“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
It seems we have replaced the power of the Holy Spirit with the programs of the administration and our Father’s Heart with organizational skills in many churches today. When man’s religion is questioned carnality screams legalism. Faith in religion brings carnal grace. Faith in Jesus’ finished work brings supernatural grace. The words sin and repentance send people running in sack cloths and throwing ashes when mentioned behind the pulpit. Renewing our minds daily has become remembering the promises of the Lord without the remembrance of Him. We are baptized into Jesus resurrection and not wanting to be baptized into His death. All of these things neglect one very vital part of the Christians life – Jesus Christ. HIS grace comes through HIM both upon salvation and after salvation. Our justification is due in whole to Christ Jesus but our condition is better understood when our carnal knowledge of His grace is fully trusted and our weakness is laid waste by His strength…when man’s gospel is laid waste by His Gospel. – Donna Warren