GRACE IS NOT A CLOAK FOR BAD BEHAVIOR

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1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

God’s standard of holiness did not change even though now in the New Testament we are under grace. He is still a holy God; it is His goal for our life Ephesians 1:4, and still His standard Isaiah 62:10; 35:8-10. Grace empowers us to reach His high holy standards by imparting to us a righteous and holy nature Ephesians 4:24.

Some Christians influenced by modern philosophies (Colossians 2:8) and errant concepts of grace try to use the label “legalism” to nullify Biblically defined standards about doing good works, obedience to NT commands, separation from the world, or any outward expression of inward holiness such as modesty. A hatred of Biblical absolutes, authority, and holiness causes liberal believers to use the label “legalist” sometimes as a cover for their lawlessness. We are exhorted in 1 Peter 2:16 that as being free under grace not to use it as a cloak of maliciousness or a cloak to hide bad behavior.

Grace made us free to serve not to sin. The Apostle Paul addressed this in Romans 6:1, 2 after speaking about the abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness in Romans 5:17-21. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid (let it never be said; let it not be; by no means; far from it) ….” Instead of “God forbid,” we might say, “Are you kidding me,” or “C’mon man.”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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