I came across a very fascinating interview with Sid Roth and Dr. Michael Brown.
They were discussing “false grace.”
First, false grace is taught as one that believes that the OT is no longer needed and because we are in the NT, grace completely replaced the law. This false grace doctrine may have similarities to the gospel of inclusion doctrine.
Anytime a doctrine leads away from sin and hell, it’s a false doctrine. Sin and hell, as taught by Jesus are consistent mainstay doctrines.
While the Lord Jesus came to set us free from sin, we must not continue in sin. Romans 6:1 is very clear. Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!”
One of the most fascinating definitions that Dr. Brown gave on grace is the fact that in some places in the NT, grace, in the Greek, is unmerited favor, but in other places where grace was used, grace, in the NT, means God’s “empowerment” or enablement. It other words, God gives us supernatural ability to overcome temptation or other things that are against the nature of God.
That’s why when you hear “favor is not fair,” it’s about the prosperity mess………..I mean message, than about overcoming sin. Which is the original intent of grace to begin with.
The grace of God has more to do with developing the character of God by the help of the Holy Spirit than with getting away with sin.
The new birth is about a change of character or nature from sinner to a disciple of Christ.
For years, many of the faith teachers of the past erroneously taught that grace completely superseded the law. The law was fulfilled by the Lord Jesus when He died on the cross. Here is the reason. Many of these teachers believe that negative preaching or preaching about sin is no longer necessary because of grace. Coupled with this false grace teaching is the “righteousness of God” teaching. That’s because you are the righteousness of God, every promise of God is afforded you regardless of the way you live.
When a preacher preaches against sin, it is called negative preaching. The reason this is called negative preaching is because people do not want to hear about the sins they commit. Many believers run straight to Matthew 7:1 to run for cover.
But Proverbs 28:13 says,
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
You see, as long as your sins are not on the table, you feel safe to attend church. The seats stay filled. The moment that sin is discussed, it’s over. People will not go and the people there will not stay. That’s why positive confession and all that has more to do with making people feel good than correcting the areas that need correction.
Paul told Timothy. “Preach the Word! Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. For they will heap up for themselves teachers, having tickling ears. They will turn away from the truth and turn unto fables.”
False grace is one of these fables.
Grace never gives us permission to sin. Grace helps us to overcome sin.
To receive the correction about false grace is the greatest fear of preachers because it’s now about money. When people come, money come. When people leave, money leave. So you want to preach a positive, uplifting, feel good mess………….I mean message.
Tagging along with this mess…………I mean message, is that the Lord loves you.
And yes, He loves you unconditionally. His unconditional love was demonstrated in the sending of His Son to die for our sins to set us free from sin, so we would not spend eternity in hell. His love is further expressed when He tells you the truth about your thoughts, deeds, and speech.
He exposes your sins through a series of means and methods when we resist the Holy Spirit.
Hypocrisy in the pulpit and in the pew is very destructive. When a pastor spends time in porn and masturbation, and then attempt to preach the Word, he or she will never discuss sin. If they do discuss sin, it most often will be in the second or third person. The thing that I love about the Lord is that for every David, there is a Nathan. As long as we remain in sin, because the Lord loves us, He will do everything to help us come out of sin, but there comes a point where the grace of God comes to assist you.
We sin willfully because we falsely believe that we would not get exposed like David did but it doesn’t negate the fact that our number may come up. We have established a false sense of security that the Lord wouldn’t expose us. It is arrogance and pride that fools the mind into staying longer in sin than intended.
As the prophet Moses said, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”
It’s just a matter of time. The intent is not to embarrass us but to help us. As Paul said, “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged so we wouldn’t be condemned with the world.”
When the Lord send the Word to correct, rebuke, chastise, and admonish us, it is not pleasant as Hebrews 12:3-17 tells us.
And when we are not confronted about sin, we could easily hide like Adam and Eve did in the Garden. The Lord demands that we expose ourselves and the deeds we do so that we could be corrected.
As long as we pretend that the grace of God covers our faults, people never get free and remain in bondage.
That’s why it is easy to stay in Secret Sexual Sins. We could watch porn and masturbate, make the excuse that we are under grace, and continue in sin like God is good with it.
The Bible tells us in Romans 8:1-2 that “There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus who do not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
This is the reason behind why many people do not believe that repentance, holiness, sanctification, consecration, and righteousness is necessary.
However, we still need the foundation of the OT because there are tremendous examples of the NT writers where they used and quoted from the OT. If the OT weren’t necessary, they would not have quoted from it to anchor their points.
For instance, there are many men and women of God that commit adultery and they take a page out of David’s book. David, as you know committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed to cover his sin. In particular, many men hide behind David’s act and how God took away his sin. For the rest of David’s reign, he was chased by his own family. He wasn’t allowed to build the temple because he had much blood on his hands, including Uriah’s blood. He started as a shepherd boy, and ran for his life almost to the very end.
He was able to kill Goliath but the Goliath within him called sexual immorality, he could not kill.
The other thing that is interesting is that the sects of Judaism used the law to bring about “legalism.” Legalism is imposing stringent requirements upon the people that placed people in bondage as opposed to giving people liberty to serve the living God, free of sin. The whole intent of legalism is to glory in the works of the flesh apart from the enabling power of God to work the Word with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 15 is a classic example of resolving legalism, along with the book of Hebrews.
No man could conquer sin on their own power or merits. We need to obey the Word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The law cannot give life but grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus gives life.
Here is the link to the discussion.