Grace under Fire

Being a born-again Christian is a life I recommend, a life I love. Knowing where my eternal home is gives me joy and security. As a Christian, I want to do better in all things; prayer, study, being a good example, setting the bar higher and higher to exalt my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Understanding Grace through Faith, I know that NOT ONE WORK will keep me saved or make me saved. I know there is no such thing as a moral evolution of salvation, like most unsaved people do….I used to think that way when I was Catholic. Anyway, some Christians think that we are now exempt from doing a work or works either because now the ‘pressure’ is off to do anything (laziness) OR works is considered to be legalism, or law (pharisaical) OR live like the world because you’re under Grace. So, now no one is doing anything for the Kingdom and it’s an ‘anything goes’ kind of attitude.

What happened?

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

I see all too often people shouting the victory on Sunday morning but goes back home to a live a life of fornication, adultery, alcohol, gambling, homosexuality, or pornography….the list is endless.

Sometimes it is the Church’s fault for not teaching about sin and its consequences, but not always. I believe that the responsibility falls on the believer to do the right thing every day; God sees us no matter where we go.

What Bible are they reading?

That’s exactly it…they are not reading the Bible. The Bible does not mince words about what is acceptable and what is not. Holiness is paramount to living for God, there is no other way. But somehow living in Grace has believers confused or maybe bemused. I have to wonder if these errant Christians are actually backslidden not just lazy:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.”

3 thoughts on “Grace under Fire

  1. Amen, Katherine. I believe not enough Christians “know” their bible. And the churches they may be attending may not be teaching enough (if at all) about sin and it’s consequences.

    And like you stated once out the door of their Sunday trip to church, many go right back to their lives of sinfulness. There are probably more unsaved persons attending the “modern church” than there are saved persons.

  2. I see grace being abused all the time … by many caught up in hyper-legalism or cross-covenantism. The definition of grace is the divine influence upon the heart of man to the extent it manifests in the life. Jesus was the expressed image of the Father. He died, once and for all [mankind]. Through the knowledge of our innocence in Christ’s finished work we can freely receive the gift of salvation AND be influenced by God to the extent we walk in the Spirit, walk holy and upright in Him. It is not by keeping rules or modifying our behavior that we walk in Him. That belief by what we do, we become is old covenant and does not belong to us.

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