Do more…Try harder… #FakeGoodNews vs the True Gospel of Jesus Christ
This is the approach of churches who give you a Gospel PLUS
Don’t do this and don’t do that (all manmade rules)
This is what I grew up in and still struggle with. Law. Most of the “law” given are not what God tells us in His Word but are rather preferences of leaders. When a believer struggles they are beaten under the law and told, “try harder next time…” or “do better” and sometimes, “do (fill in the blank with some type of human effert)”. Under this system, which even those who are counseling others cannot attain, believers are disheartened, chewed up, crushed and become despondent. They soon find that they cannot keep God’s Law (though many times the line between human requirements and God’s Word are seriously blurred) and they leave the church. Oh, they don’t leave believing in Jesus, it’s just that there are requirements and expectations they will never reach on this side of heaven. Hurting from the rocks of the law thrown at them, they cower away alone, rejected, saddened, disillusioned, hopeless and dejected. Recognizing they’ll never measure up to what a Christian is supposed to be in the eyes of those who promote this #FakeGoodNews, they remove themselves because the burden is just too great to bear.
Recently, a discussion came up in which the person stated the following:
“The grace life requires…” The moment you place “requires” you’ve just cancelled out grace. See, Grace is not only free (though certainly not free for Christ as it cost Him everything including His Life) but it is freeing. Grace frees us from the bondage of the Law. The Christian is no longer under the law but now lives in the bright light of mercy that is given freely to all who believe in Christ. He obeyed the Law because we neither could nor would obey it. One slight against the Law of God brings us under condemnation. Yet, Paul tells us the Law was the guardian, tutor, overseer of all of us until Christ came. In Christ Jesus we are “justified by faith.” Paul continues that believers now live in this freedom in Christ when he wrote, “But now…”
Have you ever looked at two words so wonderful, filled with hope and love and life changing? In Galatians, Paul writes, “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith."Galatians 3:25
Romans 3:21: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested.”
Romans 6:22: But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
Romans 7:6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Romans 11:30: For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy