Perverting God’s Grace–Part 3

     God’s grace is amazing.

     Every wondrous facet of its beauty and winsomeness is radiant in its splendor. Without God’s grace the human race is eternally doomed, hopelessly lost, forever sentenced to everlasting pain and misery.

     Because the father of lies is alive and well, change agents seek to pervert the grace of God into a license to lawlessness and sin (Jude 4). How far afield this is from the intended purpose of grace–i.e. to motivate holy and obedient living (Titus 2:12-14). 

     Such a presumptuous perversion of God’s grace ignores three clear facts of history; therefore Jude writes, “But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire ” (Jude 5-7).

     It is a perversion of the truth to believe and teach that God’s grace excuses unbelief and disobedience and that it excuses presumption (see two previous posts). It is also a perversion of the truth to believe and teach that God’s grace excuses immoral behavior (Jude 7).  

      Divine vengeance upon the immoral and perverse Sodomites was so severe that God destroyed the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim (Deuteronomy 29:23), plus the vegetation around them (Genesis 19:25), AND He is presently punishing them with “the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7).  This was done “as an example.”  

     Clearly this example teaches us that God’s grace does not excuse this, or any other, immoral behavior. Only spiritual perverts teach otherwise.

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Author: jchowning

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