Get Your Hands Off of My Grapefruit!

Worthless Comforters

by John J. Kirkwood

When Dr. Michael Brown says: “Find me one verse anywhere in the Bible—just one—that gives assurance of eternal life and blessing to an unrepentant rebel who is living in willful, persistent sin, denying the Lord in an ongoing, hardened way, and I will invite you to join me on national radio or TV and tell the whole world that I was wrong. Just one verse,” I would just ask the following questions:

Is God’s offer of salvation made to saints or sinners? Aren’t we all “unrepentant rebels living in willful, persistent sin, denying the Lord in an ongoing, hardened way” when we are confronted by the good news of the Grace of God?

Wasn’t that an exact description of Saul of Tarsus when he was confronted on the Damascus Road?

And lastly, is the good Dr. suggesting that we are saved (gifted eternal life) on the basis of the way we are living or the way that Christ died and now lives? My Bible tells me that eternal life is a “free gift,” (DORIAN in the Greek, which means ‘without any cause’ in us). Is the Dr. saying that the “free gift” is dependent on the way we live, our attitude, or our level of sinlessness?

Is not Dr. Brown implying, by even asking this question, that eternal life is really based on our merit/performance/production? This question, at best, is a straw man, at worst it is the heresy of Lordship Salvation. “And if by works, it is no longer of Grace.”

As for the Dr.’s challenge of the “one verse,” I could list 150 of them but if he doesn’t understand this first one, there is little hope that he can see beyond his bias.

For God so Loved the World – For God so Loved the “unrepentant rebels who were living in willful, persistent sin, denying the Lord in an ongoing, hardened way,” that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Brown, Michael L. (2014-01-07). Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message (p. 250). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.

The Fool and The Fruit Inspector

“When God saves a fool you get a saved fool.” – J.D. Sumner
I’ve got to say that the culture wars are very attractive to the Pharisee. The fight for Life and traditional marriage attracts Galatians, legalists, and the elder brothers in the field like moths to a flame. And many of these can’t tell the difference between salvation and discipleship. They recognize no distinction in a believer’s standing and in his state. And being wrong on this spiritual truth is more dangerous than the particular temporal vices that they fight against.
If your answer to “What must I do to be saved?” adds anything to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” then you are either a fool or a Pharisee.
If your answer adds behavior, a length of time, fruit bearing, a particular attitude, feeling sorry for your sins, baptism, circumcision, law keeping, making Jesus Lord of your life, your blood, your sweat, your tears, your continued faithfulness, your scrawny little promises to do and to don’t, to vote, dress, eat, or worship a certain way – you’re not just a Pharisee, you’ve fallen from grace and you’re an anathema. (Galatians 1)
The Father beckons you to come into your brother’s feast, the Apostle tells you to step right or step off and may the knife slip at your bris. It’s hard to top that.
Pastor Tori Dean Swingrover writes, “Christians are just as capable of being confused, deceived or just plain wrong as are non-Christians. Being wrong about [same sex marriage] doesn’t mean a person has not placed his faith in Jesus Christ. It means that the Holy Spirit has more work to do in that believer.”
The difference between the Mixed Gospel – the idea that we are saved by grace but kept by works, and the Grace Gospel. The left side is legalism, Galatianism, Lordship Salvation; the right side is Grace, now called Hyper-Grace by those who preach legalism. Those that teach the “Mixed Gospel” are as guilty as the Jews, who in their zeal, justified their own righteousness: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.”
(Romans 10:2-4)Paul says to those teaching the “Mixed-Gospel,” “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
(Galatians 3:1-3)

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