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Fear of Grace

I get a ton of grief for “The Outlaw Preacher” and most of it from people who don’t want to understand grace.  I hear stuff like, “How can you be both an outlaw and a preacher, you’re either one or the other,” and stuff like that.  First of all,  I am not “The Outlaw Preacher”  it is the title of a Christian book series.  It’s also a Facebook page under the same name which exists to promote the book and provide enlightening preaching from the gospel.  It’s all about Jesus Christ and what He’s done for us.

I have come to believe that many, if not most Christians are afraid of grace.  I’m crazy?  Not so fast, how many times have you heard of “cheap grace” or “you think you have a license to sin” with your message of grace.  I’ve heard it too many times.  No matter that the Bible says in a hundred places that Jesus died once for all and that the New Covenant has replaced the Old because it’s better than the Old but too many people can’t handle the fact that we’re not under a law they could never obey.

If the Spirit of God resides in you and you have the mind of Christ, both Biblical concepts, why would we need a list of “thou shalt nots?” If, watch out, here’s another Biblical principal here, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me,” then what are we afraid of?  I think I know!  We don’t really believe any of this stuff.  Well guess what?  We can’t have it both ways.  If you are guilty of breaking one law you’re guilty of breaking them all.  There’s that pesky Bible again!

So….if we’re guilty of all by breaking one, we don’t get to pick and choose our favorite laws!  It’s one and done if you want to live by the law.  The wages of sin is death, not the best 3 out of 5!    Either we joyfully embrace and accept “It is finished” or we try to earn our way to heaven by our own self righteousness.  Not a tough choice for me.  Thank you Jesus!!