Free Grace Theology,

5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel by Wayne Grudem

What is Free Grace Theology, and how is it a threat to the gospel?

On the surface, Free Grace Theology, and the Free Grace Movement (FGM), might sound orthodox in that they claim to uphold the reformed doctrine that we are justified by faith alone. However, in claiming that justifying faith need not be accompanied by repentance from sins, and that good works are unnecessary in the life of the believer, the FGM negatively impacts evangelism and is a threat to the gospel. The FGM is dangerous because it:

  1. misunderstands the word alone in the historical Protestant insistence on “justification by faith alone.”
  2. weakens the gospel message by avoiding any call to unbelievers to repent of their sins.
  3. gives false assurance of eternal life to many people who profess faith in Christ, but then show no evidence of fruit in their pattern of life. False teachings can have eternal consequences.
  4. Leads its supporters to overemphasize one necessary component of genuine faith (mental assent) while underemphasizing another necessary component of genuine faith (heartfelt trust). While they might intellectually agree with the right doctrines, trust in Christ, as a person, is lacking.
  5. necessitates numerous highly unlikely and unusual interpretations elsewhere in scripture to support their erroneous understanding of the word alone in the phrase “faith alone”

Let us be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), always searching the scriptures and developing discernment, so that we can avoid false teachings, like the FGM in our personal lives and in the life of the church, and grow in true grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Gokhan Kaya (January, 2017)