The Abuse Of The Grace Of God

November 9, 2013

The Abuse Of The Grace Of God

            Jude wrote his little epistle because he was troubled by the fact that some people were found in the church who were teaching the abuse of the grace of God.  In verse 4 he wrote, “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.”

Centuries have gone by since Jude wrote his little epistle, but we are still faced with the same enemy who seeks to subvert the teaching of the Word of God.  That enemy is Satan.  Sometimes he changes his game plan, but the result is the same.

Satan well knows that people are fearful of criticism.   Many want to be accepted as Christians by the Christians around them. To please them, they conform to the basic semblance of being a Christian.  They go to church and talk the talk.  In their personal and private life, however, they aren’t living the Christian life.  They reserve for themselves the liberty to do, think, and say things that are not a part of good Christian conduct.  In this article we aren’t going to judge whether or not they are really born again Christians.

Thre are those who have enough Bible knowledge to know that God has promised to abundantly pardon.  That’s what Isaiah 55:7 says. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”  They don’t feel guilty about their sin because they say to themselves, “Any time I want to, I can confess my sin to God and he will forgive me.” That is what is meant by abusing the grace of God.  Jude calls them ungodly.

Those who think this way find themselves most comfortable in a church that preaches what is called “Christian liberty.” They are churches that take a dim view of   churches that expect their members to conform to the fine points of godly Christian conduct.  They accuse such churches of preaching and practicing legalism.  The term “legalism” is often misused.  It applies to those who think they need to keep the law to be right with God.  Those who love God and want to please him are not legalists when they obey him.

God wants his people to live in such a way that they will bring honor and glory to his name.  I Peter 1:14-16 says, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” It is hard to live such a life and be part of a church that is abusing the grace of God.  In Ephesians 5:1-8 we find another list of behavior traits that should characterize obedient Christians.  We need the fellowship and encouragement of other likeminded Christians.  If you are trying to do right, but those around you accuse you of being too rigid, perhaps you need to seek out other friends who are likeminded.

Yes, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins as it says in 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.” That doesn’t mean, however, that we can flippantly go to God and ask him to forgive us, and then go on in the same sin.  There needs to be repentance and turning from sin.






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