For some decades now, we have been seeing a dramatic departure from true doctrinal and biblical teaching. In the pulpits of many churches they have gone from theology to therapy and from therapy to motivational speaking. Ministering in music has taken on greater importance. Almost anyone in the church is allowed to teach bible study whether they are qualified or not and often without personal accountability. Modern Christianity hardly speaks about sin. It’s the rare church that takes a stand against it and preaches on hell and judgment. Knowing how to rightly divide the word of God is also largely absent. I recently heard a well known pastor of a very large church say: ” We don’t teach doctrine because it gets in the way of evangelism.” Huh? Could you say that again?
There is this teaching that has been making the rounds of Christendom for a while now. Mostly those Word of Faith people push this, but it’s creeping into some of the churches. It’s called: hyper-grace. This is the belief that Christians should never confess any sins they have committed because they have been completely forgiven via the blood sacrifice of Christ. Since they are not responsible for their sin; anyone who disagrees with this is labeled a Pharisee. This “modern grace movement” exempts the believer in Christ from having a guilty conscience by perverting the grace of God into a license for immorality. Their attitude is: if you blow it, and do something bad or extraordinarily stupid, don’t bother God with it. Don’t look at it as having transgressed against God; it will only make you more sin conscious. Ignore it and just go about your business. The Holy Spirit will never convict you of your sins. So don’t ever deal with it!
This is not biblical grace. It is a counterfeit grace. It claims that there are no consequences for sin. For example: if a married man has an affair, no worry, he is under “grace.” Never mind that God has made the institution of marriage sacred. “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10:9) Never mind that God hates adultery and all forms of fornication. Never mind that there are consequences. This is one of the greatest deceptions of satan. Genuine grace never compromises God’s holy standards. God never condones or overlooks sins.
Grace recognizes, admits to and repents of sin. Hyper-grace pretends that sin is no big deal to God, that God’s love simply overwhelms that sin and makes it nothing. Grace deals with sin. Hyper-grace ignores it. Hyper-grace is more in line with New Age teaching. That God is all love and we can do whatever we want.
While it’s true that believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are fully forgiven of all sins (past, present and future), unconfessed sins hurt our walk with God. It hinders our prayers because God will not hear those who never deal with their personal sins. Those who remain staunchly unrepentant. When this happens, one’s fellowship with God has been broken. For this reason we must confess; not in order to be forgiven, because a believer already is, but in order to restore our walk with God.