The other day I had a Facebook encounter with a Brother who said that God had given him a vision of all Grace Preachers being hung by the neck. He mentioned that Grace Preachers seemed to be twisting Scripture for their own selfish gain! Of course I just had to open my big mouth (writing skills) and send him a challenge..."Brother don't throw the baby out with the bath water!" This Brother went on to say that he knows of Christians who, due to grace preaching/teaching, now feel that it's OK to grow and smoke Pot! And...sadly to say, there are those who have taken the message of Grace and New Covenant living to the extreme. I can't deny that! However, I have a strong sense that even worse than the few excesses that so many seem to look at, is the prevailing teaching within the Body of Christ that is keeping people away from Grace and New Covenant living!
Performance mode Christianity is far more common than Grace/New Covenant excesses! I shared with our church yesterday, that I would much rather have people too free than I would have them too bound by law, legalism, control and manipulation! I find that not really the true Gospel that Paul preached!
Here is what is happening in our church, Vision of Hope Ministries in Hernando, Florida....People are developing a new relationship with God that they have never had before! Just yesterday, I was nearly brought to tears by the testimonies of a few who spoke with me after the "Main Event" meeting, telling me to not stop preaching Grace as it is totally revolutionizing their lives!
Yep, there are a very few who just can't seem to "get it" yet. Some are struggling with the fact that they have to sin from time to time. But we are going slowly, just basking in the Word of God.
Please take a look at these verses. They are in Jeremiah, during the midst of God pronouncing judgment on wayward Judah and Isarel, stating that one day there will be restoration for them from all of their sins and punishment. God gives his people a powerful prophetic look at the New Coveant that he will institute one day for his people (Us!). Jeremiah 31: 31-34 NLT
31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.
33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
Wow! I just stand in awe at these verses! I trust that you can understand what I'm speaking of here, that you too are in awe of God's Grace for our lives! This is the Kingdom now message that God is restoring to his Church in these days!
Yeppers! I am a Grace Preacher... I am one, from he top of my head to the soles of my feet, through and through! I'm proud of it, and I'm totally humbled by all that God is showing me and blessing me with!
Our church is turning into one of those Grace churches too! Funny, I used to preach against them! What a hoot! Can anyone say...FREEDOM!
I can't wait until Wednesday night...Abba has given me another word filled with his heart of love! Wow!