Why does it seem that EVERY TIME I write concerning unconditional love or God’s grace here or on other social media, or even have a conversation about it, someone invariably tells me that people need to hear the “truth”. And that by teaching grace and unconditional love in Jesus alone, I am encouraging/facilitating sin or delighting in evil?
So what is this truth that apparently the Bible tells us to preach? It is not what most fundamentalist think.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6
“For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” John 17:8
“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” John 1:17
Listed above are a few verses found in Scripture that talk about “the truth.” This is what I see. It is true that Jesus came from God and is the embodiment of the truth of God and that in knowing and believing this, you will be free. I don’t have an argument about that.
“No! No! you have to preach the whole counsel of God which includes His wrath and judgment”, someone constantly reminds me. So, in other words, I need to use both the Hebrew texts and the Christian texts. Well I do not know all intricate details of all the of the Word of God in order to properly use or even judge anyone (and by the way, neither does anyone else), so I will just go with these passages…
John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the WORD (Jesus) and the WORD (Jesus) was with God and the WORD (Jesus) was God. He (Jesus) was with Him in the beginning. All things were made through Him (Jesus) and without Him (Jesus) was not anything made that was made. In Him (Jesus) was life and that life was the light of men.”
“And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
So by seeking to reflect Him by loving others unconditionally, I do present the whole counsel of God, because the whole counsel of God is summed up in Jesus.
“But the Gospel demands we confront people’s sin with the truth”. This is a blatant lie, that most Christians have unquestionably bought into over the years. Nowhere in Scripture are we told to point out to other people their sins. NOWHERE. Here is the Gospel message…
” Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1 Cor.15:1-4
So the next time someone tells you that you have to tell people the truth about their sinfulness, tell them that it is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict, and God’s job to judge, and that you will just stick to telling them the Truth of Jesus with grace and the unconditional love of God.