Coincidentally, we happen to have a lady from Bethel Redding’s School of Supernatural Ministry who has been able to start a School of the Supernatural down here in Arizona. Each week, she brings somebody in connected to Bethel’s SSM and they spend the week teaching in seven different cities in Arizona. This week brings Phil Drysdale, who now lives in Scotland, but who spent three years at Bethel’s SSM and two years volunteering for their apostolic network Global Legacy.
His primary message “is of the grace of God, of His goodness, our perfection in Him and all that means”, and he has a website filled with articles on grace. Here are some of his articles:
On the other side of this issue, I found an hour long video message of Dr. Michael Brown where he brings up scriptural reasons to think quite differently on this topic: Hyper-Grace The Great Deception of the 21st Century
He also just wrote another related article in Charisma News: What’s the Difference Between Holiness and Legalism?
Which was adapted from his 2000 book: Go and Sin No More: A Call to Holiness
From what he says in his video, it appears he is spending a lot of time reading the books and websites of the various “hyper” grace teachers, and sounds like he will be coming out with a book on the subject.
To me, Dr. Brown’s scriptural analysis is a lot more convincing. But then Phil Drysdale believes the church is need of a new reformation. Here’s how he puts it:
The church is in desperate need for another reformation. For too long we have straddled the fence of the New and Old Covenant. A bit of grace here, a bit of law there. But the truth is that a little leaven ruins the whole bread. We don’t mix grace and law. Grace + Law = Law. The only way to drink grace is undiluted.
Let’s make it a priority to keep the law in its rightful context, as a tool to lead people to the end of themselves.
We must stop teaching the law as if it were a list of rules for us to follow, they are not a list of helpful moral guidelines which we are supposed to focus on trying to keep. It absolutely devastates me that the first thing children learn when they go to church is the ten commandments! Did we not read 2 Corinthians 3:14-15?
“But their minds were hardened. For to this day when they read the Old Covenant that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts”
What are we doing to our children? To ourselves?
The truth is we have been set free from the law, and our lives in grace will look better than those of any person trying to keep the law. Because we are not cleaned from the outside, we are cleaned from the inside. We have become a new creation.
The core problem here seems to be that any talk of “the law” or bringing “balance” to the grace message cannot be tolerated. Doing that apparently ruins grace. Here’s how Phil says it:
There was one thing that Paul said again and again that would alienate you from grace and God. (Gal 5:4, Gal 2:20-22, Rom 5, Eph 2) What was it? It was to bring balance to grace, to bring back in the law to make a grace and law mixture. Grace + Law = Law. There is no mixture, any mixture becomes pure law.
I hope I am not being unfair to Phil here, but it seems his view is that the only sin for a believer is (in the end) not believing the extreme grace message. Here’s Phil again:
We have spent so many years growing up in a morality club that dictates what is right and what is wrong that we have trained ourselves to focus on what is wrong so we can whittle it out.
The truth is that what is wrong is a moot point now for the believer. People are so scared that grace will ignore sin and allow it to grow in believers lives. But the truth is that grace has destroyed sin… there is no sin to grow in a believers life!
The only sin that grows in a believer’s life is that which comes as fruit of believing a lie. Ultimately in believing that they are not righteous in Christ.
So why do Christians sin?
So for many Christians, including myself when I first came into this revelation of the gospel I had a gnawing question in my mind night and day – If I’m righteous by nature and my sin nature is dead then “why am I not perfect? Why do I still sin?”
The answer surprisingly is incredibly simple. We still struggle with our old sinful nature because we believe we should. In fact, the reason there is any sin whatsoever in our lives in any area is because we have a framework of belief that empowers it.
Now I liked Dr. Brown’s attitude on this. He said when he reads the books on “hyper” grace, that He asks God to help him to see anything he is missing or any thing he needs to learn. I like that. Just because we may believe there is error on either side of this issue, doesn’t mean we are completely right ourselves. The message of grace has long been a very important message to the church. But of course, we need to hear all of what God is saying to us.
Coincidentally, Rick Joyner just happened to issue a study (A Disciple’s Life is Not His Own) yesterday that says, in part:
The Apostle Paul warned that many would be deceived in the last days because they would only want to have their ears tickled, meaning they could not endure hearing anything difficult or challenging. […]
When we become a disciple of the Lord, we go from being in control of our own lives to coming under the Lord’s authority. We are not dealing with a man but the Lord of the universe. Every human problem is the result of man thinking he could disobey God and run the world without Him. The answer to every human problem is to return to Him and seek to obey Him in all things. […]
The life of a true disciple is the most difficult life we can live in some ways, but also the most liberating, fulfilling, and exciting. The greatest freedom we will ever know is being Christ’s slave. It is not easy, but it is worth it in every way in this life, and then we have the ultimate benefit of eternal life.