GRACE NEVER LEADS TO SIN
The grace of God by which men are saved and set free from sin has become the target of carnal men. Unrenewed minds with their carnal logic never liked God’s grace and they never will. Grace is so humbling to human pride and makes very light of man’s efforts – in that it asserts that men are saved by divine charity, with no efforts from themselves. The moral people of this world cannot endure/accept such a teaching. The highly esteemed cannot accept it nor adhere to its principles, since it will not boost their ego and makes mockery of their pride. The truth of grace exalts/glorifies God alone in his wonderful mercy by forgiving undeserving sinners – and this is not pleasant to great minds of this world and it literally doesn’t make sense. They begin to fight it with their carnal logic, saying “If sinners are freely forgiven and saved, then people will become even worse sinners. People will live as they wish and still be saved. People will live sinful lives, since they can easily obtain forgiveness.” This is a huge mistake and a great lie. It’s a mistake because it arises from misconception and a lie because forgiven people with renewed minds know much better. This is a very rotten argument that these so-called ‘wise’ people come up with.
This is very dangerous weapon that the Master of deception, satan, uses to stop the innocent from receiving the grace which God freely gives. In questions of moral influence nothing is more deceptive than theory. That which looks to be probable is not certain, but the improbable and the unexpected often come to pass. The ways of the human mind are not to be laid down with a pencil and paper – man is a singular being, and God deals with him as such. Even that which is logical is not always true, because men’s minds are not governed by the rules of logic. No saved people would even think like this, “God is merciful, therefore let us be more sinful.” Surely, no intelligent being can really persuade itself that the goodness of God is a reason for offending him more even more. Moral insanity produces strange reasonings, but it is my solemn conviction that very rarely do men practically consider the grace of God to be a motive for sin. That which seems so probable at the first blush, is not so when we come to consider it.
Every truth has been perverted and graceless people have twisted it into their own mischief. If we are to condemn a truth because of the misbehaviour of individuals who profess to believe it, we should be found condemning our Lord himself for what Judas did, and our precious faith would die. Let us act like rational men. Should we find fault with the rope, simple because some poor insane people consistently hang themselves with it? Should we destroy knives, since people are misusing them? It may appear probable that the teaching of free grace will be made into a license for sin, but a better understanding with the curious working of the human mind corrects the notion. Fallen as human nature is, it is still human, and therefore does not take kindly to certain forms of evil—such, for instance, as inhuman ingratitude. It is hardly human to multiply injuries upon those who return us continued benefits. If the LORD consistently loads us with benefits, why should we continue in sin?
The forgiven soul is not likely to sin easily and continuously. His protection or the security of his holiness comes in the manner in which the grace of the LORD works in his life. The blood of Jesus sanctifies/cleanses and also forgives – since without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. The forgiven soul learns and understands that his free forgiveness cost the life of his dear and best Friend – Jesus, the son of God, who suffered greatly, died and was forsake by his Father. The love for Jesus burns in the heart of the forgiven one, and feels a burning hatred towards sin, which murdered his Redeemer. To the believer, all form of evil/sin is detestable, since it is stained with the Saviour’s innocent blood. Sin is something unutterably full of poison which could make even the LORD Jesus suffer so terribly, when put on him. Believers cannot find pleasure in that which brought about their Saviour’s death.
The gifts of free grace are never likely to suggest self-indulgence in sin, but the reverse – since a man who becomes a partaker of this divine grace receives a new nature and is afterwards given daily assistance by the Holy Spirit.