Does Grace Encourage Sin?
If a king were to issue a decree decriminalizing prostitution and pardoning all prostitutes in his kingdom, protecting them forever from being prosecuted for prostitution, what do you think would be the effect of his actions? A lot of joy among prostitutes and a lot more prostitution taking place! And that’s why many are scared to proclaim the radical grace of God that offers total pardon for all sins, past, present and future, once for all, to every born-again child of God. They fear such total forgiveness of all sins and the removal of the threat of hell will only serve to embolden people to sin.
But how can we deny the clear teaching of the Word of God when it declares that
God does not charge sin to the account of any man for whom Christ died and in whom Jesus lives?
Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him. [Ps. 32:1, 2.] (Romans 4:7-8 AMP)
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy. (Hebrews 10:14 AMP)
He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. [Jer. 31:33, 34.] (Hebrews 10:17 AMP)
All these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NASB)
Now, if decriminalizing prostitution and taking away the fear of punishment will lead to more prostitution, why wouldn’t the radical Gospel of Grace produce the same effect on sinners? Why wouldn’t it lead to more sin? Because the Gospel of Grace does not just offer total forgiveness of all our sins, in spite of our works, it offers us a totally new life as well.
Imagine if one of the prostitutes who benefited from the king’s pardon discovered the king was in love with her and received a marriage proposal from him, which she accepted. Now, not only is she forgiven of prostitution, she is now married to the king. She is now the queen! How likely is it that this former prostitute, who is now the queen and the object of the king’s love, will want to continue to live the life of a prostitute? Highly unlikely!
And that is why the Gospel of Grace is the antidote to sin! Jesus died for us in order to make us His bride. He forgives us totally so that He may have us completely. God changes who we are and places us in a love relationship with His Son that gives us a totally new way of seeing ourselves. And the more we see ourselves as He sees us, the more we love Him in return.
Child of God, isn’t grace amazing? Thank God for Jesus!