Isn't It Risky to Embrace Grace?

Artwork for The Grace Awakening

Pushed to its logical end, a proper emphasis on the grace of God can result in its being taken advantage of. As a matter of fact, this not only can occur, it is happening; grace is being taken advantage of. At this very moment, there are those in the family of God who have truly believed and, as a result, have been “justified by faith,” yet they have chosen a lifestyle that does not square with Scripture. If and when they are asked, “Why do you…?” and “How can you…?” they will usually use the word grace somewhere in their answer. Such rationalization cheapens the correct meaning of grace. God never extended His favour toward us so that we might misappropriate the freedom it brings. Nevertheless, with humanity’s nature being what it is, we can be sure there will always be a few who abuse a good thing, thereby causing some to deemphasize grace and overemphasize law. Our goal should be to clarify and analyse the tension as well as to guard against diminishing the message of grace because it is being abused by a few.