Thursday, February 26, 2009

Is there an end to grace?

30 ‘But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the Lord, and he shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of the Lord, and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off [killed]; his guilt shall be upon him.’ ” (Exodus 15:30-31)

The word presumptuously means “defiantly”, and the word despises means “blasphemes.” To be completely cut off means, stoned, hung, shot, or in some other way judicially killed. This passage, therefore implies that willful, repeated, and unrepented of blasphemy was a capital offence that required judgment in the courts and a sentence of death, not to be commuted. Those who argue that such a law is Old Testament, and not applicable to the New Testament era, need to consider the following passage from the Book of Hebrews:

26 If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. 27 There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God. 28 Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was found guilty from the proof given by two or three witnesses. He was put to death without mercy. 29 So what do you think should be done to those who do not respect the Son of God, who look at the blood of the agreement that made them holy as no different from others’ blood, who insult the Spirit of God’s grace? Surely they should have a much worse punishment. 30 We know that God said, “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them.” And he also said, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:26-31)

Despite the heretical teaching of many modern Churchmen, the Bible teaches that there is an end to God’s grace. God’s grace must not be presumed upon. Those who sin willfully, continually, and show no remorse when corrected in their error, are deserving of death, and if they escape judgment in this life, shall face severe judgment in the Day of Judgment upon the Lord’s return.

It is essential that we turn to the Scriptures as the source of Truth, and that includes the Law as it appears in the Old Testament. All of God’s Word applies to all of life, to all people, in every age and every stage of history. The soul that sins, must die, but the grace of God extends to all sinners who renounce their sin and put their trust in the Atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

We blithely sing 'Our God Is An Awesome God', affirming that He reigns from above with wisdom, power, and love. The modern church is quite happy to focus almost exclusively on the latter attribute, particularly in its evangelistic, missional methodology so that we don't turn off our post-modern audience. Most of them care not one whit for God's wisdom which presumably has some bearing to matters of truth; nor for God's power which, God forbid, He might deem necessary to display in righteous, wrathful fashion.