Pictures of Hyper-Grace

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Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep. (Ps. 36:5–6) We can see from Scripture that God’s love and grace are hyper; they extend over, beyond, and above what you can conceive or imagine (see John 1:16, Eph. 1:7, 3:18–19). What you think of when you think of God’s love for you is inevitably inferior to what His love really is. So you could say that grace is what we imagine God’s love to be like, but hyper-grace is what it actually is. Think of it like … [Read more...]

What is Hyper-Grace?

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Here’s something you may not know about grace: Jesus never defined it. As far as we know, the Lord of grace who came from the throne of grace full of His Father’s grace, and from whom we have received grace upon grace, never uttered the word grace. But He sure showed it. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus did not come to preach grace but to be grace and He did this by loving unconditionally and forgiving indiscriminately. Jesus hung out with crooks and conmen and hookers and tax-collectors. He ate with sinners and Pharisees and reached out to filthy foreigners. He told stories of … [Read more...]

‘The Hyper-Grace Gospel’ – out today!

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I wrote my latest book by accident. It’s called The Hyper-Grace Gospel and it’s out today. You can find it on Amazon. My new book has an interesting back-story. After reading Michael Brown’s recent book opposing the “modern grace message,” I decided to jot down a few notes for E2R readers. In his book Dr. Brown attacks the writings of several grace preachers, including myself. I thought people might be interested to learn what grace preachers would say in response. In my new book, I quote from more than 40 grace preachers, including many of those identified by Dr. Brown. Although I … [Read more...]

What are the Consequences of Falling from Grace?

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I am so glad the book of Galatians is in the Bible because we can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. The Galatians lost their liberty in Christ by allowing themselves to be enslaved to the yoke of the law. In their case the issue was circumcision, but for us it could be anything that puts a price tag on grace—church rules, confession of sins, the spiritual disciplines, whatever. I’m not against these things. I’m saying there is nothing we can do to add or improve upon Christ’s perfect work. We stand by grace alone. The Galatians had a different view. Some guys with long faces … [Read more...]

Continue in the Faith (Colossians 1:23)

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Paul tells the Colossians, “God will present you holy, unblemished, and unblameable—if you continue in the faith.” This sounds like conditional salvation, but it is not. You are one with the Lord, and what God has joined together, no man can separate. Paul is saying, “In God’s eyes you are already holy and perfect, but you won’t see it unless you believe it. You won’t walk in that truth except by faith.” You may ask, “How can I believe I am holy when my life is such an unholy mess?” You can believe it because your life is hidden in Christ and he is holy and unblemished. You have a need … [Read more...]

“Hyper-Grace” by D. R. Silva

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Reviewed by Steve Hackman What is "Hyper-Grace" and why would anyone think it could be a bad thing? In any debate, whether it be cultural, philosophical, or theological, transforming a pejorative label into a positive identity or a "badge of honor" has to figure somewhere in the argument's final verdict. D. R. Silva manages to pull this off in his new book Hyper-Grace: The Dangerous Doctrine of a Happy God. Like his debut book, It's All About Jesus, Silva offers a passionate defense of the grace of God in the life of the believer. Needless to say Hyper-Grace is no dry theological tome; … [Read more...]

Win Some Cool Stuff!

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This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Sebastian Mathews who walked away with the prize pack! My new book, The Gospel in Twenty Questions, came out three months ago. Since then I have been encouraged to hear from readers who have been blessed by its message of grace. I particularly want to thank those of you who have posted a customer review of my book on Amazon. As you may know, books with good reviews feature higher in search results. So one way you can help promote the good news of God’s grace is to write positive reviews for books that preach it. And if you have done … [Read more...]

“One Way Love” by Tullian Tchividjian

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One of the biggest stumbling blocks to grace is the thought that God’s love for us is unconditional. Perhaps you’ve heard, “The phrase ‘unconditional love’ is nowhere in the Bible.” That’s because the Bible writers were good writers who knew how to avoid redundant qualifiers. The phrase “unconditional love” is like “sunny sunshine” or “wet water.” Don’t you see? Love must be unconditional or it’s not love. There is no such thing as conditional love. One Way Love, by Tullian Tchividjian, is a book that unpackages the glorious benefits of God’s unconditional love for us. It proclaims the good … [Read more...]

“All of Grace” by Charles Spurgeon

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I smile when people when people say things like, “Joseph Prince was the first to preach the gospel of grace,” or “Andrew Wommack had this message before anyone.” I smile, because the gospel of grace is no new message. It is as ancient as the Garden of Eden. Indeed, the Bible calls it the eternal gospel (Rev 14:6). But if we must give credit to pioneering preachers, then I choose Jesus followed by the apostle Paul. Prior to the coming of Jesus, the eternally good news of God’s love and grace was obscured behind the temporary strictures of the law-keeping covenant. Some wise old guys like … [Read more...]

8 Signs of Hyper-Grace Churches

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Charisma Magazine recently published an article entitled “8 signs of hyper-grace churches.” Using words like “decline” and “distorted” and “sexually immoral” the article argued that churches built on the message of “free grace” are part of a “dangerous trend” that needs to be opposed and confronted. What does a hyper-grace church look like? According to the article’s author, a hyper-grace church is one where the pastor only preaches positive messages, doesn’t insist on tithes, and key members of the church are living in sin. Hyper-grace churches are also known for promoting immoral people … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth Birthday (And get a free book!)

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Escape to Reality is four years old today! To celebrate our four-ness, I want to give you four really great deals. 1. Get my new ebook Who's Your Daddy? for FREE on Kindle – today only. Success in life is determined by the questions we ask and this book asks the most important question of all: Who’s your daddy? Jesus gives us a profound answer. God is your Father. He’s not your judge, your executioner, or some semi-deaf sky-santa. The Maker of heaven and earth is your Daddy who loves you and cares for you more than you know. The God that Jesus reveals is full of love and grace. This is … [Read more...]

The wrath of God has come upon them at last (1 Thess 2:16)

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In our ongoing series on the wrath of God, there is an important scripture we have not yet looked at. It’s this one: For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. … [Read more...]