Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Ever since the beginning of church history the Bible warns us to watch out for false prophets who come to us as wolves in sheep's clothing.
In Matthew 7:13, many chose to enter the wide gate and broad road that leads to
destruction because it is the easier choice to follow.
Often, it is not what the false prophets say that is the problem but rather what
they omit that leads to the deceptions.
Matthew 7:14 tells us that it is not going to be easy to enter the small gate and follow the narrow road that leads to life (heaven), and there is no reason to believe otherwise.
We are also not to be taken in by the charisma of the preachers or the sizes of
the church for these are not the fruits that are defined in:
In Revelation 2:8-11, the poor Church of Smyrna is the Church that Jesus loves
Hence, the popularity of a preacher or a large and prosperous church may not be a true measurement of a congregation blessed by Jesus.
Matthew 7:21-27 teaches us that the way to remain in Christ is to seek and do
the will of God and not simply believing and following the teachings of men who
may be the wolves in sheep's clothing.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Deceiving the Elects
John Burton in his posting on "Have
you fallen for the false grace message?" says this:
Can the preaching of Hyper Grace be wrong if it is drawing
thousands of people to churches?
"God is such God!! God is ALMIGHTY not just in name and NOT just in Spirit. GOD is Almighty that he choose Church leaders to preach his loving and blessing side to all of us Christian so that SATAN has no power over what is ours!!" is a quote from a Hyper Grace church-goer, a typical example of the result of false teachings.
You'll will understand why I write this article after you have read Is God an ATM.
While it is true that salvation is by grace alone through
faith in Christ as in:
Take head that we are warned to bear fruits in:
God is our Lord and not our servant. We are saved by grace to do God's work and not for Him to
do our biddings!
Contrary to what the Bible teaches, Radical or Hyper Grace teachers:
They come up with some kind of theological system they are comfortable with and then forcing the Scriptures to fit their interpretations.
Jude 1:3-4 is a timely warning for the body of
The fact is that under grace, one has an even greater obligation to God than under the Law:
Luke 12:47-48 "The servant who knows the
master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will
be beaten with many blows.
Revelation 3:1-3 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Some eye-opening videos and articles on the root and the danger of the Hyper Grace movement are at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkEcXE1wDtA
The surest way to become a victim of distorted doctrine and easy believism is
to think that it is not dangerous.
We must be especially careful when we come across teachings that are
half the truth.
In order to discern the truth from falsehood, we need to:
2 Timothy 4:3-4
The Christian martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer said about grace in his classic book, "The Cost of Discipleship":
- “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession... Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
- “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: 'Ye were bought at a price', and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”
We are not saved by a casual profession of faith. We are not saved by simply praying the Sinner’s Prayer. We are not saved by the mere signing of a card or walking an aisle.
We are saved by a living and active faith as in James 2:14-26.
Jesus also needs to be our Lord!
A gift that is not treasured by the recipient can be easily misplaced or lost.
“The grace that does not make a man
better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not IN
their sins, but FROM their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.”
The goal of preaching is faithfulness to God, not crowd appeal.