Never again did I think I’d see the day when teachers were scared of others believing in too much grace. It has happened. Sincere people, in an effort to discourage saints from sinning, have actually watered down the overwhelming power and implications of grace! Extreme grace beliefs has been blamed for people being comfortable living in sin. However, is extreme grace to blame for sin?
Paul taught that grace builds us up and gives us an inheritance with the saints. Read for yourself: “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32).” Sin is anti-God in its very nature. It is impossible for any measure of grace to build us up while encouraging sin. Sin tears down while grace builds up.
Living under grace means sin is no longer our master! We no longer have to be enslaved to it: “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14).”! Why would grace free us from enslavement to sin only to encourage living as a slave to sin? That doesn’t make good nonsense. Grace frees us from the control of sin rather than encouraging us to run back to a slave master.
Grace is a teacher, and He never teaches that sin is “no big deal”. We wouldn’t need grace at all if sin was harmless. Paul informed Titus that grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live soberly, righteously and godly (Tit. 2:11-12). If people really sin because of grace, then they do not understand God’s grace! Don’t be afraid of encouraging or believing in radical grace, hyper grace, extreme grace or whatever else you want to call grace. Every ounce God’s grace is good all the time. Never water it down! If you are trying to discourage sin, please do not teach against the expression of God that builds us up, rescues us and directs us. Be careful of teachings against extreme grace rather than fearful of extreme grace. God’s grace never hurts us.