For those of us who’ve never heard of this, it’s going to blow your mind.
I had my first run-in with this this year, resulting in the only ban/unsubscription I’ve ever done on this blog.
I’ve blocked people from posting comments, because of the Biblical injunction that I refrain from answering foolish questions and to separate from heresy. But i’ve only once gone into the following list of the blog and unsubscribed someone.
What is the hypergrace movement?
To put it bluntly, hyper-grace is a step beyond Hyper-dispensationalism. Hyper-dispensationalism was something created by Bullinger, where he theorized that the Gospels were actually Old Testament, and not binding upon the believer today.
If you just got a funny look on your face, good. That sounds incomprehensible that anyone could suggest the teachings of Jesus Christ were “Old Testament” and not binding. So, John 3:16 is not binding today?
Bingo. That’s what they teach.
Hyper-Grace carries that further. Hyper-Grace ultimately throws the Bible out the window. Prayer? It’s a work. Repentence? A work. a church revival? works, works, works. Living a holy lifestyle, abstaining from sin? Works.
Um… this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of, and the most tragic. If you ever really worried about where the Purpose Driven Life led us, there you go – it’s right there. Not only are the unSaved joiining our churches, and teaching in our churches, but now they are advocating the Grace of God as a license to sin.
And when you attempt to disprove them using the bible, they make it clear they don’t consider the Bible binding on them, either.
Look, the issue is not so much if you know Jesus Christ, but if He knows you! If you say that being saved gives you a license to sin, then I say, you’re not saved.
Really. I did come out and say it. I’m reading about the SBC being completely dumbfounded when they got an application for some position by a man, and when they checked his background, they found that not only was he living with someone he was not even married to, his church was surprised the SBC was even bothered by this!
A Hyper-Grace teacher wrote an article on “Why I am Hyper-Grace – answering 5 common objections”. I read it and found that his answers were quite simply deceptive. I’m not going to use the word that starts with an “L” here, because the last ten articles I’ve written used the word, and I deleted all of them. But saying that “Hypergrace teachers are not soft on sin” is the exact opposite of truth.
You’re not telling the truth. Let me put it that way.
“We’re big on Jesus!” they say. But… you’re big on WHICH Jesus? The one from the Bible? Not hardly. Jesus Christ strongly condemned sin. Let’s not forget that Jesus Christ is given the Judgment. He’s literally going to be sending people to Hell.
Let’s compare the Bible with a Hyper-Grace teacher.
“I talk about sin all the time, but not as a means of manipulating, judging or condemning people. ”
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14, KJV)
“When we came to understand our spiritual bankruptcy and our desperate need for Christ’s forgiveness and new life, we repented (had a change of perspective) and received Christ by trusting in Him alone to rescue us.”
What essential word is missing there?
“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33, KJV)
See, that verse right there is when I say the Hyper-grace people are not following the Jesus of the Bible. The Hyper-Grace people are following the ultra-cool hip Jesus of the Shack – not the real Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Hyper-Grace people are rejecting the concept that Jesus Christ condemned sin. They cannot fathom the thought that Jesus Christ will one day gather all humanity into two groups. The savd on the right… and the unsaved on the Left.
The Hyper-Grace people are soft on sin, do not teach repentence (notice the incorrect definition of Metanoia – he defined it as a “change in perspective”)
Repentence is not a change in perspective. μετάνοια
The Greek word for “repentance” is a compound word derived from meta, meaning “after,” and suggesting “some type of change,” and nous, meaning “mind.” Thus, metanoia strictly denotes “a change of mind”—a rejection of past sinful ways. But it also connotes remorse for sin, accompanied by a desire to turn away from one’s sin and to God for salvation. Such repentance accompanies faith in Christ (Acts 20:21).
It is inconsistent and unintelligible to suppose that anyone could believe in Christ and yet not repent.
Eugene E. Carpenter and Philip W. Comfort, Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 376.
Jesus began his ministry with a call to repentance as the prerequisite for entering the kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; Matt. 4:17). Mark 6:12–13 summarizes Jesus ministry by saying that Jesus preached repentance, cast out demons, and healed sick people. At the conclusion of his earthly ministry Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness to all nations in his name (Luke 24:47). A call to repentance characterizes the content of his preaching.
Linda Oaks Garrett, “Repentance,” ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 2000), 1118.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20, KJV)
This is the key verse to the Hyper-Grace. They use this as an explanation why they think they can sin – without it being sin. They forgot this verse in the next chapter
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1–2, KJV)
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:12–13, KJV)
The Hyper-Grace follower and teacher would scream “Pharisee!!!” in horror. But see, this is the Bible. This is the very thoughts of God.
I know I lose my temper. I know I resort sometimes to old patterns of thought and behaviour. But I do not justify my sin, and that is what the Hyper-Grace are doing.
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” (1 Corinthians 15:34, KJV)