OK, back to the issue at hand. Remember Romans 5:20, “Yet law came in by the way, that the offense should be increasing. Yet where sin increases, grace superexceeds.” In other versions, you may have read this verse to say where sin abounds, grace does much more abound, or something to that effect. Let me now ask a series of questions for those who have been raised in the church and still defend the modern church business as it is.
1. What was the purpose of the law? (A. To increase sin Romans 5:20)
2. Can we merit grace from God? If so, what must we do to merit God’s grace? (A. No, no answer because we cannot merit grace from God, meaning we cannot earn God’s grace by anything we do)
3. Since we cannot earn God’s grace, can we do something against people or God that would nullify God giving His grace? What would that be? (A. No, we cannot nullify God’s grace. Why? Because where sin increases, and Paul does not say sin against whom, God’s grace superexceeds that sin.)
4. Why does the modern church and its leaders continuously teach that we can sin against people or God and miss out on God’s grace, as if Romans 5:20 does not exist?
I think you are getting the point. Here is what I think about NOW, versus what I used to think, which is that even the horrible sinners like Hitler and Stalin and others in recent history will receive God’s grace at a point in God’s history. I even believe that the chief of sinners will receive God’s grace and will even tell us stories of how bad he was (oh, wait, that story has already been told by Paul in 1 Tim 1:15) that we would understand more fully how deep and wide and high God’s love and grace are! Even if Paul does not tell this story, we will ALL find out one day how abundant God’s love and grace really are!
You see, the modern church is still hung up on the law rather than grace. It is still about works and not grace. No matter what any of them say, they all still rely on works (if they believe in an eternal conscious torment in hell) to keep them from hell and position them in heaven. If they truly believed that sin isn’t the issue, but grace is (I believe Paul is trying to explain that we should not be focused on sin, ours, your, mine, whatever!), they wouldn’t try to scare people into heaven by thoughts of “hell.” After all, what is scary about grace? Nothing! So many Christian leaders in the modern church MUST keep people scared and threaten them with eternal torment or else they wouldn’t do the things the modern church needs done (paying for buildings, pastor salaries, trips around the world, etc.). If every Christian was hung up on grace, meaning they were given over to God’s grace and living in it, then there would be true unity in the Body of Christ and no need for all the materialism of the modern church. We could simply get together with our neighbors next door and around the block and have grace-filled fellowship with them! Wow, how cool would that be?
Anyway, I will close this now and save a little for the next article, possibly even finishing out my thoughts on Paul’s teaching of God’s grace . Until then, may God’s grace be your focus and may your sin fade into the past, to the back of your mind and thoughts. Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!