The Myth of Hyper-Grace

This series goes through the Bible’s teaching on grace, what it means, and how the myth of hyper-grace is a needless division in the church. Instead of taking critic’s at their word, find out what grace believers are really teaching. This series will detail the basic principles of walking by faith in grace.

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9 thoughts on “The Myth of Hyper-Grace

  1. This is the best description of Hyper Grace, http://www.gotquestions.org/hyper-grace.html

    I’ve heard a teacher of this at a church. He did say that what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount does not apply to Christians and we can ignore it. He also implied that the Law was bad. The Law wasn’t bad. We were. That’s why we need God’s gift of His Son Jesus.

    We are saved by grace no doubt but this “hyper grace” teaching goes to the extreme and ignores several passages of Scripture. In fact, Jude warned of this type of teaching.

    • I encourage you to read this book. I answer this objection and many others. You can’t point to someone who is walking (and teaching) according to the flesh as evidence that the promises of the Spirit are false. Name any teaching of scripture and you can find someone who twists it according to their own desires. Peter even addressed this – see 2 Peter 3:15-16. He didn’t discount the teachings of Paul. He merely pointed out the reality that fleshly minded people twist grace into their own destructive beliefs – just as they do the rest of scriptures. Then he ended with the command to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

      Name any doctrine you believe is true and I guarantee you I can find someone who claims to be following that doctrine while twisting it to their beliefs. To say this disproves what is clearly taught in scripture would be foolish.

      For me to then use their false teaching to turn others against you would be just as much a false teaching as the person who is teaching the false message. And that is what hyper-grace fearmongers are doing.

      I challenge you to read my book and tell me what is heresy about what I, and other believers in the fullness of God’s grace, are teaching.

    • I also read the article you cited. If this is the “best explanation of hyper-grace” you have come across, this is sad indeed. His argumentation is, “They believe in this, so they must believe this,” is not a relevant explanation. This article is doing nothing but regurgitating what everyone else is saying – and those who believe in the fullness of grace are denying.

      I’m amazed that so many Christians will repeat people who are saying, “This is what THEY believe,” but none of the grace critics will read what we are actually teaching. This is nothing more than gossip masquerading as religion. While this gossiper is saying WE reject the Old Testament, here is an Old Testament passage to ponder. God gives the six things He hates. Here is one of them. Proverbs 6
      19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

      The writer of this article is speaking lies about what people like me are teaching, calling for Christians to turn against each other (sowing discord), and you and countless others are being manipulated in helping spread these lies. It really is sad that people are slandering their brethren and claiming to be doing God a service.

      You are joining the anti-grace movement, but you are unwilling to read or listen to what people like me are saying. You are repeating slander as if it were the gospel. I stand with the words of the Apostle Paul who said, “The way which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things that are written.” The way of faith was too radical for religion in Paul’s day, and complete trust in the completed work of Christ is still a rock of offense to religion today.

  2. Hyper grace is not a myth. It leads people to believe that they don’t have to obey God. That is what I thought. I mean I knew I had to repent, but I didn’t really take it that seriously as in striving to live apart from the world. I didn’t know what God required and I didn’t know that there was more to it than a “belief” in Jesus and clinging on to every word that Paul said to the exclusion of the rest of the Bible. Division is good. Have you read the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares? Have you read Luke 12:51-53? Stop clinging to Paul and cling to The Messiah.

    • Jen,

      I’m not sure why so many people are turning against the teachings of the Apostle Paul. I’ve met many Messianic Jews who taught that Paul was a heretic, but this idea seems to be growing in popularity, even among non-Jewish Christians.

      I imagine Paul is a thorn because he explains grace so clearly. He was used mightily by God to bring the gospel to the non-Jewish world, and to believe in the books penned by Paul is not to disbelieve in the Messiah. Romans 1:16
      For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

      Paul isn’t in opposition to Christ.

      Let’s take a moment to explore the passages you alluded to. First, the parable of the wheat and tares has nothing to do with hyper-grace verses law+grace. It has to do with believers verses unbelievers. Read Matthew 13:30. The disciples came to Jesus and asked him to explain the parable. The wheat is the children of the kingdom sown by Christ. The tares are unbelievers who are children of the devil. And according to the Bible, we are all children of the devil until we are reborn as children of God.

      I know people have found creative ways to reinterpret this passage to be good church members verses bad church members, but the Bible clearly explains what the field is in this illustration. Jesus’ own words are, “The field is the world.” It’s not the church. It’s not the denominations. It’s not those who believe certain doctrines verses those who believe other doctrines. The field is the world. The wheat are children of God. The tares are anyone not of Christ.

      The next comment you made was that division in the church is good. You used Luke 12:51-53 as your proof-text. You are misunderstanding what Jesus is discussing in this passage. He is not saying that divisions in the church are part of His plan. He is referring to divisions caused when someone comes to Christ and this puts them at odds with friends, families, and the culture they are coming out of. Let’s look at this passage.
      51 “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
      52 “For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
      53 “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

      Jesus also said, “If you were of the world, the world would love you. But I have called you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” This is the division being spoken of. Jesus is not teaching His disciples that they should be fighting over doctrine and then cause divisions in the church when someone doesn’t agree. This is the justification being used by people who are trying to justify the call to fight against ‘those heretics’ who don’t believe in grace plus law, but the Bible does not agree.

      Consider how Jesus addresses this topic. In John 17:11, Jesus prays for the disciples (both those who are present, and those who will believe through the word they pass on). Jesus says, “That they may be one as We are one.” In verse 21 Jesus reiterates, “That they may be one.” He reiterates this twice in verse 21 as well. Jesus reiterates, “That they may be one,” in verses 22 and 23 yet again.

      This prayer of Jesus comes right after He gave them the command of all commands. Look at John 13:34-35
      34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
      35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

      You said, “Division is good,” but how can this belief be brought into obedience to Jesus’ command? Your love for other believers is the only evidence the world has that you are Jesus’ disciple. The same is true for me. When we as the church claim to be disciples, but then focus on divisions, they don’t see Christ. They see wars, name-calling, and everything but the evidence Jesus commanded us to abide in.

      This is why Romans 16:17 says, “Note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.” I realize this was written by the Apostle Paul, but the other apostles affirm this truth. Look at Jude 1:19
      These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

      The Apostle John agrees as well. 1 John 3:14
      We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

      Divisions are not good. According to the Bible, divisions are one of the evidences that we are carnal (or fleshly) and not following the Spirit – see 1 Corinthians 3:3.

      A tare cannot be united with the wheat, because children of darkness cannot walk in the light we have received. Once we are in Christ, we have a new nature that is incompatible with the world system. It is they who reject us because we are now of Christ. Jesus said, “The world will hate you because of Me.” That is where the division is a given. We cannot be united with the world, for we are united with Christ. Therefore, we will only be able to unite with those who are in Christ. Even then, they are the dividers, not us. We go into all the world and seek to make disciples. The world will reject us, but individuals in the world who are touched by grace will be drawn out of the world and into Christ.

      Divisions in the church and divisions among fellow believers is unbiblical and is sin. We may see things differently in scripture, for we are all at different levels of spiritual maturity. However, those whose focus is on Christ will be able to reasonably discuss the scriptures without dividing. Those who divide are putting their man-made labels higher than Christ, for it is impossible to be obedient to Christ without loving the brethren.

  3. Thanks for the resources, Eddie. I think people use the term “hyper-grace” in the sense that it is a teaching which, according to what they believe, expands grace beyond the traditional frame of what is considered proper orthodoxy. As in “hyper-faith” which has turned God’s promises, and much of Scripture, into a power to force on God an obligation to fulfill His Word. Hyperfaith is a blackmail of God. Which was not the intention of the first faith teachers – they were intent in bringing believers into an awareness of God’s integrity and His goodness, and our relationship with Him as children, heirs of the promise.

    But we saw what the flesh did with this revelation, and a portion of the Church run backwards in disgust, digging their heels into a form of teaching that was keeping the flesh in check, but also stripping faith of its dynamism and believers of a real-time relationship with God, on a journey to maturity in Christ, by the guidance, teaching and power of the Holy Spirit. Hyperfaith taught people to take hold of God by the collar and DEMAND that He “bless” them with material possessions and power.

    The same dynamic happened with worship, cultivating God’s presence, inner healing, the return of Jesus, and now we face the same thing with the rediscovery of grace in its purest and most challenging form – one that forces people to think about Who God is, what He said through His Apostles and Prophets, get to know God as Father and relate to Him as a child in the faith without being shamed or bullied, or as teenagers without being shamed, mocked or stifled, or as adults in the faith without being prideful, domineering, condescending, set in our own ways or disengaged…

    We should be living our lives without the unbearable burden of religion. It’s a challenging experience, and yes, a lot of what we thought we knew will be shaken in order to test its truth. But sadly, or thankfully, we have become connected to teachers. So individual thinking is seen as a dangerous thing by many of those teachers who have appointed themselves as keepers of the truth, meaning, the keepers of orthodoxy.

    But Paul wrote to Titus: “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

    Yes, the grace of God teaches us! It can’t happen if we only feed on what other people have come up with from their academic studies, however inspiring these can be. Even more so because these teachers have to come up with new sermon material every week. So, are they teaching like Paul, out of experience? Or like Peter, out of experience with Grace? Or are they plowing through books or the internet archives to find something to say that will keep people in some kind of social order, because growing up together could be too messy?

    But hyper-grace naysayers are actually wrong: nothing is being added to the message of grace – it’s being stripped of the pompous garments that have been laid on it. It is being re-articulated in terms of relationship reality with the Living God, in Yeshua, by the Spirit of… Grace.

    HYPER-GRACE is an invention of those who misunderstand the purpose of freedom in Christ, for the real hyper-grace is that shackled and caged grace that has been decorated and burdened by eloquent teachers who, after many generations, have succeeded in creating a distortion of the simplicity in Christ. They are in danger of worshiping their own performance, or appearance of it, and to cause others to stumble as they too try to gain favor in the eyes of God by receiving accolades among men.

    I would go so far as saying that, those who slander teachers of grace are actually slandering the work of the Holy Spirit, Who is inspiring and allowing the purging and pruning of the historical baggage of the Church, stripping the Gospel of God from the gospel of man, so that the Light of the World may shine clearer and further. Not through institutions, but living epistles, temples indwelled with the unhidden glory of God, without pride or competition, without bitterness or division, without greed or posturing.

    By which we stand…

    Blessings,

    Andre Lefebvre

    • Well said, Andre.

      One of the greatest challenges is helping the church to understand that truth outside of the Spirit is merely another tool of the flesh. People are looking at fleshly-minded people and saying, “See grace\faith\worship\etc is false because these people are acting contrary to the Bible.” Without the Spirit’s work, we are incapable of living according to grace. So we shouldn’t be alarmed when the world acts like the world – even if they are claiming to be followers of Christ.

      Grace strips the flesh of its power. Grace strips sin of its power. So if the flesh is being empowered to sin, then grace is no longer grace.

      Secondly, anti-grace teachers don’t truly believe the Spirit has the power to keep the flesh in check. They see the flesh and believe rules must be employed to keep people out of sin, when self-righteousness is just as sinful as the lust they are attempting to replace with righteousness by personal effort. I have never met someone who trusted in Christ and lived in grace that also lived for sin. While we all sin at times, grace pulls us out of sin and guides us to a clearer focus on Christ. The deeper we grow in living by grace through faith, the weaker sin’s grip becomes.

  4. Lets let the Scrptures Speak for themselves. 1 john 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. Matthew 5:16-19 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Luke 24:46-48 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

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