Many people try to hide behind their church denomination. They leave all matters of responsibility of what to believe to their church and take it for granted everything their church says is true, instead of checking everything every time with their Bible, God His Word.
Lots of Christians also think they do not have to do any works any more because they are reborn and got Grace. They forget that faith without works is dead. It is totally wrong to think our actions are in vain and that we should live the same way as the world does. We do live in the world and do have to be aware of it, but should not always agree with it and live like the rest of it. We have to make a proper choice, living according to the Law of Christ and the Laws of God.
Please do find to read:
- God wants to be gracious to you
- The redemption of man by Christ Jesus
- About faith
- Belief of the things that God has promised
- Do not forget the important sign of belief
- Knowing where to go to
- To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
- Getting to know the Truth
- How to look for and how to handle the Truth
- Faith antithesis of rationality
- A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
- What’s church for, anyway?
- Pulpit reserved for the pastor
- Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
- What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
- We are ourselves responsible
- Ask Grace to go forward
- Being of good courage running the race
- Bearing fruit
- Grace and Endurance (gingersnaptheater.wordpress.com)
In my church we have a phrase that we love to say and hate to think about. We repeat it to the hopeless, but the phrase itself is hopeless. We are told to “endure to the end”. Then they tell us that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. So, we’re supposed to be happy in this life, but there is this looming shadow, a dark pressure to grit your teeth through everything, until the end.
The phrase “endure to the end” starts to make sense. It’s the faith that this darkness will somehow get better. It’s the belief that this will pass. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay. It’s the selflessness to your future self when you want to be selfish and do what you want now. It’s trusting Him to know what to do with your life. That it’s not supposed to be over yet.
- Grace, Grace, God’s Grace! (brittanyjburke.wordpress.com)
Grace defies human reasoning. The way we think is not the way God thinks! “My thoughts are not your thoughts,” He says, “neither are your ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8)
- Why do we struggle to give grace? The “Pharisee Syndrome” (the self righteous cant experience grace. If you cant see your sin you cannot see grace), short memory (we forget how much grace we need. On my best day, I am still like a filthy rag in comparison to the righteousness of God.), and “Rightness Insecurity” (we have to be right. We get this God-complex. We seat ourselves on the Throne and try to play God. God plays his part perfectly without our help =) True rightness comes from humility and surrender!)
- We need to develop cultures of grace. Because we have been given grace we must learn to give it and cultivate it in our lives.
- Fred Phelps, Grace, & the Sovereignty of God (beardedmanley.wordpress.com)
Like many other Christians there sometimes seems to be a scale of grace that we give to people. A little offense = abundant grace whereas a great offense = little grace. The higher the offense, the less grace given.
ALL have sinned, but Jesus is that propitiation. So here’s the bottom line, you in your sin, me and my sin, etc., are as unlovable and heinous as Fred Phelps seems to be. The difference for the believer is that Christ has intervened and taken that unlovable heinous person and made a new creation in him/her (2 Corinthians 5:17). As Christians, God has called us to mirror Him, and part of that mirror includes issuing grace to others, especially when it is a vile and offensive thing/person.
- Why is the Church not a democratic organization? (travismikhailblog.wordpress.com)
The hierarchical element in the Church consists in the fact that Christ himself is the one who acts in the Church when ordained ministers, by God’s grace, do or give something that they could not do or give by themselves, in other words, when they administer the sacraments in Christ’s place and teach with his authority. The collegial element in the Church consists in the fact that Christ entrusted the entire faith to a group of twelve apostles, whose successors govern the Church, with the Pope, the Petrine ministry presiding. Given this collegial approach, councils are an indispensable part of the Church. Yet even in other administrative bodies of the Church, in synods and councils, the manifold gifts of the Spirit and the universality of the Church throughout the world can be fruitful.
- Amazing Grace (livingtodayforgetingtomorrow.wordpress.com)
You may expect people in third world countries to have less faith in God because many of them, like Edmond Dantes from TCOMC, have been stripped of their belongings, pushed out of their homelands, and thrown into horrible prisons, and so they would feel that He has favored them less. But their faith is so much stronger than many Americans and others from prosperous nations because they recognize that goodness and hope that lies within the teachings of the Lord for salvation and enlightenment.
- Bad Theology – Grace (exposegcm.wordpress.com)
Why are we given grace? We need it! We are all sinners who will have to pay the penalty for the sin we commit against God unless we are given undeserved favor from the Lord Himself. (2 Thes 1:5-12; Ephesians 2:4-9; Romans 5:6-9;)
Vanessa, from Hearts on Guard, said this about cheap grace.“Grace is cheapened, sugar-coated, spread around with happy platitudes and warm-fuzzy pictures and songs. Declarations of our awesomeness, holiness and righteousness ring out, and any call for repentance, any mention of our old Adam is hushed and called displeasing to God.”
- Conservative Lutherans how bout you actually read Boehoeffer fo once (religionron.wordpress.com)
I disagree strongly with Boehoeffer since imo he insists that you can come to Christ without the Holy Spirit. That is not Lutheran teaching. However, The ones that cherry pick the above quote not only don’t read the whole page, they don’t read the whole book. They are guilty of what people do with the bible on homosexuality lets quote 1:26-27 and ignore 1:15-25, 28 on to 2:1-3. They don’t realize that they are the ones talked about in the passage they are quoting.
I know professors that will debate me being wrong about Bonhoeffer and human ability to come to righteousness. I’ll leave that part out. There aren’t any with academic credentials that will say that Boehoeffer was referring to costly grace as having a price.
- ‘Cheap grace’ is not Grace at all (gtwilliams1983.wordpress.com)
There is a common misunderstanding that the Grace Message teaches that it’s ‘okay’ for Christians to make poor decisions, and act irresponsibly without any repercussions. ”Cheap Grace” is the term law bound religion fearfully labels it. Well, I’ve yet to meet a Grace leader or teacher that has said it’s okay to go out and act a fool. That’s not wisdom. That’s not Jesus. So let’s take a minute to make this real.Here’s the truth of the matter, and I hope this really gets into some skulls. The thinking that “I can make bad, unhealthy choices because God forgives me anyway…” is NOT grace, it’s self-righteousness. Look at all the ‘me, me, me’ mentality in that. There is no freedom found in ourselves. Only the cross.
So what is Grace, really?
Grace (Strong’s G5485: “CHARIS”) Unmerited, undeserved favor and kindness of God as if no wrong had ever been done to begin with. God’s grace is not a response to us, but to Jesus on the Cross We just get to enjoy it and the justification that comes with it (Romans 3:24). The sweetest freedom for ourselves is letting go of ourselves.
- Days of Grace-Day 20 (livinginhisgrace.wordpress.com)
Grace, defined as unmerited favor by some; a gift of something we did not earn or deserve others will say. A little surfing the net, here are a few of the definitions I found:
- Beauty of Form
- Good Will
- Favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence
- To give beauty, excellence or charm to
- Divine love, protection; freely given
- Excellence or power granted by God
- Effortless movement
- A condition of protection or sanctification by the favor of God
- Reprieve, pardon
- His Grace Is [enough; As Much As Is Needed] (carolyncam1.com)
It is easy for us to see the error of the religious leaders. But adding rules and requirements to God’s gift of salvation is something most of us regularly do, though it is generally less obvious to us. We accept Christ’s payment of our sin debt as a gift initially, but as we live out our faith, we unwittingly add “details” and expect ourselves and others to comply with our ideas of Godly behavior.
A reading from the modern classic The Cost of Discipleship (1937) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). This is a great passage to apply to other people. We should also apply it to ourselves.
Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace.
Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgiveness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit. It is grace without a price, without cost…
Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, as principle, as system. It means forgiveness of sins as a general truth; it means God’s love as merely a Christian idea of God. Those who affirm it have already had their sins forgiven. The church that teaches this doctrine of grace thereby conveys such grace upon itself. The world finds in this church…
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