A Dangerous and Deadly Deception

Michael Brown

It is one thing to downplay the ugliness of sin in the life of a believer. It is another thing to deny the existence of sin in the life of a believer. Yet today, there are believers who claim that they do not sin, even when they do. As scary as this deception is, the reasoning behind it is even scarier.

I first encountered this in some fringe hyper-grace circles, where the reasoning goes like this: “I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a body. My spirit is born-again, redeemed and perfect in God’s sight. Therefore my spirit—which is the real me—is incapable of sinning, which means that if there is sin in my life, it’s not really me committing the sin.”

Of course, there are some truths mixed into this line of thinking, but it ultimately leads to an unbiblical, very dangerous conclusion: “Yes, I sin, but it’s really not me sinning!” You can easily see where this nonsense can go.

One well-known hyper-grace teacher asks the question, “Does a daily walk of joyful, sinless existence seem like an impossibility?” He then assures his readers that it is hardly impossible at all.

A friend of mine became concerned by some teaching he was hearing in his church (a very well-known church in his region), and so he called the pastor’s right-hand man and asked him to answer a question with a yes or a no: “Do you sin?” The leader replied, “No, I don’t sin,” explaining that his spirit within him was perfect and sinless and that’s who he really was.

This reminds me of extremes in the Word of Faith camp where people were taught never to say they were sick, since they were already healed at the cross. Instead, they were told to say they were suffering from lying symptoms. (How much better it is to say, “I’m fighting some sickness but I confess that God is my Healer and that Jesus paid for my healing, so believe God with me for complete restoration now.”)

Because of this kind of thinking, a famous Word of Faith Bible school had to inform prospective students that they wanted “fact” answers on their applications rather than “faith” answers. Some applicants actually believed that they could “create new realities” with their words—“calling things that are not as though they were,” based on Romans 4:17—and so they would give false answers about their past education or drug use or finances. I kid you not!

Some extreme hyper-grace adherents will take a biblical verse and stand it on its head. For example, John writes, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9, ESV). But rather than understanding the plain meaning of the verse, namely that a truly born-again believer will not make a practice of sin, they conclude, “Even if it appears that I’m doing wrong things, I’m really not sinning, since God’s Word says that I can’t.” (I have read this with my own eyes.)

It appears that these deceived people have overlooked John’s exhortation just a few verses later: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (v. 18). In other words, don’t just talk about the new life, demonstrate it with your deeds.

It also appears that they have ignored Peter’s exhortation to his readers, “as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Pet. 1:15-16). Yes, our conduct matters—not just what our spirits allegedly do and don’t do.

That’s why Paul told the Corinthians that “the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:18-20).

A mainstream hyper-grace teacher once explained, “We are not our sins.” But what exactly does that mean? Perhaps an adulterous husband could tell his wife, “But honey, I am not my adultery!”

But it gets worse. There are some so-called believers who have become so deceived that they not only claim to be sin-free, they actually believe they have redeemed profanity and made it holy! (I expect that every mainstream hyper-grace teacher in the world would repudiate such trash.)

A concerned sister sent me links to a Facebook page where two consecutive posts from a deluded young man read, “Rage against the devil is a fruit of the Holy Spirit” (which doesn’t sound bad) followed by, “A fresh f— you from the Holy Spirit” (with the young man giving readers the finger in his picture; the profanity was written out in full). Others joined in the comments section with equally perverted garbage, all “in the name of the Lord.”

More than 1,900 years ago John wrote, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Ironically, some hyper-grace adherents who claim that this verse was written for unbelievers and heretics, not for believers, have embraced the very same heresy.

People of God, wake up! Deception can be deadly.


Michael Brown is the author of The Real Kosher Jesus and the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

About Lyn Leahz

Lyn Leahz is a journalist, radio show producer and host, author, as well as contributor to numerous alternative media news and opinion sites including her own site, Freedom Nation News. Of particular note, Lyn’s YouTube channel reaches nearly 200,000 subscriptions, having become one of YouTube’s leading channels on the varied topics associated with “the last days”. For example: a recent interview with author and Christian radio personality, Benjamin Baruch, has garnered over 483,000 views! Her program covers a broad spectrum of subjects: End-times events, spiritual warfare, personal and national repentance, as well as breaking news that speaks to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Lyn’s ministry skyrocketed after completing her first Christian fiction end-times’ novel, Soul Deceiver, in 2011 (available through Thomas Nelson, Westbow Press Publishing Company). Aside from her YouTube channel, Lyn has two radio shows on Leading Edge Radio Network: (1) “Out of the Darkness”, co-hosted with Benjamin Baruch, and (2) “The Lyn and Lisa ‘When Conspiracy Becomes Reality Radio Show’” (with her co-host Lisa Haven). She has interviewed numerous famous personalities like Christian-political artist Jon McNaughton, Brent Baum and Bruce Hall, Producers of the Finding Noah Film, Brett Creamer (also featured on Rick Wiles’ TruNews radio broadcast), 
Michael Snyder, author of the Economic Collapse Blog and End of the American Dream Website (recently featured on “The Jim Bakker Show”); as well as John Shorey, best selling author of The Window of the Lord’s Return, who has also been a frequent special guest on “The Jim Bakker Show” and “It’s Supernatural” produced by Sid Roth. She also has been featured in Prophecy In the News and will be speaking at the 2016 Prophecy In the News Annual Pike’s Peak Conference, as well as interviewing live on her youtube channel other prominent speakers attending the event. My websites: http://LynLeahz.com, http://freedomnationnews.com https://www.youtube.com/user/LynLeahz
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13 Responses to A Dangerous and Deadly Deception

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Thanks Lyn for this posting. When we become blinded to the sin that is in our own life we are headed for shipwreck. Let us seek God’s grace to enable us to be honest with ourselves, examine ourselves, and deal with whatever sins we may see in our lives. Lord bless you, me friend.

  2. I have come across a number of folk here at wordpress who believe we are ‘dead to sin’ and therefore it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to sin. If this were the case, I would need to tear out so much of the New Testament that there would be little left . . . and no, the passages were NOT written to non-believers, but to those ‘in Christ’.

    Sadly, as the Word says, we still battle our old nature. The flesh and the spirit wage war within us, but praise God, when we submit to God and resist the devil, we have victory in Christ, and when we fail to do so, and repent, we have victory in Christ because His blood cleanses us from all sin.

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      Amen sister. I agree wholeheartedly! If we do not correct false doctrine when we come across it, then their blood will be on our hands. It is our responsibility… Very sad. Such a horrible way to mislead people straight to hell. God bless you, Angela. Love in Christ to you! ♥

  3. Mannyr says:

    I would like to add Scripture that speaks of our personal spirit and its ability to sin. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul is praying that one’s spirit be whole (inference that it may not be whole).

    2 Corinthians 7:1. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. I agree with Michael Brown’s article here about the pitfalls of hyper -grace and the Word of Faith heresies.

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Mannyr. This deception is very sad, as it turns so many away from Christ, and confuses the ones who are new. No one who calls themselves a follower of Christ should ever partake in or support such a destructive, deceptive teaching as this. For the blood of those who are lost as a result of such a thing for those who do partake in it shall be upon their hands.

  4. Amanda Beth says:

    Wow! That’s crazy! I’ve been doing a series on sin in the church, and I’m only on week 6 and already shared a ton of verses in the New testament alone that tell us to actively turn away from sin, and don’t be carnal minded, and don’t let sin reign in our bodies. I don’t know how anyone can teach otherwise.
    Thanks for sharing this and standing for the truth! God bless you:)

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      You are welcome. IF this false doctrine these people are teaching is correct, then I guess we’d all be lost and on our way to hell. We strive to NOT sin..but we make mistakes. God bless you!

  5. shanemark71 says:

    1 John ch 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  6. Lyn Leahz says:

    That is right. He will forgive us our sins if we repent..always…. if we turn from them. But we will always make mistakes as long as we are in a body of flesh. We can choose NOT TO LIVE in sin. That is the difference. Let me give an example.

    If I am an alcoholic, I am LIVING IN sin. If I go to God and repent, which means I confess that I am an addict, admit I am guilty, ask God to forgive me, and cease the behavior…I am no longer living in that sin.

    But lets say a few months go past and I slip up one time and drink, but immediately take it to the Lord and do not do it again. I have sinned….but I am not living in the sin.

    If I slip up and tell an untruth, but quickly repent and make it right..I have sinned…but I am not living in it.

    As true followers of Jesus Christ…we will sin from time to time…we are in a body of flesh. However, it is possible for us as followers of Christ to NOT LIVE IN THE SIN. Anything we do on a regular basis that we are in bondage to is living in sin. Making a mistake from time to time is sinning.

  7. ptl2010 says:

    1 John 1:9 is given for our guidance on the subject. This is a timely reminder that when we sin, we must confess our sin and make right with God wherever we are on life’s journey.

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