Issues of Life

Has Grace Become A Bully?


On this blog, since I have discovered my mandate and calling to preach the Gospel in light of Grace and Truth, I have come to realise just how challenging that can be.  It is so very hard to speak the truth without meeting the accusation that I have been ungracious, even when my blog title is “Grace and Truth”.  The fact is people love grace!!!  Give them grace, grace and more grace, and hold the truth!  If you try to tell them the truth, they will tell you that you do not understand grace!  Come on, People!!!

It is Grace AND Truth!  It isn’t Grace OR Truth, or Grace IS Truth…  Grace has not replaced the Truth!  Grace is not the alternative to the Truth!  Grace and Truth is a wonderfully holy combination that reveals to us the love and wisdom of God!  Without Truth, Grace is wicked!  And without Grace, Truth is foolish.  Truth cannot be understood apart from Grace, and Grace cannot be appreciated apart from Truth.  They are inseparable, such that without one, you cannot claim to have the other!

As a Christian Blogger, I feel a bit disadvantaged because of the type of things I choose to write about.  They are things that require critical thought and discernment, and will often offend those who love truth but hate grace, or those who hate the truth but love grace.  It is a rare thing to find someone who appreciates the special and beautiful combination that is Grace and Truth!

Most Christian bloggers ride on Grace!  That road has lots of traffic.  Talk about Jesus dying for the sins of men, and you will find a lot of people who love your post.  Talk about Jesus loving you no matter what you have done or what you do.  Plenty of love and following there too.  Talk about the Disciple’s Cross, and they start to walk away.  They didn’t come for that…  Talk about Hell, and you’ve lost the whole lot, except for a special few, and those truth lovers who think Grace is a spirit from the Devil!

But somebody has to speak the whole truth…  And sometimes, it calls for emphasising on Grace.  And other times it calls from emphasising on Truth.  And still other times, it is learning how to preach both in perfect balance.  But you can’t have one without the other…

It is a thin line where Grace and Truth meet and bind.  Jesus walked that thin line, and I am following Him.  I will offend many, like He did.  I will gain a few who are attracted by grace, thinking that all they will get from me is encouragement and not chastisement.  And I will lose many followers with my firm stance on holding to the true doctrine that Christ and His disciples preached, which called for men to repent, and declared that all who name the name of Christ MUST depart from iniquity!

Have I lost you???

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  1. If you would grace me with a moment of your time, I’d simply like to ask – in a graceful matter – what do you mean by ‘grace’? I know I’m not always in your good graces, probably because I”m not the most graceful person there is. But all too often, some of the most frustrating and graceless persons (not necessarily you included) are those who consider themselves to be Christians full of grace who walk in the truth – as they see it and as they define it. Why, when a young man committed suicide on this day a decade ago, it was the same Christians who gracelessly condemned him for being the kind of person that he was who gracefully stepped up to pay off his debts. Why couldn’t they have extended that same grace before he took his life remains a mystery to me.

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    • You said: “I know I’m not always in your good graces, probably because I”m not the most graceful person there is…”

      I have no memory of us fighting, so was surprised about that. We have rarely communicated, and if we have disagreed on this blog, that is only normal! We can’t agree on everything.

      You said: “Why, when a young man committed suicide on this day a decade ago, it was the same Christians who gracelessly condemned him for being the kind of person that he was who gracefully stepped up to pay off his debts. Why couldn’t they have extended that same grace before he took his life remains a mystery to me.”

      Okay, I really have no knowledge of what you are referring to here, and cannot really comment on it. You do have a point that people seem to have their own definitions of what constitutes grace, and what constitutes truth. In that sense, we are back to square one, arguing over Bible passages about what is the correct understanding and so on.

      You asked, what do you mean by grace? I answered this in one of my posts called “Grace and Truth”, and went deeper on my page (on this blog), “The Gospel (in a Nutshell)”. Let me quote it:

      “Grace is a two-fold provision and expression of God’s love! Grace is mercy and favour, a gift of God that liberates us from the curse of the Law (being that no one can live up to its demands) and empowers us to live by the Spirit of the Law (which is Love, the fulfillment of the Law). First we are pardoned, then we are empowered to fulfil the Law, not by our own righteous works but by the transformative work of God’s indwelling Spirit. The evidence that the grace of God is active in our lives is the fruit of Love…the fruit of the Spirit.” from https://ufuomaee.blog/the-gospel-in-a-nutshell/

      I think that is quite succint. Usually, people see grace as pardon only. They take the pardon, but reject the empowerment to walk in righteousness, but grace was given to reconcile us to God, so we need to be made righteous and receive His empowerment to be so.

      Cheers, Ufuoma.

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      • That’s not what I’d picture when people talk about grace. I’d think of it is as more of giving the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think that every situation fits as an opportunity to explain that grace is God’s unmerited gift of mercy because Adam sinned and they’re guilty of something or other. People don’t always have that kind of time.

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      • Hi James,

        My preaching of grace is not always about explaining what it is, but living it. Not all my posts come with a definition of what grace is, but I hope that my teaching is filled with an understanding and appreciation of what grace is, which others come away with.

        Grace is not about giving people the benefit of the doubt. Jesus didn’t give us the benefit of the doubt. Jesus knew exactly what we are, told us exactly what we are and LOVED us regardless of it…while still telling us ALL we can be, if we will obey Him. Jesus’ grace isn’t leave them alone and trust that they have good intentions. Jesus’ grace tells us that we are wrong, but He has forgiven us, and calls us to repent so we can be blessed. That is grace. Grace is giving what was undeserved, forgiveness primarily. But if you can’t tell someone that they have wronged you, how can you tell them your forgive them? So people don’t like to hear that they are sinners or that they have offended anyone. They want to hear that they are good… Jesus said no one is good but God! That’s the truth!

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