I came across an interesting article titled “The Danger of Abusing the Grace of God,” in Charisma Magazine a couple days ago. In the article, David Ravenhill elucidates some very interesting facts concerning the perversion of God’s grace in our society today.
The theology of grace tends to be problematic for people who struggle with the commitment to doing things God’s way. On one hand you have the ideology that through the blood of Christ, grace erases all of our sins, and gives us a perpetually clean slate (which is true). On the other hand, however, you have scriptures like Romans 6:14 which states,
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
So what’s the real deal with grace? Is it a license to sin, or is God holding us accountable for our actions? Is it just a “get out of Hell free” card, or is it more than that?
When we fail to understand the purpose and the original intent of God’s grace, it leads to willful disobedience, and then to statements like, “God knows my heart.”
I believe grace is directional, and comes with great responsibility. For all intents and purposes, God’s grace should lead us in the direction of holiness, not away from it. It is the room and space to grow into the image of Christ, while daily going through the process of overcoming sin (yes..it is a process). I believe God’s original intent in provisioning us with His grace was to cover us while we are actively engaged in the sanctification process. This sanctification process is only perfected within us by living in His presence daily via prayer and Bible meditation. As long as we are in this world, we will have to deal with sin and spiritual shortcomings. However, the key to living above sin is our connection to Jesus Christ. We must take this union seriously if we are to live victoriously.
At what point do we stop making excuses in the name of “grace” and start fighting the “good fight of faith?” (1 Tim. 6:12).
What do you think? Is it possible to abuse the grace of God? Have you ever witnessed grace abuse? If so, how did it change you?
All dialogue welcomed…Let’s talk.