God’s Grace : A License to sin ?
Grace is an extremely controversial term in many Christian circles today. Many preachers are afraid to preach grace for two reasons:
- Preachers are scared that if they tell people that all their sins are forgiven and they are assured a place in heaven just by accepting Jesus and not because of their good deeds, people will use God’s grace as an excuse to sin.
- People who preach heavily on grace are targeted as hyper-grace preachers.
The Gospel Of Grace Brings True Repentance.
Let me begin by clarifying that true grace never minimizes sin. No sin that crucified Christ can be small.
God wants us to be free from sin because it confines and hurts his children.
A real understanding of grace leads us to know that sin was so repulsive to God that He himself had to become man and suffer the most painful death to triumph over it. Grace makes us see the seriousness of sin by looking at the sacrifice it demanded.
Christ said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
Jesus declared that he has come to save the sinners, not the righteous. At the same time, the Bible says that no one is righteous. What Jesus is saying here is: “If you think you’re good enough to earn your salvation, then you don’t see your weaknesses. Thus, you won’t see your need for Me. ” Jesus can only save people who confront the fact that they are weak and flawed, in need of a saviour. Most religious folks think they are ‘holier’ than others just because they attend church 72682935 times a month and can quote the bible backwards! But the bible clearly says NO ONE is righteous, not even the ‘superstar’ Christians.
If we could be perfectly good through our own efforts, there would be no need for Christ’s death. It is the sick who require the services of a doctor, not the healthy. However, the Bible says none of us are healthy without Jesus. And until the sick admit that they are sick, they will never go to the doctor!
The scriptures are clear that it’s not fear and condemnation, but rather “…the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
It is the love of God that leads people to repentance, not His wrath. In the Bible, we are repeatedly told to love our enemies and do good to those who wrong us. Because God knows that it is love, not anger or vengeance, that softens a hard heart.
When we know we are deeply loved despite all our flaws, we don’t hide from God, ashamed and fearful of His wrath like Adam and Eve did when they first sinned. We can boldly stand before God and, knowing we are loved, bring our mistakes to light, asking Him to help us in the areas we fall short.
We love God because He first loved us
Recognizing you have been forgiven of all your sins removes sin’s hold on your life and allows you to completely enjoy the Lord’s love. You will end up loving, obeying, and serving the Lord well once you receive the true revelation of His grace. Only grace can give us power over sin, providing both forgiveness and transformation.
We Are a New Creation in Christ
The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term for “enslaved”. Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction—or has come across an addict—understands why.
To be addicted to a substance is to be enslaved by that substance. The substance controls you and has dangerous consequences.
When we were born of Adam, we were addicted to sin because we had inherited his sinful nature. A dog barks because barking is its nature. It doesn’t have to struggle to bark. Similarly, we sinned because sinning came naturally to us. It was our inborn nature. No matter how good someone appears outwardly, everyone sins differently every day. And sin is sin, no matter how big or small it appears to us.
Responding to the allegation that grace encourages sin, Paul said, “ 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?” (Romans 6:1-2)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
We are not slaves to sin any longer because our old selves have died with Christ on the cross. We are now born-again with the righteous nature of Christ. Our sinful nature, which we inherited from Adam, is put to death.
A prisoner who has not been told he’s freed will continue to live in imprisonment. Sometimes, even after he’s freed, it can take him time to get accustomed to his newfound freedom. When we are advised to refrain from doing something in the new testament, we are not given laws but are shown what life is like for someone who is set free from sin. Sin confines one to slavery. Why would you want to be a slave when God wants you to reign as a prince?
Can Born-Again Believers Live in Sin?
Could we still choose to sin after being born-again as a new creation in Christ? Yes. Just like Jesus could choose to sin when He was in human form. But did He sin? No. Why not? Because He knew sin wasn’t His nature. He was sinless. Living in sin made no sense to Him.
Do you wake up in the morning craving a sip from the sewage gutter? Did you just say, “Ewww, no!!”? I don’t think any of us are drooling at the thought of drinking toxic water filled with bacteria, algae, and feces!
Can you drink from the sewage if you wish to? Yes. Will you? No way! Consuming sewage water makes no sense to us because it is not in our nature. The mere thought disgusts us.
The same is true of sin now that you’ve been born-again in Christ. We no longer find comfort in sin because we no longer have the Adamic sin nature. As a result, under grace, every time we sin, we are overcome with guilt and unease because sin is no longer natural to us. Sinning doesn’t feel good anymore.
Meet Mister Grace!
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Grace is not a Christian doctrine or concept. Jesus is the face that God’s grace wears. The Bible says Jesus was ‘full of grace’. Preaching grace is preaching Christ. Can we possibly preach too much about God?
God’s Free Gift: Grace Upon Grace
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Titus 2:11-12 clearly states that it is God’s grace, not the law, that teaches us to say NO to an unholy lifestyle. The law just imposes demands on us; it offers no help. Grace is what empowers us against sin.
…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
Before we were born-again, sin abounded in our unregenerate minds, will, and emotions; but in regeneration, the grace of God abounds much more in the same powers and faculties.
The power of grace will always be greater than the power of sin. If you surrender to God’s grace, you will see that God is supplying more than enough grace to overcome anything the enemy is attempting to accomplish.
As we have seen, the Bible makes it quite clear that it is the grace of God that helps us break free from the shackles of sin. As Christians, we should be preaching grace upon grace upon grace. If people call this hyper-grace, so be it!
Helping New Believers
Yes, I believe the church has a responsibility to help new believers avoid being led astray as they’re still growing in their revelation of Christ. However, the only way to equip people is to show them their new identity in Jesus.
Leading from an Old Covenant mindset and burdening people with the law doesn’t produce a righteous living. Righteousness only comes from Jesus. Maturing as a Christian believer is growing in the revelation of one’s identity in Christ. As He is, so are we in this world.
God’s Grace: The Answer To Your Every Need
People who are so focused on others using grace as a license to sin are probably the ones struggling with sin themselves. Because they are so focused on sin, they are blind to the freedom Christ brought them on the cross. Under grace, we are Christ-focused, not sin-focused.
Having the assurance of God’s love for all eternity is not a license to sin. Instead, because we know that our Abba loves us even when we mess up, we can boldly ask His help for our shortcomings. It is not I who overcomes, but Christ who lives within me. We cannot overcome our weaknesses by our own efforts.
Even the fruits we bear are fruits of the Spirit. Not our own. Instead of wrestling with your weaknesses on your own, simply say “Lord, I submit this problem to You. I may be weak, but You are strong, and You live within me. Please overcome this obstacle for me. You are my righteousness. Thank you, Abba; Your grace is always sufficient for me.”
It’s unfortunate that most preachers today have compartmentalized grace to the salvation moment alone, and, as a result, we’ve lost sight of the role of grace in the spiritual growth and development process of a Christian.
God’s grace freely supplies what we are unable to produce on our own. Grace guarantees us that our Father will accomplish what He requires of us— as we obey His still small voice that guides us from within.
I don’t mean to criticize anyone, but if you’re afraid that preaching too much grace could lead to people living a licentious lifestyle, you must pray to God for a better revelation of grace yourself.
I pray to the Lord to reveal a firm assurance of His grace for you as His child. And that He may grant you the wisdom and courage to boldly share the gospel of grace with the world.
I now have cramps in my hand from typing grace grace.
Friends, people without grace are sinning anyway, so why not show them their divine identity in Christ and then let His Spirit guide them through?
Man had to labour and strive under the law. But under grace, our role is to submit and allow the Lord to work in us, through us and for us.
Do you only trust Jesus for His saving blood but not His Spirit to lead you?
Don’t you believe His Spirit to counsel you against bad choices?
Do you place more faith in the lifeless tablets of stone than in the living Spirit of Christ to transform you?
As for me, all my life I have miserably struggled to keep the law and made resolutions, only to meet with failure and disappointment. I now choose to be dead to these burdensome laws and reign in Christ, relying on His Spirit to be my strength and guide.