A Personal Word to My Hyper-Grace FriendsAll of us who know Jesus as Lord want to live in the fullness of His grace, but what exactly does that mean and how does that work itself out in our lives? Unfortunately, there is tremendous division in the body today over the question of grace, and to address it from any angle is to wade right into controversy and potential misunderstanding. On the one hand, there are many who have been greatly blessed by what is called “the grace revolution” or “grace reformation,” and when any of us raise concerns about some aspects of that message, we are called grace-haters and legalists and Pharisees. On the other hand, many of those who do not endorse the “grace revolution” attack the modern grace preachers in the harshest of terms, calling them false prophets who do not even know the Lord. Not surprisingly, as a result of my writing Hyper-Grace, some who identify with that message have accused me of preaching another gospel and being under a curse, while others who are critical of that message have accused me of being too soft on false teachers. It comes with the turf! Is there perhaps a way we can communicate with each other without the name-calling and volatility? Do we perhaps have more in common than we realize? Can we perhaps learn something from each other? Let me put a few things on the table for the purpose of open and honest discussion with those both inside and outside each “camp.” First, let me explain the reason I use the term hyper-grace. I did not want to call it counterfeit grace, because in the vast majority of cases, this is a message preached by brothers and sisters in the Lord and it is a message filled with life-changing truths. At the same time, I believe the message is preached in an exaggerated way, sometimes with dangerous errors. How then to describe it? Since many within the hyper-grace camp use this term themselves, saying, “Yes! Grace should be hyper, and that’s exactly how Paul described it in the Greek,” and since for others, the term would imply an exaggerated grace message, I felt this would be the best term to use. It is descriptive and can be taken positively or negatively, depending on the perspective. Second, those of us outside the hyper-grace camp need to ask ourselves why so many believers have been genuinely helped by this message. More