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Aug 19, 2009

A License to Sin

The number one complaint I get about the grace message from people is that they feel it’s giving us a license to sin. I am certain I’ve heard this accusation no less than a million times in the last five years. It usually goes something like this: 

“You mean to tell me that I can do drugs, kill people, rob banks and burn down an orphanage and I’ll still go to heaven?”  

It amazes me how folks come to that conclusion after hearing that we are forgiven for everything, and He will never leave us or forsake us. You have to wonder what’s in the heart of Americans today when betrayal and debauchery are the first thing that comes to their mind when offered security in a relationship.  

Could you imagine going to a wedding and listening to the bride and groom recite their
vows: “I will never leave you - through sickness and health - for richer or poorer - for better or for worse - till death do us part,” and some guy on the front row raises his hand and says, “Woe dude, that means you can cheat on her, do drugs, beat her up and burn her parents' house down.” It’s interesting that this is the mentality that people worry that others will take when offered a forever covenant with God. The separating factor between those who "get it" and those who don't, is love. People who do not have love in their hearts almost always interpret a forever covenant as an opportunity to sin.  

An open hearted human reaction to eternal security is almost never this. Security in a relationship causes the heart to open wide and become transparent and vulnerable. The forever covenant is assurance that every part of a person will be accepted and loved, no matter how ugly or dark. It encourages a person to no longer hide within themselves or live in secret. When they know they are safe forever, they are aheart thousand times more likely to give all of themselves and hold nothing back. This is the heart behind the marriage covenant of “Till death do us part.”  

For any relationship to be authentic, it must start with a forever covenant of eternal security. Unfortunately, today, most relationships don’t have this one foundational element and they are plagued with secrecy, uncertainty, and shallowness. I think that more than anything, today’s relationships are saturated with control. I have found that control is humanity's antidote to insecurity. This is where the heart of today’s Christian thinking exists. 

Most Christian teachings today strip us of our security in our relationship with God. They create uncertainty in the hearts of people as to where they stand with Him at anygirl given time. Once uncertainty has been swallowed, control sets in. It sets in because it is needed immediately. There is a vacuum created with unsureness that needs to be filled with something more powerful than itself. Control is not only needed, but it’s desired as well. 

Teachings about accountability partners, spiritual leaders, submitting to authority and church covering are widely accepted with little or no resistance. When a loving God is made to look unpredictable and not so loving, people submit to someone who they think might know better than them. They lose confidence in themselves and their ability to please an unpleaseable God, so they put themselves under the care and control of others in an effort to find security again.  

Without security, the Christian life becomes about “NOT sinning.” Every single aspect of a person’s relationship with God is determined by whether or not they have sinned recently. I have found that just about every Christian term is somehow linked to this pattern of belief. Anytime a Christian today is talking about his spiritual struggles, he is most certainly talking about a personal battle with some sin in his life. If a person is struggling to get closer to God, they are usually struggling to conquer a sin or a pattern of sin. When someone feels especially spiritual and close to God, it’s usually because they haven’t committed any of their big sins in the last few weeks. Because they feel as though they got the victory of that particular sin, they feel freed up and confident to approach God. 

“Growing in the Lord” is defined by how much less a person sins than they did before they met God. Today, we even consider our “witness for Christ” to be our public abstinence from sin. If a person sins in front of unbelievers, they are told that they “blew their witness.” Almost all Christian “testimonies” are about how a person was caught in a life of sin before they met Jesus. The bigger the sins a person was committing before they got saved, the more they are asked to give their testimony in front of others. 

It doesn’t surprise me that when the grace message is preached today, the first thing that comes to mind with the average Christian is sin. The grace message is spoken of as a “license to sin” and the mere thought of that scares people to death. It goes againstlicense everything they think the Christian life is about. Finding out that God loves you whether you sin or not, is a bit scary because people aren’t sure what they’ll do. 

One person actually told me that it’s safer to deny the grace message because that way they’d know for sure that they would sin less. “Freedom in Christ” sounds too much like “freedom to sin.” It’s just not worth chancing it. 

I have listened to grace preachers all over the world respond to the world famous “license to sin” accusation. We all have our own way of trying to get people to not look at it that way, but to see the heart of relationship and what Christianity is really about. My approach to this has become vastly different from most. In fact, I believe it would down right scare the hell out of most pastors.

Do I think the grace message gives people a license to sin? 

YES, I absolutely do. 

Part of giving someone freedom, is giving them their choice back. Christianity today has stripped us of our choice to sin. When we are told that sin separates us from God and we will be punished, our choice in the matter is taken away. We have an entire generation of people who quit sinning because of the outer voice of their religion rather than the inner personal voice of their heart. In other words, their quitting didn’t come from their heart; it came from their head. The grace message gives people back their right to sin, and it provides an atmosphere in which they can grow spiritually right and find truth in the center of themselves rather than in a system. A license to sin is not an encouragement to sin, but it’s the right to sin. Take away that right, and you take away relationship altogether. 

"Everything is permissible for me"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"—but I will not be mastered by anything." --Paul--

Without a license to sin, I don’t believe people will ever know their own heart, much less the Heart of God. The problem is that in the process of molding themselves to fit religion's requirements, a person learns to deny any and all inner emotions of the heart that might cause them to sin. Things like anger, passion, lust and greed are shut down and the result is that they lose contact with self and eventually forget who they are altogether. Sadly, Christians today stand adamantly against sin, but they have no idea why. They don’t feel a thing in their hearts about sin, other than the memorized knowledge that “it’s wrong.” They believe it’s wrong, not because their heart sings that truth, but because that’s what they’ve been taught. When you shut down some aspects of the heart, you end up shutting down ALL aspects of the heart.

Some people who believe that Christianity is about “not sinning” will inevitably say, “What difference does it make? As long as a person isn’t sinning, who cares what’s behind it?” This is an anti-intimacy mentality. Would you rather have your spouse not cheat on you because adultery is a sin or because they love you? Givingmarriage someone a license to sin is the only way to get to the “because I love you” answer. Most fear that answer will never come, so they opt for the “adultery is a sin” card. It’s more controlling and has a better guarantee. They’ll say something like, “If you ever cheat on me, I’ll divorce you” in a feeble effort to guarantee the other person's faithfulness. Real relationship says, “If you ever cheated on me, I wouldn’t leave you.” It leaves faithfulness completely up to the heart of their spouse. The thought of that is terrifying. 

When my six-year-old daughter informed us that she wanted to run away, we packed a suitcase for her and opened the door. Needless to say, she changed her mind and told us she wants to stay with us. I’m not interested in making prisoners out of my children. The only way to accomplish that is to give them a license to run away. The same is true with the grace message. God wants relationship that is based on a heart's desire for intimacy with Him. He’s not interested in keeping prisoners. The only way to have this intimacy with people is to give them a license to sin.

True freedom comes only when the hand of control is removed and a person is given choice to sin or not to sin. If you have a hundred birds in a cage and fifty of those birds belong to you, but the other fifty do not; how many will fly away if you open the cage?


However, fifty will eventually fly back. Then and only then, is relationship possible.

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    David Backus

    I think the beginning of my journey to freedom was when I decided I no longer cared whether I went to hell or not. The only thing I wanted was to know the God who created me. Hell was up to Him and I stopped worrying about it. And that was my first honest prayer to God. I told Him "I don't care if I go to hell, I just want to know you." That is when my journey into His heart got underway.

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    Michael Suderley

    Darin I am assuming you wrote this. Even if it was not by you it resounds with the truth that Daddy has been teaching me for months now. I find it is only with the freedom to choose sin or not that I learn what it means to WANT to choose something different. Not thinking that I am going to burn or fall out of His favor for sinning is actually very freeing. I am slowly gaining boldness to be honest with Him about getting down to my HEART attitudes about sin, and I have asked Him to enter into the midst of my sins: angry outbursts, lust, pornography, fear, hatred, etc. and to show me why I WANT these things more than I want Him in those moments of failure. I am learning to rest more in His love that can NEVER be outsinned in a lifetime, let alone in a day. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Michael Suderley

    Not sinning is not the goal, but learning to rest in His love and let Him love myself and others through me is the goal. All other side issues like sin will fall into their proper place as his love works mightily within me.

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    This message right here is what set me on the path to becoming a free believer. In my 10 years as a christian I never felt in my heart completely secure in my salvation and as a child of God. Once I realized that sin isn't the issue anymore my confidence in the Lord has gone through the roof. I'm not afraid of falling of that beam of life anymore...and it's AWESOME!

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    This post came to me at just the right time. Last night I was reading a book that my father gave me called,"When Sinners Say I do." It's about marriage, and basically says all bad things in marriage are due to sin. I became nauseated while reading it. I guess that I feel that so many Christians are so stuck on their sinful nature they completely miss the mark of Christ in their lives. Just like the Christians that blame everything on Satan, certain groups blame everything on "SIN." I honestly feel like I'm so sick of hearing about sin. What about the good things that folks do? Why not hear about that? I mean if we are created in the image of God doesn't that mean we share in His goodness?

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    Lenny Buchanan

    "When we are told that sin separates us from God and we will be punished, our choice in the matter is taken away."

    This has been the first thing that used to come to mind when someone would mention free will. It sure does not feel like free will when I am threatened with death if you do not accept Jesus into my life. One definition of accept is "to receive willingly" and willingly is defined as "cheerfully consent." It does not bring a lot of joy to accept God who is so self-centered that if I do not believe in him he will destroy me. Where is the cheerfulness in that.

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    Darin Hufford

    Amen to that Lenny!

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    Chris Pack

    Love the statement "I have found that control is humanity's antidote to insecurity." Very true.

    I have discovered that as I've relaxed in God's love and grace that I have sinned less. Maybe not at first, but ultimately. I spend no thought on sin avoidance now, but I sin less than before. Good stuff, man.

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    Powerful post! Resting in His grace means the end of sin- and shame-management. Why can't we just trust that the Spirit dwelling in a believer's heart is good and strong enough to bring conviction, rather than thinking that must be our job! It is so hard to get that system out of our system! Thanks for articulating this truth so well, Darin!

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    Bob C

    BINGO!!! You did it again, Darin. I've never read such a clear and well worded explanation of this. What a major barrier this sin-focused attitude is to intimacy with God! It looks like trying to be faithful to God...but it's just another form of SELF focus. He's been guiding me through this for a while now. It's hard to unlearn to old way. But as I trust Him more, the sweetness and goodness of my dearest Friend takes hold of me and HE is becoming my main focus. I am tasting and seeing how GOOD the Lord really is!

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    Pete C

    I try to avoid sin because it hurts the one I love not because it is against the law. When we are fully enveloped by God's unconditional Love, sinning is like trying to eating something that smells spoiled, it is just not appealing. It does not matter if were against the law or not, if it would cause you to die and go to hell or not, it is just not appealing. Trying not to sin is hard work, lounging in God’s is total relaxation. On the other hand following a set of rules with predefined excuses for when we fail allows us to stay in our comfort zone. Exploring the vastness and wonders of the Father’s Love is way outside of our comfort zone but widely exhilarating.

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    You did it again, Darin, well done! Excellent article and well-written. The content is so freeing and a different slant on what we're taught in the church. We become so bound by peoples' interpretations, and not freed by the love of the Father for us.

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    nice, "Would you rather have your spouse not cheat on you because adultery is a sin or because they love you?" - this is the best question ever asked! Using the word spouse puts things into better perspective than when using the word God in the sentence, because it is no longer a vague image of God on judgement day but a real touchy feely person on earth!

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    how come when somebody answers the question "Would you rather have your spouse not cheat on you because adultery is a sin or because they love you?" with "because adultery is a sin", i shut myself off for that person...

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    The focus on sin and trying to stop sinning is an OT mindset. I'm not immune either. When we don't love we are stuck with trying to follow the law. I find myself asking, where is the love, why is it so hard to believe in sometimes, how do I fully get it inside my heart where it guides everything I do?

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    Ed Johnson

    Bingo! Freedom by one definition is "the ability to do whatever you want."
    I'm free.

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    AMEN! When I learned that God loved me no matter what, even at my ugliest, I finally found the security to love Him without fear of abandonment. Grace/Freedom didn't cause me to want to go out and sin. It caused me to want to give all of me to Him.

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    What if........
    People ceased to be ignorant and asked of the Lord to reveal HIS truth to them? Maranatha!

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    stacey Robbins

    LOVE this, Darin. Your passion and message are so strong. Fiercely protective of the "love" message. Thank God...

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    Sue Hanauer

    Romans says that apart from the law there is no sin. I only recently (last few years) have learned the heart of that verse that we (by Jesus' death and resurrection) ARE apart from the grace...
    thanks for this article darin

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    Charity Wells

    Darin, Just now I read this out loud to my hubby. We are eight months out of the I.C. This is an excellent article, and describes to a very accurate degree what we have experienced. We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo loving having relationship with God without "the man" (as you described in an article a few months ago)in between us and the Holy Spirit. My hubby was saying the people who don't want grace because they are afraid they will sin don't have faith.....poor things. Looking forward to reading and interacting with other FREE BELIEVERS!!

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    Whoah! So nice to hear this. It's so nice not to be defined by my every little inkling to sin. I acknowledge my desire and move on. So grateful to take that load of guilt off of my shoulders, and live peacefully.

    Way to go, Darin.

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    Rhonda Sayers

    I have thought for some time that the messages I have heard my whole christian life have been more about what the devil is doing in the life of the believer or about keeping the law, rather than the extravagant love , mercy and grace of God working in our lives today. Thanks for putting into words what I knew all along.

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    Kyle Kiel

    Aha. Thank you for that moment. That insight showed up at the perfect time.

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    Grady Gill

    Thank You so much for this. I know it is not my job to change everybody's mind but sometimes it is difficult to verbalize my feelings. This is right on! It's like a forced relationship. Like a bad abusive boyfriend that keeps his girlfriend by his side out of fear. This is so not who God is! Thanks again!!


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    Darin Hufford

    Thanks Grady.

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    David Joseph Brncik

    I really believe this is the best blog yet, If people could grasp these truths christians would stop being so bitter. I love and believe in you Darin.

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    darin, you need to stay out of my prayer life, please.

    i've been struggling with this in a relationship in my personal life for a few months now. everytime i pray about it Pop says to me "Tony, how have i dealt with you all these years? have i not been merciful? have i not been gracious? have i withheld any good thing from you even though you've continued in this sin, and that sin, and the other sin? didn't i send Christ before you were even born? deal with this as i deal with you, it's the best way, believe me, trust me."

    even hearing this, i have truly struggled. acted an ass, if i must say so myself. this weekend has seen me truly showing my ass. no more.

    thanks be to Pop and our big brother and to you.

    thanks dude.


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    Darin Hufford

    I hear ya Tony. You're not alone:)

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    So much truth in this, Darin -- and so much freedom! When I became a Christian 5 years ago, I was terrified of being disobedient and separated from God. I examined every particle of my life under a high-powered microscope to make sure I'd be "right with God." What a waste of time!

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    For those of you with children, I highly recommend the book "Loving Your Kids on Purpose" by Danny Silk. It talks about helping your kids manage their God-given freedom. It is beautifully and humorously written and comes against the mentality of "controlling" your children. It has changed the way I parent my four kids, praise God.

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    It is the crux of what Paul, the apostle, wrote about in the epistle to the Galations. Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. His admonition was not to take away their freedom, but within that freedom love one another.

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    Because I linked to this article from the newsletter I was thinking it was written many moons ago - as if I heard it before so many times over and over. Its almost like a benchmark to where I am in this walk outside the walls of the IC. I just said to "self", Maybe walking in the Wild it is best to have that fear of sinning - that proding b/c we are only human. It seems I am encouraged by this blog as I still find struggles a struggle and don't allow myself not be fearful of sinning. Is my perception my reality?? A manager at work just quoted that yesterday. I've heard it so many times - I wonder if it makes sense to what we think, then we are, quoting from Proverbs. Anyways, I think I am more understanding today; less religious but still bond by years of religious teaching...Thank!

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    David Joseph Brncik

    Getting people to Love God based on relationship instead of fear, manipulation, power trips, is a good thing to do. People are just so afraid of God and it really brings me to tears. If they could just know they are secure in Christ that is where relationship is birthed. Without eternal security no one would have a Hope and they would never be able to enjoy life and the goodness of Love who is God. Love You all, Treasure your Hope in Christ.

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    pat g

    Really well put!

    Upon learning of the exposed sin of someone-especially a prominent person (maybe a pastor? or politician?)it's often said "that they fell from grace."
    How backwards is that?? Galatians 5:3-4 says,

    "And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace."(Galatians 5:4)

    We "fall from grace" when we make feeble attempts at self-justification; by learning all the laws and attempting to keep them! There's only bondage in that. At that point, we disregard the freedom Christ gave us through His death; we rely on "self" to save us. Christian idolotry-making ourselves into little gods and placing ourselves on the Throne

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    lyn myers

    I'm with you there Michael!

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    Linda Orsak

    Hi Gang,

    I have been teaching the message of God's unconditional love and grace for about 20 years. I've heard the "license to sin" charge" many, many times.

    Today, my answer is simply, "I'm not giving people a license to sin by teaching this message, God did that. Adam and Eve got
    the first license to sin...given by's called "Free Will".


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    Gary M.

    This is one of the BEST blogs I've read because it's true....Thank you..and I will pass this on.

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    Darin Hufford

    Thanks Gary.

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    This is a real eye-opener to me. However I must say it is possible to believe earnestly in the eternal security of the believer (I left one denomination over that many years ago) but still not know real freedom. I never doubted my salvation, but I did believe God disciplined those who sinned (Heb 12)and was afraid of that and even feared much of my suffering was maybe a result of something wrong I did. (Now I do wonder if some of it was - I sent my kids to a Christian school and took on board a lot of wrong ideas abouot God!) But thinking about it, Heb 12 is about loving discipline of which I knew nothing as a child so I was seeing discipline through coloured glasses of harshness.

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    Hey again, Darin. Thanks so much for answering my other comment in Who Killed Christ, i didn't respond, my bad!>.<
    I am curious to know if this strictly applies to the 'believer.'Maybe it's a silly question but i imagine myself as someone who has not yet accepted Christ's message and so fits the category of still being "in sin"/separated. I know God loves all of his children, whether or not they choose him... but in their eyes, wouldn't the accepting of Grace still be a "doing" thing? What if they love that it's not a condemning, but freeing message, yet it's still saying "my way or the highway - only one path to God" and therefore run... make sense? If Love is the way, Could people who may not know their stance on the person of Jesus actually know him in essence because they Love? Cheers

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    Darin Hufford

    My personal opinion on that Hannah is that a person who sincerely loves - knows God and is known by Him. What about a person who believes in Jesus but does not love?

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    Well, I guess the automatic church answer in me wants to say that knowing Christ as your personal savior is all that matters. It's the hoice, the "turning." But I see where you're coming from... if you truly knew him, how could the "fruit" of love not come..correct? Mm, this is all so new to me I honestly can't say, but it seems the answer is staring me in the face just by the question. So the person who sincerely loves.. and therefore knows God and is known by him - does that automatically equate with Jesus - whether or not they believe in the Person? it weird, because I want the answer to be YES! simply because I know so many amazing people who are the most loving...well,non christians I've ever met. it just doesn't add up. Is it God=Love,Jesus=God,Jesus=Love THUS Love='Salvation'?

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    Hope I'm not coming on too strong! I know this isn't necessarily supposed to be a personal questioning time... I guess? ;) These views have really rocked my world and I guess It does seem to good to be true! Thanks for your time anyhow.

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    Darin Hufford

    Hannah I think you are on to something. These are questions that I've been asking and voicing out. I think it's great that you are on this same path. You're not coming on strong at all. In fact, you clearly belong here:-) I appreciate your point of view. I wonder with you if it could be THAT easy.

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    Wow! Thank you, that's great to hear:D Is it normal to feel almost guilty like im 'going astray'? You know, I recently came back to the us from nz where I came across freebelievers and felt such FREEDOM in this message. I admit I was pretty afraid of falling prey to the old way of thinking. truth be told, im feeling the pressure, but in a loving way. I'd love to know you're thoughts on what is conviction and what is just breaking through years of a learned way of conscience tends to work overtime! I just hate the fear and almost 'chains' i feel again... but then what if i'm just being disobedient and wanting to do my own thing? He has our best interest in mind, right? ...

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    (continued) so do we walk in freedom or total dependence? You could argue Jesus did one or the other. I just hate the thought of "what if I know what's 'right'... im just choosing to be 'willfully ignorant' & want this ideal because it sounds so awesome."
    I'm not very well versed in the Bible and I don't have much interest in reading it which makes "searching" a bit difficult >.< but my friend pointed out verses like Luke 14:26.. and spoke about how Paul said our time on this earth was basically going to be hard. but joyful... askdjha.
    I bet you wish you weren't in my head right now! haha... im just trying to be honest with myself i guess. dont want to get this one wrong. ;)

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    My church has another angle. They teach eternal security of the believer but if you are sinning or not "living for the Lord" (including praying Bible reading, witnessing, service) you probably were never REALLY a believer. This is such a different way of looking at it.

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    Darin Hufford

    Yea Jenny I've heard all those teachings and they're wrong. Dead wrong. Don't listen to a word of it. You know in your heart what truth is.

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    Thanks Darin. I am just learning to listen to my heart. Though I must admit as I read through your blogs and your book some things I could say "I knew it" though maybe I couldn't always put it into words well. Other things are new to me but make so much sense.

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    Thanks Darin. I am learning to be sincere with the Lord and it is so skairy. A few days ago when I sinned with my "bigest sin" I told Him that I knew I was going to do that if I knew about grace. I love the Lord and I want to be with him but it is very painful to stop sinning when you like your sin. But I think even there God's grace will do something.

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    Thanks for this Darin. Finally, someone has put into words what i've been trying pretty unsuccesfully to say to people for such a long time! Feel like emailing this to so many people who i've had this "licence to sin" argument with.

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    Darin Hufford

    Chris you are welcome to paste a link to as many emails as you'd like. You can also cut and paste this article to emails. I'd appreciate it if you'd include a link along with the article. I think there are millions of Christians who need to hear this message:) Thanks so much.

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    The separating factor between those who "get it" and those who don't, is love....As His love has grown in my heart I "get it" more and more and am able to give His love away though it sometimes costs me my pride and my will oh...and the life Jesus said to lose in order to gain Life.
    I love the message of freedom in Christ. It doesn't lead me to sin, it makes my heart tender and grateful. Grace makes it much much easier to love people. After all people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones right?
    Tim and Mary's Excellent Adventure FB

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    Darren, in recent news I am wondering if you have been aware of the Exodus International and Restored Hope Network split? Exodus no longer exists. Those who formed RHN accuse Exodus of apostasy. RHN accuses Exodus of a cheap grace gospel in that Alan Chambers believes one cannot lose salvation no matter what the sin, specifically, unrepentant gay sex. RHN believes that this is cheap grace theology and apostasy on the part of Christians at Exodus. RHN believes if a Christian gay person continues in unrepentant sexual sin and even calls it "good" then this person has left the faith and "there is no sacrifice left" for them. Thus, they have lost their salvation. There is no license to sin. Quite the contrary. They point to the passage in Hebrews to prove it. I don't know what to do with Hebrews 10:26,27. This passage could speak to any unrepentant sin. It seems clear and straight forward. I can't love a God that would burn me alive if I went too far. Could anyone? Any help?

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    The idea that I am free to love God (or anyone for that matter) after I know where I stand makes perfect sense to me. If I know that nothing I do or don't do will ever separate me from God then that is true freedom. I just don't know what to do with these passages that seem to indicate that I CAN go to far and that I CAN lose my salvation.

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    I get it - "Giving someone a license to sin is the only way to get to the “because I love you” answer...
    ...freedom comes only when the hand of control is removed and a person is given choice..."
    thanks Darin

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    Lets be real people don't need a license to sin they do it without one!! The more grace has gripped me the more I know Christianity must have complete freedom to prosper in our hearts. How can we love God unrestrained if we think he is just waiting to drop the boom on us?

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    David Joseph

    Dear Darin and free believers, this is the perfect writing that goes hand in hand with the new lovelations God who is Love has given me, I was hopeing maybe i could post my life and Gods work of the epistle of my heart and Gods eternal work on the free believers page or facebook, but i have not heard back yet , Anyway I Hope to hear from you soon about that , David Joseph

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    Good article. Many times I try to explain this to people and fall flat on my face. I'll just send them this article.
    Twice in my life I renounced my Christianity because I felt that I could not live up to it. Could not stop sinning. Finally, I came back to God anyway, knowing that I can't measure up, but had nowhere else to go. And someone told me: that's when you really became a Christian, when you realized that you can't be a Christian because you can't stop sinning.

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    Darrin, these blogs are life giving. Something I get confused about is why does Jesus warn so vehemently against sin if it can’t hurt us? Can you direct me to an article about that? Suffering with OCD, would love answers!

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