Who are the Hypergrace Preachers?

wanted-hypergrace_medHypergrace, according to some, is a dangerous and unbiblical teaching that is leading people down a licentious path to hell. Apparently the “rock-star preachers” promoting this hypergrace heresy will be “held accountable for the spiritual death of millions.”

By proclaiming God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, hypergrace preachers have taken grace too far, say the critics. They have made grace radical, over-the-top, and unbalanced.

As someone who has been labelled a hypergrace preacher, how do I respond to this claim? Guilty as charged, amigo!

Grace is the one thing that separates Christianity from all religions and God’s grace is truly extreme. It’s unfathomable, inexplicable, and hyper.

But who are these hypergrace preachers? Who are the rock-stars preaching this message of radical grace?

Hypergrace apostle

Any list of hypergrace preachers must begin with the man who first described God’s grace as hyper. The apostle Paul wrote of the incomparable riches and abundance of God’s grace. He painted word pictures of a divine love that could not be measured and a grace that cannot be contained.

In describing grace Paul used three Greek words: huper-ballō, huper-perisseuō, and huper-pleonazō. You do not need to speak Greek to recognize the common element in these words. It’s the prefix huper or hyper which means exactly what you think it means. God’s grace is over, above, and beyond your wildest expectations. It surpasses all knowing.

To put it in context, Paul also uses hyper-words for describing God’s power and love. So God’s grace is as great as his power. It’s as limitless as his love. This is truly good news, for grace that is hyper means no one is beyond the reach of his love. It means your worst sins have been wiped from the books for love keeps no record of wrongs.

Hypergrace preachers

The apostle Paul introduced the concept of grace that is hyper, but he was not the only hypergrace preacher in the Bible. Here are some others:

John the Beloved spoke of the grace that comes from God through his Son. “Of his fullness we have all received grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Grace is not one aspect of God’s character but his fullness. God’s grace is God-sized. “Grace upon grace” means God hits you with wave after wave of grace. Think of the waves at the ocean. There is no end to them and no end to his grace.

Peter wrote about the grace that comes from “the God of all grace” (1 Pet 5:10). All grace and all love originates with God. Peter prayed that his grace would be yours to the “fullest measure” or in increasing abundance (1 Pet 1:2). Just as you can’t travel to the edge of the universe, you will never find the limit of God’s grace. But try anyway. Explore it, walk it, swim it, ride it, and grow in the grace of Jesus (2 Pet 3:18). Be generous with the manifold, or many-sided grace of God (1 Pet 4:10).

James, one of the most misunderstood writers in the New Testament, had a wonderful grasp of grace. He could’ve been called an apostle of grace. James spoke of a God who gives and gives, which is a picture of unending grace (Jas 1:17). “God gives us more grace” said James (4:6). You’ve probably read that a hundred times without thinking about it, but the word for more derives from the Greek word megas. In other words, God gives us mega-grace! Throw in Strongs’ definition and James is literally saying that God gives us “exceedingly, great, high, large, loud, and mighty grace!”

Many Old Testament prophets also spoke of God’s extreme grace, from Zechariah shouting “Grace, grace” to the house of God (Zec 4:7) to Isaiah who waxed lyrical on the subject of God’s everlasting lovingkindness (Is 54:8).

By the way, whenever you read that word lovingkindness in the Old Testament, you can substitute hypergrace, because that’s what the original word, hesed, means. The hesed of God is the goodness and love of God, which Moses, David, Jeremiah and Jonah described as abundant or great (Num 14:18, Ps 103:8, Lam 3:32, Jon 4:2). God’s lovingkindness to us is Great Grace and nothing less.

So when Joel says God is “gracious, compassionate, and abounding in lovingkindness” (Joel 2:13), he’s saying much the same thing as Paul with all his huper-adjectives for grace.

But how did these old prophets know about God’s abounding grace? From whom did they learn it? They heard it from the Lord himself.

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth” (Exodus 34:6)

Which brings us to…

The greatest hypergrace preacher of all

Jesus was a walking, talking testimony of the radical grace of God. He loved the unlovable. He forgave his killers. He bore your sin.

Jesus told stories of a grace that was over, above, and beyond all reason. The prodigal son, hugged despite his sins. The publican, justified in spite of his unrighteousness. These stories make no sense except as signposts to a grace greater than our worst wretchedness. And telling stories was only one of five ways Jesus revealed radical grace.

I have listed a dozen hypergrace preachers but the Bible has more. (Let me know if you can think of others.)

If you have been branded a hypergrace preacher, hold your head high. To be included in this esteemed company of grace preachers is an honor and a privilege. The label should not diminish us but inspire us to be as bold in preaching the gospel as those who’ve gone before us.

May we be testimonies of the transforming power of God’s great-, mega-, and hyper-grace.

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69 Comments on Who are the Hypergrace Preachers?

  1. I really love the approach you took to hammer your points. So incisive.

  2. Wait! Burt Lancaster was a hyper-grace preacher? Wow, I never knew that!😉

    • I think you may mean Charlton Heston. That picture is him as Moses in the movie “The Ten Commandments”.

      • Robert Slominski // September 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm //

        Burt Lancaster played Abraham I think in an old 80’s mini series… is that considered being a hypergrace preacher? haha… I share Escape to reality among as many people as I can.. I cant wait to meet you all when we continue our lives in eternity… tell them the true gospel and how simple it truly is… “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”

      • You’re right. Charlton Heston it is; my bad😉

  3. What strikes me most about the hyper-grace resistance is that not all the resistors are responding out of ignorance and/or fear, so that means that their are many in the church who are willfully keeping the full grace message from being shared. It seems they are projecting the judgement that is due them. It also means that there is far greater penetration by the enemy into the Protestant structure then our pretty Christian community could ever fathom. It actually scares me to think just how many preachers in North America are really just playing church and not sharing Christ. It has caused me to consider just how far from the reformation we have declined. Have we not just slid back into performing for our salvation/justification and into the hands of the same “Roman” control again? And who are the Pope’s in the Protestant community in this new order?

  4. Keep on Keeping on being used of HIM to fulfil Ephesians 2:7

    (ps the ‘Hombre’ in the ‘Wanted’ Poster looks suspiciously like my Barber….! “…you sure you don’t KNOW him…..?”)

  5. Liked it – but it is positional and yes correct – but don’t use it to avoid the unavoidable sanctifying work of God for He is training His army for battle so difficulties will come and only those who overcome will receive the prize. No football coach has his team relaxing in deck chairs drinking lattes each week for training. Nor Jesus as head coach put you over His shoulder in a fireman’s carry and run around the playing field 20 times, then put you down and tell you how wonderfully fit you will be now for having completed 20 circuits, He isn’t silly. You must teach both the positional and on going processes in balance. Some preach hyper grace & some preach hell fire and damnation from a God with a big stick. Fortunately some get it right.

    • Patrick Lundberg // September 22, 2016 at 8:14 am // Reply

      “only those who overcome will receive the prize”.

      Respectfully, this statement lacks Gospel reality. Sounds very works centered to me. Sanctification is not about training ourselves. Rather, sanctification is the daily process by which the Perfect Runner allows us to inherit the prize He has already won. I’ll never be able to overcome the desperate nature of humanity. Thank God for Jesus!

    • We overcome by our faith. 1 John 4:4-5 not by how Christian we appear.
      There is a problem with looking at positional sanctification as just pretty words with no base in reality. When you place the reality of sanctification upon the ongoing process it turns the work of the Holy Spirit into a flesh based spiritual olympics where only the strong survive. Did you know that after this hyper grace view of sanctification I was delivered from a raging anger problem and Phariseeism and someone else in my home was delivered from a decades long porn addiction. Until you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God sees you as securly sanctified in His holiest of holies then all ongoing progression is at best is nothing more than secular behavior modification dressed up with bible verses and prayer time. The true ongoing sanctification is simply becoming in the flesh who you are in God’s reality.

      • Amen!

      • I think you will find that true ongoing sanctification, is putting the flesh to death and walking in the Spirit.

      • Walking in the Spirit comes from belonging to Jesus- Romans 8:9
        Putting the flesh to death is simply Christian lingo for behavior modification. You do not need the world’s ways to become who God desires you to be. It really does sound crazy but the world has it all backwards. “Become on the outside who you should be on the inside”. Sadly that is just painting the building. God’s way fixes the inside so that the outside can grow to match the interior.

      • Perhaps you should read Galatians 5:24, or all of Galatians 5 for that matter.
        Then read Romans 8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
        13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
        14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

      • ContentinChrist // October 6, 2016 at 3:16 am //

        …One of the Peters said: “I think you will find that true ongoing sanctification, is putting the flesh to death and walking in the Spirit.” In response to this, I would say….and not sarcastically, but truly — I think you will find that one day you will become utterly frustrated with this way of looking at these verses. I know I did and many more have also come to that point who have walked the same path as I have. Hopefully, you will find that the only way to put to death the deeds of the flesh is by FAITH only in the Spirit’s work to complete what He began in us….and to know that these verses are saying that you ARE walking in the Spirit now, if Christ is in you. Verse 9 clearly says this.

        Can I tell you how I put to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit? When I am reminded of any struggle with a particular sin, this is what I do now. I thank God that He’s forgiven me totally and that I am righteous in His sight because of Christ’s finished work on the cross. I thank Him that He’s pointing an area out to me because I know that He’s about to start working on that area in my life and conform me more into His image. There is no fretting about how to put the sin to death and I don’t look up a book on 5 steps to overcome __________ (fill in the blank). I am confident that God is going to do the work in me. That is putting to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit. It’s the only way.

        I can testify that in all of my Christian walk, when I look back at a period of a few years….I have *always* been able to see how God has grown me in certain areas. And, I can *always* look back and see that it was all Him — it had nothing to do with me striving or begging. We do cooperate with His Spirit as He shows us, but even the cooperation is more just believing that He will do it and standing in His ability – putting no confidence in our abilities at all.

    • Berris-Dale Joseph // September 25, 2016 at 11:05 am // Reply

      Kevin, I appreciate your concern. Nevertheless, saying that “only those who overcome will win the prize” is liken to the leaven of the pharisees from which Jesus warns His disciples.

      When we mix any poisonous leaven into the dough that should make the bread of life, we poison the children’s bread with the poison of anxiety, so giving the children a disease I describe as Spiritual Anxiety Disorder.

      This happens when we suggest to the children that although God loves them/us and gave them/us His only Begotten Son to die for their/our sins, they/we still have a problem, one that only they/we on their/our own can solve.

      Given this kind of treatment of such poisonous GRACE, we injure the children and ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially. Does a mango tree worry about the mango fruits it will bear next mango season?

      Do the Lilies of the field toil or spin? No, ‘they don’t. Jesus makes that clear. Yet, King Solomon in all of his glory was not so adorned, as the beautiful lilies. What make them so beautiful, is not engaging in inappropriate works, but in appropriate work.

      What is that appropriate work of the lilies? They REST in the grace of God, the great and wonderful husbandman. That is the appropriate work, REST. Appropriate work is the work we would WANT to do. Every inappropriate action is bad work. But Good “Force is born of Rest.”

    • Like this response. Don’t necessarily see it as works. Yes it not he who runs but He who wills, nevertheless we run to finish.Grace is forever and is sufficient as we need it. The prize is there. Out citizenship is in heaven and we work out our salvation with great reverence for it is God working in us. Grace may be called hyper but some preachers may be even more hyper. I love the grace of God.

  6. Hey Paul, what are your thoughts on how all these… verses tie in together?

  7. Amen Brother: Keep teaching the True Gospel …….!

  8. “Of his fullness we have all received grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Grace is not one aspect of God’s character but his fullness.

    This is so good!

    • Berris-Dale Joseph // September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am // Reply

      LJP, thanks for bringing that out, that grace is the fullness of God’s attributes. Shouldn’t opponents of this great grace know that the Bible teaches that God delights in mercy? Here is where He takes pleasure.

      The execution of His justice is considered in scripture as His strange act. He executes justice to defend the greatness of His love and tender mercies. He delivers justice to dismiss sin forever from His righteous Kingdom of love.

      We should understand God’s justice, His perfect hatred of sin as His strange manifestation of love, to defend and exonerate the recipients of grace.

      There is no perfect love without perfect hatred for the wrong, which betrays, assaults, insults, rejects, and attempts to destroy God’s love.

      • Thank you for your response. I just wanted to clarify that I was quoting Paul from the post. My failure to use quotes made that unclear. Blessings

    • Berris-Dale Joseph // September 27, 2016 at 9:58 pm // Reply

      You are welcome. And thanks. Blessings for you too.

    • John 1:16 an interpretation:

      Christ’s own grace-capable spirit is sent to all believers to provide (many) graces for salvation. This type of grace is much more superior and more effective for human salvation that what was provided in the OT. However, it becomes ineffective if the believer does not yield/deny his/her spirit (switch off) to allow this grace to flow into the human spirit and to teach, direct, cause confession of sin, change the human spirit etc, that enables the
      believer to grow as a new spiritual creature that leads to salvation and eternal life.

      grace = God’s Word (loving spiritual active power of strength and wisdom) extended first out to Jesus Christ after his baptism. Then sent by God on the request of Jesus after his Ascension to all believers of faith.

      Yes, God is essentially all grace as it is his external Word in action, in the universe. This is also the case with Jesus Christ today in heaven.

      • Thanks Henry, as Jesus is, so are we in this world. We receive this fullness of God at the very moment we receive His free gift of eternal life. Even though it may not always be visible in the flesh, we possess God’s fullness. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ in oneness with the Trinity. As we abide in Christ, we produce His fruit that becomes visible in the flesh. Christ lives in me. Blessings to you, brother.

  9. Thank you Paul! Thank you for what you’re doing. Please do not grow weary in doing good. I don’t understand it all, but I’m trying. I do know that I can’t try hard enough to be good enough, and I know that his grace is greater than all sin for all time. Oh to soar on the heights, to plunge the depths, to span the width and search out the breadth of his love! Impossible to fully understand, but I’m not going to stop trying. Thank you for your help to that end!

  10. Peter Dagenais // September 22, 2016 at 2:39 am // Reply

    Thank you again Paul for preaching the same “message that Paul preached.” I also preach the same message you would call ” hypergrace” whenever possible, is this not what the angel said to the Shepherds,do not be afraid I bring you”Good News.” God”s “Grace is the Good News.”

  11. Hi Paul. I hope to meet you one day. I have started a church here in San Jose, Costa Rica called Ministerios de Gracia Mayor (Greater Grace) which comes from James 4:6!!! You have an open door here anytime! … Thanks for your articles and labor in love as they add some very good seasoning to the message and heart that we daily convey here. Your Bother and Soldier, Brent

  12. Thank you! I’m 65 yrs of age…For my entire adult life I’ve believed the traditional evangelical churched were missing the mark in some area/s I could not identify. After hearing Bob George and Andrew Farley, I realized I had never heard a sermon on the NEW COVENANT! It all makes perfect sense. Having been accustomed to disapointment, im waiting for the ax to fall! But Im thinking it wont fall – that this hypergrace is spot on!

  13. Add me to the list please. I’m willing to be arrested for preaching hyper grace.

  14. Oh well done, Paul Ellis! I thought you were going to point me toward Joseph Prince, Rob Bell, etc. I love that your hypergrace preachers are all in the Bible. I am curious, though, who you are quoting at the beginning of the piece? I hadn’t heard of anyone criticizing you lately. Steady on, everyone needs to know the hyper-grace Gospel.🙂

  15. Gordon Schnee // September 22, 2016 at 3:56 am // Reply

    Don’t know why you respond to those guys, Paul, but I’m glad that you do.
    Don’t know why you respond scripturally, but I’m glad that you do. The only scripture they know is carefully arranged in chains of pseudo logic for the purpose of enslaving, not setting free.
    Thank you!

    • I don’t think if it as responding to critics, but seizing the opportunities they give me to preach grace and truth. They don’t mean to, but they do such a great job of promoting the hypergrace gospel!

  16. Rebecca Taylor // September 22, 2016 at 4:11 am // Reply

    Thank you for preaching Hyper-Grace!!

  17. Jesus gives so so much grace and more that when he looked down at the folks standing around him and crucifying him on the cross, he said, “Father forgive them for they know what they do.” Luke 23:34 That prayer was answered in the finished work of Jesus. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2 Jesus extended grace to everyone, while we were yet sinners he died for us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Only the humble will receive grace. “But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

  18. Paul-I looked at the title of this blog and I asked myself, “How would I answer that?” I am always so pleased to see the way you can really cut to the meat of the issue and tell it like it is! Well done. It is so sad to see how our Bible has been turned upside down to condemn those who believe in the grace of Our Lord.

  19. Jo Ann E Head // September 22, 2016 at 6:47 am // Reply

    I love the word ‘hypergrace’. Its exactly what God’s grace is and more

  20. Berris-Dale Joseph // September 22, 2016 at 8:06 am // Reply

    All the hypocrisy against hyper grace in favor of proud, man-manufacture bad works of debilitating, eternally frustrating, self reflecting, self-conscious righteousness would leave a pitiful, miserable example of true Christianity. I embrace the hyper, infinite grace of God, as my second lease on life, yes, even eternal life. It take this kind of grace to produce true freedom and real health of body, mind, and spirit. God is the true life Giver. Ignorant mankind is a killer.

    We can kill our joy and peace in our loving heavenly Father. We can poison the poor children’s bread; yes, the Bread of Heaven, when we cheapen the infinitely rich grace of God, due to unbelief, skepticism, and foolish pride. Until we eat of the raw Bread and drink of His raw Blood (spiritually speaking), we have no life in us, as Jesus Himself, declares.

    We need to get totally comfortable with grace, and grace alone, which total rest of soul is the only way to true peace, and the blessing of the fruits of the Spirit. Notice I say fruit and not fruits, for love is that single fruit that produces all the other 8 found in Galatians 5:22, 23.

    Verse 23 of that passage states, “Against such there is no LAW.” Think about that for a moment.

    No, enemies of this life giving, life sustaining, and life everlasting grace, the fruit that will be subsequently born on the tree is not always part and parcel of the tree. But the tree is always the recipient of divine nurturing. Because of such nurturing, tomorrow it will bear its fruit.

    A tree never worries about bearing fruit. But once it is alive under the care of the great husband man, God, bearing fruit is a natural result. Grace inspires to good works. But grace does not worry about good works. Grace is better than that. The recipient of grace rests in God’s grace always. Then, watch what happens next.

    It takes hyper grace to set mankind truly free. God is not a “stingy” God.

  21. Oswin Gameli Adzraku // September 22, 2016 at 8:29 am // Reply

    Saint Paul, you’re indeed a blessing. I never seize going back to the index. One of the greatest SOURCES apart from the Greatest, The Holy Spirit.

    More Grace, More Anointing.

  22. Robert Slominski // September 22, 2016 at 8:47 am // Reply

    Thank you Paul..What a Huper article!!!
    I think some people are stuck in their rut because Hyper grace is too simple..the gospel is simple…yet people feel they need to do so much more to attain it or earn it…
    Help me to “be still” Lord …and know you are God…thank you for hyper grace!!!!

  23. Thank you again Paul, for reminding us of God’s mighty grace toward us. How anyone can think our Jesus is less than this.

  24. Thanks for a full Gospel of grace. We love your articles. My husband and I have a background in legalism. We were taught that Jesus was only ‘the messenger’ and yes, he died for our sins. Because he did that for us, we need to obey the Law so that his sacrifice can be effective in saving us. I suspect that anti-hyper Grace preachers believe similarly. They make the same accusation against us that was made against the apostle Paul! What a complement! Praise God for his great grace!

  25. Awesome! As grace is revealed, Jesus is revealed, and vice versa. Grace upon grace to all!

  26. For years I beat myself up for all the terrible, embarrassing sins I had committed, thinking “How could I have done that?” and “Why did I do that?” Then I got introduced to the hypergrace Gospel, and I found out that I don’t need a “good excuse” (e.g. I suffered growing up, my Mom abandoned me, etc.) to feel somewhat justified and a little less horrible about myself. Jesus Himself said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And I really didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t have done any better. I wasn’t saved. I wasn’t born again. I didn’t have God’s grace. How could I have done the right thing? There is nothing good in man. Now I don’t feel so bad about my past because I know Jesus loves me and He is guiding me and helping me to do what pleases Him. And if I blow it, He’ll help me get back up.

  27. Well, looks like I’ll be joining the millions on the way to hell then, as I’ve found the grace message more liberating and encouraging than any sermon I’ve heard from the pulpit.
    I’ve been a Christian all my life, having learned about the Lord Jesus at my mother’s knee but when I became old enough to ask questions, the answers never satisfied me. You just obeyed God’s commandments, or else! I knew God loved me because the bible said so, but I spent my whole adult life thinking He was disappointed in me. That’s until I started listening to grace preachers a couple of years ago. I wish I had a memory chip for my brain so that I could swap the old beliefs for the truth in one instant!
    I’m convinced that children who were not sent to mainline Sunday School have a much easier time believing the true gospel than adults who have been to church every Sunday for years. Rock on, brother Paul! Many blessings to you and your family🙂

    • Please don’t take children to Sunday school, unless it is a hyper grace one! As a mum and grand mother, I can see the damage done to young minds when little ones are taught what they must do good to make God happy with them, and wretched sin consciousness is what is usually taught. God is so good and kind, and if the message isn’t about the loveliness of Jesus, don’t go there! So hard to get all that condemnation out of our minds, it is a cursed thing to be worn out trying to be good and please God. I agree with Emmie, bless you Paul.

  28. pleromadiaries // September 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    Seriously, I bored when I saw the heading until I was told to read and see. I am proud to be a hyper grace preacher. Grace, the only power of God unto salvation.

  29. All I hear is “grace preacher = rock star”… I need to get me some shades!
    ‘Cause before I unknowingly gained rock-star status, I was just a small town, associate Pastor doing lap in the ocean of His Grace and splashing everyone that gets close.

  30. I teach Radical, Hyper Grace and don’t seem to see a lot of criticism. I suppose because I mainly aim my blog posts and writings on social media towards grace oriented believers. I have a few on my social media page that strongly disagree with Hyper Grace but I guess most of them unfriend me or choose not to follow my me any longer. I’ve had a few zealots argue but most of them get uptight about the unconditional eternal security I proclaim. I know I am preaching Radical Grace in its fullness I just can’t say I deal with a lot of persecution.

  31. I just heard about this fraise “hybergrace” I don’t get it. Years ago when I heard the first ” hybergrace ” preacher and now you.I thought, wow YES finally the word is being preached.I get it,understand it.that’s my Jesus,my ABBA, thank you, keep it up.

  32. I must be a little ‘slow.’ I do not understand or have ever read in scripture support for a ‘hypergrace’ theme or teaching. A ‘grace’ teaching yes, never hypergrace.

    The article is a little confusing aswell as I cannot follow it clearly along side my open Bible. There ‘seems’ to be added or assumed meanings or interpretations in the presented ‘short’ commentary of each posed scripture verse that I guess is meant to somehow support this hypergrace concept. In other words I cannot agree completely with the article as it is written where I cannot easily follow it with some sound scripture flow, where I can easily say ‘I see the theme.’ I just cannot see it…. 1 Peter 5:10, Peter says we have glory by the grace of salvation in Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:2 and 2 Peter 3:18, Peter wished us more grace to increase in personal spiritual growth or maturity by grace. 1 Peter 4:10, Peter wishes that we share the spiritual gifts one to another, that is given by the grace of God. It is a theme of grace not hypergrace.

  33. Though no longer with us, perhaps another Hyper-Grace preacher:

    “The relentless tenderness of Jesus challenges us to give up our false faces, our petty conceits, our irritating vanities, our preposterous pretending and become card carrying members of the messy human community.”

    “And His compassion knows no frontiers or boundaries and extends to all. Even to myself.”

    Those are by Brennan Manning, author of The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus and of The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out, among others.

  34. I would like to hear some input from people who believe in grace (I do) and what they do if
    they cannot find a church that actually preaches grace.

  35. I think it’s funny when they tag free grace believers with promoting a “license to sin.” Everybody already has a license to sin. It’s called free will. I don’t know any Christian who condones sin though, but that is what they are implying. They just make stuff up, because they just can’t understand that salvation is free, and you don’t have to prove it with works.

  36. Hyper-grace is unbalanced because even Jesus used a whip – I am sure it hurt when he whipped.

    • The whip was for the sheep and cattle.

    • Whips aren’t used directly on livestock, esp sheep. They are controlled by the cracking sound, ie large amounts of sheep or cattle can be moved at once with this tool. Just saying..don’t try to go to far with the whip + Christian connection

  37. james lisacchi // October 7, 2016 at 8:37 am // Reply

    its grace extended to sinners who repented grace is given to those who repent but if you never repent or chose to satay in sin after accepting Christ the lake of fire is awaiting you.if you chosose to remain in sin and never repent.there is no grace extended to you

    • You have to wonder how the church can be divided so widely on this issue??? Either Christ’s forgiveness was once for all or we have to work for it perpetually once we are born again. How is it we keep getting dragged back to this same point over and over again throughout church history. It seems to me the root issues behind the reformation constantly resurface. How is it the church gets deceived on this in each and every generation and can’t see the pattern?!?

    • The prodigal son repented in his father’s arms, which were ALWAYS outstretched to receive his son. The Father’s outrageous grace, poured upon his son absolutely undid the boy and hopefully Jesus’ listeners.

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