Grace Awakening

7 Sep

Grace Prevents Sin

In my personal (and still on-going) journey from self-reliance to Christ-dependence, I have run across many who fear the teaching of free grace to be a leaning toward licentiousness. In this short article, Justin Buzzard clearly articulates my belief that the opposite is true. Give it a read, then comment back on this post. I would really love to open a kind, gentle discussion on this topic.

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3 Responses to “Grace Awakening”

  1. Aaron September 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM #

    I enjoyed the article and really appreciate the undergirding theme…grace does what the law can’t do, change hearts. He seems to be giving an ancedote for grace rather than an exhaustive statement of belief. I think there is a slight danger though in saying “Tears don’t lie.” I have cried a number of tears of recommitment to law and performance divorced from the enabling grace of God. Those tears did lie.

    But the point he makes that “you’ll discover that good news (grace) actually prevents sin better than commands, rules and imperatives” is certainly valid. I would go beyond that and say that grace prevents sin like only grace can. Commands, rules and imperatives divorced from God’s enabling grace can and will only produce behavioral compliance, not heart felt obedience.

    As Jesus declares in the Sermon on the Mount, obedience is not just conformity in action but rather an issue of the heart.

    The law was given to make sin known (Romans 5:13) and make sin abound (Romans 5:20) but grace alone justifies and transforms.

    I think the greatest error is the false dichotomy that many have created. Many suggest you either preach law or you preach grace. I believe we preach both…we preach law and then we preach grace. The law can drive a man into the arms of Calvary, but no further. Before salvation the law shows us our inability and insufficiency and leaves us at the the grace and mercy of God revealed in Christ. After salvation…it does the same thing.

    • singingsoprano September 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM #

      Agree with the writer and agree with you, Aaron.
      About the tears, that was the only statement in the entire post that jumped out at me as not belonging also.
      I had just made a statement yesterday to a friend about having once seen someone’s eyes fill with tears while professing love for our family–someone who later was heard very publicly mocking people with disabilities. So, yes, tears can mean whatever they mean at the moment, probably many things to many people.
      But I do know what he is getting at . . . if you hit the altar crying your eyes out, there is a good chance you are having an encounter with God. Hopefully your theology is straight at that point and you understand that the encounter is grace-based .

    • Josh Savage September 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

      I agree, Aaron. Emotion doesn’t always equal genuine belief. But, emotion is often present when we are struck with the greatness of God and our own inadequacy. But the point of the article is to counter the claim that people preaching grace are only trying to gain Biblical permission to sin. I, personally, have yet to meet one of these phantom preachers. Thanks for the reply.

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