Certainly the central theme of many Bible passages about God’s character is His love, but He isn’t a one-attribute God. He has infinite capacity to contain and promote multiple attributes. To God, being nice and loving are trumped by His holiness and justness.
God’s love comes from His holiness; it doesn’t proceed it or equal it.
The Bible says God is Holy, Holy, Holy… Nowhere does it say God is Love, Love, Love.
Why is this so critical to explain? Putting love as His premier attribute allows today’s lukewarm Christians to water down the Gospel. Who can rebuke someone in sin – as every Godly witness does in the Bible – if they think they can love someone into Heaven without warning them they’re in trouble and need a Savior?
His holiness attribute being more critical than His love attribute has significant ramifications on how people view God and how they witness to others. Today’s “lukewarmness” is the direct result of misunderstanding the prime importance God places on His own holiness and just character in Scripture.
I want to change that!
I want Christians to follow the Bible’s evangelizing pattern: they must love the lost enough to warn them they’re in big trouble.