By Grace Alone by Derek Prince review

"Do you long to lay hold of God's grace and mercy?"

I think one of the hardest aspects for people in whether or not they go to church is legalism.  There are certain rules that need to be followed, traditions that you must not break from.  And from someone outside of the church it can look incredibly dull and stifling.  Even for some people in the church, I think it is incredibly difficult to realize that the reason we are saved is by God’s grace, not because we eat a certain way, or dress a certain way, it is all about what is in our hearts.

By Grace Alone is a book by Derek Prince about finding freedom and purging legalism from your life.  He explains that legalism is not adhering to Moses’ law of the Old Testament.  Instead, it is the laws that man has created to get the righteousness that God promises to the faithful.

As Christians, we are not held under the Law of the Old Testament.  We are saved by grace.  Yet, for some reason, many churches today feel the need to incorporate laws that they have made in order to bring you closer to God, but all it ends up doing is putting a barrier between you that doesn’t need to be there. 

Derek goes through the Bible and points to scripture to show us that we do not need to be concerned about these laws.  Of course there are societal laws that must be followed, but religious laws are not necessarily the same thing.  I think that it would help a lot of people that are in the church to read this book, to know that if someone decides to eat meat on Friday, or if they want to wear jeans instead of a skirt to church, they are still going to be OK with God.  Instead of these outward laws, we should be concentrating on the inward state of our hearts.

This is a great book that I think would give a lot of people in the church something to think about, and it may help to bring others into the church if we let go of some of the religious laws and traditions that scare people away.  

I received a copy of this book from Chosen in return for an honest review.  The opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Now this is a book that I would like to read. Those are the reasons I stay away from church. I feel closer to God out in the woods than I have ever in a church. I am going to put this book on the top of my reading list. Thanks for telling me us about it! Darlene


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