There are many who believe that the Gospel must be “balanced.”
“You have to preach hell to go with that Grace, preacher”
“People won’t know what Good News is unless they know what bad news is, first.”
It amazes me that people are still stuck in bondage – and I’m talking about saved folks – when the Gospel that has saved them has made them free, indeed! These are people who parrot the old chestnut, “I’m (You’re) just a sinner saved by Grace…”
If you’re a saint who refers to yourself as a sinner, you’re double-minded by your own confession (James 1:8) and likely experience unanswered prayer (James 1:7).
Because we are in Christ, we are under Grace, not law – and there is ample Scripture to support this thesis:
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain (Galatians 3:1-4)
People try fruitlessly to balance law and Grace. These folks believe that you can’t share Good News with people without first sharing bad news. That’s like telling someone you have to serve them a plate of rancid food before they will know what a good meal tastes like. There’s a word for that kind of logic…
In the past, I have tried to “soft-serve” Grace to religious folks by telling them that we must teach Grace because that is the dispensation we’re under. I will no longer do that. The truth is we are under Grace – not just as a dispensation but as an eternal state of being – imparted by creation and restored by the Cross. The ordinances of the law were nailed to the cross:
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (Colossians 2:14)
And it is by Grace through Faith that we are saved:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8)
So why do folks insist upon “balancing” the Gospel with what has already been fulfilled?
These same folks will say, you have to preach the whole Bible. I disagree; you must TEACH the full counsel of God but you must PREACH the Gospel! Romans 1:6 tells us that the Gospel (alone) is THE power of God unto salvation.
- Abraham can’t save you.
- Moses can’t save you.
- David can’t save you.
- The law can’t save you.
- The Psalms can’t save you.
- The Proverbs can’t save you.
- The Prophets can’t save you!
All Scripture must be seen through the lens of Jesus. If you’re not seeing scripture through the lens of Jesus, you will have a distorted view of God and all He’s promised us!
Salvation is the province of Jesus, alone. And His message is the Gospel. Jesus did not teach a “balanced Gospel,” He brought Good News! Period.
- He did not condemn the woman at the well (John 4)
- He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery (John 8)
- He did not condemn Zacchaeus (Luke 19)
Instead, he brought restoration and reconciliation to each of them. It is clear that the “hellfire and damnation” that has passed for Gospel preaching is ineffective. Instead, Jesus is calling his church to a consciousness of Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) and to discard any consciousness of sin (Hebrews 10:2).
If you aren’t conscious of your righteousness (2 Cor 5:21)…
Your prayers will be neither effective nor fervent (Jam 5:16).
The Gospel is a balanced meal unto itself. It contains everything needed for salvation, deliverance, healing, and prosperity. It needs no additives or fillers. It is full of Grace and is liberally seasoned with salt and light. It is both daily bread and living water. It is the feast of love and liberty. To suggest it must be “balanced” is an insult to its Chef, who happens to be Jesus – King of kings and Lord of lords.
We must remember what Jesus commanded us to do:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
He didn’t say preach anything else. He didn’t say balance my Gospel with preaching on law or hell.
He said “preach the Gospel.” Period.
Let me end with this: any attempt to preach a “balanced” Gospel will produce “unbalanced saints.” And like James said, unstable people will receive nothing from God. Are you receiving from God? If not, check your hearing…
A “balanced” Gospel isn’t.
Grace is Balance. Grace is Jesus!
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)