04 Oct The hyper-grace movement
Within the body of Christ there has long been a controversy brewing, which has become far more prevalent in recent years. The controversy concerns the issue of grace. While the subject is too large to address here briefly, I will simply skip a rock over the surface of the issue by saying that as is typical within the Church, when there is an imbalance in doctrine or practice, our tendancy is to over-react and embrace what I call “reactionary theology”.
Reactionary theology is what happens when we form our theology or beliefs primarily as a reaction to a particular view or belief. So while the message of “The Grace Movement” does indeed benefit those who are bound by self-righteousness, legalism, or condemnation, because it has largely formed as reaction against what is sees as fundamentalist, legalist, or overly-harsh “religion”, it is also infected with some outright brazen and clearly unbiblical errors.
Beyond this, “The Grace Movement” is essentially the natural result of realized eschatology. Even as the prosperity preachers will take the promises of the age to come concerning blessings and and claim these promises 100% now, or even as the faith preachers will take all of the promises of the age to come concerning healing and claim them 100% fully now, so also do the grace preachers take the full deliverance from sin that we will receive at the resurrection at the Day of the Lord, and claim we possess it all 100% now. But if you pray for someone with a broken foot and the foot is not healed, yet they confess that it is presently healed, they are simply living in denial and unreality. Of course, if that person holds firm in their faith, then their future healing is 100% guaranteed. And yes, it may be healed in this age and we should contend for healing in this age, but it is not 100% guaranteed until the resurrection. So also is it with sin. If someone confesses they no longer sin or wrestle with sin, they are living in denial and unreality. Rather than expressing genuinely biblical faith or hope, this form of Christianity is actually a pop-spirituality, a form of metaphysical magic with a Christian veneer. Biblical hope looks forward to the blessed hope, the Day of the Lord, the return of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead. In that day, we will no longer wrestle with sickness, finances, suffering, or sin, but until then, the fight must continue. Until then, being confident in God’s love for us and His grace to us, we are not to tire or grow weary in taking up our cross, dying to self daily, putting to death the old man, renewing our minds, confessing our sins, repenting, and fighting for righteousness.