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Continuing in this look at “Hyper grace”, let’s consider two pastors and writers that perpetuate the view similar to Joseph Prince. These guys may not be quite as well known but their teaching has influenced many believers that I run into on Facebook and elsewhere. Andrew Farley is the writer of the book “The Naked Gospel” and Jeremy White has written the book “The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God”. Both men espouse very close to the same views regarding this topic.
I bring these two up specifically as a warning for those that may be inclined to take teaching from them. Their message is mixed and we should know what happens when one mixes what sounds like grace with performance.
That is bad enough but it doesn’t just stop there because with these two there are other doctrinal issues as well.
I have taken some telling comments for examination from each of their two books. I will give the quote then my thought. So let’s consider Andrew Farley first.
He says, “So I John 1:9 is an invitation to become a Christian.” P 152 The Naked Gospel
(If this is your conclusion about I John 1:9 then something is off. Remember that John MacArthur also thinks that this is a salvation text. John was writing I John to believers that many of which were seduced by the errors of Gnosticism. Part of that error led to them thinking that they no longer sinned. However I John was written that these believers might have fullness of joy in their Christian walk. I John deals quite heavily with abiding in Christ. The test in I John are not to see whether a person is saved but whether a believers is walking in fellowship and abiding in Christ. We have to be clear that it is possible for believers not to abide. Why else tell a believer to abide? )
“In the Scriptures, fellowship with God is not described in this way. Instead, a person is either in fellowship with God and therefore saved, or out of fellowship and therefore lost.” P156
(This equation does not square with the rest of scripture. Be sure that fellowship does not equal salvation itself. Let’s consider Ephesians chapter 5.
“But this is to ignore the work of Jesus, who on the cross cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Jesus was out of fellowship with his Father so we would never be.” P 157
Speaking of the Lord’s prayer: “If a person operates under a conditional religious system, they can only receive what they earn or give to others.” P 158
“In reality, the term rewards does not appear anywhere in the New Testament. The apostle Paul speaks of a “reward” (singular, not plural) or a “prize” in the context of running a race and reaching the end.” P168
Speaking of Jesus: “Our new spiritual life is actually his life.” P176
“James 2 communicates that a personal decision is necessary in order for true salvation to occur. Those who appear to fall away from belief in Jesus are those who merely associated themselves with certain doctrines for whatever reason.” P198
Now let’s see how Jeremy White mirrors these errors.
“It is the believing and receiving of this saving gift of grace that separates real Christianity from any other belief system in the world. It was this grace that Luther and the Reformers so passionately attempted to articulate and defend.”
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. . WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
“New Covenant discipleship is not a matter of laying down one’s life in order to “be like the Master”. Instead it is to reckon oneself dead already so that the Master lives through the disciple as the very Life within that person.”
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 70).
“One of the admitted weaknesses of the early “free grace” movement I referred to in the first part of this book was simply that some proponents seemed to imply that a person could claim to receive Christ by faith and then walk away from Him or even completely reject Him without ever casting doubt upon the legitimacy of their salvation. I want to be clear that I am not arguing for such a position in this book. Every believer in Jesus will bear some kind of spiritual fruit, whether it is obviously recognizable or not. On this issue I agree with the free-grace proponent Dr. Joseph Dillow, who said Those who have been born again will always give some evidence of growth in grace and spiritual interest and commitment. A man who claims he is a Christian and yet never manifests any change at all has no reason to believe he is justified.55 Another leading proponent of the free grace position with whom I agree on this point, Dr. Charles Ryrie, also affirms every Christian will bear spiritual fruit. Somewhere, sometime, somehow. Otherwise that person is not a believer. Every born-again individual will be fruitful. Not to be fruitful is to be faithless, without faith, and therefore without salvation.56″
“If I am already totally forgiven for my past, present and future sins by the blood of Christ – then why do I need to confess my sin in order to receive forgiveness?”
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 115).
“Do you know any Bible-believing Christian who claims he or she is sinless?”
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 118). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
“Becoming a Christian begins by the admission of one’s personal sinfulness and that through confession of that sinfulness, one can receive by faith the God who is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse them of all unrighteousness!”
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 119).
“1 John 1:9 is not intended to condone a one-by-one tallying of our sins so that we can confess them in order to find ongoing forgiveness or maintain “closeness” with God. When we have placed our faith in the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are totally and eternally forgiven. Because of the uncut gospel of grace, we are irreversibly close to God regardless of our behavioral performance.”
“So how is it, then, that we imagine somehow that God the Father doesn’t remember our sins anymore, but God the Holy Spirit does – and that it is His job to keep bringing that sin to our attention?
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 123). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.
“It is apparent in the New Testament that the battle we face with our flesh is essentially a battle against the habits and coping mechanisms which bring us momentary pleasure or relief, apart from dependence upon Jesus.
White, Jeremy. The Gospel Uncut: Learning to Rest in the Grace of God. (p. 163).