Does Free Forgiveness Encourage Reckless Living?

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 2:17-21

The teaching of salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ always seems to result in the question: “Without the restraints of the law will not believers live immoral, careless and self-centered lives?”

I heard of a convert who, in his eagerness to give testimony to his new life in Christ, exclaimed, “I’m no longer under the law. I’m an outlaw.” This is not the teaching of the gospel. If lawlessness is the result of this new teaching, then it could be said that Christ encourages his followers to sin. This is totally unthinkable! The godly life of the believer is not found in outward restraints but in union with Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” The believer dies to self and lives for God through the power of the indwelling Christ. The holiness of God is in his heart.

A friend used to emphasize that he was saved by grace, through faith, by saying that when he sinned, he sinned boldly. I argued that to be saved by grace, through faith is rather to live holy. All who have been made holy, strive for holiness. All who have experienced God’s love, love others. All who have experienced God’s forgiveness, forgive others.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the victory over sin through your indwelling presence. Amen.