by Christine Egbert
The biblical mandate found in 1st Corinthians 5: 11, to remove those living in unrepentant sexual sin from fellowship is considered worse than the sexual sin itself, by many today. But we shouldn’t be surprised. For two millennia ago, the author of Jude urged believers to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. Why? Because ungodly men had crept in and were already perverting God’s grace by turning it into a license to sin.
Today, after nearly 1,700 years of proclaiming that God’s TORAH was nailed to our Messiah’s cross, this perversion has reached a fever-pitch. According to Dr. Michael Brown, a doctrine known in mainstream Christianity (and rightly so) as “False Grace” is being taught in many Christian Churches.
Joseph Prince, the senior pastor of New Creation, a mega Church in Singapore, is famous (infamous) for assuring his itchy-eared congregation that God would be unholy if he punished a believer for sin. Prince assures them that because Jesus was already punished for sin, all sin (past, present, and future), God would be “unholy” were He to punish them, which is why there is now no more condemnation.
Ear-tickling is quite lucrative. As of October 2014, Joseph Prince became the tenth richest pastor in the world. His net worth according to richlifestyle.com is 6.4 million. Crefro Dollar, that Rolls Royce-driving prosperity-gospel televangelist, told his congregation: “If Christians want victory over sin, they should have nothing to do with the law, not even the big ten.”
The False Grace Doctrine teaches that since Christians are saved they are exempt from the penalty of sin and therefore, (here is where they go wrong!) certain parts of the Bible no loner apply. They’re exempt, removed from any responsibility to be holy.
While searching on the net for information on this False Grace movement, I came across a very disturbing article written by a millennial named Phil Drysdale (PhilDrysdale.com). Based on the title of his article, “The 3 Most Dangerous ‘Grace Movements’ In The Church Today & How To Spot Them,” I foolishly assumed it would expose False Grace. But it didn’t. It exemplified it. This ear-tickling millennial posed four questions at the opening of his article. The fourth one asked, “Why isn’t Christianity as easy as it seems in the Bible?”
Easy? Really? Tell that to Paul, who was poured out like a drink offering and thrown into prison, to John who was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Young Phil must not read the same Bible I read. Here, copied from his website, are the signs that you are in a church where “false grace” is taught, according to Phil.
The Christian life is all about getting closer to God.
We must become hungry and aware of how much we lack God so that we can press in with prayer, fasting, and trying to be holy – so that we can start to grow closer to God.
The Christian is desperate for more of God, and never satisfied…
Is focused upon a growth towards God that comes from striving.
They believe God’s presence shows up when they corporately please Him with their worship, prayers, and fasting. Phil Drysdale’s final description of what he considers the false grace teaching is this:
“Your relationship with God and your personal development are deeply tied to your conduct. You thank Jesus for His gift of grace and acknowledge that without it you would be nowhere, but then you try to add to that grace by doing your best to change, to grow closer to God, and to improve yourself. It’s mostly fruitless,” he says, “extremely difficult and frustrating.”
According to his website, Phil Drysdale traveled 191 days in 2012, when the article was posted, and has tickled ears with his view of true and false grace in 213 meetings. Now, here it is, Phil Drysdale’s message of grace, the simple Christianity he finds in the Bible, and I quote: “We need only believe and we get to enjoy intimacy with the Father.”
But is that what Scripture teaches?
If you think faith is just believing–a purely mental activity with no action required–then PLEASE read my article “What Is Scriptural Faith?” Now, before we delve into what the Bible actually says about God’s grace, I want to share a poem written by Dr. Brown during the Brownsville Revival.
Pablum From The Pit
Cootchie, cootchie, cootchie-coo,
God loves me and God loves you!
Smile sinner, don’t be sad;
God’s not angry; He’s not mad.
Even when you leave the path,
There’s no hell and there’s no wrath.
So don’t you fear, just do your best.
Judgment Day won’t be a test.
God sees your heart and that’s enough.
The Judgment Seat won’t be that tough.
For you can’t sin away His grace
Or take that smile off His face.
’Cause God is love, and love is good:
He’ll treat you like you think He should!
Just trust me, sinner, to the end.
My name is Satan, and I’m your friend.
Now let’s see what Scripture actually teaches about grace.
God’s grace brings obedience of faith:
“…through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.”
God’s Grace Reigns Through Righteousness!
Romans 5:21 “…as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We Must Have Grace To Abound In Good Works! 11 Cor 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
God’s Grace Is Fruitful! 1 Cor 15:10
“But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace toward me has not been without fruit, but I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
God’s Grace Empowers! 2 Tim 2:1 “Then my child, you be empowered by grace in Christ Jesus.”
God’s Grace Provides Help Heb 4:16
“Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and we may find grace for timely help.
Grace For Serving God Heb 12:28
“…let us have grace, by which we may serve God pleasingly, with reverence and awe.”
Grace Empowers Patience! 1 Pet 2:20
“For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being buffeted? But if you are suffering while doing good, and patiently endure, this is a grace from God.”
Grace Is Sufficient 2 Cor 12: 9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness”.
WHAT IS SIN?
1st John 3:4 says: “Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness.” (Torah-lessness)! Yeshua said that not one jot or tittle would pass from the Torah or the Prophets until heaven and earth passed away. That means the warning YHVH spoke through His Prophet Ezekiel holds TRUE for His people today. It’s the perfect depiction of what Paul meant every time he wrote the phrase “the law of sin and death.“
Ezekiel 18:20-32 The soul that sins, it shall die. A son shall not bear the iniquity of the father. And a father shall not bear the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
But the wicked, if he will turn from all his sins which he has done, and keep all My statutes, and do justice and righteousness, living he shall live; he shall not die. All his transgressions that he has done, they shall not be recalled to him in his righteousness which he has done; he shall live.
Delighting, do I delight in the death of the wicked? declares the Lord Jehovah. Is it not that he should turn from his ways and live?
When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, according to all the abominations that the wicked do, he does, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be remembered in his treason that he has betrayed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them he shall die. Yet you say, The way of the Lord is not fair! Hear now, O house of Israel. Is My way not fair? Are your ways not unfair? When a righteous one turns from his righteousness and does injustice and dies in them, he shall die for his injustice which he has done. And when the wicked turns from his wickedness that he has done and does justice and righteousness, he shall keep his soul alive. Because he sees and turns from all his transgressions that he has done, living he shall live; he shall not die.
But the house of Israel says, The way of the Lord is not fair. Are My ways not fair, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are not fair? I will judge you, each man by his ways, O house of Israel (this includes all grafted-in-branches), declares the Lord Jehovah. Turn from all your transgressions, and iniquity shall not be a stumbling-block to you. Cast away all your transgressions from you by which you have transgressed in them, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit; for why will you die, O house of Israel? For I do not have delight in the death of him who dies, declares the Lord Jehovah. So turn and live!
What is the conclusion of the matter? We are to keep God’s Torah, not to be saved, but because we are saved! We keep it, even the big ten, to show Yeshua our love. He said, “If you love Me keep My commandments!” And we know that Yeshua’s commandments are His Father’s! Yeshua came only to do the Father’s will.
Those who’ve been deceived by ravenous wolves like Prince and Dollar need to consider what the writer of Hebrew said.
Hebrews 10:26 “… if we willfully sin after receiving full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment…”
This passage refers to habitual sin, a lifestyle of sin, in which there is no repentance. Believers seeking to please God do struggle against sin. There is a vast difference between struggling against sin and assuming that a sinful lifestyle is okay, if you’re a believer!
No one can live in unbridled sin without paying a consequence. God will not be mocked! Whatever a man sows, he will reap! To the flesh corruption, to the Spirit (HIS Holy Set-Apart Spirit) LIFE. (Gal 6: 7-8)
Obedience Is NOT Legalism!
1 John 1:6-9 says this: If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and we walk in darkness, we lie and are not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous. He will forgive us the sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 8: 1-4 is really good news . . .
There is therefore now no condemnation (we are no longer condemned to death) for those in Messiah Yeshua, who do not walk according to flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the Torah could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, to condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirements of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who WALK not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.