Lately I'm thinking that maybe being labeled a "Grace Pharisee" isn't that bad after all.
I'm not saying to jump down everyone's throat every time someone says something that doesn't seem to agree. I'm saying that being zealous for the grace of God, and speaking out against legalism and offending people isn't wrong. This is an area I really want to excel in! I don't want to allow those who are offended by my preaching of the Gospel cause me to feel guilty. The guilty ones are those who willingly reject Good News from God. They are, "sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth."
There is no excuse for refusing something that you cannot earn.
In my previous post, I put up a quote from Andrew Farley, taken from one of his online sermons. If anyone missed the point, Andrew was speaking of the Gospel, making the point that Paul was zealous for the Gospel and would in no way, allow people to add just a little bit of law to this Message he had received from God. He was more than willing to split hairs when it came to defending the Gospel! In fact, he said anyone who wanted to "balance" this message with the law could go to hell. They are unsettling the minds of the ones for whom Jesus died.
His precious, but sometimes naive sheep.
He wanted people to understand God's grace in all it's glorious truth, because if they didn't, they would not experience God's power since it is only through the abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness that we are able to reign.
Without grace, we are rendered powerless. We become again hollow shells, empty of Life. We cannot receive his grace through the law. It is only through Jesus that we can receive anything.
"A man cannot receive one thing unless it is given to him from above."
Again, Jesus is the hero of this story.