Is holiness a “four-letter word” among Christians today? Is that due to grace or Satanic deception?
True grace produces holy living. False grace produces fleshly living perversely defended as “true” grace.
We need to show more grace today, and grace isn’t just a syrupy, mushy ‘feel good’ word that people with no spine say just before they give their congregation a virtual group hug.
Nathan showed grace to David. He said “THOU art the man!”. Afterward, David repented and begged GOD not to remove His Holy Spirit and finished his days with honor. True grace! Nathan’s tough, direct, and bold words made a difference eternally!
Elijah showed grace to Ahab. He said “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the LORD and followed after Baal.” After this, Elijah was able to slay hundreds of prophets of Baal which helped to preserve the nation of Israel from destruction. True grace!
Jesus showed grace to the religious leaders of his day. He said: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves … You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?”
Because of his words, we see how angry GOD is with the religious crowd who like to justify their sins and still look spiritual to those around them, and who try to obey only what is written instead of applying what is written to ALL of their life and culture via the Spirit’s voice. It’s truly grace to have GOD show us that we need more than compliance with the written word alone, but also love for Him, so that we listen to His Spirit and apply the principle of what He has written to all of the many things in all of our lives and culture, whether we eat or drink or whatsoever we do … not clinging to “liberty” but casting ourselves at His feet and giving every doubtful matter over to Him regardless of the cost. I realize this message may not be popular with many today, but these are not my original thoughts. I’m just sharing what GOD has already told us in His Word. Therefore, whether we like it or not doesn’t even matter. We’ll still be judged by His Words someday, so we may as well know what we’ll be facing at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and sooner rather than later.
“What then? shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? let it never be!” – Romans 6:15