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.