Grace is not lasciviousness. Grace is not the license for sin. The more I think about this the clearer it gets. Some people fear grace because of Jude 4.
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4 KJV)
There is a twisted teaching that tells people because we are under grace we can live in sin and it’s ok. Since when did grace empower sin?! What is the strength of sin? THE LAW! When you think you need to balance grace with the law you w have been exposed to wrong teaching which produces wrong believing and that results in wrong living. Grace does not need to be balanced by the law. Grace isn’t something to be balanced. Matter of fact grace isn’t something but someone. Grace is the embodiment of Jesus Christ. How silly is it to think you need to balance God! What you need to do is balance your thinking, your diet and how you spend you time. God isn’t someone your finite mind can balance. So if the LAW is the strength of sin then why do people think grace is the strength of sin? You see the devil is very subtile in what he does and bring controversy around grace and truth and in a very slick way promote the law. Let’s think about this for a minute. Grace is the antidote to sin. Law is the activator of sin. So when you take grace to keep the law or balance with the law you have just taken the way out of sin to help keep the law which is the way into sin. That is very twisted my friend. To go from grace to law is to have FALLEN from grace into the law. Grace is higher than the law.
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4 KJV)
When you try to please God and be righteous before God by keeping rules and regulations you have fallen from grace! Legalism is beneath grace. Legalism misses grace. Legalism falls short of grace. There is no glory in legalism but there is glory in grace. You can tell you still have legalistic thinking because you may judge others by how they look or what they do. Now what if Christ dealt with us according to how we look or how we perform then He wouldn’t have been kind to the woman caught in adultery. He wouldn’t have healed the leper. He wouldn’t have restored sight to the blind. He wouldn’t have cast out devils out of the people. And Christ wouldn’t have welcome the thief on the cross into paradise. You see it’s the GOODNESS of God that changes people’s hearts and causes them to repent.
Always remember it is the law that activates sin in people’s lives. As soon as you go religious and put rules, regulations and expectations on people to make them right before God your just making things worst and opening the door for the devil to work havoc in people’s lives. Know that the devil operates by the law. The enemy is the biggest legalist. He uses the law to get permission to destroy your life. Therefore you take away the law then the devil has no right to rule over you. The enemy’s number one goal is to get you under the law any way possible. Any minister who subtly try to put the law on people to balance their lives is either a minister of satan or is doing this disservice by ignorance. We must die to the law and embrace grace. Grace will work in us to walk in love. Love is the fulfillment of the law. Faith that worketh by love is what pleases God not how many rules and works you do to earn His favor.
Author of Liberated Sanctification www.myliberatedmind.com