Brothers | Balancing Act | Live by Faith
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? (James 2:14)
“Oh, I’m a Christian. I’ve just never acted like it,” Wes stated confidently. Vera nodded in agreement. “Yeah, me too. We’re saved by grace, right? So it doesn’t matter what we do. Jesus already paid for it all.” Wes and Vera have fallen victim to a dangerous heresy being popularized by a growing number of world-famous teachers. It’s called Hyper-grace and the premise is that God’s grace covers all our sin, so we can do anything we want and expect heaven when it’s over. Sounds like the kind of religion Satan might have come up with, doesn’t it? James would have had a big problem with it. So, is there any truth to what Wes and Vera think? God’s grace IS what saves us, not our good deeds. So how do those work together?
Think of it this way: Vera has just married the love of her life. After a whirlwind romance and a fairytale wedding, she awakens beside Prince Charming. “What do you plan to do today, wife?” he murmurs into her hair. “Oh, I thought I’d reconnect with my old boyfriend, plan a trip with the girls next week…I’ll be gone a month. Hope you’re okay with that. And, uh—” Her new husband gasps, but she gives him a puzzled look. “What? You didn’t expect me to change my life just because we said a few vows,” she asks. He shakes his head in disbelief. “A few vows? We pledged our lives to each other! Everything has changed!” She lifts a brow at him. “I thought this was about love, not rules. I’m not saying ‘no’ to my old life just ‘cuz I said ‘yes’ to you.”
Final Thought: If Vera is wrong about marriage, Hyper-grace is wrong about salvation. Actions indicate our heart’s condition.
Prayer: Jesus, have I unknowingly twisted your word into Hyper-grace and assumed that because salvation is free, it doesn’t matter how I live? Please forgive me. I want to obey you because I love you. Thank you that everything has changed. Amen.