Is the church guilty of abusing the grace of God? Can our response to His grace effect how others view Him? How do we live out the grace of God yet do what is necessary to keep a good conscience and testimony before the world? During a recent interview in the United Kingdom with Howard Condor of Revelation TV, Andrew addressed these concerns.
As the message of grace gains popularity, more and more people seem to be taking extreme sides. One side says that God is good and His saving grace extends to all, regardless of whether they receive it by faith. This extreme leads people to ask, “What’s the point of doing anything? Everyone is already saved.” The other side emphasizes living by faith, but they rule out grace, which is what gives the ability to live the life of faith. This teaching tends toward legalism and the notion that one can “make God move.” Both views are dangerous.
Biblical truth is actually a combination of grace and faith. Romans 5:2 says that we enter into God’s grace—redemption, healing, prosperity, and all the other things Christ provided—by faith. In his interview, Andrew said, “Grace is what God does for us—independent of us. But faith is our response to God’s grace.” It takes a balance of both ingredients to truly free us from sin and give us victory in life.
Andrew explained how he lives in the balance of grace and faith, a popular teaching of his. “I study the Word. I pray. I live a very strict holy life, but not in order to make me accepted by God. I’m accepted because of His grace, but I discipline myself to keep a good conscience before God—to keep my attitude toward God healthy.”
Traditionally, the church has preached “Go to church, pay your tithes, study the Word” and do the things necessary to “please God” and conqueror sin. But keeping the Law doesn’t break the dominion of sin or empower you to live holy (Gal. 2:21).
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
It’s only recognizing the grace of God that breaks the power of sin in our lives and frees us to live in relationship with Him. Andrew said, “When we truly understand the message of grace, it sparks holiness in us—not as something we do to get God to bless us but out of thanksgiving for what He’s already done.”
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
According to Andrew, “Holiness is a fruit, not the root, of salvation.” It is a byproduct of our relationship with God. It’s a matter of staying in the balance of grace and faith.