Lately, I have been reading Pure Grace: The Life Changing Power of Uncontaminated Grace by Charles Whitten and it has really working me over.
Grace is a big thing for Christians, but it seems like it is often misunderstood.
With grace we see the unmerited love and favor of God. We see that grace is the favorable influence of God towards man and by it we have a renewing of the heart and a restraining of sinning. Grace can also be seen as the application of Christ’s righteousness towards the sinner.
Whitten puts out the idea that with grace, all sins are forgiven, so there is no need to constantly go back and ask for forgiveness. Since by grace we were saved and Jesus paid the price for all sins, so why do we keep asking for forgiveness from something we have already been forgiven for?
It makes sense, but are we really asking for forgiveness every time we sin?
I get in the habit of asking forgiveness, but it is more an act of repentance then thinking I am not forgiven for a sin and somehow separated from God. The problem is that there are many people out there that live in fear of being separated and losing salvation.
One of the problems I have / had while reading is the desire to keep objecting to what Whitten is saying about not worrying about sin with a “but wait” comment.
With grace, I often see people take the approach that grace gets us saved, but works keep us there or that grace covers everything so sin no longer pertains to us. Where is the happy median or is there one?