I posted this on Tuesday What I Learned In Church This Week. “The Antinomians say they’re saved by grace but they live sinful lives, what we do doesn’t matter as long as we believe rightly.” I often hear from people “where’s your grace and show them grace” But is that the answer showing people who are in sin grace? Let me say that I know the believer is not in bondage to the law, But I also know the believer is not free to hide behind grace as a license to sin Jude 4 and do anything they want. I remember listening to The Way Of The Master radio show with Todd Friel back in 2008 and on this one show they went down to Daytona Beach during spring break to interview college kids who professed to be Christians… As I was driving home I was in complete shock at the answers I was hearing from these kids. I prayed to receive Jesus into my heart, I’m down here to sow my oats, having some fun while I’m young, what’s a little excessive drinking and wild partying going to hurt. I went to youth group, I’m saved.
Paul said in Romans 5:21 6:1, 2 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? What’s really going on here? You are saved by grace and it’s ok to keep our relationship with sin so God’s grace can work even more? May it never be! Paul is saying absolutely not!
There are many in Contemporary Christianity who want Justification without Sanctification without Holiness, But Peter calls us to Holiness: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”1 Peter 1:13, 14
I was preparing my lesson for Sunday school in Romans 3 and came across this from Donald Grey Barnhouse “Holiness starts where justification finishes; and if holiness does not start, we have the right to suspect that justification has never started” I think of these kids who profess to have Christ may really lack possession of Him. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9 The person who remains in an habitual state of sin gives evidence that he has never left his life of sin.
I truly believe two thing happen when we are saved by grace through faith alone:
- I believe a new relationship with Jesus Christ, is a new relationship with your sin.
- I believe a new relationship with Jesus Christ, is a new relationship with God’s word.
The Christian life is not a straight line from A to Glorification… Of course we are going to have setbacks and struggles with our sin-life… Life will always bring us these troubles and trials. We need to pay attention to Paul’s urging in Romans 12:1, 2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. We are a new creature in Christ Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul says in Ephesians 4:24 to put on the new self which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
I want to be like the apostle Paul… like other godly men I know and are dear friends of mine who have exemplified the gospel of Jesus Christ Philippians 3:17–18… Not that they are perfect, but they have a true desire is to walk in the light 1 John 1:7 and the Spirit Galatians 5:16 and in a manner worthy of our Lord Colossians 1:10 bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Legalism and Antinomianism have existed throughout history and are both thriving now, so you tell me, can a person be saved and continue habitual living in an ungodly life style? The answer just might save your life or someone you might know!
Truth is what they need, then grace.
Soli Deo Gloria