A License to Sin?
Those who are bound with religious bondage can’t get past their concern that “too much grace talk” will give people license to sin. As often as that phrase is heard in church circles, it may surprise you that there is no reference in Scripture when it comes to such a license. That’s because it doesn’t exist. It has been imagined and made-up by those who are living from a mindset of legalism, where they emphasize our works and lifestyle is what maintains right standing with God.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12 ).
It’s hard to fathom why people who call themselves Christians would ever get the idea that an excess of grace is a problem. A license gives you the right or permission to do something. Grace will never advocate or promote doing what is wrong. When grace appeared, it was really Christ who was manifested; He is grace! Grace cannot be defined apart from the person of Jesus Christ. To suggest you can have too much emphasis on grace is to suggest you can have too much of Jesus. It’s not the law of works and good morals, but it is grace that leads us to salvation and inspires the desire for godly living.
Grace inspires something more significant than duty or obligation. It inspires love which motivates a sincere desire to contribute for the good, and the giving of ourselves. The fear that grace gives too much freedom to make wrong choices is a false accusation and a myth. We are free to make right and wrong choices, but don’t blame grace (Jesus) just because someone got carried away by their own lust and fleshly thinking.
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