One of the hallmarks of conservative Evangelicalism is its commitment to interpret Scripture according to it’s plain meaning whenever possible. I believe in this hermeneutic and try to employ it during my own study. But I have a confession to make – I don’t often live by it. I don’t think I’m along either.
Have you thought about the implications of applying the Bible at face value? The call to holy living is undeniable. The standard it sets is unattainable. No one can consistently practice every command. Unless, of course, someone else is actually empowering and enabling you. Maybe we all need grace in measures beyond our wildest imaginations.