Michael L. Brown
A hyper-grace pastor recently accused me of believing that “Jesus is not enough.” How should we respond to accusations like this? And are these catchy little phrases, which attempt to make others look like subpar Christians, really helpful? Do they even tell us anything at all? This particular pastor was critical of my book Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message (or, at least, he was critical of how another author presented my book, often in extremely misleading ways). He stated, “In Jesus you’re forgiven, sanctified, made holy and made eternally righteousness, yet, Dr. Brown says Jesus isn’t enough. Now he wouldn’t come right out and say such a thing but … Dr. Brown still depends on human effort to complete the work Jesus began.” Really? I say (or believe) that Jesus isn’t enough? I depend on human effort to complete the work Jesus began? This is news to me, after leaning on Him as my only source of righteousness and life these last 42 years. What point, then, is this pastor trying to make? Is he saying that I don’t mean it when I sing the words, “Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus”? More