Grace & Peace To Saved Sinners?

May 8, 2013

Friends,
Let’s see… is the following correct?

In the first two verses of Ephesians we read, “To the sinners in Ephesus, the unfaithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God…” Philippians begins similarly: “To all the sinners in Christ Jesus… grace and peace to you from God…” Colossians 1:2 says, “To the holy believing, though also often unfaithful, brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God…” Flipping back to 2 Cor. 1:1,2 we read, “To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the sinners throughout Achaia: Grace and peace to you from God…”

Jumping on to Peter’s letters we read, “To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout… who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for disobedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (1 Peter 1:1,2) And, “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance, for though you continue to sin, you do claim to know God.” (2 Peter 1:1,2)

2 John and 3 John give greetings of grace, mercy and peace to those who are careless about walking faithfully in the Truth, while Jude’s first two verses say, “To those who have been called to be allowed to sin safely, who are loved by God the Father and kept by / for / in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

I really don’t think I need to explain the above “mistakes” of God’s Word which I’ve twisted (though cringing while doing so) in order to prove a point –that being that the above is what counterfeit christians actually believe and teach. Yet the blatant falsehoods are revealed when the Scriptures are copied with such obvious errors, are they not? For everyone can go to the Word of God and see for themselves that God’s greetings of peace and grace are not being given to sinners / to those who do not walk faithfully in the Truth / to those who do not walk in holy obedience to Christ, but to those who do! The greetings from God of peace, mercy, love, and grace are being given to those who are saints, meaning to those who are faithful, holy, obedient, believing, walking in Christ Jesus and in the knowledge and Truth of God, and who are, by the Spirit, learning to walk in the obedience for which the Father called and chose them!

This nonsense about “I’m just a sinner saved by grace” has got to stop. More than ruining whole households, it is a false gospel and is sending masses to Hell. Sinners who claim they have made Christ their Lord (their Leader) so that they can believe they are saved from eternal condemnation are allowing their sin-loving hearts to delude them. No one who continues in deliberate sin, carelessness, or a false gospel, is going to enter Eternal Life. No one. Scripture warns of this over and over and over. (See Luke 13:3 and Gal. 1:6-9 and Heb. 10:26-31 and 1 John 3:6-10 for starters.)

There is no peace between God and those who remain in their sin. The love and mercy and grace of the Lord is withheld from those who refuse to renounce sin, get off its path, ask God to forgive them, submit to being cleansed of all trace of sin, and walk closely and obediently to the Leader. Furthermore, for those who do these things and thus get delivered, Jesus requires that they remain in His love (John 15:10), stating that this is done by being obedient to His commands. (same verse) Otherwise they will be cut off and thrown to the fire. (v. 2,6)

Being obedient to Christ and remaining in His love (thus God’s mercy and grace –that position of peace with God), is not at all equivalent to being a saved sinner. There is simply no such thing as a saved sinner. A person is either saved, or he is a sinner and thus headed for an eternity without God.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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