Free Grace Or Lordship Salvation?

Q. How do you define “free grace” theology and do you believe it is biblical? I believe Lordship Salvation is unbiblical as I understand it but the other side of the spectrum is “free grace” and I am unclear on how it lines up with scripture as it is defined by its proponents. I fully believe that God’s grace is given to us freely irrespective of our merit but I don’t want to label myself as “free grace” if that means I am one who thinks I can live any way I want because that is not the case. Does this make sense?

A. Logically speaking, since we’re saved by grace through faith alone (Ephes 2:8-9), and our salvation was guaranteed from the moment we first believed (Ephes 1:13-14) and since God has accepted responsibility for us, put His mark of ownership on us and His spirit in us (2 Cor. 1:21-22), and since He has forgiven all of our sins (Col. 2:13-14) made us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21) perfect forever (Hebr. 10:14) and has promised never to lose even one of us (John 6:39-40), etc, etc. then we can live any way we want to, because from His extra-temporal point of view we’ve already been raised up and seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephes. 2:6-7) and nothing can change that.

But in the mean time, knowing that He wants us to live in a manner that expresses our gratitude for the free gift of salvation, then how do we want to live?  Lordship salvation inserts a degree of obligation into this answer, whereas free grace relies on gratitude alone as the motivation.  Most people would say that having the freedom to do as we please, but choosing to live in a way that pleases God, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the purest demonstration of gratitude because there’s no obligation to do so.

And since He wants us to live joyful abundant lives, which would better accomplish that?  Striving to live up to certain standards because we’ve been told we have to in order to give evidence of our salvation?   Or trying to live up to them simply because we’re so grateful for what we’ve already been given that we want to please Him as a sign our appreciation? In my opinion free grace is a purer motivation.

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