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Great Grace - Clip 2

By Michael Pearl

This is an excerpt from Mike’s brand new message Great Grace, part of Witnesses Unto Meavailable for purchase on disc and download.


Michael Pearl: Acts 13:43, “Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking of them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”

Obviously, believers who are in the grace of God need to be encouraged to continue in it. Now, what would a believer do if he didn’t continue in the grace of God – what would he do as an alternative to continuing in the grace of God? He would turn to the law. He would turn to psychological principles – psychology, psychiatry, drugs – to control his behavior. He would turn to counseling, to control his behavior. He would turn to some sort of anger management, to control his behavior, or some other program that helps him manage his behavior and his mental state. Or, a person could depart from the grace of God by becoming a Roman Catholic, or by converting to a Jehovah’s Witness, or Mormons, or becoming Amish, you’d leave the grace of God. Not that there are not some Amish in the grace of God, but if you were to leave the grace of God to become Amish, and change the way you dress, and the way you act, and the way you live, in order to try to please God, then in fact you would be falling from the grace of God. When you go back to works, back to law, back to systems, back to outward manifestations and so forth, and ways of conducting yourself, in order to try to please God; things that back in those days would have been getting circumcised, or keeping the Sabbath – you became a Seventh Day Adventist, and started keeping the Sabbath in order to please God – you would be falling from the grace of God. If you started tithing in order to please God, you’d be falling from the grace of God. When you go back to the laws of Moses and the Jewish system, start singing Jewish songs in order to try to please God, or saying “Yeshua” instead of “Jesus” or “Yahweh” instead of “Jehovah” – all of that is an attempt to do something that brings you closer to God or pleases God, and it is departing from the grace of God. So, he persuaded them to continue in that grace that came to them.

You see, when grace finds you, it makes no demands upon you whatsoever, other than to come believing – to come freely, to come accepting the full pardon of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, there is one demand, and that is to come. There are many who will not come; there are many who would like to go to heaven, but they will not come to Christ. There are many who would like to not go to hell; but they won’t come to Christ. Many would like to be religious, be good; but they won’t come to Christ. There’s only one demand, and that is to come to the grace of God. There’s one fountain, and you have to drink from it. You don’t wash your face before you drink; you don’t wash your hands before you drink; you don’t change your clothes before you drink. You don’t prepare yourself in any way when you drink from the fountain of grace. You come to the fountain of grace, and there you kneel and you drink. Now, you say, “But what if you’re proud?” Well, if you’re willing to kneel and drink, that takes care of the pride problem. You say, “But what if you’ve got lust in your heart?” If you’re willing to take your eyes off, and look down into the pool of grace and drink, you will be healed and cured. You see, it’s just one fountain, one drink, and it becomes a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life. And grace comes for grace and continues to flow.

Now, you add anything to that, and your message won’t work on sinners, as my message does. You add anything to that and you won’t get converts. You add anything to that and your children will not be born again. Your religion will not produce salvation in your children, and it will not last through the generations; you’ll end up with worldliness, you’ll end up with godlessness, and it will take strict rules in order to manage them and keep them controlled, because the grace of God will not manage them.

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3 comments on “Great Grace - Clip 2”

  1. OK, you come to Christ by Grace. But after, is there Christ's Law after the salvation? The law of love? How is it different form "turning to the Law". Why is there so many commends written to Christians? Preachers to be perfect, women to dress modestly, not to argue, not to be angry? Aren't all those commandments = works?

  2. How can accepting the Lord Jesus Christ and his grace, then desiring to live following his example possibly be falling from grace?

    How can it possibly be falling from grace to do as Jesus said? How can it possibly be falling from grace to acknowledge God's order in the world?

    I have seen many comments along these lines and would like a true response. It sounds as if doing anything except sitting where you were at the day Jesus saved you is "falling from grace." I do not understand, how, for instance, choosing not to wear a miniskirt anymore would not be falling from grace, but observing a Sabbath declared at Creation is? Wouldn't both be legalistic?

    Does not something follow grace? Do we not desire to obey the parent that we cherish? Do we not desire to obey our Lord? Why is obeying our Father falling from Grace?

    Truly confused.

    James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

    1. Hey! To desire to please our Lord seems rather natural when you truly understand His grace, but it's when we suddenly have to change who we are or 'work' towards earning His grace that we have already received. We are not given more grace just because we choose not to wear that 'miniskirt', but the same grace that was already given when we chose Him to be our Savior.