I guess, by now, it is evident that Charisma is taking a strong stand on what is being labeled, "Hyper Grace." They keep publishing articles written that attack the current, powerful Grace Movement. The article I read yesterday was written by a lady who was spouting off the usual rhetoric, "Hyper Grace doctrine comes from the Jezebel Spirit and is a deception that will lead many to hell." Oh hum, yawn!! ...how come they can't come up with something new?
The writer stated that because "Hyper Grace" people promote that Christ forgave all sin, past, present and future, that they give people the license to sin. Of course the Scriptural defense was the usual I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
As always, this same verse of Scripture comes to the forefront and it just shows exactly how ignorant of proper Biblical interpretation these people really are! Why would I state that? Simply because I John 1:9 was not written to Christians! In order to come to that conclusion one must first apply two rules to proper Bible interpretation...#1. Who was it written to and #2. Keep the verse in context. It is obvious, by using Rule #2, we can identify who 1:9 was written to. Read verses 1-7 and I'm using a KJV here so that I will not be accused of translation differences, and especially note the pronouns that John was using; "we" and "you." If you look at verse 3 you will see that John was trying to bring the people he was writing to, "you," into "fellowship" with both he and the Lord. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." I just don't see how it can be any more clear than that! John is saying that I want "you" (the people he was writing to) to have fellowship with "us" (he and the Lord). That means totally that THE PEOPLE JOHN WAS WRITING TO WERE NOT CHRISTIANS!
OK...If you still disagree with me about this verse then, keeping the context rule in play, what in the world do you do with some other of John's writing here? One guy told me the other day on Facebook, "I still sin!" He wasn't proud of it or anything, but he just could not get his thinking around the fact that sin no longer exists. So, he said he still did it! So, if that is the case then he has a real problem as he really needs to become a Christian. Why do I say this, because John says this....I John 3: 4-9 (KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
I have underlined the things I wish you to note!
I just have to wonder why no one ever answers me on these verses????? Again...how plain can it be?
Look at verse 4....If y0u commit sin you transgress the law. Sin is the transgression of the law. OK...does the law still exist? If you say, "no," which, of course, is the proper answer, then you have to say that sin no longer exists either! On this law thing, note I Corinthians 15:56, "The power of sin is the law." Paul says that the law was that which makes sin work. So if you can imagine sin as a flash light and the law as the batteries to the light then you can understand how this works. A flashlight only works with good batteries installed. Take away the batteries and you can call the flashlight anything you want, but it will never shine light! Take the law away from sin and you can call it anything you want but it will never be sin because it is completely powerless! Powerless sin is no sin at all!
Look at verse 5...Christ came to take away our sins. Does John say only our past sins? Then note the second part of the verse...And in Christ there is no sin! What part of that don't people get? If you are in Christ and Christ is in you, THERE IS NO SIN!
Look at verse 6...If you abide in Christ you will not sin! And...how about this??? If you do sin you have not seen Christ and have not known him!
Look at verse 8...If you sin you are of the devil!!!!!! And Christ was manifested to do away with the works of the devil. What are the works of the devil? Sin!
Finally look at verse 9...If you are born of God YOU DO NOT SIN!
OK...who's really preaching false doctrine here? The false doctrine is the standard rhetoric of religion, that Christians still sin!
How come Charisma isn't coming against that false teaching that is leaving people in the midst of fear, shame and condemnation???
Friends, the bottom line is that Christ has completely taken care of all sin, past, present and future! So many fear that understanding this is giving people a "license to sin." Paul was confronted with that same issue....Romans 6: 1-2, (NLT), "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! SINCE WE HAVE DIED TO SIN, HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO LIVE IN IT?"
All I can add to this today is....What a Savior!!!!! Glory!!! "Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so!"
Grace and Peace!