Is the Grace of God Conditional?
One of the worst 5 point, full-fledged Arminian false teachers on the internet is a man called Jesse Morrell. He not only ignorantly criticizes the doctrines of Sovereign Grace, but he also believes and teaches that true Christians can lose their salvation.
Mr. Morrell demonstrates his Biblical ignorance and erroneous “theology” in this meme he posts at several forums.
Messed Up Message from the Mind of Mr. Morrell.
He says: "Grace is conditional, as God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Humility is a virtue so grace is conditional upon virtue."
He is obviously attempting to overthrow the doctrine Unconditional Election and he wants us to think that man must first meet certain moral requirements in order to obtain or be worthy of the grace of God.
What Morrell utterly fails to understand is that the Christian life is from beginning to end ALL of grace.
John the Baptist bears witness to the only begotten Son of God in the first chapter of John. He says: “And of his fulness have all we received, AND GRACE UPON GRACE. For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17
The Christian life is GRACE UPON GRACE, from beginning to end.
God’s grace was GIVEN to us (His elect) before the world began.
“God Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and GRACE, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN Christ Jesus BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN”, - 2 Timothy 1:9.
Grace and works are complete opposites. Election itself is by grace; salvation is by grace, and our walk as the children of God is by grace.
“Even so then at this present time also there is A REMNANT ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION OF GRACE.” Romans 11:5.
“And if by GRACE, THEN IS IT NO MORE OF WORKS: otherwise GRACE is no more GRACE. But if it be of works, then it is no more GRACE: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by GRACE ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his GRACE in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:5-9.
“But by the GRACE of God I am what I am: and his GRACE which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the GRACE of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
The grace of God did not cease to be active when He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, nor when he redeemed his elect people at the cross, nor when he initially saves us as he draws us to himself, opens our eyes and hearts to the truth of the gospel and gives us the faith to believe in our Saviour and what he did for us at the cross.
The grace of God continues to lead, guide and transform us into the image of his dear Son.
Many of the letters addressed to Christians start off and end with words like “GRACE be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ” Galatians 1:3. See also Ephesians 1:2; Ephesians 6:24; Philippians 4:23; Colossians 1:2; Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:28 “The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”; 2 Thessalonians 1;2; 2 Thessalonians 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Timothy 6:21; 2 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 4:22; Titus 1:4; Titus 3;15; Philemon 1:3, Philemon 1:25; Hebrews 13:25; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Peter 5:12; 2 Peter 1:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 John 1:3; Revelation 1:4 and Revelation 22:21 - “The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
We continue to live by the GRACE of God all through our time here on this earth.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find GRACE to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have GRACE, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”. Hebrews 12:28
And we grow in GRACE.
“But GROW IN GRACE, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
So when we read passages like James 4:4 and 1 Peter 5:5 where we are told that God resisteth the proud, but giveth GRACE to the humble” these are addressed to the “remnant according to THE ELECTION OF GRACE” who had been called, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and GRACE, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” and they have to do with our walk with the Lord as His chosen people.
We all still have lusts that war in our members, But “HE giveth more GRACE, Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10.
This GRACE has nothing to do with the grace of election or of our redemption at the cross or the GRACE of our salvation when we come to know what Christ did for us at the cross. All these things are by the unconditional, free, electing grace of God.
Rather, this ongoing GRACE - “grace upon grace” - has to do with our practical walk with the Lord as his redeemed people. Of course God would resist the proud and give grace to the humble.
Only the humble realize that they have not earned or merited or worked for the grace of God that is given to us and we give ALL the credit to “the God of all grace.”
“But THE GOD OF ALL GRACE, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10
Another Messed Up Message from the Mind of Mr. Morrell is this one.
Morrell says: "Calvinists limit God. The atonement is an expression of God's love. Calvinists limit the love of God and thus limit God."
This is so ironic. False teachers like Jesse Morrell are the ones who “limit God” by telling us that no one was in fact redeemed at the cross, and that their god is both a colossal Failure and a Liar for not doing what he said he came to do - to save HIS people from their sins.
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, THAT HE SHOULD GIVE ETERNAL LIFE TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” John 17:2.
It is false teachers like Mr. Morrell who do not know their Bibles very well, nor the God who inspired it.
See - “Does God Love Everybody?”
And “Why the Doctrine of "Limited Atonement" (Particular Redemption) IS The Truth.”
ALL of grace, believing the Book - the King James Holy Bible.