I feel sorry for Dr. Michael Brown of Charisma Magazine. In fact, I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t grasp the glorious truth of God’s amazing ‘grace’ that is sweeping the world. This is grace as it is supposed to be. Not grace-mixed-with-law, not luke-warm grace, but hyper-grace or super-abounding grace.
I feel sorry for Dr. Michael Brown because on the amazon blurb to sell his book Hyper Grace: Exposing the Dangers of The Modern Grace Message, he says this:
At a time when the church needs an urgent wake-up call and a fresh encounter with Jesus, the hyper-grace message is lulling many to sleep.
OK, Dr. Brown, let’s break this down.
First, you say the church needs a wake-up call and a fresh encounter with Jesus.
This is exactly what God’s new ‘modern grace’ message is doing. When God revealed this message to me via Joseph Prince’s ministry it was like discovering a whole new Jesus. Jesus says:
Behold, I make everything new!
– Revelation 21:5
The modern grace message is the wake-up call.
It is the fresh revelation of Jesus.
It’s like Dr. Brown is a Jew waiting for The Messiah, but when The Messiah stands in front of Him his mind is blinded and he can’t see who He truly is.
He came to those who were His own, but His own did not recognize Him.
– John 1:11
Paul talks about this:
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the gospel of Christ.
– 2 Cor 4:4
Of course I’m not saying Dr. Brown doesn’t believe in Jesus. It’s clear he does. However he doesn’t believe in the gospel the modern grace preachers are preaching – which we believe is the true gospel of the glory of Christ. But he doesn’t believe in God’s super-abounding grace. He does not believe that Christ’s work was finished. That Christ’s blood cleanses us from all sin.
This grace message is the glorious gospel of Christ. Not just that Christ died for us and gave us a place in Heaven, but that we can never, ever be punished for our sin, ever again. To only believe Jesus saved us from our sin pre-conversion, is to only believe half of the gospel, and that is no gospel at all. The fact is, Jesus saved us from all our sin, past, present and future, once for all, forever.
What Dr. Brown believes is a mixed grace gospel – grace mixed with law – exactly what Paul warns the church against:
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!
– Galatians 5:4
Paul is clear that the righteousness he received is not from obeying the law, but through faith in Christ. We cannot achieve righteousness ourselves. Or holiness. It is all a gift. It was all achieved for us, on our behalf, by Jesus Christ.
John goes further still. ‘Those who are born of God,’ he says in his first letter, ‘cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.’ (1 John 3:9). And ‘It is impossible for those who are born of God to continue to sin’ (5:18).
Strong word, impossible. How is it impossible? We know we mess up every day. It’s impossible because we are covered in Christ’s blood. Just as it were impossible to save your firstborn from the Angel of Death unless you had the blood of the lamb on your doorpost, so it is impossible for us to sin if we are covered in the blood of Christ – the Lamb of God.
Jesus promises He has released us from the prison of sin. (Luke 4:18).
Now, if Christ has released us, can we lock ourselves up again? If so, then Jesus’ blood was weak and we are all damned, for all of us fail to live up to God’s moral standards every day. But Christ’s blood was powerful enough to cleanse us from all of our sin, once for all.
This is what the writer of Hebrews is getting at when he says:
Now, at the end of the ages, Christ has appeared once to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
– Hebrews 9:26
He cannot die again. Death no longer has power over Him. The death He died he died to sin once for all.
– Romans 6:9
Once for all.
Now, it was either once for all or it wasn’t once for all. And I believe it was once for all.
So, what is the difference between the old grace message as traditionally taught by the church, and the all-new, all-singing, all-dancing, modern grace message? Well, the old grace message says that Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has given us the power to live holy and righteous lives, whereas the modern grace message says Jesus did it all. That ‘We have been made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once for all’ (Hebrews 10:10) and that our righteousness is a free gift (Romans 5:17).
Essentially, the old grace message says Jesus did his part, now we must do ours. Hyper-grace says Jesus did it all. There is nothing left for us to do, except ‘believe in the One He has sent.’ The old message is the law, it is up to us to overcome, up to us to obey the commandments, up to us not to sin. The new message says it was all up to Jesus and he fulfilled the law for us. The old message says we must do it. The new message says Jesus did it. Past tense. Finished action. It is finished!
And ‘lulling many to sleep,’ Dr Brown? LOL. The opposite! It is waking us up from our sleep and revealing a whole new Jesus to us, full of grace and truth! Ask anyone who has had a new, modern revelation of grace. It is spirit-filled, filling us with a new love for God and a Holy Spirit empowered dynamism the Western church hasn’t seen since Lakeland or Toronto. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you can see!
This is a revival which God is orchestrating. He has had enough of the grace-mixed-with-law message, keeping His people bound in chains of sin which can never be broken. God wants everyone to know that He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to take our sin from us, crucifying it in Himself on The Cross. To say less than this happened is to take the victory away from Jesus. He cleansed us from our sin once for all. He has made us righteous. He has made us holy. Him Him Him.
As Joseph Prince says, in Heaven it will be ‘Worthy is the Lamb,’ not ‘Worthy is The Lamb and me!’
I pray, LORD, that Dr. Brown asks in prayer for a fresh revelation of grace, that he can receive the revelation and awakening he desires for the church, so he can begin to preach to his wide audience the wonder of this new revelation of God’s amazing grace. The true gospel.
If you’re wondering what this modern grace message is all about, read Paul Ellis’s article How Well Did I understand Grace Before I understood Grace?
Also, listen to Joseph Prince’s podcasts on itunes.
Check out Creflo Dollar’s article and see my blog roll for other brilliant, charismatic modern grace teachers, including Chris Kratzer, Bas Rijksen, Simon Yap and Phil Drysdale.
For old school ‘modern grace’ preachers, see Martin Luther, D.L Moody, Spurgeon, and St. Paul !
Grace be with you!