I was sad but not surprised to see the announcement as yet another hyper-grace teacher took a giant step towards apostasy. I’m not naming names here, but I’m speaking about a man who had been a pastor and respected Christian leader but is now claiming that Jesus would bless a same-sex “wedding.” What a gross misrepresentation of our Savior and Lord!
When I first saw some the material this pastor was putting out a few years back, I reached out to him, offering to interact and graciously challenging his position. Although he declined my offer, I had hoped that he would think twice about his message. His overemphasis on God’s goodness to the exclusion of other aspects of His character was dangerous. Yet it was typical of others in the hyper-grace camp.
Unfortunately, since then, this man went further in the wrong direction, downplaying future judgment and now claiming that God’s Word does not condemn committed same-sex relationships. And so, his rapid plunge towards apostasy continues.
And he is not alone. Since Hyper-Grace was published in January, 2014, I have heard from a number of leaders in that camp.
One pastor told me he no longer identifies with the message, having seen far too many abuses. He also told me that one of the authors I cited in my book no longer preaches the gospel at all. He embraces universalism. (I predicted this would happen in Hyper-Grace, but to be candid, I didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to make that prediction.)
Some hyper-grace leaders have clarified their positions, hopefully taking a step towards a more scriptural view of grace. Others have fallen into serious doctrinal errors as well as the lowering of moral standards.
But why not? If Jesus did it all and there’s nothing you can add to it; if no matter how you live, you cannot break fellowship with God; if your reward is the same regardless of the sin in your life, then why not go out and enjoy the world?
Let’s take this a step farther. If the commandments of Scripture are part of a legalistic system that must be cast off, and if love is the only rule we follow, then how can we say no to a loving gay couple?
You can see quickly where this kind of thinking leads. It has nothing to do with God’s Word and in reality, it misunderstands the nature of God’s love.