Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Let me give you the heart of the true grace message: It is not a permissive gospel but one that teaches holiness!
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
According to Paul, we are not walking in grace until we have broken from worldly corruptions. Unless we are endeavoring through the power of the Holy Spirit to lead godly and righteous lives, looking for the Lord’s coming in our every waking moment, we do not know God’s grace.
Many Christians want forgiveness, but that is all. They do not want to be delivered from this present world, because they love it. They are attached to their sins, not wanting to give up the pleasures of this earth. So they cling to a doctrine that says, “I can live as I please — as long as I say that I believe.”
They do not want to hear about obedience, repentance, self- denial, picking up their cross, taking on the yoke or burden of Christ. They simply want to be excused on Judgment Day — to have all their iniquities overlooked. They expect Jesus to open up the pearly gates, put His arms around them, and lead them down a golden street to their reserved mansion, even though they have never broken from the spirit of this world!
Paul writes, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). We are to break from this world completely and be conformed to Christ alone!
Jesus justifies us through faith for a purpose: It is to embolden and empower us to resist the devil and overcome the world.
“[Jesus Christ] gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Galatians 1:4).
Here is the lie that ensnared “believing” Jews of Jesus’ day and of certain “believers” today: “God is with me. All I have He gave me. All my talents and abilities are His gifts to me. I’m doing exactly what God wants me to do. God and I are on good terms! I’m a child of the King. God opened all these doors for me. If The Lord did not want me to do certain things He would stop me.
It’s all a big lie and it’s the worst kind of counterfeit spirituality. There has been no surrender, no separation, no heartbreak over sin, no laying down the past life! Jesus tells it like it is. You people really don’t want My Word. You don’t tremble at it. You don’t hear it. You don’t stop and let it sink in. It means nothing to you! You people think you are My disciples , but you’re not. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). God said through Malachi: “…if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear?…” (Malachi 1:6).
They had no sense of need then or now. To them there is no need to repent or to change – nothing to lay down or forsake. They simply pick up all their worldly ways and follow Jesus. These kind use Jesus as an enhancer of their own selfish ways. He is seen not as an emancipator to set them free, but as one added to what they already have — one who will enhance their talents, open doors, bless, add new dimension to their careers. They pray for God to make them successful in their careers of sin!
They Won’t Even Believe Jesus When He Calls Them Fornicators and Idolaters!
Jesus boldly spoke out to them, “What you are doing is of the devil. All these deeds you think are God approved are deeds of the father of lies. “Ye do the deeds of your father” (John 8:41).
They became indignant: “…We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God” (John 8:41). Listen to their excuses: “We are doing nothing wrong! We are not evil, we love God! We see absolutely nothing wrong in doing these things. The devil is not in us. He is not directing us. The Spirit of God is in us! We are children of God — special, chosen. Jesus doesn’t buy it! He says, “I made it clear who My children are. My sons are free from all ties to this world. My sons are not unequally yoked with unbelievers. My sons have no fellowship with the unrighteous. My sons have no communion with workers of darkness. My sons refuse to take My temple into dens of idolatry. My sons are separated from this world. They do not touch the unclean thing.” (See 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
They said, “We are not committing idolatry. God speaks to us!” They were hopelessly blind to their horrible sin.
Jesus seems exasperated with them. “Why do ye not understand my speech?” (John 8:43). In other words, Why isn’t My Word convicting you? Why can’t you hear such plain, simple words? “…Because ye cannot hear My word” (John 8:43). They were past hearing — their ears were shut! Why could they not hear and understand? Why could they not understand that Jesus was saying to them that they were the devil-directed idolaters? “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47).
Jesus warns that all idolatry among believers is personally directed by the devil. After telling these “believers” they were not hearing truth, He tells them where their direction is coming from. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
In all kindness, I ask you, who told you it is okay to sit for hours, drinking in filth in front of the TV? Who told you it is not idolatry to watch shows that are totally corrupt? Was it Jesus who told you, “It’s okay to watch a few bloody, violent, sensual movies! You are a mature believer — you won’t get hooked…? Who said it? Who put you at ease? Who is it that’s speaking through me right now, barking so loudly, crying out, “It’s idolatry It’s not legalism! Get rid of all outside influences” Is it the devil preaching this to you? Is this a word out of hell that tells you to wake up? If it is of God, and if you are of God, you will hear it — believe it — act on it — and be changed by it.
Who told you it’s okay to flirt with another man’s wife or someone else’s husband? Who told you its okay to walk out on your vows? Who told you it’s okay to bring ungodly videos into your home? Who told you it’s okay to slip out occasionally to go night-clubbing? Was it God? Or was it the devil?
Let me tell you what shakes my soul. Jesus is speaking to those confessing to be believers saying, “You are of the devil. You are doing the lusts of your father.” Are you blind to what you are doing, making excuses like, – “That’s not me! I love God. I’m not a fornicator” How God must grieve as millions of “Christians” are sinning, flirting with the devil, becoming hard, and blindly going about their own ways, saying, “I’m okay. Everything is all right. God is still with me. I’m not wicked. I’m not an idolater!”
We must come, as David came when it dawned on him that “he was the man”.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.