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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!!

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Roger Hovis
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In his days on earth was Jesus not considered an outlaw? He definitely was a preacher, just an observation for the ones asking how can one be both…

admin
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Amen! Great insight brother, I am pretty sure that most of us Christians will be surprised at just how “outlaw” the early Christians were. Thanks for the support.

Sarita
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Is there going to be another book soon?

admin
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Wow, great question. I don’t know, the first three stories came to me but right now I’ve got nothing~ I have asked the Lord for inspiration IF it’s His will that I continue the “Preacher” series. You have blessed me with your kind reviews and I appreciate your question. Best I can say right now is that I am willing if the story comes. Let’s see what He’s got in mind. Thank you again Sarita, God bless you. — John

admin
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Sarita, I am almost finished writing book 4, The Outlaw Preacher-The Reckoning

Douglas J. Luthy
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this has been an awsome read for me, I really got in to the main character. I can def. relate to a guy like that and the way the Lord has changed him, as I have been a work in progress for most of my life. Thank God the Lord doesn’t give up on us as easily as we give up on everthing. Great book brother, keep preaching.

admin
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Thanks bro, so glad you hear you enjoyed the books.

Sparky
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i have really enjoyed your books,I am Missionary in the Asia Pacific area.Thanks to kindle fire i can get some books.Lord willing i hope you keep the series going.Have you ever thought of starting another series with a different story?Maybe a spin off from this book,just a idea.Thanks for your books i have really enjoyed them.

admin
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You bless me with your kind words. I will write more, I’m praying about all of it, I want it to matter. Thank you again and may God bless your ministry.

admin
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Book 4 is coming soon! The Outlaw Preacher-The Reckoning

Stephen
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You have a very unique style and perspective. I would love to chat with you if you are ever in Dallas.

admin
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Ha, my wife uses “unique” to describe me too! I love Dallas, my son lives in Ft. Worth and I have some dear friends in the Big D as well. Have you read all three books? I pray that the Lord blesses you and your ministry.

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