God’s grace and the Force

Posted by Matt Lane on September 3rd, 2013 filed in Bible, Christian Living

I recently read a book about addiction and grace and while it had some helpful information, it really just made me angry.

The most helpful parts were when the author described how human addiction happens and the physiological factors behind it. Super spot on, super helpful. The parts where he tied in grace, well then I got increasingly angry through every chapter.

Any discussion about God’s grace cannot be apart from sin. And any thorough discussion about sin cannot take place absent of the wrath of God and his requirement for justice. So not only did this author rarely even mention the word sin (maybe 4 times?) but he definitely did not talk about God’s wrath nor did he talk about Jesus’ substitutionary isstrongatonement for our sins. Instead this author treated grace like the Force. Literally, you could have replaced the word grace with “the force” and it would have lost little meaning.

The author did little to use the Bible to unpack why God gives us grace nor was their any effort to say that grace was costly to him. Instead it was portrayed that God has a big bucket of grace and he sprinkles it out as needed and he can just fill it up again as he desires. No mention of the sacrifice it took on God’s part, no mention of how we are born sinners and completely depraved.

Was the book helpful to me? Marginally. If someone hadn’t given it to me, I would have stopped reading after the first chapter. I was reminded of the realities of addiction so I’m grateful for that. But much of the book I thought bordered on heresy and at the very least was spiritually misguided.

Theology doesn’t save me. Being able to articulate different doctrines won’t keep me from sinning. However, knowing good theology based upon biblical doctrine will help me treasure Jesus more. And that can be used by the Holy Spirit to break my addictions.

Oh, and may the force be with you.

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2 Responses to “God’s grace and the Force”

  1. Stephen Says:

    And also with you. 🙂 lol great read, as with many of the entries and articles here.

  2. Matt Lane Says:

    Hey Stephen, thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the kind words! Sometimes I just have to get a few thing off my chest!

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