In Paul’s day, there were two enemies of the gospel that he constantly battled.
1. The gospel of legalism – this is essentially the message that says, “God is holy, you’re not, try harder.”
Paul took dead aim at this “gospel” in Galatians and other letters.
2. The gospel of libertinism – this essentially says that because we are under grace, any word of exhortation, admonishment, or challenge to be sold out to Jesus Christ and deal with issues in one’s life is “religious,” “legalistic,” and “wrong.”
James shredded this “gospel” in the letter of James, and Jude mentioned it when he said “they turn the grace of God into license to sin.”
Some Christians who have read my book From Eternity to Here and many of the articles on this blog have called me a “grace teacher.”
Others who have heard my message, The Gospel of the Kingdom, say I’m legalistic, even though there’s not one word of legalism in that message . . . not one rule . . . and absolutely no appeal to live for Jesus through our human will power.
That message actually tells us what the grace of God does in our lives.
The grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
~ Paul in Titus 2:12[Continue Reading...]