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Charisma Attacks "Hyper Grace" Again!

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!! 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)

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He 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.

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????? 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! 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!

Help Me Understand!

Why do people who know better insist on attending religious, dead, dying churches?

Several times weekly I hear of people who are catching the revelation of New Covenant Grace but for what ever reason continue to attend churches where everything but New Covenant Grace is taught.  Someone recently told me of a person in our area who is a devoted follower of Joseph Prince's ministry but continues to attend a local church known for it's being steeped in religion. I don't get it!

Often I hear statements like, "God hasn't released me from my church." Sometimes I hear this one, "God has called me to bring life and change to my church." Both of these statements go way back to when Hector was a pup and to be honest, both indicate a clear miss-understanding of God's will! 

I often question people with young families who insist that they attend a church where the New Covenant is not promoted.  I especially mourn for the children of these people who are being taught religion and law that they one day will have to be set free from.  Why do parents do that to their children? 

Do you realize that it is pretty hard to change a System?  The system of religion has been around for a long time and the best way to change it is from the outside.  Over my many years of ministry I have observed hundreds of people be swept back into old wineskin ministries because they stayed aboard the sinking ship instead of fleeing from it!  The old system does not change very easy!  Those who think they will change it will usually end up being changed themselves! And that change is not for the better!

So... What is the best way to be a witness to those you love and care about who remain inside the old religious church?  From the outside!  Leave the sinking ship and become a witness from the outside.  Why do I say this?  Because it is the only thing that works!  You see people will be watching you!  At first, immediately after leaving a religious church, everyone will think you have totally back slid and are going to hell.  But the hungry, the seekers, will be watching your life.  You will become a living testimony to the New Covenant life and eventually they will decide that staying with a sinking ship is not too wise!  You will be there to throw them the life ring! 

I trust that this Blog gives you something to think about!  I know I think about these things all of the time!

Grace and Peace!

There Are Some Roads In The Grace Movement I Just Can't Travel!

I am a Grace preacher!  I am a "radical," "hyper," "extreme" Grace preacher!  I do not apologize for that in any way!  Please note that there is really no known definition of what would comprise anyone in membership with this movement.  Now when it comes to Grace and New Covenant life I really do not like to use the word, "movement."  I really feel that Grace isn't a "movement" at all, rather it is the person of Christ Himself.  But that is a Blog for another time!

When someone says they teach Grace those who oppose that teaching, or do not understand it, lump that person in with what they perceive or understand Grace teaching to be.  In some cases they may be correct, but very often they are completely off the mark!  I am not going to try to define the "Grace Movement" in this Blog.  However, I am going to try to attempt to define three areas that I would differ from some of my Brethren in the Movement.  The three areas are: The Bible, Hell and Balance.  Allow me to explain my position!

Road #1: The Bible:

To me the Bible is the inspired, perfect, non-contradictory Word of God! I believe it the "absolute" that God gave us to form our doctrines and belief systems on.  Some say the Bible creates problems as no one seems to agree on its interpretation.  I agree!  However, it is also a very integral road map that the Holy Spirit can use in giving us direction for our lives.  I have no problem in stating that the Bible is perfect!  God has used it to dramatically transform my life and thousands of others I know.  Now, do I worship the Bible?  No!  I worship the One who wrote the Bible!  Do I place the Bible more importantly in my life than the Holy Spirit? Again I have to state No!  Yet without the direction of the Bible we can and most likely will go off a deep end someplace.  

I also fully understand that the Early Church did not have the Bible as we know it and they walked in and through areas most of us would never ever think possible.  They totally relied on the Holy Spirit for everything.  That is awesome!  However, we have a wonderful gift from God in His Word!  Our problem comes when we do not "rightly divide" His Word.  I've written on how to properly interpret the Bible in other Blog posts, so I'll not repeat myself here on that. 

Some in the Grace Movement seem to be really undermining the importance of the Bible for those living in the New Covenant.  I do no such thing!  I have absolutely no problem in teaching God's wonderful Grace just by using the Bible and the revelations of the Holy Spirit.  So I cannot in any way walk on any road that down plays the importance of the Bible in one's life!

Road #2: Hell:

Some in the Grace Movement are asking questions like this, "How can God who is supposed to love everyone send those who do not believe in Him to a place of eternal fire called hell? My answer is simple....I do not know!  However, one of the most important things to remember is that we are human and not God!  His ways are NOT our ways!  His ways are higher than our ways and if we try to understand His ways with human reasoning we will fail every time!

There are some in the Grace Movement who teach that hell does not exist and they also teach what many call universal salvation.  I do not!  My problem with these teaching deals with Road #1, the Bible!  There is just too much Scripture, even in the teachings of Paul and others in the New Covenant that we just cannot do away with.  I have challenged people on the hell issue and have mentioned the fact that there is too much Bible to do away with hell or to believe that all mankind will be saved.  The response is that the Bible is not correct or not the authoritative voice on the matter. I totally disagree! 

Now the purpose of this Blog is not to go into all of the Scriptures that make my point, etc.  I am just stating a fact that I believe that hell does exist, that there is a place of fire, or gnashing of teeth and that those who do not accept the free gift of God, Christ and His grace will spend eternity there.

Road #3: Balance

To some in the Grace Movement the word, balance, is a bad word!  I totally disagree.  I feel so good in my spirit about the balance of the teachings of our church!  I feel clean and free and believe that the balance that I am teaching is no way infringing on any New Covenant freedom people are beginning to walk in.  By teaching a balanced word I am in no way putting people back under the law or taking away any freedom. 

OK...there you have my rant for the morning.  I love what Grace is doing in my life and the lives of others I know.  I also know that there are many who do not agree with any of my teachings on Grace.  Oh well...I guess that is too bad!  I am in no ways interested in going back to law or any form of it!  I believe that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will carry us through into even greater revelations of the New Covenant life!

I'm still pumped!  How about you?

Grace and peace!

Is Cheap Grace a Mind Game?

Today, in a Facebook discussion, on if Christians still sin or not, I was told this, "Cheap grace is a mind game." 

I really am amazed by the titles, labels, that those who oppose the present New Covenant Grace movement are attaching to it.  Some are calling it, "Hyper Grace" others, "Radical Grace," and now this guy, who happens to be a famous Christian film producer and author, calls it "Cheap Grace."  For years we've heard Grace being labeled, "Greasy and sloppy" and now we can add the other descriptions.  Man!  People just don't get it!

Let's take a few seconds and look at the "cheap Grace" thing.  first of all, Grace is indeed cheap; it is free!  So this guy is right there.  However, he is totally wrong when he calls it a, "Mind game!"  God's free Grace is nothing like a "mind game" in reality it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  So, if you wish to call Christ a "mind game" then you better not label Grace that way!

Just a short little rant this morning!

Grace and Peace! 

"The River is Here!" the Book!

In case you haven't noted it by now, the title of this Blog is, "The River is Here!"  I've been blogging, on and off, for many years.  My Blog platform is Typepad and if I recall I was one of the early Bloggers signed up with them.  A lot of water has flowed under that bridge! 

For several years I have been sensing that the Lord would have me write a book.  However, I have also sensed that the timing was not quite right yet.  That is until lately!  I have sensed a strong urging in my spirit to get the job done.  So I am busy taking Blog posts from the past 2 years and converting them into chapters for the book, "The River is Here!" My Journey into the New Covenant!

Actually I am pretty excited about this project.  I already have the introduction and chapter 1 written and I trust that I will get a lot more accomplished this week.  By the end of May I hope to have most of the writing completed.  So, please pray for me, that the Lord helps me finish this task.

My purpose is to have a simple, easy reading book that will help others enter and live in the midst of New Covenant Grace.  I feel that I have a story to tell, one that will help others understand the Gospel that Paul preached!

I'll keep you updated on the book project results.

Grace and Peace!