The Apostle Paul in his farewell address to the elders at the Church of Ephesus commends them to God and the word of His grace, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified Acts 20:32.” The word of His grace is what he called the, “… the Gospel of the grace of God,” in Acts 20:24. It is the revelation of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9) not of man’s works. It also reveals the awesome grace of God available to the Believer for living a Godly life after salvation.
The true message of grace includes things to do and things not to do, “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. It teaches against sin and about righteousness.
Preachers who mention sin in a message today are accused of creating sin consciousness. One preacher I heard even said, “Many times those preaching against sin are struggling with sin themselves,” and implied that preaching against sin is not the message of grace. Well then, don’t read or meditate on Romans chapters 5-8 because God must be guilty too of creating it because He mentions it 41 times in four chapters. It doesn’t create sin consciousness it creates the fear of the Lord and hatred of iniquity. It informs us of the law of sin or power of sin that grace gives us victory over.
We cannot always say the mentioning of sin is because of one’s personal struggle with it or teaching about the dangers of sin isn’t grace. 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 the truth because they categorize them as not preaching grace.
Could it be the preacher is simply following the Word of God’s own exhortation of the profit from using ALL Scripture like the Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4, “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
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)? Of course we need to awake to, be more conscious of, and have our hearts established with our positional standing in grace but we also need to know how to judge ourselves when our practice isn’t measuring up to it. 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 as well as the practical truths of the word of His grace against sin.