The “Wonderful” Promises Of Hyper Grace Doctrine

We want grace that soothes but not truth that hurts;

we want Christ’s miracles and glory but not His suffering;  (1 Pet 4:13; 2 Tim 2:3; Matt 10:22)

we want instant fruit of His Spirit but not training and discipline;  (Titus 2:11-12; Heb 12:3-11)

we want more prosperity but not godliness with contentment.   (1 Tim 6:6-10)

And hyper grace promises all that…but that leads to another gospel and another Jesus.

When one preaches grace at the expense of truth, he preaches another Jesus.  For Jesus is FULL of grace and truth.   John 1:14.

Recognize The Laodicean Church Today

Rev 3:17-19

17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Aren’t these words from our Lord spoken to a church ?

Why did our Lord call a materially prosperous church poor, wretched and pitiable ?

What church today always showcase material prosperity as badge of blessing ?

What church today only buy perishable assets to showcase their prosperity instead of buying the eternal gold riches in heaven from our Lord ? Matt 6:19-20; 1 Tim 6:17-19.

What church today refuses to allow the Spirit of our Lord to salve their eyes to see their sin of indifference to sin and refuses to repent of their daily debts by buying the white garments from our Lord ? Matt 6:12; John 13:8-11.

What church today rubbishes our Lord’s rebuke and discipline and exhortation to repent ?

From history right up to the beginning of the 20th century, most countries were mired in poverty.  Then came globalization which unleashed the present prosperity in this century and birthed the Laodicean church in great explosive numbers today.

What church fit this description today ? Come out of it if you are in one. Let not our Lord spit you out of His mouth ! Be warned.

Examine Ourselves Before Taking The Lord’s Supper

Mark 14:16-25
16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Just before the disciples took the Last Supper with their Lord, Jesus said one of them would betray Him. Instead of suspecting another of this act, the disciples asked the Lord one after another whether the betrayer was himself ! The disciples were distressed and they were not even sure of themselves. What happened after the Last Supper ? One betrayed the Lord and another denied Him.  How unpredictably deceitful are our hearts !

Here we clearly notice the conviction of sin by our Lord Jesus and the self examination that followed before partaking of the Lord’s Supper.

Besides partaking the Lord’s Supper in unity and proclaiming His death till He comes, it is so important to examine ourselves of our infirmities and seek the Lord’s forgiveness.

Stop falling for this false teaching of hyper grace teachers not to examine ourselves and confess our sins at the Lord’s Supper.

Parable Of The Talents

Matt 25: 14-30 NLT.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip… “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

It is clear that the Master is our Lord Jesus. He is entrusting us to represent His interests when He is away. And He has also given us responsibility commensurate with our abilities and expects us to be diligent in discharging our responsibilities. There is no place for laziness as our Lord rebuked the third servant being given one bag of silver and He called him wicked. If only this servant had earned just one bag of silver, he would have been given the same commendation.

This servant was only concerned about his own profit and not that of his Master. He saw little motivation to work as the profit would go to the Master but if he failed, he would earn the wrath of Him.

That is the stance of the hyper grace believer who is only concerned with his salvation and he masks his reluctance or refusal to do good works by craftily denouncing doing good works as legalism which transgress the doctrine of salvation by faith alone.

(It is without the slightest doubt that salvation is only possible through faith in Christ Jesus alone but the genuine believer is God’s workmanship created for good works. Good works will come naturally out of love and gratitude for the Master. Eph 2:8-10.)

Such irresponsible attitude betrays their loyalty and love for their Master.  How dreadful is the punishment by the Master who said thus of those who do nothing but indulge in dissipation thinking it is unmerited favor to enjoy and not work :   “But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Parable Of The Two Debtors

Luke 7: 36-47

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been FORGIVEN – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

The sinful woman was so overwhelmed by the enormity of her debts that she wept, unlike Simon. That broken penitent spirit led her to love Jesus much. Her great love for Jesus effected a lavished action upon Him. That is the “forgiven much, love much” heart of the sinful woman.

Without this heartfelt contrition of the tremendous enormity of our debts and feeling godly sorrow for our miserable and helpless state, and the tremendous gratitude for the forgiveness in spite of our sin, we have not fully appreciated the grace of God.

Today, the hyper grace false teachers are teaching exactly the opposite to have the “forgiven little, love little” heart of Simon. They taught that repentance is merely a change of mind and downplay the enormity of sin and rubbish any godly sorrow for the enormity of sin.   The hyper grace believers can never have genuine love for our Lord if they really have this “forgiven little love little” heart because our Lord had said that whoever love Him will obey His teachings and whoever does not obey His teachings does not love Him.  John 14:23-24.   The genuine believers will obey out of gratitude and love.  Their genuine love will effect outpouring of good works like what the sinful woman had done.

Our Lord said that it was possible to honor Him with our lips but our hearts could be far away. Matt 15:8. The hyper grace teachers and their believers may praise Jesus all the time,  but they deliberately ignore His exemplary prayer exhorting us to seek God’s forgiveness of our debts as we forgive others because they do not believe in feeling godly sorrow for sins,  subsequent confession of sins and seeking the Lord’s forgiveness. Matt 6:12.

The sinful woman was JUSTIFIED for her repentant response to the grace of Christ.

 

Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15: 11-32.

Before the prodigal son returned to his father, he came to himself and confessed saying that he had sinned against heaven and against his father. With that feeling of complete spiritual bankruptcy, he returned.

And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion. How much more will God have compassion for us and forgive us when He foreknow our readiness to confess our sin against him and our utter bankruptcy when He sees we decide to return to Him ?

Though the father had forgiven and welcome him with love, yet he still confessed that he had sinned against his father and was no longer worthy to be called his son. That is the confession of a broken spirit and a very contrite heart feeling so unworthy of his father’s grace.

How preposterous for the hyper grace teacher to twist this wonderful message of repentance and saving grace.

Firstly by suggesting that when the son came to himself and said those words, he was schizophrenic. By coming to his senses as we read this passage, it was obvious that the son was remorseful and decided to make that journey back to seek the father’s forgiveness.  Secondly by suggesting that the father did not even bother to hear the son’s confession of sins before he welcomed him and so, there is no need to feel godly sorrow for sin or contrition, or to confess one’s sins and repent. God is omniscient.  Surely He know our hearts when we are repentant and ready to return to Him. Any sensible person cannot conclude that the son returned without any hint of repentance and be an ingrate all over again.

Dialogue Between St Peter and a Cheap Grace Teacher

St Peter: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Pet 4:12)
Cheap grace teacher: “We will surely find it strange because only good things happen to those who believe God love them.”

St Peter: “But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Pet 4:13)
Cheap grace teacher: “You can go ahead to rejoice and participate in the suffering as much as you like. But not for us because the work of Christ is finished in being victorious over suffering. He has exchanged all our suffering with His suffering on the cross.”

St Peter: “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (1 Pet 4:14)
Cheap grace teacher: “We will never be insulted but only honoured because of the name of Christ.”

St Peter: “If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” (1Pet 4:15-16)
Cheap grace teacher: “Once again I reiterate ! We will not suffer as Christ has suffered on our behalf and has taken all our suffering on Himself once and for all. What shame ! ? We will never be despised for we will have all the wealth and health to the envy of those who do not believe.”

The Common Deceptive Ploys of A False Teacher Today

1. Claiming divine mandate.

By claiming divine mandate for his teaching will make any challenge to his teaching a challenge to God. Such polemic is employed to ensure full acceptance of his doctrines by his followers. When you hear such cult leader say that God spoke to him and told him that many preachers have been preaching the wrong doctrines for so long, a red flag should be raised. What he is saying is that the teachings carefully passed down the centuries by so many evangelical theologians have been wrong and he is the only one getting it right now. How preposterous !

2. Claim of right doctrine evidenced by rapid church growth.

On the contrary, in a published report done in the US, the fastest growing “churches” are the Mormons, Jehovah Witness, Unification Church, etc. (http://www.christianpost.com/…/jehovah-s-witnesses-mormons…/#!)

3. Claiming huge opposition to his doctrines as a sign of truth.

By claiming the opposition to his doctrines as coming from the devil will curtail all challenges. On the contrary, God is raising watchmen to expose the error clearly from the Scripture. All one truly seeking the truth need to do is to take note of the whole counsel of the Word of God as expounded by God’s watchmen.

4. Outrageous hermeneutics 1:

Mystical method of assigning obscure meaning to a biblical text. Cult leaders love to point out hidden code in the text which is actually non existent. But it is effective enough to hook-wink the unsuspecting that they are truly given special revelation by God.

5. Outrageous hermeneutics 2 :

Questionable / arbitrary speculations expressed as truth-claims. Claims such as Christians will not succumb to temptation or suffer any sickness or disease. (It is quite comical that it is common experience as Christians do suffer sickness and even die, yet such wild truth-claims continue to be widely accepted by the followers without rationalizing what is taught.)

6. Outrageous hermeneutics 3 :

Theological claims based on bad exegesis. Examples are Christians do not need to confess their sins anymore; or the Holy Spirit does not convict the Christians of sin. This claim is done knowingly to reach those who are living in sin but feel very uneasy all the time about their sin; or those professionals who have questionable practices in business or career.

7. Over-realized Eschatology.

The basic flaw is where promises for the future is claimed for the present without qualification. They knowingly do so to reach those with itching ears seeking health and wealth promises.
– expounding on these points raised by my friend Seto.

The Do-Not-Be-Sin-Conscious Fallacy in Hyper Grace Gospel

I met a guy who boasted that he never have to worry about obeying the traffic rules for his father will readily pay up the summons should he violate any rule. Don’t you think it smacks of extreme self pride with scant regard for affecting others should his traffic offence cause any inconvenience to others at best or disaster at worst ? Any father with good sense will not want to spoil his child in such a way as to cause him or her to be so self centred just because he will readily pay for his or her traffic offence. How much worse is that “self righteous” attitude of the hyper grace believers towards God ? When they sin, all they need to do is to convince themselves in front of the mirror that they are righteous in God’s sight because Christ has paid for their sins. Is that the kind of attitude when we sin against God ? Where is the concern for the consequence of their sin in affecting the lives of others or straining relationship with God and men ? Where is the love for others ?

It is like when I do something wrong against my wife and I only have to tell myself I have absolutely nothing to worry as she has made a vow to be with me forever through all circumstances. She must continue to accept me because of her vow and see me as her perfect mate forever. Who in the right mind will believe the relationship will not be strained ? When I ask for her forgiveness to restore our relationship, it is not because I want my laundry done or my dinner cooked, but because I realized I have hurt her and I want to restore the relationship soonest possible. We know even from Scripture that if the husband has strained the relationship with his wife, God will not listen to his prayer. 1 Pet 3:7. Yet when we do not deal with our sin and confess to God, do you think He will listen to our prayers ? How terribly warped is this teaching !

If God’s redemptive plan of making Christ His Beloved Son suffer on the Cross to appease His own wrath and justice for sin is only for believers to be so indifferent to sin after they have believed, it just does not make any good common sense. The common retort is that the hyper grace false teachers never teach their believers to sin. Never ? Are you sure ? What they meant is that they never teach anyone to lie, cheat, steal or murder. But is not teaching one to be self centred and covetous of greater harm ?

Back to the traffic rules illustration. When we respect the lives of others and ourselves while driving, we naturally obey the traffic rules. Are the traffic rules so inhibitive that make driving so stressful akin to bondage ? Do most of the drivers worry themselves sick over the traffic rules ? Of course not. Because we know if everyone obeys the traffic rules, driving is less stressful. Look at driving on roads in major Chinese cities. Near accidents are so common, because of the lack of respect for traffic rules, which are even more stressful for all drivers. Due to selfish desire to get ahead of others, instead of going faster on the roads if they have obeyed the simple traffic rules and be considerate, conversely traffic is slowed down even more at junctions, slip roads, and even trunk roads. Doing away with the Law is like doing away with traffic rules. Does Right Belief doing away with the traffic rules imply Right Driving ? Nobody in his or her right mind will believe the roads are safe.

Believers Do Not Confess Their Sins According to Hyper Grace Doctrine

John 13: 6-11. ESV.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, …“Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is COMPLETELY clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

One of the most dangerous false teaching of the hyper grace doctrine is teaching believers never to confess their sins whenever they do sin. The warped argument is that if one confess his or her sins and seek forgiveness daily is to render the death of Christ on the cross an imperfect atonement for our sin.

In the above passage, the cleansing mentioned clearly refers to spiritual cleansing. Though Peter was clean, not every one of the disciples was clean and Jesus knew who would betray Him.

So when we have taken a spiritual bath in Christ, we are COMPLETELY clean. But we will still get our feet dirty as we walk through life and we have to allow Jesus to wash our feet. That is, if we do not confess our sins and obtain His forgiveness and cleansing of all our unrighteousness in our daily walk (1 John 1:9), we will have no part with Jesus.

John MacArthur elaborated this in his book “Twelve Ordinary Men” :
…Peter, as a believer, was already fully justified. The forgiveness and cleansing he needed was not the kind of summary pardon one would seek from the Judge of the Universe – as if Peter were seeking to have his eternal destiny settled. He had already received that kind of cleansing and forgiveness. But now Peter was coming to God as any child would approach a parent, seeking fatherly grace and forgiveness for his wrongdoings. That was the kind of cleansing Peter needed. It is the same kind of forgiveness Jesus taught all believers to pray for daily (Luke 11:4). Here, Jesus likens such daily forgiveness to a foot-washing…