I appreciate this boldly written post on grace by Dan Phillips on the Pyromaniacs site. This vital truth that is at the center of our faith and yet is is far too theologically abused by those who would affirm it. I don’t know what might have provoked this strong statement, but from the Dan’s concluding thoughts I might be able to take a guess … I have met some like those whom he references.
If you’re going to sin, poke God in the eye, shame His name, bring ridicule on the Gospel, and refuse to deal with your sin by repentance as God defines it — don’t drag the lovely word grace into the sewer with you. Just sin, and prepare for the consequences. Well, scratch that. You can’t prepare for the consequences. But at least let’s not lie to ourselves and others, compound our sin, and smear the dung of our sin over the beautiful concept of grace.
If you’re going to sin and bring heartbreak, ruin, robbery, treachery, betrayal and misery into the lives of others, and then refuse to deal with your sin by repentance as God defines it — don’t drag the the lovely word grace or “the Cross” into it. Grace and the cross are the antithesis of continuance in heardhearted, unrepentant sin. What we’ve done to others is bad enough. No need to blaspheme the saving grace of God in the bargain.
Far too often we have turned “grace” into something deserved (thus making it anything but grace). ” What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2, ESV). Thanks Dan.