With all the controversy surrounding the message of "pure grace" I find myself quite excited about what we are witnessing as the result of this crazy thing being preached called grace!
We are living in one of the most exciting times in human history. The Holy Spirit is busy waking the Church to the truth and power of the Gospel. Even more importantly, He is waking the un-believing to this same truth.
What is this truth? God is not mad at you but is madly in love with you :-)
He truly does accept you just as you are - those words are not just a cool lyric for an alter call...
All that being said, why is the message being so criticized? Why are those, like myself, being attacked as heretics? Why is the establishment rising up against the heart of God? Why are we (the Church) being warned against buying in to such great news?
When I look at the fruit of the message, I see such wonderful freedom coming to God's children. I see big influential ministers and ministries being rocked to their core, to the point that these are risking it all (their careers, staff positions, friendships, family ties, etc.) to proclaim "Grace" to the nations.
One famous music artist has been attacked twice in just the last month for his statements made on Twitter because he wasn't judgmental enough on the "sinner" - err, I mean the "sin"...
Whoops that was close, I forgot that we "love the sinner but hate the sin", just like Jesus did and commanded us to do...
I don't want to spend too much time on this because I don't mean to beat up those still trapped in the mixture of law & grace which I was just a few short years ago. My only purpose in writing this is because I am so saddened by the reaction to the truth of the Good News. For those who are listening and receiving this Good News, life is the wake - not sin, not chaos, not confusion, not rebellion, but life. I'm pretty sure that is what spreading the Gospel is supposed to do.
One thing I'm certain of is that yelling as loud as possible at the "sinner" about how they better change or else, hasn't done the trick! It has however, cost a lot of money, occupied (maybe even wasted) countless hours on "evangelism" only to leave countless of individuals hopeless (Christians and non alike).
I'll leave you with this: Religion is far more dangerous than the message of grace! Religion will only make you afraid to live and to die! Grace, however, releases you to actually live the the "God-life" you were created for!
W. Adam Greer
I grew up in Northern California where I lived an extremely selfish life until the age of 29. Through a series of life altering events, I became a follower of Jesus.