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9 April, 2013 09:44

April 9, 2013

FREE CAR WASH FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE CAR

Imagine a car dealership that provides every car buyer with a free car wash for as long as you own the car. You purchase a car and along with the required paperwork you are given a free car wash certificate. The dealer tells you that he has fully paid for all the car washes you will ever need, saying he believes that a clean car is the greatest way of advertising and promoting his dealership.

Several days later you innocently happen to drive down a muddy country road full of potholes and ruts. Later, you notice your car is covered with mud and decide to avail yourself of your free lifetime car wash. But before you have time to drive through the car wash, your friends inform you that you no longer have to go there. They tell you that your first car wash was all that was necessary. Any suggestion that you need another wash is not only wrong, but you have believed a lie. You try and reason with your friends and even show them your dirty car. They still refuse to acknowledge that the car needs washing even after seeing the condition of the car. They inform you that what the dealer really meant was that once the dealership had purchased the car wash for you, it would keep the car clean forever. They also argued that to suggest it needed washing again was an insult to the dealer and the dealership. Don’t you realize, your friends tell you, “when the dealer first paid for your car wash, it automatically washed it for life; all past, present and future dirt was washed away and therefore it never needs to be washed again.”

Such logic would by anyone’s reasoning be considered imbecilic, ignorant or crazy to say the least. Obviously, what the dealer intended was that anytime you needed your car washed you could avail yourself of it because he had already paid for it in advance.

Thinking back on your conversation with the dealer, you recall him telling you that he has a personal hatred for dirty cars and that is why he paid for a lifetime of free washes to anyone who asked. He went on to say, that IF and not WHEN you happen to get your car dirty, the car wash would take care of it. He obviously never intended for us to drive around searching for dirty roads just so we could avail ourselves of the car wash. That he said would be abusive to the car wash program and an insult to his dealership.

In a similar way, the atoning work of Christ paid in full for ALL my sin. This however does not exclude my need of repentance nor does it give me license to sin as I please. For my ‘friends’ to tell me otherwise is totally false and misleading. Sadly this is the logic behind the new hyper-grace message. The essence behind this false teaching is that all sins past, present, and future have already been atoned for and therefore there is no longer any need to repent. That, they say, would be tantamount to telling God you don’t believe He has paid for all your sin.

This type of fuzzy theology falls apart for this reason. If repentance is acknowledging a sin that has already been forgiven, thereby making repentance unnecessary, then why do we tell people to repent the first time in order to be saved? If repentance is wrong following salvation, then using the same ‘logic’ means repentance is wrong prior to salvation. The error here is that this type of teaching leads to ultimate reconciliation or universalism. Jesus paid for all sin; therefore, all are saved.

The fact is that the PROVISION for my cleansing was completed at the cross but the PROCESS of cleansing is conditional upon my repentance, and not before.

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  1. Leslie Manto permalink
    May 16, 2013 3:57 pm

    God bless you brother David. God has given you a brilliantly simple parable that illuminates the complete fallacy of this false grace teaching that has permeated the body of Christ. What a breath of fresh air!!! God has given to you (as he gave to your father) that gift of making a difficult concept simple! I thank the Lord for this!!!! May the Lord get this word out to all the fuzzy thinking theologians out there!!! Halleluiah.

  2. May 20, 2013 2:32 pm

    Your father’s book Why Revival Taries gives historical examples of men of God who daily sought God’s presence early each morning. This practical way to maintain a close walk with God greatly influenced my life since 1970 and I highly recommend it to others. Before the rest of the day begins, give God as much time as necessary to bring yourself into His presence. Martin Luther (Protestant Reformation 16th century) said he personally had to spend several hours each morning in order to gain victory for the rest of the day. I teach 1st graders in the public school and daily seek God’s tangible presence early each morning in order to assure God’s victory in my classroom. Every believer can receive a daily anointing for fulfilling God’s will for that day. We must remember that the Spirit is The Holy Spirit, and that willful disobedience can grieve Him and thus diminish His direct influence on our daily undertakings. Continued disobedience can give the enemy of our souls a foothold in our lives and greatly hinder the work of God. We should seek forgiveness of any wrong doing at the end of each day and seek God’s presence at the beginning of each new day. Kathryn Kuhlman used to say, “It’s a day by day proposition” when explaining God’s presence in our lives. Many people today don’t want to pay this price, because they are completely taken up with the modern life style of doing their own thing. Complete obedience to God in all areas of our lives used to be commonly preached in American churches. What happened?

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