Is Christianity, Grace, Faith, the path to lawlessness?
An unruly member of a theological group has accused me of teaching “lawless Christianity” as I have espoused a “righteousness” (a right standing) with the Father that is only possible by grace (unmerited favor unattainable through human effort – a gift) through faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus Christ as Lord, Messiah, who died to pay our sin-debt; this, apart from self-righteousness through works of the Law or philanthropy or good intent (Galatians 2:16; John 3; Ephesians 2:8-9).
I have repeatedly taught that the only righteousness attainable in this flesh and life constrained by Time and physics is the perfection-righteousness of Jesus Christ our God earned for us through His blood atonement at Golgotha and that righteousness-sinless perfection of Jesus IMPUTED into and over our life by faith thereby being declared “not guilty” by the Father via covenant promise (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12).
It is ONLY subsequent to establishing covenant relationship with the Father by faith in Jesus and subsequently receiving the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of that covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14) that one’s “works of obedience” done in the Spirit through sanctification become relevant and truly honor the Father as the one “born again” by faith in Jesus become the children of God in the family of God, forever.
Concerning “lawless Christianity”…
The demonically inspired propaganda that Christianity is lawlessness is foolishness and an agenda promulgated by the legalist and the cult of the SDA – Sabbatarianism, Jews-Israelite’s and Hebrew Roots fanatics. The Decalogue was given SPECIFICALLY to Jacob’s children through Moses at Sinai and they are NOTHING NEW but simply a reiteration and codification in stone of the moral law written upon our heart at conception having been extant from the creation of the angels as these moral laws (9 of the 10) act as an arbiter of free will. As a servant of Jesus Christ, I am NOT under the Law of the Covenant, I am under GRACE in my LORD (Romans 6:14). Please, allow me to explain…
What is the difference between the Letter and the Spirit?
Christianity adheres to a stricter and more demanding LAW than the Covenant of Law could ever produce. Jesus’ Commandments articulated during His Earthly ministry (not the Decalogue per se), are written upon the heart of the faithful in Him by faith. Jesus’ Commandments are methodically administered by the indwelling Holy Spirit through sanctification via the conscience and those LAWS-Commandments possess increased culpability through mens rea or the “thought life;” this, as no longer must an individual physiologically perform the sin to internalize culpability but the mere THOUGHT of the sin is condemnation (Matthew 5:27-28).
Again, the Christian walks in obedience to the Commandments of JESUS which are written upon the heart of those who love Him and these Commandments are carefully, methodically, internalized and processed WITHIN every true believer by the Spirit via the conscience (John 14:26). Please STOP with the “Christianity is lawlessness” nonsense, it’s the Devil’s work.