Grace is not a license to sin. Grace is a license to LOVE and an empowerment to do the good works of the Kingdom!
God's Grace Gospel is misunderstood, called a greasy, cheesy, sleazy license to sin by the law-keeping, self-righteous condemners within the religious institutional system.
To the self-righteous law keepers, I ask; think of the "smallest sin you commit"? Are you thinking of one? Is it gossiping, back-biting, slandering, white lying, butting more faith in religious constitutions and by-laws rather than Jesus the Word.
Now think of the biggest sin you think you are immune to that other people commit? Is it murder, adultery or fornication, living with the opposite sex while not married to them, having an abortion, not believing the bible the way you do, extortion...etc.
You think that the "small sins" you commit God winks at, but what you lable as "big sins" others commit He don't, thus they are condemned by you.
Do you believe that God sees sin the way you do by categorizing them as tiny, small, medium, big, bigger and biggest? Do you think God sees your sin as small and other's sin as big? By your judging are you not setting yourself up as God?
The only sin tha will keep people from a personal relationship with god through the finished work of Jesus is the "sin of unbelief", if there is a biggest sin...that is it. Therefore, by your maligning the Grace of God you are discrediting the fisnished work of Jesus on the cross, are you not committing the sin of unbelief?!!!
The law fosters sin-consciousness! Grace fosters God-Consciousness!
If a believer's heart is drawn towards sinning, they will see grace as something that gives them the opportunity to find out which sins they can indulge in without overstepping their moral boundaries. They will constantly be on the lookout for ways to push the limits of what they are allowed to do and what not to do. But when our hearts are set upon loving Jesus, then we’ll see His grace providing the power to live above sin and comforts us when we do make mistakes.
Grace people are being accused of promoting a message that will cause Christians, especially immature ones, to indulge in a lifestyle of irresponsibility and immorality. This approach seems to stem from the perceived human need to have our lives governed by rules enforced by "institutional churches” demanding conformance to a mandatory standard of morality.
Fortunately a better way was provided for us to live by, namely to live a life led by the Spirit. And when we are led by the Spirit, there are no ethical codes or laws that have any command over us because "...if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Gal 5:18)
Is it stated anywhere in this verse that not being under the law means that we can live immorally? I can't see where it is, but this often happens when people read the bible looking for rules to be governed by. The New Testament is full of commands, but they were never given to be a replacement for the Old Testament law. A believer's life is not about adhering to rules; it’s about active relationship with our Father. So whenever we read a command in the New Testament, we need to see it as an opportunity of what a life can be when we are engaged in an active relationship with our Father as He works His work through us. As we live life in mercy and love automatically the fruit of the Spirit flows out of us, because of Gods life in us, to people around us.
Notice the first half of the verse. The mind that is bent towards rule-based living is often so offended at the last part of the verse that they normally miss the gracious implications of the first half. The Spirit is an infinitely better guide than the law! When Jesus went back to heaven He didn’t tell His disciples that He would be sending them new rules and regulations to guide them into all truth (John 16:13). No, He promised that He would be sending the Spirit!
That is not to say that some people do not abuse grace and use it as a license to sin. But just because some people abuse grace, it still doesn’t make grace wrong. Even in the first century this abuse occurred:
What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license – which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master. (Jud 1:4)
The main difference between doing good works in the pre-cross era and in the post-cross era is the motive for doing them. Under the the pre-cross era they were compulsory and obedience was non-negotiable. Under the post-cross era good works are a result of being in a relationship with God and we want to walk in them. They are a by-product of being led by the Spirit. Grace is actually a a much better motive for doing good works than the law (or any other religious-based approach), because it comes from the Spirit within us whereas the law shouts at us from the outside by the law-keepers.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that having denied ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live discreetly, righteously and godly, in this present world… (Tit 2:11-12)
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. (Rom 6:16) Does not this indicate that if you are under the law sin has dominion over you?!!!
Grace gives us boldness in God’s presence. When we know that His love for us endures without wavering, even through our biggest failures, we are empowered to run to His arms of love when we do falter and fail, but we are also endowed and empowered not to want to fall in the first place. It becomes natural for us to live morally when our hearts are postured towards God-consciousness rather than sin-consciousness and we run to His arms of love and forgiveness. The key to maintaining a high level of morality is not to focus on maintaining a high level of morality, but to concentrate on a love relationship with our Father.
In other words...Be God-conscious instead of sin-conscious.