[b]A Message To All Preachers Of Grace[/b]
[i]by Carey Dye[/i]
The Bible accurately portrays the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent
periods of time. People will be selfish and love money...They will love pleasure rather than God. They will appear to have a
godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people. Gods Word Translation
While undoubtedly we are in the days just before the Blessed Hope, the return of our Lord Jesus, we are in perilous times as
well; for there are ministers among us as identified in Jude (1): Some people have slipped in among you unnoticed...They use
God's kindness as an excuse for sexual freedom and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Gods Word
With these sobering verses in mind the following are warranted: Do you preacher pride yourself in the Grace of God? Do you
have it on the name of your place of worship? Have you continuously exulted in the Goodness of God? Have you magnified
only His Love to sinners?
Why yes, you say, and what is the tone with these questions? What contradiction do you mean by raising such inquires?
Have you comforted your gatherers with words of ease, so as to carefully remove all fear of a Holy God? Have you spoken of
Gods Grace as that wonderful unimaginable virtue that routinely forgives without the offering of repentance? Do you label
disciple that which does not obey Gods commands? Do you herald a Grace that does not challenge? Does your gospel omit
remorse for the sins of the seeker before acceptance from Almighty God?
But I have never said such things! you falsely retort.
You have by your indifference to that which is Holy and by your love of pleasure spoken more noisily than vocabulary could
ever convey that you hate God. You have made yourself an enemy by becoming a friend of that which is unclean. You have
labeled Christian that which knows not Christ. You have excused as carnal that which is worldly, of the devil, and yet
Do you remain occupied with your busyness and hobbies; while your sheep are devoured for lack of truth? You will no doubt
join them for those who teach will receive the stricter judgment (2).
If you preach the acceptance of sinful enjoyments even if in moderation and if you have taught approval of worldly
amusements even in the smallest degree, then you, according to Gods Word, are a godless man (3) and your destruction is
not sleeping (4). You have subtly twisted Gods grace, His life-transforming power, into a permit for depravity.
You are not the solution in the perilous times we now live. You are the catalyst. You oppose the true Grace of God delivered
through Jesus and the Holy Apostles. You make converts twice the child of hell (5) as you are.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness
and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age New International Version
If the Grace you preach fails to instruct men everywhere to come out (6), be separate (7), be holy (8), be transformed (9) and
touch no unclean thing before a Righteous Judge, then these indictments against you are valid.
Repent of this other gospel (10) and perhaps the Lord will have mercy on you.
To you who genuinely desire Truth in the inwards parts this note will be found compelling and challenging; while you whom
this admonition faithfully portrays will regard this as but flatulence in the wind as you hasten back to your vomit (11).
Note 1 Jude 1:4
Note 2 James 3:1
Note 3 Jude 1:4
Note 4 II Peter 2:1-3
Note 5 Matt 23:15
Note 6 Jeremiah 51:45; Isaiah 52:11; II Corinthians 6:17
Note 7 II Corinthians 6:17
Note 8 Isaiah 52:11; I Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15
Note 9 Romans 12:1-2
Note 10 Galatians 1:8-9
Note 11 Proverbs 26:11; II Peter 2:20-22
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