Confession Of A Former Hyper Grace Believer

Could not say it better than the below-mentioned confession about the reality of believing this false gospel. From the confession of all former believers, it is ironic to note that they said it was the grace of God which opened their blinded eyes eventually to see the deception of the false grace gospel.

The following confession is shared with permission from the confessor.

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The bottom of my motivation, is to warn others about the false gospel taught by Pastor XXX.

(We are contending against false gospels and not people per se who are sinners just like us.  So it is my personal policy not to name names if possible.)

I too, was under the spell of his false doctrine, having listened to him day and night since year 2000. He taught that God is a good God, and his deepest desire is to make us happy. So whoever is under Grace, will receive every blessing that he desires, and will get anything that he asks for. He taught us to practice positive confession, to claim my dream car, career promotion, material blessings, declaring that I am the Righteousness of God in Christ, and I can claim everything I want in the name of Jesus. He also taught that just as our obedience cannot save us, our disobedience cannot un-save us, as long as I believe in Jesus and trust him, no amount of Sin can take Salvation away from me. Sounds familiar?

This resulted in an outward righteousness, with no heart transformation. On the outside, I appear like an obedient Christian who serves God in Church. But on the inside, I covet for all the blessings, I indulge in Sin without guilt, thinking that since God has forgiven me, I need no repentance from Sins. Every time I pray, I proclaim that I am the righteousness of God in Christ, and I can claim million dollars sales, drive sports car, marry a supermodel and live for 120 years old.

It was until 2 years back, I decided to read the bible for myself, from cover to cover. I analyzed God’s plan from Abraham to Moses to the Kings, the Exile, to Jesus and the Apostles. I realized that contrary to what Pastor XXX taught, Jesus actually came to establish the Law. Israel has fallen to a hopeless state, and Jesus came to die for the faithful remnants of Israel, so that those who wish to repent and follow him will have their Sins covered. Those who reject his commandments, also rejected the Law and the Prophets, and subsequently Jesus and the Apostles. Jesus called them, workers of Lawlessness.

Then I begun to change my perspective. I realized through my reading, that those who love God, cannot love the world. Hence one cannot say “I am the righteousness of God in Christ, I want a big car”. Simply because, wanting a big car is covetousness, and the bible says covetousness is idolatry, and those who covet cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Does this sound familiar to you?

The bible teaches that we cannot earn Salvation through our merits, therefore our obedience cannot bring us life. But the Bible also says, those who have true faith in Jesus Christ WILL live in obedience, repent from their worldly values and turn from their sinful deeds. I was a false Christian who thinks he is saved but in fact was not. If I had died 2 years ago, I would have died without true saving faith of Jesus Christ.

(The false) doctrine did not help me become a better Christian, but instead had made me a Christian who is outwardly positive and enthusiastic to serve in church, yet inwardly denying my struggles and temptations, coveting worldly values, and blind to true doctrine. I was a true Pharisee who forsook the commandments of God, and complied to man made human rules made by false interpretation of God’s word and church leaders.

Now I no longer desire to be rich. I no longer desire the values and status that the world offers and desire to walk simply in his ways. God has been faithful to provide for me even though I did not ask for it. I did not marry a supermodel, and I thank God that I married someone whom I love and loves me for who I am. I serve in Church because I love God and want to serve His people.

The Gospel of Grace aka Hyper-grace does not save, but in fact cause those who are not truly saved think that they are saved. You might think (the false teacher) is spreading the gospel and saving millions worldwide. But the fact is, he is deceiving millions into his false teaching.

My advise to you, stay away from this false teaching, and join a local church that teaches sound doctrine verse by verse.

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Dogs As Mentioned Degoratorily In The Bible

Matt 7:6
Do not give what is holy to DOGS, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Phil 3:2
Beware of the DOGS, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

Isaiah 56:11
They are DOGS with mighty appetites;
they never have enough.
They are shepherds who lack understanding;
they all turn to their own way,
they seek their own gain.

2 Pet 2:22

Of them (false prophets and false teachers) the proverbs are true: “A DOG returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

As described above in Isaiah 56:11, these dogs are “shepherds” who lack understanding and they seek their own gain with mighty appetites. They peddle the gospel for financial gain and are swindlers in every sense (2 Pet 2:3,14).

They will bring the way of truth into disrepute and many will follow them surprisingly. 2 Pet 2:2.  Because of greed for financial gain using God’s name for ministry, they will exploit undiscerning believers with fabricated stories. 2 Pet 2:3.  Another clear recognizable trait of such dogs is their boldness and arrogance in heaping abuse on demons and the devil, which even more powerful angels do not blaspheme so at all,  in their “slain in the spirit” practice of driving out demons.   2 Pet 2:10-12.

They are better off not knowing the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.  2 Pet 2:21.  The proverb – a DOG will return to its own vomit – is true of them as they have returned to sinful ways after knowing the way of righteousness.  2 Pet 2:22.

Their fate is spelt out in Rev 22:15 : Outside are the DOGS and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Here are some clear commands from our Lord and His Word concerning tares (evil workers) and dogs in the church.  And every genuine believer has to decide if he or she wants to obey such clear commands from our Lord to disassociate with them or risk being torn apart by them later.

  1. Do not give what is holy to the DOGS or they will turn to tear you apart. Matt 7:6.
  2. Treat the unrepentant so-called brothers as tax collectors after exhausting the due process of correcting them. Matt 18:15-17.
  3. Avoid people who have a form of godliness but deny its power. 2 Tim 3:  5-6; 2 John 1:10-11
  4. Do not fellowship with so-called brother who is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler.  1 Cor 5:11-12.
  5. Do not welcome false teachers and give them credibility out of your good reputation. 2 John 1:10-11.

King Saul kept the good spoils of the Amalekites and offered sacrifice to God.  Though his intention seemed good apparently but God was angry over his disobedience to carry out His command to annihilate the Amalekites. 1 Sam 15.  Because King Saul showed mercy to some Amalekite children,  they grew up to harass Israel and kidnapped King David’s family later. 1 Sam 30.

Likewise, if we show magnanimity to dogs against our Lord’s clear commands,  firstly we have disobeyed a clear command and secondly, we will face adverse consequence of these dogs turning around to tear us apart.

Though Scripture is clear on such church discipline and even mentioned that a DOG is likely to return to its own vomit (2 Pet 2:22),  we are still exhorted to welcome recalcitrant believers back into church fellowship when they repent.

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Why Did Jesus Share The Gospel Starting With The Law ?

In the encounters with the rich ruler and the lawyer in Luke 18:18-20 and Luke 10:25-28 respectively,  why did Jesus share the gospel with them starting with the demands of the law ?

Surely not because we can have eternal life through works of the Law but that the Law will show us how terribly sinful and helpless we are and invoke in us the penitent heart of godly sorrow for our sins like the Tax Collector in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

Only by knowing and feeling the weight of the Law, can we ask for mercy with a penitent faith that God can forgive us somehow.

The Pharisee could not see the weight of the Law and believed that as long as he stayed ahead of other sinners in works of righteousness, he considered himself justified.

The Tax Collector felt the full weight of the Law and felt so remorseful and helpless about his sins and asked for mercy in penitence. And God justified him by imputing the righteousness of Christ which is the only way of justification.

On the other end, the hyper grace believer also never feel the weight of the Law by trivializing it altogether. Though he understands one can only be saved by the imputation of the righteousness of Christ, he fails to see the good purpose of the Law and God’s abhorrence of sin. And thereby failing to come to God to ask for mercy with a contrite heart as well, just like the Pharisee, he too considers himself justified.

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Do Not Trifle With The Gospel Truth

Rom 10:9-10

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as LORD, and believe in your HEART that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in SALVATION. 

One day, will Jesus our Lord say such to us :

“1. (Lordship). Since when do you make Me Lord when I am not Lord of your family, self and possessions ? (Luke 14:26,27,33; Rom 10:9)
2. (Repentance). Since when do you believe in your heart everything about Me when you only want to repent in your mind and not in your heart ? (Rom 10:9-10).
3. (Obeying God’s commandments). Since when do you love Me when you do not want to obey My commandments ? (John 14:16; Ezek 36:25-27; Matt 28:20)
4. (Doing good works). Since when do you do good works to the least of the brothers as doing to Me when you do not believe in doing good works at all (Matt 25:41-46; Eph 2:10) ?”

It is not coincidental but deliberate diabolical work of the hyper grace false teachers to trivialize the 2 important tenets and 2 realities of the gospel truth – Lordship, repentance, obeying God’s commandments and doing good works !   Though we are saved by faith alone in Christ Jesus,  genuine faith will produce the fruit of obeying God’s commandments and doing good works.  Eph 2:8-10.

Praying for the hyper grace believers to wake up !

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The End Times Apostasy Of A Different Gospel And A Different Jesus

2 Cor 11:4.  For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

Gal 1:8-9.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Matt 24:24.  For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

The coming apostasy that our Lord had warned has come with a vengeance with the church readily accepting doctrines of a different gospel as well as a different Jesus.

The hyper grace reformation brings a different gospel while the new apostolic reformation brings a different Christology.

The main false Christology taught today is that Jesus left aside His divinity while He was incarnate on earth.  Why is there this necessity for the new apostolic reformation prophets to preach this peccability belief ?  (http://www.gotquestions.org/could-Jesus-have-sinned.html) It is due to misplaced zeal to promote that mere man like us can perform miracles similar or exceeding those performed by Jesus as long as one is filled by the power of the Holy Spirit since Jesus was also mere man without His divinity when He was on earth.

In my opinion,  due to the possibility of false christs and prophets to perform great signs and wonders and possibly deceive the elect,  the only way to determine whether one is from God or from the enemy today is the test on the correct doctrine of the gospel and Christology.

We must bear in mind that these false prophets today are deceitful workmen who can disguise themselves very well as apostles of Christ with their mouths even full of biblical wisdom all the time.  2 Cor 11:13-15.

So listen carefully to their core teaching on the gospel and Christology.  

Hyper Grace Belief Is Illegitimate Faith

By grace, one is saved by faith alone in Christ Jesus.  Eph 2:8.

What is faith ? Faith is believing in God. Abraham believed in God and it was counted to him as righteousness. * (See Note below)  James 2:23. But the demons also believe in God and shudder even. James 2:19.

So what is the difference ?  The difference is between legitimate and illegitimate faith.

Abraham believed in God and obeyed His commandments, even to uproot Himself from Ur and was willing to sacrifice his son. It was heart belief on the part of Abraham and he acted proving his faith. While the demons believed in their intellect only and they not only do not obey God’s commandments but wreck havoc on God’s Kingdom even.

What if Abraham said, “Lord, I believe You” but rubbished obeying God’s commands to leave Ur or to sacrifice his son, is that still faith ?

What do the hyper grace believers believe ? Is their faith legitimate when they rubbish obeying God’s commandments ? When they sin, they do not even worry about it and dismiss it altogether like the demons. What action is there on their part to prove that they believe in God when they belittle and do not want to obey God’s commandments like the demons ?

They believe repentance is just a change of mind. The demons do not need to change their minds. They know what God can do except they do not want to obey God. Legitimate faith will have action to prove it is true. Obedience to the guidance and training of the Spirit of God is that action that leads to transformed lives.

Jesus our Lord gave His commission to us to make disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey every commandment of His. Do the hyper grace believers obey ? They are proliferating half truth leaving out the obedience of the commandments of Jesus. What is the difference between their action and the action of demons in luring people to ignore obeying God’s commandments ?

By rubbishing obeying God’s commandments,  do they truly love Jesus ?   For Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”   John 14:15.  Or is it another Jesus that they believe in ?   I believe a child can discern easily.

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*   Gal 3: 7-9, 14

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith…14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

But it is important to note that salvation is not obtained through works of the Law but through faith alone in Christ Jesus lest I am accused of preaching salvation by works.  It is a world of  difference between compliance of the Jewish Law, Halakha, and obedience to God’s commandments proving our love of Jesus and our faith.  For clarity,  kindly read this post :  http://www.jcmanifesto.org/on-law-works-and-faith-works/

 

The Three Common Hyper Grace Promises

I have noticed that most of the sermons given by the false hyper grace teachers revolve around these 3 promises.

  1. Believe you shall have and you shall have.
  2. No harm will befall you as God will protect you.
  3. You shall possess all possessions as you praise and worship Jesus.

On the surface of these rhetorical maxims,  they seem to be great promises of God for being in Christ Jesus.

But such “promises”  will actually contradict the whole counsel of the Word of God that suffering is part and parcel of life of a Christian.  John 15:18-19; 2 Tim 3:12;  1 Pet 4:12;  Heb 12:7-11; Acts 14:22;  1 Thess 3:2-3.

If you examine these rhetorical maxims a little deeper,  you will notice that these promises are not of God but actually of the devil.  The devil actually tempted Jesus our Lord with these same 3 promises which we will always be tempted the same till the end of times.

  1. If you are a child of God, you can ask for anything and it will be done for you. Matt 4:3.
  2. If you are a child of God, no harm will befall you as God will protect you.   Matt 4:6
  3. If you are a child of God, all possessions in this world will be yours.  Matt 4:8-9.

It was the same perennial  3 temptation that Eve was deceived –  the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  1 John 2:15-16.

How deceptive are these false hyper grace teachers !    Be warned that in these last days,  these agents will masquerade as apostles of Christ and servants of righteousness but juxtapose fatal gospel error in their teaching.

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God’s Amazing Grace And The World’s Hyper Grace

I believe in God’s grace. He had appeared and told us this : “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26).

When I see the indigent poor brothers impossibly live in peace and joy and with no lack, I know this is His amazing grace.  I am overwhelmed and humbled.

When I see hardened criminals and hard-core drug offenders impossibly transform their lives for Christ, I know this is His amazing grace.  I am overwhelmed and humbled.

When I see bereaved brothers impossibly help others with the pain and giving them hope in the coming glory, I know this is His amazing grace.  I am overwhelmed and humbled.

When I see greatly persecuted brothers impossibly living in hope and eagerly awaiting the return of our Savior and Lord, I know this is His amazing grace.  I am overwhelmed and humbled.

But when grace is reduced to wishing for all possessions, all convenience in life, all well-being in life and indulging only in receiving rather than in giving, it is surely not grace from the Great I AM but a lie from the prince of this world (John 12:30-31).

For that is the lie told to Jesus our Lord and us by the prince of this world :
“All the kingdoms of the world and their splendor I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matt 4:8-10).

(1 John 2:15-16 NLT. 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.)

The Fallacy Of The Sowing Of The Miracle Seed Through Giving

In Section IIE paragraph 5, The Cape Town Commitment mentioned this :

5. Walk in simplicity, rejecting the idolatry of greed
The widespread preaching and teaching of ‘prosperity gospel’ around the world raises significant concerns. We define prosperity gospel as the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the ‘sowing of seeds’ through financial or material gifts. Prosperity teaching is a phenomenon that cuts across many denominations in all continents.
We affirm the miraculous grace and power of God, and we welcome the growth of churches and ministries that lead people to exercise expectant faith in the living God and his supernatural power. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. However, we deny that God’s miraculous power can be treated as automatic, or at the disposal of human techniques, or manipulated by human words, actions, gifts, objects, or rituals.
We affirm that there is a biblical vision of human prospering, and that the Bible includes material welfare (both health and wealth) within its teaching about the blessing of God. However, we deny as unbiblical the teaching that spiritual welfare can be measured in terms of material welfare, or that wealth is always a sign of God’s blessing. The Bible shows that wealth can often be obtained by oppression, deceit or corruption. We also deny that poverty, illness or early death are always a sign of God’s curse, or evidence of lack of faith, or the result of human curses, since the Bible rejects such simplistic explanations.
We accept that it is good to exalt the power and victory of God. But we believe that the teachings of many who vigorously promote the prosperity gospel seriously distort the Bible; that their practices and lifestyle are often unethical and un-Christlike; that they commonly replace genuine evangelism with miracle-seeking, and replace the call to repentance with the call to give money to the preacher’s organization. We grieve that the impact of this teaching on many Churches is pastorally damaging and spiritually unhealthy. We gladly and strongly affirm every initiative in Christ’s name that seeks to bring healing to the sick, or lasting deliverance from poverty and suffering. The prosperity gospel offers no lasting solution to poverty, and can deflect people from the true message and means of eternal salvation. For these reasons it can be soberly described as a false gospel. We therefore reject the excesses of prosperity teaching as incompatible with balanced biblical Christianity.

https://www.lausanne.org/content/ctc/ctcommitment#p2-5

Though the distorted grace message seems to be the main tenet of the hyper grace doctrine, the actual main message of claiming of wealth and health blessings through sowing of seed by giving generously to the church really enthrall the followers.

Allow me to show the fallacy of this sowing of the miracle seed.

Luke 21:1-4 NASB
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

This passage clearly reminds us that our offering is only meaningful to God out of a genuine love for Him and not with any other selfish or covetous motive. In Matt 6:1-4, Jesus our Lord already told us that if our giving is to draw and gain recognition from others, our giving will not be acceptable to God. Jesus specifically said that the poor widow gave more than all of the rich that day. Obviously He was not referring literally to the physical absolute amount of money given. Jesus, in His omniscience, even knew the 2 copper coins were all she had to live on.

Jesus is watching intently on our motives for giving our offering today as well. Let’s be sure on this first fact that Jesus our Lord uses a different criterion to weigh our giving – on our hearts and on not our gifts – unlike the tangible criterion the world uses.

Similarly, Jesus weighs on our repentance and not on our works, or on the circumcision of our hearts and not physical circumcision pertaining to our response to the gospel.

What the poor widow put into the treasury was considered more than all the rich Jews put. So let’s be sure that it is not the physical amount Jesus weigh on but the right motive or attitude in giving. The poor widow gave out of poverty while the rich Jews gave out of surplus – contrasting extremes which our Lord always loved to use to illustrate His teachings. The only qualm I can see about the rich giving out of surplus in this incident is probably a nonchalant performance of duty and not an act of devotion, unlike the poor widow. Then consider this : how contemptible it will be if the rich actually give with a covetous heart that God will reward him or her with even more when he or she is already very well off !

Let’s look at the first fallacy.

Jesus would be wrong to commend that the poor widow gave more if this false teaching of the growth formula (growth of multiple fold to what one gives) is to be believed because the poor widow would gain the least among all who gave that day. The real motivation behind such call to sow miracle seed is to raise as much funds as possible for the church and this objective can only be achieved by stoking the greed in the members to give more in physical amount and be rewarded in kind by God. Pittance giving will be considered a nuisance to the fund raising exercise.

On the second fallacy, this false teaching promises deliverance from poverty for sacrificial giving to the church. If it is true, the poor widow should not remain poor all this while till Jesus saw her. If she was giving for the first time, it would be a first time jackpot hit and Jesus was not really omniscient to know. Definitely not the first time because she was a Jew and not young since she was a widow. And if she had been giving with such commendable attitude all this while, then why was she still poor ? Do you follow ?

When the rich gave, the gifts would not hurt them a bit for it would be a pittance of their surplus. But when the poor widow gave, she probably had to go hungry that day for that was all she had to live on. Hallelujah ! The poor widow was really wise to see that storing treasure in Heaven, and not on earth, would last. Her physical hunger was nothing compared to her hunger for God. That was an excellent act of devotion to God. Besides she had survived all this while on little showing she had no lack by the grace of God though she was poor.

Let’s emulate the poor widow in giving out of love for God instead of covetous motive.

Hating The Works Of Nicolaitans Is Commended, Not Censured

Rev 2:5
But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Though there was not much written record on the Nicolaitans, some believed it could be a heretical sect started by Nicholas, one of the deacons of the early church. Acts 6:5. Clement of Alexandria said this about their deeds : “They abandoned themselves to pleasure like goats, leading a life of self-indulgence.” It seemed to be a form of antinomianism. (http://www.gotquestions.org/Nicolaitans.html)

The church at Pergamum actually embraced the teachings of the Nicolaitans unlike the church at Ephesus. Rev 2:15. They got no commendation but only censure. Jesus our Lord warned them that unless they repent, they would face the judgment reserved for those who taught false doctrine. Rev 2:16; 19:15.

One thing is for sure : It was an abomination for Jesus our Lord which He hated. Jesus our Lord had warned that life does not consist in the abundance of possessions and that we should not live in dissipation. But modern day hyper grace teachers continually preach that abundant life is an abundance of every good thing in life to be claimed and enjoyed. While the hyper grace teachers need not stress in the wrong premise that their teaching gives a license to sin; their teaching in the “positive” premise that a Christian is once saved always saved and that they need not worry about sin anymore even if they do commit sin is as good as permitting sin.

If Jesus our Lord would commend us for hating the works of such heresy, let no believer condemn us.

Hear what our Lord further commended on our discernment and intolerance for wicked people who taught heresy in Rev 2:2-3 :

“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”