In the last few years there have been teachers and preachers of the Word who seem to have started a “new” teaching. A teaching movement which is misleading many Christians down a path that is no longer based on the whole truth. Topics that seem to be difficult to accept are now suddenly made acceptable to these ears because it seems to make “better sense”. Unfortunately, or should we say fortunately, there is no “new” revelation in the Word and we should take note of those anointed men and women of God who did many great exploits for the Lord through the centuries. When the truth is presented God proves His word with signs and wonders. This topic I am referring to in this page particularly focuses on “hypergrace” teachings. It sounds amazing and very spiritual but our God and Lord do not stray too far to the right nor to the left. He is a God of order and balance.
Romans 5:17 says:
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
The word “abundance” in Greek is perisseía. The first descriptive definition in the Strong’s dictionary is: abundance, superabundantly, superfluously. Yes, it basically means a huge, unending amount! Hypergrace teachers are even trying to submit this word to be added to various English dictionaries. But the term “hypergrace” alone is not why people speak against it. The problem with being drawn into hypergrace is when grace is focused on so much it causes a person to swing too far to the right side and not take responsibility for their actions. If they do something wrong it’s ok because we are covered by grace, (God’s superabundant grace or His hypergrace towards us.) They are taught the Lord is all forgiving and this is true but they are not taught to recognize they are missing the target. Just as a person should not focus excessively on sin or the Law this also applies to thinking only on grace. It can be the same problem. There has to be a balance of the truth.
This same reason can also be applied to a person who only reads the Old Testament. We have seen it time and time again. They are Christians of the New Testament stuck in the Old Testament trying to fulfill its ordinances. The reader will start to get drawn into keeping the Law. It’s in our nature. We gravitate towards the things we focus on. Grace is awesome and the Bible is full of lessons to learn and we must learn them all to be well rounded. Hypergrace teachings causes a person to think erroneously and believe there is nothing in their actions that would cause them any harm. They are covered by the blood. It is true the Lord is patient, forgiving and long suffering and He wishes nothing better than for us to experience the best in life. In a certain way the teachings of hypergrace can mislead people in believing it is a license to do wrong things, not think twice about them and not take responsibility for those actions because of grace. The Lord knows what is in our hearts and grace reveals it. Similar to when a person hears the good news of the Gospel for the first time, they may think there is nothing wrong to purposely sin because sin has been taken care of and you are free. This blatant behavior to do whatever the person wants is the abuse of grace. The Lord will indeed teach each one of us through the Holy Spirit, but only those who desire to know the real truth will be able to receive correction.
The apostle Paul wrote we can do all things but not all things are convenient or beneficial to us. Of course this is only a paraphrase. The scripture is this:
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 1 Corinthians 10:23 KJV
All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. 1 Corinthians 10:23 AMP
We have been set free through the blood of Christ. We have been set free from death, from captivity of the enemy, from the payment that needed to be made for Adam’s disobedience, and the penalty that fell on all humanity. We can do anything we want but many things we do do not edify or build us up. There is still an enemy out there who is looking for an opportunity to steal, kill and destroy us and this does not always happen suddenly. He can enter our lives through our disobedience and cause an illness or disease that takes our health away and slowly draws the life out of us. Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. So sickness and disease does not belong to us as children of God and yet the church is full of both.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, … Hosea 4:6 KJV
We are free yet we still have to make wise decisions in our daily walk and in the way we treat others around us. Choose the balance of grace and faith. Our Lord Jesus loves us and He wants us to walk in His love and bring others to know Him intimately. You have been given the gift of grace but we cannot abuse His grace or take it for granted upon our lives. Many of us were taught that grace is the unmerited favor of God. This is truth but it’s much more than that. It is the power of God working through man. His power works in us through grace and truth. Jesus is that grace and He is also the truth!
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3 KJV
Don’t give in to the doctrines of “hypergrace” teachers! It’s only been around for a few years. So be wise and seek the Lord to better understand His truth! He is faithful to answer your prayer!