Posted by appolus on May 20, 2013
I went along this Sunday to a service where I knew the preacher was and has been preaching on what we would call ” hyper grace.” It is always good to hear first hand and living in Kansas, we have every kind of church here so one can check out these teaching’s for one’s self. Listening to the sermon, I was reminded of an analogy given by Tozer I believe. He talked about a man of God who loved God and studied His Word all of his life and mined the depths of it and always pursued a deeper more intimate walk with the Lord. Near his death in old age, he proclaimed that the more he knew about God, the less he knew about God. Just how vast and ultimately unknowable He was to us mere mortals in this flesh, although He fills our minds and our hearts and spirits to their capacity. Now he longed to stand before God in his raised incorruptible body so that he could know as he is known. This, Tozer suggested, was a good servant. Now, along comes a 18 year old, listens to the old man’s dying words, and proclaims that since God is ultimately not able to be fully known in this flesh, then there is no point in studying His Word so much and pursuing a deeper walk. You see the point, they can both come to the same conclusion, but one is a good and humble servant and the other is a lazy servant who presumes upon God. I would suggest that one pleases God, and the other does not. Not unlike Cain and Abel.
We know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seeks Him. Hyper grace people would not understand that. They would suggest that the pursuit was a waste and that you already had it all so why waste your time. The very pursuit would be classified as works and legalistic. This is the deadly poisonous end results of this teaching. For sin indeed separates us from His presence, it does not nullify a genuine saint from his salvation. Yet, what use is a saint to the world who presumes upon God, refuses to acknowledge a need to repent and walks not in the presence of God? I am sorry for this analogy but this preacher spoke about grace the same way as I have heard certain people over the years talk about the latest pyramid, get rich get in now scheme. Many of you have probably noticed that it is the same kinds of personalities who constantly fall prey to these schemes. It’s just the latest thing to them.
In God there is balance. I know that there is the opposite end of the hyper grace spectrum and it is equally wicked in it’s distortion of basic Biblical truth. The other end proclaims themselves to be miserable wretched sinners , vile worms, who are only separated from the wicked world by a legal transaction known as justification. They beat themselves, so to speak , and they end up living a Romans 7 life and are proud of it. They compete against each other to see who is the most vilest in their self-condemnation and they make that the measure of their ” humility.” Oh Lord forgive all those who allow themselves to fall into these schemes of the enemy.
Here is what I know. I will not let false teachers rob me of the Truth. I am a blood bought, redeemed child of the Living God. My heavenly Father loves me with a love that the human mind cannot even perceive. That Love, that salvation rocked my world and took me from the gates of Hell to the throne room of God. I was transformed into a new creature in Christ. I was taken from a literal darkness into His marvelous light. I was released from a prison of sin and freed to walk in the beauty of His holiness. His love for me restored my broken spirit and He gave me worth. His thoughts towards me are more numerous than the sands of the sea. I will wait upon Him, I will pursue Him, I will abide in Him, I will come before His throne and ask my precious Father in heaven to forgive me and I have never been turned away. In fact His love and His mercy and His grace is a constantly affirming beautiful thing and it keeps me wholly dependent upon my Lord. Without Him I would be nothing. He is everything. Now brothers and sisters, that is simply the truth and it is the word of God. I stand not only upon that Word but the reality of it lived out.
I thank the Lord that a prodigal child can look around, realize that he is in a pig sty, say to himself ” I will get up go to my Father’s house.” He does not look around and stay in the pig sty merely because he is His father’s son. Oh Christian, we have an advocate before the throne. There has been a way made for us to come to that place.
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: