Is it possible to preach too much grace?

Grace worksI don’t know about you, but I get fed up of the warnings from certain expert preachers and magazines about the so-called hyper-grace message (apparently) sweeping the body of Christ.

I presume though, they mean preachers like Andrew Womack and Joseph Prince who probably fit their definition, but who knows, because conveniently, they never say as such. One magazine article claimed that believing in the forgiveness of sins past, present and future, is the heresy of hyper-grace – a truth Billy Graham preached!

The thing is, is it actually possible to preach too much grace? Well evidently some people think so, as I found out to my personal cost when I was unfairly removed as an elder/pastor recently for apparently doing just that!

What these anti-hyper-grace teachers are afraid of I think, is that believers will abuse God’s grace – in other words people won’t change their behavior or want to change after believing the Gospel. In fact, that’s a complete misunderstanding of how the Gospel works: its only as you receive God’s grace (his ability and kindness) that you have any power at all to change. In fact, without God’s grace you don’t even have any desire for holiness because it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance – not the holiness or law of God.

The ‘God’s-pill’ or (Gospel) is the medicine of God’s pure undiluted kindness and it’s the only way that the disease of sin in the flesh can be tackled! Trying to tackle sin with rules and the law is like pouring water on a chip pan fire!

Let’s think about it, saying you can preach too much grace is like saying, you mustn’t preach too much love or kindness! If grace has limits, if it has a cap to its extravagance, then its not really God‘s grace at all but a cheap imitation.

Can a sinner out-sin God’s grace? No, there is always hope because Gods’ love is bigger than our mess otherwise God would not be God. God was not somehow caught out by sin, he never scratched his head in amazement saying: “I never expected them to turn out this bad”. No, the grace of God is big enough and powerful enough for the salvation of every human being on the planet.

The will of God is that he desires that not one person should perish but that all repent. The only way anyone ends up in hell is not their sins but their unbelief and refusal of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Interestingly in the original language of the New Testament, grace is referred to as being hyper: Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound (pleonazo). But where sin abounded (pleonazo), grace did much more abound (hyper perisseuo)

This verse tell us, that the Law was introduced so that sin would (pleonaza ) increase or super-abound. But where sin super-abounded, grace did much more abound (hyper-abound).

Quite frankly I think that’s amazing. Sin cannot win in our lives because even when it’s super-abundant, God’s grace is hyper-abundant!

This is why I preach grace.  Only the receiving of God’s grace into our lives can produce holiness. Religion, rules, law and pentecostal holiness teaching has not one ounce of power to do that, only the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

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Further Reading:

Extreme Grace a license to sin? – Phil Drysdale
In Christ
Sinning Wilfully
Eternal Salvation
Grace a license to sin?

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