Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Feb 18, 2017
FYI jeff, Dr. Brown does not respond directly to comments on here or answer people's questions. At least I have yet to see him do it. If you are sincerely interested in knowing the answers to your questions and not simply attempting to start a controversy on here, I suggest you read his book, "The Grace Controversy," which this article was adapted from—as it states at the end of this article. Dr. Brown does briefly address your questions towards the end of this article, so you might want to read it again. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage you to read his aforementioned book from which this article is adapted to get expanded answers to your questions since you don't want anyone else to answer your questions. Dr. Brown's book is an excellent book for several reasons. One is that it is very balanced on the subject of grace. Second, it is an excellent book because he includes a whole lot of Scripture in it as well. And third, it is very well written and easy to read. Blessings to you as you seek to know the truth.
jeff posted a comment · Feb 17, 2017
Hi Dr. Brown. Thank you for your article which is potent and clear. Could you (you in particular not anyone else viewing this) please answer the question "What happens to believers who love Jesus yet die between the time they commit sins in this life and are able to confess them?" Secondly "What happens in general if we proceed through life with life with unconfessed sin?" What are we robbed of by failing to confess our sins?
Rev. Randy K. posted a comment · Feb 14, 2017
Error begets error and there’s no better example of it than the Hyper-Grace teaching. Teaching that are sins are all forgiven, past, present, and future leads the Hyper-Grace teachers to thus teach that Christians do not need to confess their sins. And of course, if Christians do not need to confess their sins, they certainly don’t need to repent of them. Joseph Prince teaches against the teaching of the need of Christians to repent. In fact, Prince goes so far as to claim in his book, “Destined to Reign,” on page 76-77, that the Holy Spirit told him that He recorded one of Paul’s messages in the book of Acts, “word for word” as an example of what the apostle of grace (as the Hyper-Grace crowd are fond of calling the apostle Paul). And because this message of Paul’s which was recorded “word for word,” in Acts 13:38-39 doesn’t include Paul saying anything about the need of confessing our sins or repentance—only believe, we can be sure that it is not necessary to preach confession of sins or repentance. In fact, Prince says that is the one reason so many Christians struggle with sin. I John 4:1 tells us not to believe every spirit, but test the spirits because they are not all from God. How do we test the spirits? The first and best way is with the Word of God—the Bible. So, what did the apostle Paul have to say about this matter of him not preaching repentance? In Acts 26:21-22, when testifying before King Agrippa, the apostle Paul said that after his experience on the Damascus road, he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but rather, “First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in ALL Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should REPENT and turn to God AND PROVE their repentance by their DEEDS.” (NIV 1978) Prove their repentance by their DEEDS? That is something Prince adamantly preaches against. Prince claims that based on what a spirit told him, Paul did not preach repentance. However, the apostle Paul said that he preached repentance everywhere he went. Read his epistles. He preached repentance to the believers in the church as well. For example, in II Corinthians 7:10 Paul writes, “Godly sorrow brings REPENTANCE that leads to SALVALTION and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (NIV 1978) And Paul goes on to write in II Corinthians 12:21, “I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and HAVE NOT REPENTED of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.” (NIV 1979) So, who are we to believe—Joseph Prince, or the apostle Paul? That’s a no-brainer of course. So, what else has this “spirit” been telling Joseph Prince? Prince begins his book, “Destined to Reign” by saying that heard a voice tell him, “Son, you are not preaching grace.” Prince says it was not a witness in his spirit, it was a voice. And he knew it was God’s voice. Unfortunately, Prince did not obey I John 4:1 and test the spirits with the Word of God. Prince should have at least done what the apostle Paul did. In Galatians 2:2 he says that he went to Jerusalem in response to a revelation he had received and shared it with the apostles to see if they believed he was on the right track. They bore witness that he was. Prince should have shared his great grace revelation with some seasoned men of God who are leaders in the Full Gospel/Spirit-filled/Charismatic circles like Dr. Michael Brown before just running off with it. It would have saved the body of Christ a lot of division and grief—as well as saving so many people from ship-wrecking their Christian faith.