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Avoid the Slippery Slope

Peter, Paul and John all warn the people in the early church about the slippery slope of false teachers and a false Gospel. Not too many years after Jesus went to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father certain people began distorting His message. The apostles were committed to not letting that happen.

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Fast forward 2,000 years and this same devious, devilish and false teaching continues today on many fronts. One such teaching is a concept called Hyper-Grace Dr. Michael Brown sums it up this way:

One of the foundational doctrines of the hyper-grace message is that God does not see the sins of his children, since we have already been made righteous by the blood of Jesus and since all of our sins, past, present and future, have already been forgiven.

That means that the Holy Spirit never convicts believers of sin, that believers never need to confess their sins to God, and that believers never need to repent of their sins, since God sees them as perfect in his sight.

It is easy to see how such teaching can be dangerous, especially to a believer being tempted to compromise.[1]

Hyper-Grace leads to universalism that teaches that we don’t really need to believe or receive or repent because Jesus died and everybody gets into heaven in the end.

It’s a slippery slope from biblical, godly grace to Hyper-Grace and universalism. False teaching and the resulting false gospel happened during the time of the early church and it’s happening today in a re-packaged, re-presented way and people are still falling for it.

Friends, the Gospel is the Gospel of grace and Titus 2:11–15 rightly teaches us. It says:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

These are the strong words of an impassioned apostle Paul to a young pastor. He is saying, “Titus, the grace of God has appeared to all men and here is what it teaches us: deny ungodliness, deny worldly lusts, and pursue righteousness and holiness and godliness.” This is totally contrary to the Hyper-Grace message. It is totally contrary to the “cool gospel.”

Then, Paul says for us to be “zealous for good works.” He’s not preaching a gospel of works. He’s preaching a gospel of grace that should inspire us to work and live a godly life from a spirit of love and appreciation for all that Jesus did for us. We don’t work to be saved; we are working because we are saved. That is a huge difference. The true gospel leads us to be zealous for good works, and zealous to live a holy, godly life.

Friends, we need to avoid the slippery slope of what is cool and popular today. We need to defend the true Gospel and not allow the world’s redefinition of the gospel throw us off track. We need to speak God’s Truth clearly and often.

[1] Dr. Michael Brown, http://www.fire-school.org/media/articles/confronting-the-error-of-hyper-grace/

One response to “Avoid the Slippery Slope”

  1. Matthew Chapman says:

    Thanks, Steve. My family and I stand with you!