"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Most Christians believe that they have grace, they are saved, and so, they will go to heaven. But, God gives grace only to 'the humble', and grace is the power of Christ that rests upon a weak person that makes him strong and perfect. If this does not happen, he/she has no grace. Preachers turn the grace of God into lasciviousness and they are already condemned.
Christians are taught that grace is an unmerited favor given to sinning Christians; so that they can enjoy sin without forfeiting heaven. So, grace is the unconditional love that God has for you so that heaven is guaranteed to you, no matter what you do. This is preacher's grace. But God has given us the true grace through the Bible. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." So, grace is the power of Jesus Christ that rests upon us to make our strength perfect when we are weak. That is, when a person who does not have enough strength tries to overcome sins, God's power rests upon him to make his strength perfect. But, if a person does not try to overcome sins, instead enjoys them, he does not need grace to overcome sins and he does not get grace. The wages of his sin will be eternal death. But church people are chanting, 'we are saved by grace', as they go on their way to hell. They are in deception. "Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:" Here the apostle Paul says that he does not frustrate grace. How does he not frustrate Grace? He has died to self and Jesus Christ lives in his place. So, 'Grace of God' is to have our self die and Jesus Christ live in us. Further, how does the power of Christ rests upon us? "Romans 5:17 ... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ... 21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, as Christ gives us his grace, he rules over us with his power and sees that we overcome. Or, we may say that God's grace rules over us.
God's grace will not help people to commit sin, but it will destroy sin. But, ungodly men have become pastors and preachers in churches, and preach false grace to lead people into sin. Here they have turned grace into lasciviousness. It is considered that perverted lust is acceptable to God for eternal life because of God's grace. "Jude 1:4.. there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness." God curses false preachers. Yet there are many false preachers that pervert the gospel. "Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Still they have no fear of God, put up a show and preach false grace and a false gospel. James 4:6 says "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God." Here, God says that God gives grace to the humble, and that he requires us to submit to God. But preachers say that grace is an unmerited favor and they pretend as if all the church people have grace. Most of them are proud people and none of them may have grace. So, their pretended grace is false grace. Preachers preach false grace in so many ways and church people believe them.
For more details, please study the links: "Grace", "Grace Saves", "False Gospel", "Gospel."
God Bless You