What I feel is taking place right now in the body of Christ is that the Lord is starting to shift the focus off the extreme emphasis on grace and the extreme emphasis on the law of God and bringing them into balance. It’s as if you have a pendulum and there has been an over emphasis on either grace or an over emphasis on the law of God, which causes the pendulum to swing too far to one side or the other. People have been believing it is only grace and not the law of God or it is only the law and not the grace of God. What I believe the Lord is doing right now is bringing the pendulum and the focus back to the center rather than the focus being only on grace or only on the law. How I believe God is bringing the balance back to the church as it relates to this is to not over emphasize either grace or the law, but rather look at how God has spoken to us about both and that grace and the law of God are both good and necessary. We need the grace of God and the law of God, we must have both. I believe when we can see that God has given us both and when we do not over emphasize one or the other, but that we need both grace and the law of God then we can be more balanced and the pendulum won’t be on the extreme side of one or the other. Remember Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:18-19, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” So according to Jesus we are to still obey the law of God and teach others to do so as well.
I believe in recent years the Lord has given many ministers a revelation of the grace of God because for a long time many only understood or focused on the law of God and it was beneficial for the focus to not become too much on the law of God, but to understand God’s grace as well. We needed a revelation of the grace of God. It is important for people to know Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” I think the problem has become that many of the ministers I have heard preach on the grace on God they have focused on grace, but the law of God is never preached and it has been ignored.  Some have preached that the law of God does not apply to anyone under grace. There has been an over emphasis on grace without the law of God to balance it out. It takes the preaching and believing of both the law of God and the grace of God to keep the pendulum balanced so the focus is not too extreme on one or the other.
I believe the Lord wants us to see that both are good and we need them both. We need the grace of God and we need His law. Paul tells us in Romans 7:12, “But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.” Paul is the one who received all the revelation about the grace of God and has taught us what we know about it, but many do not preach that Paul called the law of God holy, right and good. Paul also says in Romans‬ ‭7:22, “I love God’s law with all my heart.” The point I am trying to make is Paul was a preacher of grace and the law and he did not ignore the law of God because of a revelation of the grace of God, he preached both.  Like I said previously it does not have to be law vs. grace, it is law and grace, we need both. Many ministers who have been preaching about the grace of God in recent years have pinned the law of God against grace, that if you as a believer believe in the grace of God then the law of God no longer applies or matters. I also know that many who have preached about the law of God in the past have not understood or preached about the grace of God either. I believe that is why there needs to be preaching not just on the grace of God, but also on the law of God.
I also think it is important to point out that with the preaching of grace there have been some ministers who have an extreme emphasis on grace where universalism is being taught where every person goes to Heaven and no one goes to hell, which I have personally heard preached by a grace preacher. The preaching of universalism is not biblical and is a dangerous extreme that has come from the over emphasis on grace, which has thrown out the teachings of the Bible on hell and salvation only through Jesus Christ and the confession of faith. I do not believe all ministers who preach about the grace of God believe in universalism, but I have firsthand experience with it being preached. I feel it is important to not be deceived by the lies of universalism being preached to the church and for people to read what the Bible has to say about salvation and hell and look at what Jesus has said, do not base your theology off the opinion of man, base it on the Word of God. Just as it says in Colossians 2:8-9 “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.”
My prayer is everyone would draw near to God and His love and that we would be lovers of the truth, His word. That the church would not refuse to love the truth as it says in 2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:10‬, “…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” We need the Word of God in our lives to teach us what is the truth so we do not try to figure out what is truth based on our own reasoning. “…Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John‬ ‭8:31-32‬.‬‬
By: Holly Rotalsky
Wings of Fire International