The Bible says a lot of stuff and we all think we know what it says. The problem is we don’t agree. So, either someone is wrong (i.e.–you), or the Bible is totally contradictory and near useless.
Here’s an example of a guy talking about Grace, I debate whether to name the guy or not, I have no problem with this fellow, I have no idea who he is personally, I know I like some of his music (hint, hint).
You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff.
This is a classic example of what I’m talking about. What we think Grace is is not always the same as what God says it is. Grace does not cancel out “you reap what you sow” (2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:7-9–including the warning “God is not mocked you will reap what you sow.”).
Grace is our means of salvation but it is not the way this world we live in works. If you skip work next week let me know how gracious your boss is.
Here’s more of his quote on Grace:
But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep s—. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.
So, OK, maybe he is talking about salvation alone. A man who truly has been touched by grace, however, is probably not going to drop an S bomb in his doctrinal explanation of it.
And, as a pastor, I can’t help myself but to add that Christ didn’t just take your sins to the cross, He took them to the grave and then rose again in triumph over them. Don’t forget the triumph part. Here’s where his Catholic side shows (hint, hint).
Seems to me this is classic “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow I get God’s grace” thinking. Something is off on this. It sounds good. I like certain parts of it but he’s too loose with Scripture.
I don’t know. What do you think?