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Is God's Grace A Gamble

Yesterday I heard a pentecoastal Sunday school teacher (he's also assistant pastor) make the following statement. "Let me say this about those who are depending upon God's grace. They are taking a big gamble." What do you think about that statement?

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i've heard non- pentecostals say the same thing.
- usually its preached to anyone who abuses grace rather than taking personal responsibility to be properly discipled through God's word.
- on the other hand, it doesnt do too much good if the listeners are not properly taught how to apply God's word concerning areas in their lives.
- conforming and actual spiritual growth are two different things.
---opalgal on 12/15/08


I think Josephs answer bears repeating: "The gamble, one I would not advise, would be not to depend upon the Father's grace, for it is by grace through faith that we are saved. It is only by the Father's grace that we are able to take our next breath. Other than the gift of His Son and life itself, grace and faith are the most precious gifts the Father has given to man "
---christina on 9/17/07


First of all,this guy that thinks it is a gamble to depend upon God`s grace,needs to read God`s word.I do believe in God`s grace and love my God with all my heart and soul.If it were`nt for God`s grace,we`d all be headed to Hell.I will pray for you who don`t believe.
---Rita on 9/16/07


I think the senior pastor needs to sit down and have a serious talk with him and have him qualify what he said. It may or may not be taken out of context. Hopefully they tape record their sermons.

I have also had people hear what they wanted to hear and not what I said. It does happen.
---denna7667 on 9/15/07


My thought was, "Oh my gosh!" that pastor and teacher is in trouble. Let me ask you this: When your child get's sick and you take them to the doctor and the doctor gives you a choice between 2 different medicines then you ask which one is better and will help better, are you gambling on your child's health or helping them and loving them?
---Victoria on 8/30/07




He is right. Where is there any grace in the Ten Virgin prophecy? Where is there any grace in Revelation? Paul's gospel is not the same as Jesus' gospel. You will understand this by reading "The Spirit of the Church" from Tate Publishing.
---Rich on 8/30/07


Grace is the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man...not by works of righteousness which we have done.(Titus3:4-5) Law is connected with Moses and works, grace with Christ and faith(John1:17, Romans10:4-10). Law demands that blessings be earned, grace is a free gift(Duet28:1-6, Eph 2:8, Romans 4:4-5). Point to the Question? Does this sound like a gamble?
---Cynthia on 8/29/07


I believe this person was meaning that when a person only calls upon God is when they need him and when he moves in their life they stuff him in the closet until they need him again. That is when a person is gambling their life with God. A person can do this for so long, until God gets tired of it, then next time he will turn a deaf ear to their cries, as he said he would.
---Rebecca_D on 8/29/07


I would say that "pentecostal" needs to read his Bible a little closer if he really believes that. God's grace is certain, and without fail if accepted as He offers it.
---tommy3007 on 8/29/07


The gamble, one I would not advise, would be not to depend upon the Father's grace, for it is by grace through faith that we are saved. It is only by the Father's grace that we are able to take our next breath. Other than the gift of His Son and life itself, grace and faith are the most precious gifts the Father has given to man. Perhaps I misunderstand how the statement is being applied, but It sounds to me, like he is saying the Father's grace is insufficient for those who believe.
---joseph on 8/29/07




There is no gamble with God's Grace it is offered by God only to his Predefined Elect. There is nothing you can do to be deserving of it. And it is given and withheld at God's pleasure.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/28/07


Once again, if you are depending on the Grace of God that you are predestined, elected, eternally secure, OSAS, you could be in for a big gamble - Depart from Me, I never knew you.
Some people are making that assumption about themselves. That the Grace of God will carry them through no matter what they do. They could be of a reprobate mind and think they are under God's Grace. A killer, abuser, liar, adulterer, on and on, believing God's grace will cover all of their unrepented sin.
---Jenny on 8/27/07


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