I was thinking about this today as I rewrote my About page. I am Non-Denominational pretty much because Christ never spoke of what denomination we should all be. After reading extensively on Grace, and finding out that Apostle Paul said in Acts 20:24- “The Gospel of Grace”, then now I understand why Grace Teachers coined a “new” phrase. It actually is an old one, that is based on the NT.
I was an Independent Baptist for three years and have been heavily exposed to it for years before that. Now, I attend a Pentecostal church locally that is very laid back. It is not perfect, but at least they believe in the power of God.
After reflection these past few months, I realize all denominations are the same at heart. They all teach about Christ, and the Gospel, but most take it literally in the wrong way, the wrong context, and Bible seminaries confirm this and hire the worse teachers, so this trend continues forever.
If a Church preaches that your entire life is about working off sin, doing works, earning God’s favor, serving nonstop, that everything you do is wrong, and never focuses on God’s love, or that we are free, than I would leave.
On Paul Ellis comments one day, I found this guy saying this:
I can confirm this is true, and so can you probably. I remember how relieved I was when I found Mark DeJesus, who is not perfect, but said that the message churches send out is: God loves you, but the very second you get saved, they say: “Now get to work!” as if he withdrew his love until you work night and day for him.(paraphrased)
For a long time, I could not imagine what on earth I would tell an unbeliever and I still feel that way actually. The reason is because I was taught to “trick” people. You mention people need God, they need to get saved now, but nobody ever explains the benefits. I kept thinking to myself for years that:” Yeah, okay if I get the chance I will tell them, but I feel sorry for them knowing what they are in for”. The fake Gospel of ignore your feelings, healing is not for you, focus on your sin twenty four hours day and don’t mess up, and that God wants the opposite of everything that you want, but he will show you what to do, and you better obey him or he will punish you.
True believers should know Grace and they should accept it deeply. No you can’t get enough of it, and you will never run out, because it says in the Bible that grace abounds. I think the trouble comes in that words like :righteousness, grace, justification are confusing. They are not modern words, they are ancient. We pretend we know what they mean, but deep down we really don’t.
The word: Grace means-kindness, mercy, unmerited favor
Righteousness means- blameless, saintliness, being upright and pure in God’s eyes.
Justification means-validated, vindication, sanctified, exonerated, amended, savred, free from guilt.
Those three terms are often used in the NT often. We gloss over them because they just are not everyday words we use in the real world.
Most Christians have sadly been taught they righteousness is something to work after when no more work needs to be done, there is nothing you can do at all to make you righteous because God already had Christ pay the price for you.
Justification is mentioned in Romans a lot. We are exonerated from all guilt and the crime of sin so so speak has been taken off of us, so we can live freely.
Grace is deep. It means we are being extended at all times, in every way unmerited favor, mercy, kindness, and love from God.
How this got messed up is we think we always have to be doing something to achieve or earn God’s love and respect when there is nothing more to do. Humans do not like being told there is nothing left to do except accept what was given, and be free. This is the true Gospel. Because the Bible is rarely taught in correct context without guilt and condemnation being thrown in, when people read the Bible, their tainted lense only sees laws and rules. It is hard to break out of that. What your perception is of God matters entirely, and until you fix this, you will have a hard time accepting that He is good, that He is on your side.
Mind renewal takes time is work. You will never achieve it as long as you feed yourself lies from the pulpit from sin-focused Preachers.
There is not a single devotional I can read anymore that does constantly make us dwell on sin. That is a mistake because we miss God when we do that. If we can’t relax and calm down, we miss guidance as well.
The Spirit is always there but in most of us, He is less a part of our lives as long as we stay focused on everything worrisome like if we are doing enough, serving enough, confessing enough, everything is always about what can I do? When God has already done it all entirely! I had to learn this these past six months, it was no easy task.
You have to unlearn it. Why? Because the Bible flat out tells us that are free, that we free from the law.
For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.-Romans 8:2
For if by one man’s offence(Adam)death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.-Romans 5:17
Let us therefore labour to enter into that rest.-Hebrews 4:11
For He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.-2 Cor 5:21
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.-Galatians 3:13
For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.-Ephesians 2:8
We are sanctifed through the offering of the body of Christ once for all, and every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God:-Hebrews 10:10-12
I recommend you read Hebrews with a new understanding. It was written for the Jews so they would understand that the law is over and done with. But we can understand this and learn so much if we read with new eyes.
When we told to “enter in that rest” it is saying that the work is done entirely and you have to lean back in it, accept it, embrace it, and be joyful it is done. Easier said than done, but we can have real freedom that way.
I would have a hard time choosing a denomination that does not mix law and grace. Every single one of them does except for a few, and those few are hailed as heretics.. Makes me hate this world that the ones that accept what God said, are the ones bing picked on. Find our for yourself and ignore the naysayers.
Just because it is not mainstream, does not mean it is wrong. I encourage massively to think for yourself, and ask questions.
When I type in Grace Pastors/Preachers the list is short. I think it is because most write books instead now and do not blog, so on that note Paul Ellis lists grace books a lot on his site. He is a New Zealand Pastor that teaches excellent theology in understanding grace on his blog: Escape To Reality
Zach Maldonado, I just found him. He was a pastor for five years and has now tried his hand at writing. He has a great YouTube channelthat explains in short videos what Grace is.
Bas Rijksen has a blog, and mostly talks on his YouTube Channel.
I have mentioned quite often that Joseph Prince from Singapore is on YouTube with English sermons excerpts. On his website, you can stream his sermons and buy some as well.
There are more people, but a lot of blog posts that have links are outdated because they are six years old. To say this is a huge problem is an understatement. The ones who believe in the true Gospel of Grace like me, have to try to get the word out best we can. So add me to the list too.
Go to my Pinterest board Grace Quotes, Videos, Articles. I post quotes and find links when I can to put up. Here