“This Church is Full of Sinners”

While looking online at some churches in a certain area just recently and reading their “about us” sections, the following statement left me open-…

“This Church is Full of Sinners”

HYPER GRACE

“… hyper-grace teaching is out of proportion to the rest of Scripture. Any time one doctrine is emphasized to the exclusion of the rest, we fall into error because we fail to “correctly handle” the Word (2 Timothy 2:15).”

“The conclusion of hyper-grace teaching is that we are not bound by Jesus’ teaching, even as we are not under the Law;”

Read entire article at link…

https://www.gotquestions.org/hyper-grace.html

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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ANTIMONIANISM IS NOT TRUE GRACE

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Clarke Commentary

… intimating that men might sin safely who believe the Gospel, because in that Gospel grace abounds.

Barnes Commentary

Turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness – Abusing the doctrines of grace so as to give indulgence to corrupt and carnal propensities.

That is, probably, they gave this form to their teaching, as Antinomians have often done, that by the gospel they were released from the obligations of the law, and might give indulgence to their sinful passions in order that grace might abound. Antinomianism began early in the world, and has always had a wide prevalence.

The liability of the doctrines of grace to be thus abused was foreseen by Paul, and against such abuse he earnestly sought to guard the Christians of his time, …(Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?)

And denying the only Lord God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ –

That is, the doctrines which they held were in fact a denial of the only true God, and of the Redeemer of men.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

See the notes, 2 Peter 2:1

It cannot be supposed that they openly and formally did this, for then they could have made no pretensions to the name Christian, or even to religion of any kind; but the meaning must be, that “in fact” the doctrines which they held amounted to a denial of the true God, and of the Saviour in his proper nature and work.

Their doctrines and practice tended as really to the denial of the true God as they did to the denial of the Lord Jesus.

Peter, in 2 Peter 2:1, has adverted only to one aspect of their doctrine – that it denied the Saviour; Jude adds, if the common reading be correct, that it tended also to a denial of the true God.

… that their doctrines amounted to a practical denial of the only true God; and equally so that they were a denial of the only Sovereign and Lord of the true Christian.

TRUE GRACE

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Many today pervert the true meaning of what it means to be saved by GRACE. In exalting the “Gospel of Grace” I have heard dispensationalists minimize the sinfulness of sin to the point where I have heard it said that a “saved” individual can live in habitual continual sin, similar to an unrepentant sinner, because they are saved by GRACE. That my friend is a PERVERTED GRACE and a PERVERTED GOSPEL. This type of teaching is one of the evil  fruits of dispensationalism. (It is a prevalent teaching among non-dispesnationalists as well.) TRUE GRACE transforms the heart and lives of those who possess it.

The new birth, regeneration and true grace are prophesied and described in the Old Testament …

Ezekiel 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Wesley Commentary:

A new heart – A new frame of soul, a mind changed, from sinful to holy, from carnal to spiritual. A heart in which the law of God is written, …

(Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.)

A sanctified heart, in which the almighty grace of God is victorious, and turns it from all sin to God.

A new spirit – A new, holy frame in the spirit of man; which is given to him, not wrought by his own power.

(The stony – The senseless unfeeling.)

A new spirit – That is, quite of another temper, hearkening to God’s law, trembling at his threats, moulded into a compliance with his whole will; to forbear, do, be, or suffer what God will, receiving the impress of God, as soft wax receives the impress of the seal.

My spirit – The Holy Spirit of God, which is given to, and dwelleth in all true believers. And cause you – Sweetly, powerfully, yet without compulsion; for our spirits, framed by God’s spirit to a disposition suitable to his holiness, readily concurs. Ye shall keep – Be willing; and able to keep the judgments, and to walk in the statutes of God, which is, to live in all holiness.