There are many Christians who take God’s grace and subtly twist it, manipulating it, until finally it produces lasciviousness in God’s people by preaching a false Christ, through a perverted concept of grace. (Jude 1-4). Satan persuades some Christians that they can still hold to God’s truth while indulging a sin because Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 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” (Titus 2:11-14).
Jesus called lasciviousness a sin of the heart, “that which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness” (Mark 7:20-22).
The writer of Hebrews urges us, “Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28).
God hates sin, judges sin & chastises the sinner. No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient, Eph 5:5-6. The false gospel of grace is empty words, purposed to deceive you – to convince you to do nothing, remaining in your sins, so your soul is destroyed. The workings of grace to teach us how to live are a process of repentance, the process produces purity, righteousness, and the fruit of the Spirit.
We all know Jesus Christ is so forgiving but after forgiveness he says, Sin no more. Repent or perish.
Jesus told Paul he sent him : “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin’s slavery, and an inheritance among those who are sanctified and purified by faith in Me.”
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Rom 6:15.
By grace, we are shown our sin by the Holy Spirit. We repent by denying ungodliness and lusts, to living soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. If we are slaves to sin, he can’t be our Lord. You cannot serve two masters. Mat 6:24,Luke 16:13
Some Christians might quote these verses”There is no one righteous, not even one; Romans 3:10
There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. Romans 3:11
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Romans 3:12
We cannot obtain righteousness by following the Law. They were many righteous men and women in the Bible .Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Joseph, Jacob, Isacc, Rahab, Ruth, Debrorah,Noah Miraim and many others were all found righteous before the Lord.But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. Rom 3:21
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, Rom 3:22
So grace, is not a license to continue to sin. We are not condemned while we are waiting to be cleansed, but per Paul again, we have to continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12
True faith results in true works.Faith, grace, and good works are like a three legged stool. If any one is missing, the thing will not stand. God’s grace in us, if we really have it through faith, will always result in good works. Believer dwells upon this grace of God in which he now stands, it will motivate him to do good works. Titus 2:11, 12.
Scripture says about Good works:
(Jude 1:4, 2 Timothy 3:5, Rom 3:8, Rom 6:1-15, Php 2:12-13, Eph 5:5-7, 1 , James 1:21-22, Eph 2:10, 1Pet 1:17, Eccl 9:1, Rom 2:6, 2Cor 11:15, Eccl 12:14, Rom 2:9-10, 1Jn 3:11-12, 1Cor 3:13-15, John 3:21, 1Thes 5:13, 2Tim 2:21, 1Tim 6:18, Tit 3:8, Tit 3:14, Tit 2:13-14, 2Cor 6:1,5, Col 1:10, Gal 6:2-5, John 5:29, 1John 2:29, Jam 4:17, Rev 2:4-5, Rev 3:1-2, 2Tim 4:14, 1Jn 3:18, Rev 2:19, Rev 14:13, Rev 2:2, Rev 20:12, Rev 2:23, Rev 22:12, 1John 2:17, Rev 2:26, Rev 3:8, James 2:14-26
By God’s grace we are saved, forgiven, and our sentence of death is pardoned as we are washed clean of the stain of sin by the blood of Christ, whose sacrificed blood covers us in His righteousness when we put on the breastplate of righteousness, the righteousness of Christ. Those who are in Christ are dead to sin, under no circumstances they continue to live wickedly instead they have been raised to walk in newness and purity of life, lives of righteousness, morality and integrity.