Grace preaching leads to sin. The whole idea that the very power that releases us from sin will make us sin is absurd. The idea behind this is based in the self-righteous effort system of the Law. Somehow, if we are no longer restrained by the Law, it is assumed people will go “crazy” into sin. The New Testament is overwhelmingly clear that the Law is actually what creates and defines sin (Galatians 3:10, Romans 4:15). If we could be saved by the Law, Christ would not of need to come (Galatians 2:21). The Bible says we were baptized (immersed) into Christ death and resurrection so we died to sin (Romans 6:1-14). Sin is no longer our master because we are no longer under the Law, but under grace. Grace then become our teacher and standard against sin (Titus 2:11-12). In fact, returning to the Law is spiritual fornication as defined in Galatians 4 of the Hagar versus Sarah comparison. Returning to the law also brings you back under the curse (Galatians 3:10). We are justified by faith alone not by works. In fact, returning to the works based righteousness leads to death as evidenced in “witchcraft” Paul confronted in Galatians 3. Somehow, people are so slave minded, they fear the word freedom.
Grace preaching is antinomianism in disguise. The Apostle Paul was accused of this very thing (Romans 3:5-8). Antagonists love to bring up Matthew 5:18:
“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”
This notion fails in that they do not pay attention to the context of the verse. Christ was preaching fulfillment and presenting the case of the need for Him. This scripture is quickly put to rest by the full counsel of God as seen in Romans 10:
“4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.”
And…. Romans 6:
“14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace.”
Case closed on this one. Nothing is more damaging then preaching a justification based on a mixed message of Old mixed with New Covenant doctrines. This is disastrous theology. The two cannot be mixed.
Grace makes you lazy. This attack is based on the works based effort mindset. Actually, grace inspires us even more because it is based on love and freedom, not slavery to the “rules” and trying to earn God’s favor. The basis of our lives is actually Christ living His life through us. So it is not us doing it but Christ living in us (Galatians 2:19-20). You will find a much more fruitful life living by grace.
Grace is universalism in disguise. Unfortunately, false doctrines seem to show up everywhere. True Biblical grace preaching teaches us we need to come to Christ for salvation. It is a gift that must be accredited to our account to be saved (Romans 4:22). In addition, true love needs choice to be created. Love dies at the altar of “forced” salvation. In fact, one can make a case that universal salvation manifests a God worse than the Devil as we are imprisoned to his will. Mankind would be nothing but robots. This completely cheapens grace and diminishes the finished work of the cross. Rejecting grace is the sin that dooms a person to eternal separation.
Grace preaching ignores repentance. Nothing can be further from the truth. It is just that grace understands the real definition of repentance. Repentance is not a self-loathing penance one must perform to earn back good standing with God as commonly taught. The word repent comes from the Greek word metanoia. The definition of metanoia simply means to change one’s mind. It has absolutely nothing to do with penance. We simply come into agreement with the truth of God when confronted by it. Now we might feel sorrow and regret, but what happens is metanoia does not restore us to righteousness, it changes our thinking and renews our mind. When a believer sins, we do not lose our salvation and right standing, but we may bare the natural consequences to our actions. However, we can never be condemned (Romans 8:1). As a believer, our right standing was never a result of works, so we certainly can’t “work” our way out of it. However, the Holy Spirit convicts us of our righteousness since we no longer spiritually operate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (see Hebrews 10). We simply agree with the Holy Spirit and change by grace.
Grace ignores confession. Quite the opposite. Instead of being sin focused, which is a sign one is still under the Law, grace teaches us to confess our righteousness. As in the definition of repentance, the definition of confession is often poorly taught. The Greek word for confession is homologéō which simply means to agree or come to or profess the same conclusion. So when we confess, we are simply agreeing with what God says. To say we have to confess every sin does not stand in the weight of the full counsel of God. If you really think about it, conditional forgiveness is an unbearable burden. Imagine if you to keep a journal and confess every time you sin or even had a bad thought? This is not only a sin focused, defeated lifestyle but a near psychotic one as well. It would mean that every time you sin you would lose right standing and have to confess it to get you right again. This reduces salvation to a work and breeds insecure Christianity. It ignores all the “once for all times” in the word (see Hebrews chapters 8-10). It also ignores/weakens the finished work of the cross and the continued ministry of Christ as our Advocate and High Priest. If we sin, Jesus stands in our place continually. If the Holy Spirit brings it to mind, we simply agree so that our thinking is healed, not to get right standing! This does not make it ok to sin, but it gives us forever security in our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Grace preaching ignores the Old Testament. Another false attack. Grace preaching understands the Old Covenant for what it is. It is Christ concealed. The New Covenant is Christ revealed. The Old Testament is filled with Christ and the rich history and foundational doctrines of God such as marriage, the fall, history lessons, etc… The problem is the Old does not stand on equal ground as the new. That is why it is called the “old” because it could not save man. So the New is based on “better promises” (Hebrews 8:6-8). The New reveals the ultimate salvation of man. The Old is a “type and shadow”, but the reality is now here: Christ (Colossians 2:17). However, one certainly cannot say it is of no importance. In fact, Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:
16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…”
“All scripture” …. So we certainly don’t ignore it. We simply understand its revelation within the full counsel of God, and we understand we live in covenant with the New.
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