the false grace of bondage [Part 1 of 2]

There is a famine of Truth in the land.

One of the hottest “new revelations” sweeping the church today is the “Grace gospel”. Those who by practice have exercised their discernment will recognise it for the deception it is. This “new gospel” is sweeping  mega churches and small churches alike and people are embracing it in defensive fervour, buying up the books and attending the conferences.

In the interest of keeping this as short as possible, I have added links to scripture verses through out this article that refute this “grace gospel” doctrine. Please take the time to read them. They are by no means the only scriptures relevant to this subject but they do show the contrast.

A very short synopsis on the basics of this so called “new revelation of grace” includes the following:

Grace is reduced to a kind of Divine benevolence extended to any “believer” that is in sin or continues to sin. We are assured since Jesus already paid for all sin, past, present and future, God is basically oblivious, in fact He “can not see” any sin we may be involved in. We are told He legally can not punish sin and will not judge the sinner because Jesus already took ALL punishment, for ALL people, for ALL time.

The sacrifice and blood of Jesus are reduced to something like a magic blanket, if you will, that obstructs the view of God to any wrong doing or lack of holiness in people’s lives. If not His view, certainly His hand of chastening.

Besides, we are informed, the correct Greek translation for “chastening” doesn’t mean what we’ve been taught either. Oh no, it simply means child training, it does NOT mean to punish. {We’re still waiting on their correct Greek translation or an explanation on how “ Scourges  every son whom He receives,” pertains to “child training”.

According to this new gospel, God is not judging America. We are emphatically informed all of America’s sins have already been judged on the cross and God is not punishing America or any other nation in the world. In fact, if God were to judge America today He would have to apologise to Jesus because of what He accomplished on the cross!

People are encouraged to become more “grace conscience” instead of “sin conscious”. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? We are told “sin consciousness” is the result of hearing the preaching of law for decades in the church. Anyone telling us that God requires something of us, is spouting law and legalism and that type of preaching will only produce more sin in our lives. Who knew?

Continuing with the “grace gospel” doctrine-  Choosing to focus on the fact that you have already been forgiven before you were ever born, will produce less tendency toward sin and even more enlightening, eventually this new belief or “grace consciousness” has the power to produce right living in your life!

There is much excitement about the new “truth” that righteousness really has nothing to do with right living. Again, who knew righteousness had nothing to do with your lifestyle or actions? That’s right. If you “believe” you are righteous, you are righteous! Done deal. That simple!! This as clear as mud to me and just as palatable.

The decision to believe this important new “truth” is what seals the deal between you and God. To refuse to believe this “truth” is the only thing God judges as sin.

Of course you are encouraged to live right but rest assured, there is no condemnation if you don’t.  We have been informed, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, period, not comma! The rest of Romans 8:1 was added by a translator who was legalistic minded and is therefore not considered to be scripture. {Since Romans 8:4 has the same message, I’m not sure how that is explained either.} But, not to worry.

The “grace gospel” is excited to declare that, when people find out God loves them, no temptation can succeed against them! The reason people give their lives to sin is because they feel so rejected, unwanted and unloved. To come to the revelation that God does not judge you or your “performance”  based on law is touted as a breakthrough of “true repentance”!

Should you come home from a time of riotous living and experience some “sin conscience” pangs, you need to boldly declare you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!  The torment of guilt in your  conscience is not from God, but the result of a lifetime of exposure to law and legalism and must be rejected to experience true freedom! Once again, who knew?!

We are informed we have been taught incorrectly concerning the Holy Spirit as well. The “good news” is He  NEVER comes to convict God’s people of sin or bring their faults to mind.  He comes to convince and convict them of their righteousness! If someone has a word that brings your sin to mind you need to reject that word soundly.

Is there some actual truth mixed into all this? Of course there is! Sometimes lots of it. The “grace gospel” is also liberally sprinkled with partial and out of context scriptures and raving testimonies of success! What would you expect? An admission of error and deception?

This new kind of “grace” keeps people in slavery and bondage. The true grace of God brings freedom. But that is another post on another day.

Coming soon, “the true grace of freedom”.

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About Geneva

The road in my rear view mirror is marked by hard places. My Guide has been faithful. He came into my life and I was branded. Marked. Labeled. Ridiculed. Judged. Stoned. But the road ahead always looks grand and full of light! The furnaces from the past have only caused the fire of His Spirit to burn hotter. The edicts of man have tried many times to make me bend in worship to him, yet I have met the true Flame who delivers me in every furnace!
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