1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the TRUE GRACE of God wherein ye stand.
The Apostle Peter in his closing remarks makes a distinction about the grace of God calling it the true grace. If there is a true grace there must also be a false grace. True grace is grace according to and within the truths of the Scriptures and not beyond them. Grace needs linked to truth to be true grace which is what Jesus brought to us (John 1:14, 17). Thank God for His grace but any teaching on grace that promotes lasciviousness (Jude 4), lawlessness (1 John 3:4), and license in the name of liberty (Galatians 5:13) is not the true grace of God. To say there are no standards under grace is just not true. True teachings of grace produce separation, holiness, and an empowered life to reach God’s high holy standards.
The true grace of God will also address sin, teach against it, and exhort us to deny it. I heard a famous preacher on TV say that addressing sin in a message is not the message of grace and that, “Many times those preaching against sin are struggling with sin themselves.” There could be those living hypocritically but that is not always true that if sin is addressed then the preacher must be struggling against it himself. A statement like that can castigate anyone who then would say anything about sin in a message and can lead others to turn their ears away from them because they categorize them as not preaching grace.
True grace, though, does preach against sin. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,” Titus 2:11, 12. Could it be that preaching against sin has come from true godly sorrow that works repentance and has brought forth fruits of repentance “… carefulness, …a clearing of yourselves…vehement desire … zeal … revenge …,” (2 Corinthians 7:10, 1) against a particular sin as well as a love of righteousness and hatred of iniquity (Hebrews 1:9)? Maybe I have a different Bible but in the N.T. the Apostle Paul who had the revelation of grace seemed to follow a pattern in the epistles of talking about the positional truths of grace (who we are in Christ and what we have by grace) as well as the practical truths of grace against sin (what we should do and not do).
A great man of God said it this way:
In true New Testament GRACE – Biblical principles are understood and external standards are implemented.
In LEGALISM – Biblical principles are ignored and external standards are exalted.
In LAWLESSNESS (liberalism) – Biblical principles are forgotten and external standards are despised.
The third description seems to be where some of the Church is moving toward.