Question: Why, O why, do you who oppose Jesus’ grace claim that preaching grace is a license to sin when the scriptures teach the exact opposite?
Rom 6:14 Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
1Co 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
It’s because Jesus’ grace is offensive to carnal, soulish, thinking (1Co.1:12-16) and can only be accepted in one’s spirit by the Spirit. God’s grace always offends and confuses all who ultimately exalt carnal knowledge and logic above Spirit revealed, scriptural, truth. There is no worldly logic in God’s grace. No logic in the fact that God himself died for Sin and freely pardons ALL our sins. This is because it’s God’s heavenly wisdom, thinking and His ways are simply not man’s ways. God’s way of Grace offends the flesh and fleshy thinking but exalts the Spirit within that reveals the deep truths found in Christ alone and confirmed by the scriptures.
SIN IS BAD AND DESTRUCTIVE
Rom 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Please hear me everyone… Sin is evil, destructive and harms us all. No one is sayings sin is good and no one is handing out licenses to sin. Anyone claiming that teachers of Jesus’ Grace are saying sin is OK and sin doesn’t matter, are simply confused or at worst, lying. What we are saying that sin isn’t our focus and obsession anymore -Jesus is.
ANTI-LAW? – NO!
Rom 3:20 No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin….. Rom 5:20 The law was brought in so that sin might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.
Are we anti the law. In no way! We are not anti the Law, we uphold the Law as the Law is good and powerful when used for its correct purpose. i.e. To emphasis and expose sin, especially the sin of self righteousness, and lead Sinners and Pharisees to Jesus and His Grace. We are anti the misuse of the Law which harms and condemns believers. At the moment the Law is being misused by many, as a means of bulling and controlling believers, as a tool for maintaining justification and sanctification and for instilling fear into believer’s lives – all of which is error.
GRACE IS GOD’S SOLUTION FOR SIN
Tit 2:12 Grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…. Rom 6:14 Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
In some Christian circles, grace has become a swear word. But despite all this opposition to grace, let’s be clear – whether you like it or not, the Bible teaches that God’s solution for sin is His Grace released through the cross. Not our moralizing, not our ranting again sin, not our legalizing, not self righteousness, not our own logic and strength and not our denial of God’s grace – its Jesus’ grace alone that has dealt with Sin and empowers us to live righteous lives.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
It may be that those who won’t fully accept the gospel of God’s Grace needs go elsewhere with their law gospel. There’s a Mosque or an Orthodox Synagogue near you and the self righteous feel very comfortable there – living by laws, rules and regulations. I believe they are looking for good law preachers….but seriously brothers, don’t abandoned the Gospel of Grace, God needs us to share the Good News, not the bad news of Law, works and condemnation.
A LICENSE OF FREEDOM
2Co 3:15 Even to this day when Moses is read (i.e. The Law), a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
I know freedom scares law preachers, because at the end of the day they don’t believe the Word in the New Testament scriptures or the Holy Spirit’s ability within believers to do the work of holiness. They believe more in the power of sin than the power of the Cross. But where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom. In Christ, we preach HIS gospel of Grace and Kingdom (Acts 20:24) and we handout licenses of freedom from sin. The bold print is clear: We are forgiven and have freedom from the slavery to both sin and death. We are now citizens of a new Kingdom, with a new King – and by His Spirit we live.
NO SMALL PRINT
On a Grace License, signed with the blood of Jesus, there’s no hidden, horrible, legal conditions written in small print, so we are not afraid of being deceived or dragged off to court again. The conditions are clear, we are free, forgiven and now under Jesus’ grace and beloved children of the Father.
Finally, let’s proclaim the good news; “Sin is no longer my master, because I’m under Jesus’ grace”. The question is for all of us: “Is sin still my master?” If so turn away from your dead works and unbelief, be humble, repent and accept Jesus’ free gift of Grace and forgiveness today.
Be blessed and loved.