The Rise of the Grace Extremists

THE FOLLOWING IS A RE-POST FROM THE EXCELLENT BLOG “PEOPLE OF THE SECOND CHANCE”

Revolution

Posted by Mike Foster:

We simply don’t get it. We think we have grace all figured out. But we are wrong.

Our thoughts on grace are sub-par and screwed up. I think sometimes God may wonder what the heck are they doing down there?

We proudly pump up second, third and fourth chances around here. Maybe 70 x 7 if we get REALLY RADICAL! But God says billions upon billions. Again and again and again I forgive you…so do the same for each other.

But unfortunately our relationships are infected with the disease of incrementalism. A sprinkling of grace there…a pinch of mercy over here…partial forgiveness for that dude that screwed us. Revolution doesn’t happen through bringing the crumbs and the bits.

What the world desperately needs are grace extremists, not a community of incrementalists where our next door neighbors, co-workers, and enemies would barely notice.

And the results so far…well…they can only reflect what we truly believe. Perfectly mediocre…and lacking the supernatural.

I write this to Mike Foster. And maybe for you too. God forgive us for our smallness and timidity.

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2 Responses to The Rise of the Grace Extremists

  1. Hope says:

    Hey Dave,

    Followed your link from Ort. If we could grasp the following…

    “If I rebuild what I destroyed I prove that I am a lawbreaker”

    and

    “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me”

    and

    “For through the Spirit by faith we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness”

    eagerly wait-
    apekdechomai, ap-ek-dekh’-om-ahee; from Greek 575 (apo) and Greek 1551 (ekdechomai); to expect fully :- look (wait) for.

    “To expect fully…”

    Galatians 2:21
    “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

    So there is this thing…called “setting aside the grace of God”…

  2. Hope says:

    And I “happen” to open to this passage just now…

    “At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”

    Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness…” Jeremiah 31:1-2

    grace and peace,

    Hope

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