Summary: You can't fall from grace… You fall into Grace and you run in to Grace Grace is everywhere you are..before you even get there..
Grace abuse...Is that Possible??
Illus. From K. Edward Skidmore
In a book called The Grace Awakening, Chuck Swindoll tells about a Missionary family who left their Work because of Condemnation from other Missionaries. What was the theological disagreement over? Peanut butter.
You see, the Mission field where they went did not have access to Peanut Butter. So, that particular family arranged for a friend to send them Peanut Butter from the States every now and then. The problem was that the other Missionaries considered it a mark of their true spirituality that they did without Peanut Butter. They explained, “We believe that since peanut butter is not available here, we should give it up for the cause of Christ.”
Well, the new family disagreed. And the end result was that they were pushed out of that mission.
Of course a part of me thinks that if there’s anything worth fighting over, it’s probably Peanut Butter! But a more mature part of me agrees with Swindoll who concluded, “What we have here is a modern-day example of a group of squint-eyed legalists spying out and attacking another’s liberty. Not even missionaries are exempt.”
Americans probably more than anybody else in the entire world celebrate liberty
Each and every day… Without question as to why we have it and where it came
from Without question…
Our liberty stems from the fact that God was involved in the creation of this country, our Constitution
and everything else for that matter in our lives and we received all those things because of Grace...
People are quick to tell you what to do, how to do it and when to do it in society and more and more...were told what to think and what's correct to say..
And when political correctness is challenged with commonsense...intolerance raises its ugly head and the digging into one's past begins and the assault of ones character, until there seems to be a scandal and then a fall from grace...
We see it with CEOs, political candidates and a myriad of men and women once held in high esteem...who made a mistake and somehow where labeled as fallen from grace.
It happens on the worldwide stage… It happens on the local front as well
And usually almost always the same response comes from the ridiculing
and the digging..."and they call themselves a Christian"
The accuser persuades society to forget all the good things someone has done
and convinces them to believe one mistake is their ruination...once they've fallen from grace that's it..it's over
Romans 5:20 NKJ
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more
The Msg. Says it this way...
20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.