Galatians Chapter 5, Verse 1 — False Grace Vs. True Grace (Part 1 of 2) [Print Document]
They ignore the truth that if Christians continue living in sin, they would be resisting (i.e. hardening of the heart) God's conviction to repent from sin (Hebrews 3). They ignore the truth that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), which is not just physical death.
They also ignore the truth that Jesus Christ told His 12 disciples (Mark 9:33,47-48) that if something leads them into sin, they must get rid of it, lest they be hardened through sinning, and be cast into the fires of Hell. In Mark 9, Jesus said:
" And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." To give you the context, verse 33 shows how Jesus was speaking to His disciples in a house. Earlier, they had argued about who would be the greatest among them. That is when Jesus instructed them to become like a child (in humility and faith) and to forsake sin. In Mark 9:33, we read: "And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?" As we saw in verse 47, Jesus taught His disciples that if something offends them, they must get rid of it, lest they be cast into hell fire. The word for offend is skandalizó in Greek, and it means "to entice to sin" (Thayer's Greek Lexicon). According to Webster's 1828 dictionary, "offend" means: "7. To draw to evil, or hinder in obedience; to cause to sin or neglect duty." So, Jesus, in essence, is telling His disciples that if, in the future, they go after something that leads them into sin, and do not forsake it, they would be cast into hell fire. This is crucial doctrine that the Church is missing in sermons, Bible studies, and Christian books.
Let's talk about God's grace now. If sin did not exist, there would be no need for Jesus Christ to die on the cross. But, as we know, Jesus came to earth in a man’s body to pay the penalty for our sins. We know that the devil had a legal right to us when we were non-Christians. But, Jesus paid in full our debt so that we are free from the debt of sin, which results in damnation. This is what liberty and grace is all about. Grace exists to keep us from being in bondage to sin. It does not exist to bring us into the bondage of sin. Let’s look at Romans 5. We will lay this scripture as a foundation for the rest of this article.
But, Abba God’s grace is not meant to give us a permit or license to sin. It is far from a license to sin. Abba God’s grace is so that we can be delivered from sin and can fellowship with Him. Paul writes these words in the next chapter of Romans:
One thing to mention is that believing you can sin with no consequences is like leaving a loaded gun in the hands of a child, and thinking that there will be no consequences if the child pulled the trigger. The consequences are eternal because a hardened heart's choice to resist God is eternal. That is why Jesus told His 12 disciples that forsaking what leads us into sin is necessary. To not forsake sin would mean being cast into hell fire. That is what Jesus Christ taught in the Gospel accounts.
If you are coming here as a non-Christian, I encourage you to read this. God desires to have fellowship with you, as you make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.
Webster, Noah. American Dictionary of the English Language. United Books Press, Inc., 2009. (i.e. Webster's 1828 dictionary).