“Free Grace” is a contemporary doctrine that claims salvation comes from simply a “change of mind” about Jesus. Proponents falsely argue that the Greek word for “repentance” does not mean anything other than this. They further erroneously assert that a true believer can fall away into a state of disbelief in Jesus, but will still be saved.
Free Grace and the Bible
The definitions of belief and repentance among the proponents of Free Grace have nothing to do with the definition of such in the Bible. For example, Jesus clarified the meaning of repentance when he said:
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. (Luke 5:31-32 NKJV)
Repentance in the biblical sense means to turn away from one’s life of sin and ungodliness. When we believe and repent, we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, turning away from our former manner of living without God and instead living our life following God through Jesus Christ.
The false doctrine of Free Grace is a dangerous teaching. It does not convey the biblical truth that genuine repentance consists of a change of heart that manifests itself in a change of behavior. The doctrine also rejects the truth that we must overcome and endure until the end in our faith. Additionally, it ignores the many Bible verses that teach that faith without good deeds is not a genuine faith that results in eternal life. In fact, I once left a seminary where I was learning Greek many years ago because they taught this, and I believe it is a heretical teaching that offers a false promise of hope to those who are deluded into thinking they can simply have a mental belief in Jesus while continuing to live a life of sin and ungodliness.