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God's Grace versus Man's Grace

Bobby H. Holmes

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The denominational, religious world has long held a doctrinally false view of this most beautiful subject. Now, the same false view is being "peddled" by some who claim to be preachers of the Gospel. In a nutshell, the denominational concept of grace is that of a "blanket" covering of man's sins, without obedience on his part, due to the perfect righteousness of Christ. A sort of strange "fog like" thing that prevents God from seeing our sins and imperfections. Because of the perfect righteousness of Christ, this "grace" serves as sort of an "umbrella" between God and man so that God only sees our good. This false doctrine has led some to totally reject any kind of works of obedience and a strong movement for "unity" with those who teach and practice false doctrine both in and out of the Lord's church. One of the most popular writers today, and one who claims to be a Gospel preacher is Max Lucado. While most of those who hold the false position on grace that he holds have not gone as far away from Truth as he has, the seeds are being sown for the same kind of "harvest".

An article appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, November, 1998 about Mr. Lucado entitled "The Grip of Grace". It began by telling a time worn joke.

The article goes on to say:

In an article Lucado wrote that was published in Wineskins, Jan. 1993, he stated:

My dear readers, these are but a small sampling of the error taught by men versus the teaching of God on the subject of grace. Grace has indeed been defined: "Unmerited Favor" of God. He prepared the "Scheme of Redemption" whereby man can be saved through the sacrifice of Jesus as He shed His blood on the cross and our obedience to the terms of God's grace. That grace of God that brought salvation to mankind is revealed in the Gospel of Christ.

Consider the following points:

Yes, we are saved by Grace (unmerited favor of God) when we obey the Gospel ("Good News") of God's plan of salvation for man. Note again our beginning passage, Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Now, let us look at the very example of these Ephesians being saved by God's grace. "And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' So they said to him, 'We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.' And he said to them, 'Into what then were you baptized?' So they said, 'Into John's baptism.' Then Paul said, 'John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.' When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 19:1-5).

If man wishes to be saved by the Grace of God, he must be saved the same way the Ephesians were saved! Don't be fooled by a perverted kind of "grace" that is not Grace at all! Are you willing to be saved by the Grace of God? If so, you must obey the conditions of that Grace.

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