False Grace vs Amazing Grace

False Grace vs Amazing Grace

 

James 4:6

‘But He gives us more grace. Therefore, it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”’

The grace of God is something so amazing and wonderful that when it is realized by its recipient, it produces a deep gratitude for the rest of that person’s life. It produces an ongoing awe as the depths of the undeserved gift continue to be revealed throughout the persons walk with the Lord. Each time the believer sees the darkness of their own sins, they are reminded of the extent to which Christ has forgiven them; any blessing received after forgiveness brings equal amazement in the fact that the Father, through Jesus Christ, has not only not-destroyed us like we deserve, but now is even giving us many good gifts from heaven, as if we had done something wonderful to deserve it. In fact, the Wonderful One is Jesus Himself, who took our place, received the wrath owed to us, and gave us all of His heavenly riches. Absolutely amazing.

There is, no doubt, a false grace that has been presented throughout history, even being mentioned by the seventh from Adam, Enoch (Jude 1:3, 4). Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, redirected his entire epistle as he saw the necessity to warn the Church of these false- grace teachers. He urged us to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints, therefore I am lead to continue exposing the false, and continue magnifying the true grace of our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I will keep it short and to the point, so I may keep your attention. What is false grace? False grace is being told that God’s sloppy love is such that He will simply forgive all of our sins no matter what we do or how we live. There are no standards or rules to abide by, we are simply ALL sinking in grace. This is just not biblical, and is a venomous fallacy. It is in songs, pulpits and books. It pollutes a person’s understanding of grace and robs a person’s fear of a holy God. The person receiving false grace feels free to live for their own will (Matthew 7:21), “falls into sin” repeatedly as a practice (as a planned event) (Galatians 5:19-21), and has no desire for holiness – without which no one will see the LORD (Hebrews 12:14). They will hear those terrifying words on the Day of Judgment: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23). Those who preach this grace have their judgment proclaimed since the beginning of creation (Jude 1:4).

True grace, which has been hijacked, is the most amazing gift anyone could ever receive, because, by its very definition, means a gift given that is not deserved. It is only given to those who humble themselves and acknowledge their sinful state, and recognize their desperate need for a Savior. God will, and wants to give this to any person who comes to this place in their heart. But He not only refuses grace to the arrogant and prideful, but even opposes them. The prideful are those who justify their own actions and do not submit to their Creator, but follow their own path.

God’s heart is that none would perish, but that all would come to repentance and faith in Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:32). But if a person persists in their wicked ways, and reject His offer of undeserved forgiveness, then He will eventually destroy them, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29:1).

What will you choose, dear reader? Perhaps you have chosen already, and I pray it is the right choice. For the Scriptures are quite clear; God will not be mocked. We will reap what we sow. I plead with each of you, that you would turn from sin and choose the grace of God; the most priceless gift in all the universe. God will take your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. He will wash away your crimson sins and make you white as snow. He will change your destiny from an eternity in the lake of fire to an eternal abode in the heavenly’s, with all of His kingdom available to you… nay, “belonging” to you, who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:17).

What, oh what will it be??

 

Love Jonathan Ball

 

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Idolatry

Idolatry

2 Timothy 4:2- 4

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was straight forward: Preach the word! Why? Because the days were coming, and today are here when people will not listen to sound doctrine. Today you can present plain Scripture to professing Christians and they will turn away their ear, instead listening to more pleasing views of God, contrary to the word. They form a god to suit themselves, a god who is ok with witchcraft and sexual immorality (Revelations 21:8), who will not judge in righteousness (Acts 17:31), who does not command us to repent (Acts 17:30), who is indifferent to wickedness (Isaiah 5:20), and who created heaven without hell (Matthew 18:8, 9). This is what the Israelites did in the wilderness, and is called idolatry. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Paul might of told Timothy to “convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine”, but if you practice this today people will say, “don’t judge me!”, and, “Jesus said to love”, completely ignoring portions of God’s word for the sake of their agenda. They claim their actions are based on love, but part of the definition of love is, “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6); yet they rejoice in iniquity and hate the truth, defending evil and shunning any Scripture that opposes their carnal view.

Paul told Timothy, “but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers”, and so they do, gravitating to teachers who tell them love would never correct or make us uncomfortable, who do not teach of repentance, sin, hell or judgment, but only grace, mercy and love. Yet, the Great Master Himself, because of His love, mercy and grace taught us about sin, righteousness and judgment, which things the Holy Spirit also came to convict the world of (John 16:8).

If we love God we must follow the footsteps of Jesus in His teaching, actions and words; but many feel wiser than God and chose to do it a “better” way than He. Turning their ears away from the truth, they turn aside to fables, choosing to believe the idolatrous view of Jesus, which path leads to destruction. Please, for any who will listen today: seek the Living God! Read the word and believe it, not twisting it for your own advantage. Fear God and depart from evil, and Christ will give you life! Do not let anything keep you from the truth, but submit your heart entirely to the LORD and His ways, and He will be with you (John 14:21).

With love for your soul, Jonathan Balls

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Only by His Grace

Only By His Grace
John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
We must understand this essential truth: that anything good in our lives comes from God. If it were not for Him, you wouldn’t exist, and if it were not for His Divine intervention, you would not have come to Him to be saved, if indeed you are saved (John 6:44). We are not converted by our own power, and once born again it is not of ourselves that we bear fruit unto God, but only by His wonderful grace; for without Him we can do nothing.
The one who ministers in his own strength will fail, for the crashing waves of this life hit hard, knocking us to the ground. But those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, and will mount up on wings like eagles, soaring above the turbulence of the storm (Isaiah 40:31).
Even Paul the apostle came to a place of utter despair while in Asia, feeling as though he was under the sentence of death. This happened so that his trust would not be in his own feeble ability but in the exceeding power of God, who alone could deliver him (2 Corinthians 1:8- 10). And God did deliver him, and used him mightily to spread the gospel across the globe!
You see, we must not depend on ourselves; we mustn’t! For we are nothing without God and apart from Him we can do NOTHING! It is in Him that we live and move and have our being, so we have to come to a place where we remove all reliance upon our own greatness, and lean on YHWY’s everlasting arm; for His strength is unfailing and His wisdom unsearchable.
Rely on His great power today, and you will find that all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Trust in the LORD with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Pour out your lives in His service, and you will do great things; for His grace is sufficient for you!
Love in Jesus Christ, Jonathan Ball
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The Wonderful Mercy of God!

The Wonderful Mercy of God

Titus 3:5, 6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior”

What a wonderful thing that God has done for us through Jesus! If only we would understand the depths of love that God has shown us! If we could even grasp a small understanding of the great mercy that God had offered us in His Son, we would forever be thankful; living a life of gratitude and obedience to our Savior.

You see, to the one who doesn’t understand how wicked they truly are, and how deceitful their heart really is, the sacrifice of Jesus will seem of little importance. Is this you dear reader? Does Calvary seem like no big deal to you, or does your heart rejoice at what the Lord has done for you? Does your inner man long to live to please the One who loved you and gave Himself as a ransom for your soul? For to the one who understands that they have sinned against heaven, when the mercy of Jesus is extended to them they gladly receive His gift, knowing that they could never obtain righteousness by their own merit.

Jesus said that those who have been forgiven much love much, but to those who do not love much have not been forgiven much (Luke 7:47). Think, who would be more grateful: the one who has been forgiven 5 dollars or one who has been forgiven 1,000,000 dollars? Once we understand our true position, that we have never sought after God, that our hearts are prone to stray, that rebellion flows through our veins, then and only then will we rejoice to meet the Savior who has loved us anyway! Oh, the riches of God!  

Praise be to God that He would save a wretch like me! I am one who knows that I deserve hell, and could never earn heaven, yet Jesus died in my place and gave me the gift of everlasting life! It is more amazing that I can express, that God would love me even though He sees the secrets of my heart! His love toward me is without condition! He is willing to call me His Son, though I used to blaspheme His name!

Has He set His love upon you, dear friend? Have you understood what your Creator has offered you? He offers life instead of death, blessing instead of cursing, He offers you righteousness in exchange for your filthy garments of sin and He offers you Heaven instead of Hell! And the greatest part of it is that it is only offered as a gift, one that you cannot afford to earn or buy, but only humbly received. Will you take it? Will you trade in your rags for riches, at Christ’s expense? Who can afford to reject such an offer?