The time will come when people will not endure sound teaching but, having itching ears, they will accumulate teachers to suit their own passions and turn away from truth and aside to myths. 2 Tim. 4: 3, 4
There is confusion in the church today as more churches jump on the uber-grace message. How we enter the Kingdom and then walk out our salvation, is being misconstrued. This ”grace” they teach isn’t found in scripture. It misrepresents the nature of God and, most tellingly, tends to produce immorality and unholy lifestyles in its followers. By these teachers focusing on only one aspect of God’s nature, He is misrepresented. Due to this,there is no fear of God. Romans 11:22 says, ”Consider the goodness and severity of God:” Although this kind of heresy is nothing new, it impedes advancement by sullying the message.
Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 2:18, 19 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
This extra-biblical version is especially taught in “seeker” churches desiring to get people “saved”. It proliferates where discipleship and church discipline are not practiced. Spiritual disciplines like fasting and prayer are not emphasized. In favor of spectator worship and an event-centered Christianity, there is also a tendency to “look the other way” concerning lifestyles of leaders and congregations.
I delve into this subject in the article, “Lawlessness or grace”, but this comparison may also be helpful.
The irresponsible extrabiblical version…
- “It is finished”means Jesus “did it all” for Me
- Lord, YOU make me ready!
- Grace forgives my sins.
- I do nothing!
- I’m free of God’s punishment!
- Grace mystically purifies church.
- God only cares about the good motives of my heart; I mean well.
- I’m on a mystical journey with Jesus.
- Grace covers my sin.
- Grace covers my immoral lifestyle.
- Grace covers my irresponsibility and disobedience;
- Jesus understands.
- Grace is an invisible gift.
- It’s an event received at salvation and covers me once and for all.
- Grace excuses my weaknesses.
- He does it all.
- I remain a lowly sinner.
- I rest in Christ’s finished work; the Lord will save the lost & disciple nations.
- I do no works; Jesus did them all.
The legitimate kind taught in the Bible…
- Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling. Phil 2:12
- The bride has made herself ready. Rev. 19:7
- But Jesus was sinless yet FULL of grace. John 1:14
- I discipline my body and keep it under control lest after preaching to others I disqualify myself. 1 Cor. 9:27
- Free of God’s wrath, grace allows us to endure discipline as sons. Heb. 12:7
- Jesus rebukes 5 of 7 churches. Rev 2 and 3
- The Bride makes herself ready Rev 19:7
- Jesus invented church discipline. Matt. 18:15-18
- He cares about your walk. 2 Cor. 5:8
- Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him. Col. 1:10
- The Blood of Jesus covers sin. Romans 3:25
- Don’t be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor adulterers nor homosexuals will inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9
- Train yourself for godliness. 1 Tim 4:7, 8
- Believer’s deeds are examined at the Judgment seat of Christ. 2 Cor. 5:9
- It can be seen on people. Acts 11:23
- This makes sense to someone from an event-centered church culture, but the Bible refers to it as a lifestyle to be continued daily. Acts 13:43
- Grace perfects your weaknesses. 2 Cor. 12:9
- God bears witness to the word of HIS grace by doing signs and wonders through our hands. Acts 14:3
- Do we then continue in sin, that grace abounds? Certainly not! Romans 6:1
- Jesus ”did it all” so I rest in Him.
- The deeds we do for and with Him are SEEN. John 3:21
- We are to be about our Father’s business. Each one must do his own work while it is day. John 9:4
- Each must do, examine and then finish doing his own work. 1 Cor. 3:13-15, Gal. 6:4