Have you come across the critics saying, “Grace Preachers claim that God’s law is bad or defective?” Or “They are opposed to God’s Holy Commands?” Many times Grace preachers are accused of being against the law because we preached what Apostle Paul preached, that we are no longer under law but under grace according to Rom.6:14-15 and Christ is the end of the law according to Rom.10:4.
I believe Jesus must also have gone through such accusation because He defended Himself by saying in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.” When Apostle Paul received the same accusation He responded by writing the book of Galatians.
Are the Grace preachers against the law? Are you against the law? Am I against the law? Not at all! We are 100% for the law and the purpose for which it was given. But sadly, today the gospel mixed grace with law in the body of Christ and reaps the benefit of neither. A mixed grace gospel promotes the law as a guide for living and treats grace as little more than a lubricant for greasing the wheels of self-effort. Those who buy into this message reveal their disregard for both law and grace. For law, since they do not keep it but pretend to, and for grace, since they would trust in their self-effort than the magnificent work of Christ Jesus. Such a person is lukewarm that’s exactly what Revelation 3:15-16 said, they have not yielded to either the cold, the unbending demands of the law or the white-hot love which is the grace of our Heavenly Father.
Dear Church, let’s all know that we very much respect the law and agree with what Apostle Paul said in 1Timothy 1:8-11 that the law is good if one uses it properly. We understand that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and for those who opposed the gospel. The law is for those who trust in themselves and their own righteousness rather than the gift of righteousness in Christ. We also agree with what Apostle Paul said in Rom.7:7 that the purpose of the law is to reveal sin so that we might see our need for a Saviour. Amen! So, let no one accused us of saying that we are against the law.