rule, the “theology of the cross,” and asking, “Am I being as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove?”

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