The Brand of Christianity that is popular today is the same brand that pervaded Germany when Hitler came to power.
When Detrick Bonhoeffer, the famed German Pastor and theologian asked how Hitler came to power, he did not cite the bad economy, the rise of hate, or even Hitler’s towering oratory. He blamed cheap grace in the German church.
Here is what cheap grace did in Germany:
1. It made it unpopular to question Hitler’s actions. He was in power because of God. To question his actions was to question God’s will. Ministers who criticized Hitler were rejected. Instead of taking action they were taught to say their prayers.
2. They became absorbed in private spiritual experiences, so they looked the other way. They looked the other way as their constitution was dismantled; as their rights and freedoms were taken away, and even as Jews were herded into concentration camps. Since God was with them, they had no opinion on anything that did not directly affect them.
3. Even when they did see the wrongs done by their leader it was acceptable because of the good they thought he was doing for the country. Basking in their perception of God’s goodness, they felt the end justified the means. Cheap grace dulled them so that they could see no contradiction between their faith and the monstrous deeds of their Chancellor.
Hitler and our hypergrace: It is not a coincidence that the brand of Christianity that is popular today is the same brand that pervaded Germany when Hitler came to power. Bonhoeffer called it cheap grace but today we know it as hypergrace. Hypergrace has appeared now by design. Satan used this tactic before so why wouldn’t he use it again?
Recently, a high profile leader was restored to the pulpit after a short time. He had an affair that lasted for 5 years, agreed to a two year restoration but then the church changed its mind because of finances and brought him back after only 9 months.
A leading Christian magazine blamed hypergrace and said, “Clearly, there’s a strong disagreement among well-known leaders in the body of Christ over whether this man should have been released back into public ministry so quickly. In an age of the hypergrace movement—which is full of dangerous errors, such as denying the need for true repentance—re-ordaining a man who admitted to a four-year affair after less than a year smacks of grace wrongly applied.”
There may be “strong disagreement among well-known leaders in the Body of Christ,” but the general reaction by American Christians is a shrug. They are shrugging at a lot of things…especially the destruction of our nation. Hypergrace dulls Christians in America to natural outrage.
The leading teacher of hypergrace believes that 1 John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” does not apply to Christians but to unbelievers. In other words, God’s grace does not want repentance from us. Hypergrace turns God into an abused husband who not only does not want repentance from his wife but is in fact offended when she apologizes to Him about her sin.
Our constitution is being dismantled. Our personal freedoms are being taken away. A torrent of immorality has swept away the America we once knew. At the very time that the Body of Christ should be alert, unified and on the attack she is in a stupor. Here is how hypergrace is affecting us.
1. Hypergrace points our outrage away from where it rightfully belongs.
Instead of rising up with one mighty voice to oppose the forces that cost us marriage, privacy, prosperity, safety and freedom we turn our wrath on ministers who are brave enough to speak out.
It is ironic on so many levels to hear Christians tell preachers “get off this political stuff and just preach the Gospel!” First of all, if we do not take action against Obama and the runaway Democratic Party it will be illegal to preach the Gospel in America and in fact, in many ways it is illegal now.
Second of all, there is nothing more political than to avoid a confrontation with evil because you will lose members or because you don’t want to get involved.
Hypergrace creates Christians who are illiterate. They do not know their Bible, The Bill of Rights, history or current events. The root of this illiteracy is the delusion that they do not need to know.
It is alarming to see them sit back and watch our government violate the Constitution simply because they have no clue about what life is going to look like in America once we lose this irreplaceable document.
A strong case can be made that we have already lost the first 4 Amendments of the Constitution. Benghazi is proof that the White House does not answer to the Constitution. 4 Americans are dead and all demands for an explanation have been ignored. A filmmaker was imprisoned for making a film that had nothing to do with Benghazi. The IRS was a tool to manipulate an election and continues to attack Christians and those who oppose Obama’s policies. The NSA is spying on us right now. Pastors are subject to arrest for merely being Biblical.
Hypergrace wants to hear a consoling message even when it is a lie.
There are many that simply wish pastors would keep preaching a rosy message. Millions of American Christians will shower success and accolades on those who will stand in pulpits and soothe their guilty conscience.
In the story of Scrooge the ghost of Jacob Marley delivers a terrifyingly inconvenient truth to Scrooge. Scrooge in return begs for a comforting word: “ ‘Jacob,’ he said, imploringly. ‘Old Jacob Marley, tell me more. Speak comfort to me, Jacob.’
‘I have none to give,’ the Ghost replied. ‘It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men.
The words of grace of comfort do not belong to carnal Christians and is not to be preached by compromised ministers. The Grace and Comfort we seek belongs to the broken vessel contending to obey and be used of God in a dark and dangerous world.
If some of the popular T.V. ministers of today had been the Captain of the Titanic they would have announced to the passengers on that fateful night, “don’t worry, we stopped to get ice!”
So what shall we do and how will the story of America end. If we do not turn from lukewarm faith we are done. However, there is a force for God that is rising! God will bring correction and yes, judgment on America…by conviction is that in the end we will be mercifully restored!
Chronicles 36:15, 16 says, “And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy” Is America now a land without a remedy?
After much prayer and study God has settled the matter in my heart and it is my honor to humbly pass on to you what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me. What is going on here is a strange form of judgment. Heed my words! What we are seeing is a surgical strike that will leave some desolate, but the righteous will be fully protected. It is a preemptive strike meant to restore our Christian roots. In fact I now know that this recession which is judgment on some will come out to the greater good of the righteous and that we can expect an unintended consequence: REVIVAL and a return to the core values that once made this nation great!
You see this selective judgment in Isaiah 3:10, and 11, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Furthermore, Isaiah describes a time of simultaneous wrath and blessing: Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”