The simple formula to spotting all false movements:
I know personally how hard it can be to spot these movements – I’ve been involved in all 3 at some point in my life to pretty serious degrees! I even preached some of this stuff!
These are just what I believe to be 3 of the biggest false movements in the church, there are many, many more though. For that reason, I want to give you a very simple formula that will help you know if you are being deceived or if you are enjoying all that God has for you as a Christian. I would hate for you to embrace a “false grace movement”.
Your relationship with God, standing before Him and personal development has NOTHING to do with your conduct but everything to do with Christ’s gift of grace to you and your free and simple acceptance of that gift. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Your relationship with God, standing before Him and personal development is deeply tied to your conduct. You thank Jesus for His gift of grace and acknowledge that without it you would be nowhere but then try to add to that grace by doing your best to change, grow closer to God and improve yourself. It’s mostly fruitless, extremely difficult and frustrating.
Or more simply put:
If your holiness or relationship with God is solely reliant on Christ = Grace
If your holiness or relationship with God is in any way reliant on you = False Movement
There you have it – these are the 3 most dangerous “grace movements” in the church today and how you can spot them. As well as my simple formula to spotting any others that are out there.
One of the most annoying features I’ve seen in modern Evangelicalism is a network of churches spread all over the world calling themselves, “Grace Churches,” (lead by a master of shame, fear, guilt and judgment with a radio program ironically called, “Grace to you”) and outfits of supreme control like Sovereign Grace Ministries (Who are busy with sexually abusing members) and other organizations that wrap themselves in the flag of grace to cover the iron grip of control they continually exert on others.
This guy gets it — and simply but thoroughly lays out the favourite masks these con artists wear. It’s so worth the read!