Spiritual Maturity is often a misunderstood and misinterpreted doctrines in the Church. I am not an expert on this either but want to share a few thoughts with you.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that God’s word is useful for rebuking. It is important that preachers though not on a regular basis confront sin from the pulpit whenever the need arises. It’s a common factor however that preachers hardly confront sin today. Probably because of fear people will feel offended and leave the church. There are however some principles that I follow in confrontational preaching and most of the time the results have proved to be rewarding.
Antinomianism comes from the Greek meaning lawless. Being one of the most virulent forms of heterodoxies about Christianity, antinomianism holds that the moral law is of no use or obligation under the gospel dispensation of grace, because salvation is by faith only. Therefore antinomianism stands in direct contradiction of the biblical doctrine of grace. It has been condemned as erroneous by some of the most notable Theologians in church history.
Previously we learned the necessity for God’s grace and its role in the life of the repentant sinner. Today I will share with you it’s role in the life of the believer.
King Ahaziah of Israel was sick and desperately seeking a solution for his problem. He believed in the philosophy that “the end justifies the means” in which what matters is getting the needs met, and how one does it is not important. So in his desperation he sent for the gods of Ekron and wrote his own death sentence, (2 Kings 1:3).
The desire of God in fellowshipping with His children includes speaking directly with them – in plain language. This is God’s perfect will. The knowledge of the mysteries of God are to be plainly declared to those who have entered into a personal relationship with Him, while those who reject the call of the gospel will have to make do with glimpses given in allegories and parables which shall not even be explained to them. [Read Luke 8:9-15]
Grace is the most important doctrine of the Christian faith. It is the corner stone of Christianity. It certainly makes sense to create a widespread awareness of the doctrine because there will be no Christianity without it. Which is why I was compelled to write this series. Kindly see this is not a 100% systematic study of the Doctrine of Grace. It’s just an effort to explain the doctrine in layman’s terms and its importance to us.