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Church ladies gone wild (03/19/2006)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Gal 5:1 (KJV) "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

If there's one thing that scares the religious crowd, it's the thought of swinging the gate wide open and letting the horses run wild and free. Have you ever heard a preacher say, "If you are a believer you can do whatever you want and you will still go to heaven" ? Yet this is exactly what it means to be saved by grace. It means you did nothing to be saved, and you can do nothing to stay that way. Even the faith which apprehends this salvation is a gift. The minute you attach strings to it, it is no longer grace. Grace is like falling off a log. You don't do it, it's done to you. If you're trying to work your way to heaven, you are not under grace, and grace is the only way to get there.

Rom 11:6 (KJV) "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work."

Grace scares the works-righteousness types because the thought of trusting someone other than themselves is like jumping out of an airplane, except you don't jump, someone pushes you. Without the gift of faith by the grace of God they are still slaves to the law of sin and death:

Romans 8:2 (KJV) "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

If the religious type gets a chance to make a run for it, they're outta here. Being fear driven, they only behave themselves because they feel threatened. If, on the other hand, a person is filled with and led by the Spirit of God, and you tell them they can do whatever they want, even sin if they want, they won't go out and sin up a storm. You won't have to threaten them, or keep them on a leash. They will be led by the Spirit of God within them to do the right thing. The religious person knows nothing of this. They are controlled by the Law, not the Spirit. And they inevitably try to control others through the Law because misery loves company. For them the Law is written on hard cold tables of stone:

2 Cor 3:3 (KJV) "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."

Of course, if someone does let the dogs out, some will run away and not return. That's okay too, because then it will be manifest who the real spirit-filled believers are. Preaching universal reconciliation produces this very effect. If you say that God will save everyone via Jesus Christ, some will make a run for it, and go live the sinful life they've always dreamed of. Universal reconciliation is the ultimate shake-down. It is pure grace. The only ones who stick around when that gate swings open are the real spirit-filled believers who humbly confess that their salvation was by grace alone. This is a good thing. It makes things real. If there's anything I can't stand it's the false grace which Christendom brings to the table, especially the deceptive "I made a decision for Christ". Sounds like work to me. I believe God made a gracious decision for me, not the other way around. So, in the likely event that no preacher has ever told you: As a believer in Christ you are free to do whatever you want, and you will still go to heaven. If you decide to do some sinning, God will surely chastise you (Heb 12:5-11), but that is a far cry from losing your salvation. And just because we can does not mean we should:

Rom 6:1b-2 (KJV) "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"

And so I say: Be free in Christ. 

 

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