It is crucial to understand how to teach the costly grace of Christ, while urging to understand the arguments against the belief and lifestyle of cheap grace, with claims of a loving God who is not concerned with how we live once we receive salvation...
Romans 1:21-25 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things...Who changed the truth of God into a lie...
A few days ago, I was clearing up some confusion for a friend who was adamant to argue against the costly grace of Christ with justification towards a “cheap grace” centered lifestyle. This individual simply refused to notice how a lifestyle justifying corrupt and worldly behavior differed from a life spent on knowing and growing in a mature relationship with the Lord.
It is times like these when we acknowledge most, a corrupt world in need of an eternal Savior. Believe it or not, God is not looking for His children to simply tell others about Him, but to carry out the same lifestyle we preach to the lost. Sure it is frustrating when our zeal for the Lord fails to understand why people avoid a real relationship with Christ in exchange for piecing the Word of God together to fit their own lustful lifestyles; however this should never come as a surprise to us when we are trying to plant a seed in soil that has been damaged by false indoctrination, hurt from within the body of Christ, confusion, or denial.
When we face rejection for our beliefs, or arguments from our opposers, we should be ready to respond with boldness and pride in defense of the Word of God. This does not mean attack the other person, or to beat the over the head with your Bible, but to be ready with an answer that shows them the love of Christ.
1 Peter 3:15-16 ...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
This also means we do not neglect our duties as Christians to correct those who argue for cheap grace alongside an alternative lifestyle, for we have a responsibility to God to teach the costly grace of the cross for the sake of saving the lost.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Remember your ultimate responsibility when facing situations like I recently did; be ready to provide correction and clarity with the love of Christ, and an answer to enforce the reasons you believe. Doing this will give you confidence in knowing you obeyed Him with all your might, even if your witness does not immediately lead to repentance or salvation from others
Scripture References: -Romans 1:21-25 -2 Timothy 3:16-17 -1 Peter 3:15-16