PAGES IN THIS ENTRY:
- Apologetics Index 2005 Year-End Newsletter
- Online Ministry
- Offline Ministry
- Personal prayer & Praise Requests
Though GraceAndMercy.org is – for the time being – a small web site, the information presented there represents the core of our ministry. In everything we do, our desire is to share God’s grace and mercy with Christians and non-Christians alike.
As we wrote last year, whether we’re discipling new Christians, training older ones, or counseling people who have been hurt at church, in relationships or by life’s circumstances, Janet and I always make sure we teach – in word and in deed – about God’s gifts of grace and mercy.
We teach from experience, having learned – often the hard way – that God’s grace is sufficient for us. That we can not please God any other way than by living and walking in His grace.
The Bible puts it like this:
“[B]ecause of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
All Christians know this passage, and many have memorized it. And yet, many Christians do not fully understand what the passage actually means. Hence, much of our time is spent teaching those Christians who are caught up in legalism – the act of trying to please God by performance, including a rigid adherence to man-made rules – that the ‘victorious Christian life’ is not obtained on the basis of performance, but rather on the basis of grace. God’s grace continues to set us free from legalism, and instead allows us to become expressions of Jesus who lives in and through us (see Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:1, Romans 6:1-15).
The GraceAndMercy.org site results in much feedback from Christians who have been trapped in legalistic, performance-based ‘Christianity.’ Combined with an incomplete understanding of God’s grace and mercy, their very desire to please God to the best of their abilities tends to set them up for spiritual abuse. There are all too many churches, organizations and individuals who gladly make use of such a Christian’s need to perform.
Likewise, many non-Christians who have a ‘spiritual hunger’ and a desire to serve ‘God’ have experienced – or are still caught up in – spiritually abusive movements that, unlike Biblical Christianity, place a premium on legalism and performance while dismissing the grace and mercy freely available to all through Jesus Christ.