Preach the scandalous grace of God and some will misinterpret your message as an endorsement of sin. It’s practically inevitable.
But those who dismiss grace as a license to sin merely show their ignorance of it. As John Calvin may have said, “How can the medicine that’s supposed to kill the disease (grace) feed the disease (sin)?”
Perhaps you have heard, “Hyper-grace preachers are soft on sin. They don’t condemn the sin that’s right in front of them.”
The same accusation could be leveled at Jesus.
An adulterous woman was brought to him for judgment and he didn’t even mention her sin. Not once. Instead he said “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus wasn’t making a threat. He was saying, “Receive my gift of no condemnation and be set free from sin.”
Or maybe you’ve heard this one: “Hyper-grace preachers are closet sinners who distort the message of grace to accommodate their ungodly lifestyles.”
Grace preachers are sometimes compared to the licentious men of Jude 1:4. Because we stand with Jesus instead of the rock-throwers we are thought to be soft on sin and sinners. But this is a slanderous accusation made by the ignorant and graceless.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness … (Titus 2:11–12a)
Jesus is the grace of God that offers salvation to all people. His grace teaches us to say no to sin and yes to godliness. If the grace you’re drinking teaches you to say yes to sin, it’s not the grace of God. It’s a manmade substitute.
Saying grace promotes sin is like saying Jesus promotes sin. It’s slanderous at best, and blasphemous at worse.
Grace isn’t permission to sin; it’s the power of God to sin no more.
Some make a great show of suppressing sin by laying down the law but all they do is drive sin underground. A law-based approach cannot work because the strength of sin is the law (1 Cor 15:56). Combating sin with the law is like trying to put out a fire with a bucket of gasoline.
It is not God’s law that teaches us to say no to ungodliness, it is his grace.
Those who seek to mix grace with law ruin the medicine that would otherwise set them free. Only God’s pure and undiluted grace can turn a sinner into a saint, a hater into a lover, and a Pharisee into an apostle.
Stumble and sin in a mixed-grace church and the message you get will be, “Look at what you did!” But sin in a hyper-grace church and the message will be, “Look at what he did and what you can now do because of what he did!”
A mixed-grace church would have you turn from every sin until you’re a dizzy sinner. But a hyper-grace church will do what Paul did with the sinning Corinthians and seek to reveal your true identity in Christ. They will say things like:
(You are) sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people … Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way … (and) he will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:2–5, 8).
We don’t get victory over sin by striving to keep the rules. We overcome sin by trusting Jesus who loves us and lives within.
So reckon yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ and be free!
Extracted from The Hyper-Grace Gospel
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