Since tonight and tomorrow morning is the Grace for Men Conference at Perimeter Church, I thought I’d have one of the speakers, Tullian Tchividjian, be our guest blogger for the weekend. Today, he writes about why lots of us a afraid of radical grace. Tomorrow, he describes the importance of having all gospel imperatives being driven and empowered by gospel indicatives. For first a post on why we fear radical grace:
“The biggest lie about grace that Satan wants the church to buy is the idea that grace is dangerous and therefore needs to be “kept it in check.” By believing this we not only prove we don’t understand grace, but we violate gospel advancement in our lives and in the church. A “yes, grace…but” disposition is the kind of fearful posture that keeps moralism swirling around in our hearts and in the church. “ Any obedience not grounded in or motivated by the gospel is unsustainable. ” I understand the fear of grace.
“As a pastor, one of my responsibilities is to disciple people into a deeper understanding of obedience—teaching them to say “no” to the things God hates and “yes” to the things God loves. But all too often I have (wrongly) concluded that the only way to keep licentious people in line is to give them more rules. The fact is, however, that the only way licentious people start to obey is when they get a taste of God’s radical unconditional acceptance of sinners.
“The irony of gospel-based sanctification is that those who end up obeying more are those who increasingly realize that their standing with God is not based on their obedience, but Christ’s.The people who actually end up performing better are those who understand that their relationship with God doesn’t depend on their performance for Jesus, but Jesus’ performance for us.”
From Tullian’s book, Surprised by Grace