Greasy Grace

Greasy Grace

Continued …. Some in the church today would have you believe that God’s grace means that He overlooks sin in our lives.  We can live our life any way we want because that’s what His grace is for.  So this week let’s take a look at a couple of Biblical instances that would show us that, although His love for us never ceases, God doesn’t accept sin.   Judgment may not be immediate, but it will come.  First let’s look at Cain.  Both Cain and Abel presented sacrifices to the Lord.  God accepted Abel’s but God did not accept Cain’s.  Why?  There has been much debate and speculation about why.  Some say it was because Cain’s was not a blood sacrifice.  It may very well be as simple as the attitude in which it was presented.  Was it the best they could offer? Whatever the reason, Cain’s was unacceptable to God. But God gave him a way out, which Cain refused.  And his punishment was severe.  Then there is Moses.  God chose Moses to lead the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt.  God gave the 10 commandments to Moses.  God spoke to Moses in the burning bush.  The Bible says that God knew him face to face and God Himself buried Moses.  Yet, as a punishment for disobeying God just one time, he was forbidden to enter the promised land.  Seems pretty severe for one wrong.  In fact, no one from that generation was allowed to enter the promised land as punishment for their disobedience to God.  If Moses couldn’t get away with just one sin, what makes us think we can?  Don’t fall for the “greasy grace” theory, that God accepts whatever you do. As we said last week, the wages of sin is death – always.  God is looking for a repentant heart – one who is willing to acknowledge sin and turn from it.  Cain wouldn’t do it.  Will you? 

Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11 (NLT)           

The LORD buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. Deuteronomy 34:6 (NLT)         

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” Numbers 20:12 (NLT)

3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift.  This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. Genesis 4:3-5 (NLT)              

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Genesis 4:7 (NLT)

10 But the LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.” Genesis 4:10-12 (NLT)