Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jud 1:3-4 KJV)
The other day I was reading a devotional based on Jude 3-4, and the author of the devotional was warning about changing the grace of God in to something that it is not. In Galatians, the apostle Paul points to legalism as the problem. There were some that were attempting to attach works to the good news of the Gospels and there by diminishing the grace of God and emphasizing works. Ephesians 2:8-9, tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” It is not by any of our works, we just have to believe (faith).
There is also another front by which the grace of God is a under attack and that is where the Bible uses the word, lasciviousness. What is lasciviousness? Webster defines it as follows:
1. Looseness; irregular indulgence of animal desires; wantonness; lustfulness.
2. Tendency to excite lust, and promote irregular indulgences.
Some translations of the Bible translate it to mean, “license”. The world has pointed at Church and said where is this “grace” we Christian keep talking about? Grace is not the means by which we tolerate or give license to the world to sin, it is the means by which we forgive the sin.