In my previous post, I attached a youtube video entitled “Grace and Law made simple to understand” which showed a preacher using children as visual aids to explain Grace and Law. Have you watched it yet? Did you understand what he was trying to say? Did you understand the true intention of his “live powerpoint” presentation? I think many of you probably missed it because the preacher was speaking very fast and you were probably distracted by the audience (and perhaps you yourself) repeating those key words after him.
Let me again attach the video here, and break down the final portion of what he said and you can then see his “logic” better and understand what his main point was:
Today, you’ve got men fighting God’s LAW … in church! And they say that the LAW is done away with.
Now if you do away with the LAW, the bible says that where there is no LAW, there is no SIN.
And if you do away with sin, you don’t need GRACE, which is pardon for SIN which is breaking the LAW.
And if you don’t need GRACE, you certainly don’t need a SAVIOUR who died that we might have GRACE, which is pardon for SIN which is breaking the LAW.
And in that case, you don’t need a GOSPEL because it is the story of a SAVIOUR who died that we might have GRACE, which is pardon for SIN which is breaking the LAW.
And if that be true, what in the world do you need a PREACHER, and if you don’t need him, you might as well throw away the CHURCH.
Now, do you understand what that preacher is trying to say? He is saying that the church needs God’s LAW and if the LAW is done away with (which is what GRACE preachers are preaching), then ultimately (based on his above logic)the CHURCH should be done away with too.
What that preacher demonstrated in the video is deceptively persuasive and seems logical at first glance BUT his logic is flawed because he did not understand (and therefore did not explain) how and why the Law was done away with.
In the video, the preacher brought all seven children up onto the stage together, and named them from right to left:
If I were to do the video, I would not have brought all seven children up onto the stage together. As I don’t have the time and resources to make a real video, imagine with me as I walk you through my video:
I would bring only the first child up and introduce her: “This is SIN. SIN entered the world through Adam, and Death entered the world through SIN but because the LAW had not yet come, SIN was not charged to men’s account as there was no law to transgress.”
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)
Romans 5:12-13 (NKJV)
The second child comes up to join the first child: “This is the LAW. God gave the LAW so that men can see how truly sinful they were. The LAW is holy but it cannot make you righteous; it only makes you conscious of SIN. The LAW was also given to lead us to Christ, the personification of God’s GRACE.”
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Romans 3:20 (NIV)
So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:24 (NIV)
The third child comes up to join the first two children: “This is GRACE. God found fault with the covenant of LAW as it only brought death to men. The LAW cannot make men righteous and so He decided to cut another covenant to replace the LAW. This is the covenant of GRACE.”
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Romans 3:21-24 (NKJV)
17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:17 (NIV)
The fourth child joins the other 3 children: “This is the SAVIOUR. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Saviour of the world. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.”
2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2 (NIV)
The first and second child ie. SIN and LAW leave the stage while the third and fourth child ie. GRACE and SAVIOUR stay: “Christ, through his finished work on the cross, has fulfilled the LAW and therefore the covenant of the LAW is done away with. It has been made obsolete and replaced by the covenant of GRACE. SIN has also been done away with because through His once and for all sacrifice, Christ has paid the penalty for and taken away the sin of the world.”
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 (NIV)
1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:1, 11-14 (NIV)
6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.
7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.Hebrews 8:6-7 (NLT)
The five and sixth child ie. GOSPEL and PREACHER join the third and fourth child ie. GRACE and SAVIOUR on stage: “This is the GOSPEL, the good news that we are forever made perfect in God’s eyes because we are in Christ. It is not about what we must do to get right with God but all about what the SAVIOUR has done on the cross. We are made righteous through faith in Christ, not through obeying the LAW. We don’t deserve it but God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ to reconcile Himself with us. We just need to receive this GRACE to reconcile ourselves with Him. The PREACHER has to preach this GOSPEL so that all can receive His GRACE.”
10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"Romans 10:10-15
The seventh child ie. CHURCH joins the third, fourth, fifth and sixth child on stage: “Those who believe the GOSPEL are the CHURCH. The CHURCH will grow stronger and stronger, and larger and larger as more and more people listen to the PREACHER preach, and believe the GOSPEL of Christ Jesus, our SAVIOUR and personification of God’s GRACE who died on the cross, fulfilling the requirements of the LAW, and paid the penalty for and took away the SIN of the world.”
17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Matt 5:17 (NIV)
9The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:9-10 (NIV)
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17 (NIV)
At the end of the video, there are only 5 children left on stage; the first two ie. SIN and LAW have been done away with because of the finished work of the cross ….. and 5 is the number of GRACE.