In our fellowships, grace is real, raw and unmerited.
But we also understand that although grace is freely given, it costs everything to accept – because when it is authentically received, we then take up our cross as we die to self and follow Him.
Our fellowships are filled with those who once were (literally) murders, abusers, pimps, dealers and slaves to other depravities too horrible to mention. They are now redeemed and moving forward in the Lord because we touched their lives with the unmerited grace and acceptance of God. But when they responded to His call, we then cared enough to teach them the fullness of Christ – both His presence and His ways.
Often, I feel the Lord compel me to address some of out-of-balance swings of the pendulum that plague God’s people. I do so often in my blogs.
In our fellowships, however, we NEVER need to talk about the balance of God’s grace of unmerited love and presence and His grace of truth and rule – because that’s just an unspoken given.
Here’s a video of some mighty, prophetic preaching by Paul Washer, which I think is God’s message of balance today. It confronts the postmodern mentality that has polluted God’s people with doctrines and practices that pervert grace by trying to create Jesus in our own image, and calls us to repentance.
It may offend, and it comes from a more traditional church and traditional pastor perspective, but it proclaims needed truth for all of God’s people.
Whenever I hear it, I weep as God convicts me and brings me to repentance in areas where I have ignored His ways – and then find His renewing joy and enabling power to better serve Him as He created me to be and do.
I don’t care if you are traditional, organic, missional, emergent, “Beyond” or whatever crowd you hang with – none of us are exempt from Paul Washer’s 10 Indictments.
This expresses my heart as God prophetically calls His people to grab hold of who He really is – the fulness of all of Christ, His accepting grace and the grace of His truth.