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I'm One of Those Grace Preachers!

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!


Is Your Bible Interpretation Correct?

Please allow me to share 3 tips that will lead to correct Bible interpretation.

Tip #1:  It is essential in understanding the Bible to know who the writer is writing to.  Of course we know that the underlying writer is the Holy Spirit, but He chooses to work through men.  So when Paul wrote to one of the churches/cities that he wrote to, he was writing to a specific people group.  If a sold out believer in Christ makes a doctrine out of some Scripture that is addressed to the Jews, then that Scripture will lead to confusion and incorrect doctrine.  Therefore is is absolutely necessary to know who the writers words are being addressed to!

In Bible College I was taught that most of the New Testament, except a few key verses dealing with salvation, were written to the Church.  This is NOT correct! Yet many today make very important doctrinal decisions based on the fact that every verse in the NT is for them.  A good example would be Jesus Himself!  Most of his words were directed to the Jews, still living under the Law.  The fact is that even his Disciples were not saved!  They could not be as Jesus had not shed His blood yet!

 

Tip #2:  It is important to not take a verse of Scripture out of context!  Always read the verses prior and after the key verse you are looking at.  Often it is best to discover the theme of the whole chapter, and certainly understand the theme of the Book itself.

Here is a great example:  If I were to begin quoting this verse, I'm sure you could finish it...."Work out your own salvation with......" 

Of course you would finish the verse, actually Philippians 2: 12, with, "fear and trembling."  Much legalistic church doctrine has been made out of that verse!  However, I sure would like to know how come hardly anyone can tell me, without looking, what verse 13 says?  It says, "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to what pleases him?" How come we know all of the "fear and trembling stuff" but do not have the slightest idea what the grace message in verse 13 is all about?  I would submit to you that verse 12 could be one of the most taken out of context verses in the Bible!

 

Tip #3:  It is important to realize that in no way does the Bible contradict itself!  It is important not to take some obscure verse that seems contradictory to the majority of Biblical texts on a subject and make a doctrine out of it.  Now, if you seem to find a contradiction, most likely by applying Tip #1, that of knowing who the verse was written to, you will clear up the contradiction.

 

We are living in a wonderful time of Grace and revelation of the New Covenant.  For years, the Church has kept us under Law trying to get us to "work out our salvation" when all of the time Jesus has done it all for us!  Our walk with Jesus is easy and light.  I'd submit to you that if you are not finding your walk with Him like that, you just may be interpreting the Bible wrongly...thus leading to darkness in your walk with the Lord!

 

Grace and Peace!