EAR SCRATCHERS

EAR SCRATCHERS

2Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

What amazes me about life is this, things are exactly the same today as they were in the time of the Apostle Paul. His teachings were twisted and exaggerated by false teachers until they led people into error. For example Paul said, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” Obviously false teachers were taking Paul’s teaching on grace and saying that Christians were covered from their sins and had no obligation to repent and confess their transgressions committed as Christians. This was an early doctrinal heresy that has arisen every time there is an awakening of the message of salvation by grace through faith. Today, it is a popular teaching called the “grace message” that has been used to allow for a carnal lifestyle in the church. Problem is, there is no difference from the lifestyle of the lost and the lifestyle of the so called Christian. Deception always leads to corruption and destruction. Here is how R T Kendall describes this message in his book Holy Fire.

“Hyper-grace, this is a phrase given to the teaching that the blood of Jesus covers all sin once we become Christians. So far, so good. That is where they hook you. But now for the unthinkable: once we are saved, we don’t need to confess sin if we sin. The sin has already been paid for on the cross. No need to confess, no need to repent. Never mind that Christians are told that “if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). You would show you don’t really believe in Jesus’s atonement if you confessed sin that isn’t there since He has washed them all away forever. Not only is this antinomianism (anti-law, lawlessness); there is no motivation for a Christian to obey the Word of God, to walk in the light, and prepare to face God at the judgment seat of Christ. Those who hold to this dangerous teaching dismiss the need for a Christian to acknowledge his or her sin. And yet if we say we have no sin, “we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).”

The true concept of grace is quite different from the corrupt version. Biblical grace not only covers our past sin but changes us in a profound way. Original sin had corrupted our view of God and our desire for pleasure and satisfaction. The amazing grace of God brings us into a sudden awareness of His beauty and love. We now find our pleasure in another source. We find that God Himself is the fountain of all pleasure. This revelation deals a blow to the power of sin in our lives. The power of sin was its promise of pleasure. The taste of a greater pleasure liberates my soul from the foolish pleasures of this world.

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