Grace And Consequences

I consider myself a “grace boy.” That is, all the debates that have been on-going in Presbyterian and Reformed circles over sanctification over the past few years, I side with those who emphasize the indicative (who we are by virtue of our union with Christ) fueling the imperative (what we are to do, empowered by such grace).

…There are times when grace isn’t grace when it tolerates poor performance in the workplace or sinful behavior in the congregation.

…We demonstrate the fruits of repentance by a “long obedience in the same direction” as we rebuild trust.

…it is necessary for those of us who love grace and who see ourselves as “grace boys” to try to make careful distinctions in order to protect the grace of Jesus that we love and preach.

—Sean Michael Lucas, “What Grace Isn’t” (HT: Aquila Report)

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. Whose calling people “grace boys”? What is the opposite of being a “grace boy”?
    Don’t understand the context…

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