SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE?
Now, doesn’t that relieve us from a lot of guilt and pressure? It should! With our life being God’s workmanship and responsibility, there is no cause for us to ever be concerned whether we are a failure or not. If we are failures, then that would make Him a failure. If we can fail, either by choice or by the weakness of our flesh, then that would make our weakness greater than God’s strength, and that is impossible. Can you imagine God being stopped in His tracks because of our weak flesh. Man’s flesh cannot win over the Spirit. Weakness does not overcome power. It cannot happen, so let us put it out of our minds, and never think about it again. No one’s rebellion or weakness is greater than God’s love and strength.
The church of Eve that’s been inspired by the serpent, has very effectively inflicted its sting deeply into its members making them believe that they are not in the image and likeness of God, but are mere sinners saved by grace–but it is not so! Don’t believe the lie! Don’t drink the Kool-Aid! It is imperative to stop thinking you are a dual citizen. You cannot be of the kingdom of darkness as well as the kingdom of the light. You are not dead in trespasses and sin……. as well as being alive in Jesus Christ. There is no such teaching in the Bible. It says that we “were” sinners, and it was grace that saved us from that sin! It does not say that we “are” sinners and “at the same time” saved/delivered by grace. We are certainly saved by God’s grace, which is His doing; but we are not to be confessing ourselves as sinners while in the midst of our salvation.
Our dear friend, Royce Kennedy, wrote something about this:
“Back home in my country, there are saints of God whom have walked with God for fifty years. But every time they stand to testify of His goodness, they address themselves as sinners, still standing ‘on repentance grounds.’ They are never taught that one cannot be a sinner, saved by grace. Have you ever heard that statement? Thank God that I am a sinner, saved by grace, they say! But let us set the record straight! Pardon me Sir! Pardon me Madam! One cannot be both at the same time; otherwise one’s life is confused, not being able to discern between good and evil. In the true sense of the word, a sinner is one who does not know Christ, or his saving grace. That person has never had Christ to enter into his heart to take up residence within. Being saved by grace means that one is justified by faith, and has passed from death to life, and has walked away from under the influence of the law of sin and death, to abide forever under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
“But both sentiments or ideologies cannot co-exist: we must either be one or the other! By adding ‘a sinner saved by grace’ it is intended to paint a picture of humility and imperfection that renders us unworthy. But Christ has made us worthy! Timothy, in his letter, points to divine truth and principle that we will do well to believe and appropriate unto ourselves. Taking it from the top in practical terms as Jesus saw it, we are told first of all, that both he that sanctifies [Christ Jesus] and they who are sanctified [all of us] are all OF ONE.”
He Has Begotten Us In Christ April 2014,