I have decided I am done reading the for and against on the newest fad to creep into the Christian community. Namely this so called Hypergrace and inclusionary theology. That is by the way the only time I will use that word (HG) because it is a stupid nonsense word. We are talking about the grace of God (unmerited favor) here it can not be more than it is. It is hyper. Calling it Hypergrace is like calling it superduper. SuperDuperGrace???
Anyway, here is why I am done. Arrogance, and uselessness. That’s right I said it. I find that many of the authors I have read on the topic have the same issue namely arrogance. It seems to seep out of everything they say on the topic (online at least where everyone can battle superman). they have defined the entire thing and God in a nice neat box. Anything they cannot fit in their box is deemed either an illustration by Paul because only what Paul says counts, or my favorite a lack of revelation from God (can you say gnositism?). Everything I have read so far just seems to be so mean, and snooty.
But that is not my point. I am not here to name call. I will also point out the insanity of saying you have to work to keep your salvation or that God saves you but now you better do right or He’ll kick your butt aka mixed-grace. Because that is stupid too.
My main concern with this movement is what is it doing to and for those who do not have a relationship with Christ? I am going to assume that we can all agree that there are those who do have and those who do not have a relationship with Jesus. SO what about them?
Is this message reaching them? IS it creating a hunger to go and find the drug addict, prostitute, abuse victim, cutter, suicide contemplator, murder, pedophiler, drunkard, or terrorist? IS it creating a deep longing to go feed the homeless, visit those in prison, minister to the abuse victim, or visit terminally ill patients?
If the answer is no then what are you doing? If all it is causing you to do is sit around talking about how good God is then you do not know Him at all. I searched to try and find some examples of evangelist or examples of outreach activities and I am having a hard time. That is not to say it is not happening but it does not seem to be a cornerstone of the movement, and for that main reason I could care less about it.
What I hear and what I see are two different things. I hear about how God loves everyone and God saved everyone (but he didn’t at the same time I don’t understand that), but what I see is a bunch of people sitting around talking about stuff and leaving a lot of hurting people to suffer alone. I see a bunch of people turning into communal monks leaving a world in pain to fend for itself all the while yelling from a distance “Jesus Loves you”. A bunch of people who seem to spend more time defending their beliefs rather than act them out. In short a bunch of hypocrites, and Jesus said something about that in Matthew 23.
Listen I am not saying that is everyone either, but from my understanding and reading it is a lot about me (general sense of the word) and little else. God loves you yes, and He created good works for you to walk in. How about instead of telling me about your faith you show it to me.
Just a thought,