Summary: There are those who falsely teach that God's grace, through Christ Jesus, secures salvation without any change in character and lifestyle. Such a view ignores passages which explicitly state that grace demands a transformation.

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Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). By His mercy, God accepted Christ's sufferings and death as the punishment for sin that we all deserved. By His grace (unmerited favor), God extended to those who put their trust in Christ Jesus the blessings of imputed righteousness, the indwelling Holy Spirit, adoption into God's family, membership in Christ's Church, citizenship in His eternal kingdom and the blessed hope of being resurrected to life everlasting. No wonder why we refer to the present period in spiritual history as the “Age of Grace”.

However, over the last century, there has arisen a perverted view of God's grace. One of the most commonly taught doctrines in modern evangelical churches is the idea that one does not need to change one's lifestyle upon becoming a Christian. A Christian can live as they please because God's grace covers them and frees them from any condemnation. The fruit of this false doctrine is an overwhelming number of professing Christians living carnal and worldly lifestyles. There is a very large number of professing Christians whose lives appear to be no different than unregenerated sinners, except that they might attend worship services at their churches.

This perverted view of God's grace is not anything new as we find that Jude saw this falsehood invading the early churches. Jude 4, “For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.”

Jude states an important point that those who believe that grace permits a lifestyle of promiscuity and worldly behavior are denying Jesus Christ as being their “only Master and Lord.” They cling to Christ Jesus as their Savior and relish in the benefits of His sacrifice but are unwilling to face the cost of discipleship or submitting to the will of the Lord. But, one cannot have Jesus as their Savior without also acknowledging Him as their Lord.

It is interesting that the term “Lord” is used in reference to God or Christ Jesus 28 times more often than the term “Savior” is used in reference to God and Christ Jesus. It seems evident that the emphasis in the New Testament is on Jesus Christ being Lord Perhaps this is the case because it was recognized that too many “saved” Christians would be prone to cheapen Divine grace and use it to live lives contrary to the will of Christ.

Christians have received from Christ the “law of liberty” (James 1:25; 2:12). Those who twist the doctrine of Grace interpret that the “law of liberty” means liberty from law. The reality is that the law of liberty consists of rules of conduct that bring freedom from the bondage of sin and its subsequent condemnation. As Jesus declares, in John 8:34, 36, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin...If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

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