What is wrong with Hyper Grace?

Tell the whole world that God loves them unconditionally and you are labeled a hyper grace preacher. Tell believers that their heavenly Father’s love for them is irrevocable – you are also branded heretic. But, imagine a terminally sick person saying “I don’t want too much health”. Or a broke person saying “too much wealth is not good for me”. Also, I have never heard any normal, human being saying “I am walking away from this marriage because the peace is over the top”.

Well, as absurd as these statements may sound, that’s exactly what those who are opposed to the preaching of the hyper grace message are saying. I honestly believe that a lot of the criticisms and the bashings of the message is coming from people’s sincere hearts. Unfortunately, people can be sincerely wrong.

One thing that is encouraging though is the fact that the grace preachers and the mixed grace preachers have one common goal – they want people to live right for God. The only challenge is the methodology. When we open up our closed up theology for the Holy Spirit to show us what Jesus did, we will realize that grace is actually an understatement to describe the finished work. The most appropriate word is actually “hyper grace”.

The word “hyper” has its etymology in the Greek word “huper” which in context means “over and above and beyond”. The most suitable English word to describe “huper” is “super abounded”.

Interestingly, that’s the exact word Paul used to describe grace in Romans 5:20. No wonder he was misunderstood. People were asking “shall we continue in sin…?” (Romans 6: 1). He must have expounded what Jesus did for the human race through His life, death and resurrection so much that the listeners were like “okay, since God loves us this much, can we continue to live in sin since more grace will be poured out? But that was not what Paul was saying. In fact, he said “God forbid”. What he was saying is this: when you come to an understanding of the finished work of Christ and His love for you, there will not be another way to describe it other than super abounded because it is too much. It is over the top. It is above and beyond. Grace that can be measured or contained is greasy grace. If we do anything to deserve it, either by praying, fasting, giving and other spiritual exercises, it is no longer grace. Apostle Paul puts it better in Romans 4: 1-8, when he was describing the righteousness of Abraham and David.

These two old covenant Patriarchs knew within themselves that they were far from being righteous going by God’s standard of true holiness. They were messed up and jerked up but they were justified by faith foreshadowing what God will do for the human race in Christ in the future. Study these verses slowly and carefully. (Romans 4: 1-5) ‘What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.’ Did you get that? Anyone who could be justified by works will have something to boast of before God. Those who have embraced the way of grace are the true humble people according to these scriptures.

But why do people, especially Christians have problem with the gospel of grace? Well, there are four reasons:

  1. The hyper grace gospel is too good to be true. It is still beyond human comprehension that a holy God that many people are afraid of because of false theology can be that loving. Jeremiah 31:3 says ‘The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”’
  2. People fear that too much of grace will make people lazy or complacent with life. Really? That’s not true. Will anybody describe Apostle Paul as a lazy man? He testifies to God’s grace of how hardworking he was. 1 Cor 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. He was a tough as nail itinerary preacher and a world class church planter and writer. He did it all by the grace of God.
  3. Because of the fear that people will not live holy. Seriously? First of all, the standard of holiness required to make heaven is not reachable or attainable by any mortal man. If we can, heaven will be too cheap. Only Jesus can and He did it on our behalf. More on this in my book: GOD IS NOT ANGRY AT YOU. The point is, a new believer in Christ is already Holy (Ephesians 4:24 “and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”) We are only waiting for the manifestation of his true identity and nature as he begins to focus on Jesus. In fact, it is grace that teaches the believer to abstain from ungodliness. Titus 2: 10 -12 “not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” The word “teach” is the same word as “empower, help enable”. That’s what grace does. It empowers. It helps and it enables.
  4. Perhaps the most ridiculous reason why people are weary of hyper grace is because of the other “grace preachers” with questionable characters: It is ludicrous to dismiss a liberating message that is setting millions of people free all over the world as heretic because of a few people’s fault.

By the way, if any Christian falls, it is not in our prerogative to judge them Romans 14:4 “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” May be they will stop falling as they hear more about the hyper grace of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:14 says “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” This simply means that people don’t sin when they are under grace. Sin loses its dominion on those who are under grace. The word “under” here is to submerge or immerse. When you are submerged or immersed into something, you are under the influence of that particular thing. Can you imagine what life will look like when every Christian is under the influence of Jesus or Trinity (Grace)?

A true understanding of God’s hyper grace message creates an effortless desire to live a holy life. We are enamored and get wrapped up in constant union with our Heavenly Father, to the extent that sin becomes unattractive and repulsive. You can never truly understand God’s hyper grace and enjoy living in sin. It’s not in your nature anymore.

It’s grace for life. Receive grace and peace for today in Jesus Name.

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2 thoughts on “What is wrong with Hyper Grace?”

  1. Be fair and compare grace with something good you can have too much of like food or water or fun. The right amount of food makes you healthy but too much food makes you fat. A certain amount of water in the bloodstream is normal but too much causes fluid volume overload and too much outside the body and you can drown. And obviously a little fun is good but too much fun doesn’t leave enough time to work and rest. Likewise too much grace says God not only loves you unconditionally He forgives you unconditionally. That would make first John 1:9 read “whether or not you confess your sins God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.” Or how about Romans 10:9,10 “whether or not you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus you will be saved”. Or Ephesians 2:8 “for by grace alone are you saved without faith.” Or how about John 3:16 “for God so loved the world that He will allow no one to perish but He allows all to have eternal life.” Hyper Grace is like eating and drinking once and expecting that one playe of food to nourish your body for the rest of your life. It’s like taking a bath once and expecting to stay clean the rest of your life. Those things are ridiculous. We have to eat a certain amount of food and drink a certain amount of water everyday too maintain a healthy body weight. If we eat too little we starve, too much and we become obese. Jesus is the bread of Life. We can’t partake of Him once and stay full. We must daily feast on His Word and fellowship with Him to bear fruit. If we don’t abide in fellowship with him we will not bear fruit and we will be cut off. Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins and whosoever believes (not has believed once and not based on works but present tense believes ) will not perish but have everlasting life. . I could go on but I don’t think there’s enough characters here to write a book…lol God bless you as you search for Truth.

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