In the New Testament, Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

The gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus was referring to the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, yet in Luke’s account, Luke says the leaven of the Pharisees is hypocrisy.

What is the connection between the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, and Sadducees and doctrine?

Well, many think of doctrine as a creed, or a theological perspective. Yet, in Biblical language, a person’s doctrine is the kind of life they actually live and not their creed, or what they claim to believe.

The doctrine of the Pharisees was hypocrisy because that is what they actually put into practice in their lives. Consider the following from Matthew 23:

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not after their works: for they say and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. ~ Matthew 23:1-4

Jesus then referred to the Pharisees and Scribes as hypocrites in verses 13,14,15, 23, 25, 27 and 29.

Hypocrisy was the doctrine of the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees. Rather than living according to the Law and being an example to the people, they condemned others with the Law, while they themselves did not live according to the Law.

This is why the response of Jesus was so brilliant when the Scribes and Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus. They were condemning her for her sin, and not addressing their own sin, which the law exposes.

Jesus gave them the invitation that if any among them were guiltless, they could cast the first stone. Jesus actually turned the law back toward them, and the very law that they desired to condemned her with, exposed their own hypocrisy.

In 1 Timothy, Paul says the following the following:

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. ~ 1 Timothy 1:9-11

Notice that in speaking of things contrary to sound doctrine, Paul does not reference theology, ideologies, creeds, or religious tenets. Instead, Paul addresses behavior and conduct, because doctrine is what we live, and having sound doctrine means we live according to the faith we profess to believe.

In 1 Timothy 4, when Paul speaks of the doctrines of demons, he again refers to actions such as speaking lies in hypocrisy; having the conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Later in verse 16 Paul says, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Paul is not saying to Timothy that he would save himself and others by having the right creed or theological points of view. According to scripture, those who are justified by faith “live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38) and “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). In Titus, Paul speaks much about doctrine in regards to how we live, and refers to those who claim to know God but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:16).

This is what Paul is referring to when he tells Timothy, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Paul was not referring to an ideology, or a set of religious tenets. Paul is referring to the conduct and behavior which is the living out of our faith. Notice the previous verses which are the context of Paul’s instructions to Timothy:

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. ~ 1 Timothy 4:12-15

Verse 15 in the Amplified Bible says: Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all.

Doctrine is what we live in your everyday life. It is not the tenet or creed that you claim to believe.


Many people have a theology that leap frogs the story of Israel in the Old Testament. They jump from Adam to Christ because they view the cross as getting us back to Adam.

This approach to scripture has led to many erroneous teachings, because many “dominion” theologies have spun from it, such as the one that claims that we are little gods.

When the story of Israel in the Old Testament becomes important to us, we will shun such teachings that claim we are gods, for the narrative of the story of Israel repeatedly addresses this issue of idolatry within the heart of men.

It is idolatry that causes a man to want to claim “we are gods,”

When God gave to Israel the Ten Commandments, the first three commands address this very thing.

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. ~ Exodus 20:2-7

The fourth commandment was to keep the Sabbath holy as a reminder that GOD had rested on the Sabbath day.

God alone is the creator, and that he alone is God is repeated over and over to the people of Israel. The Sabbath was to serve as a reminder to Israel that they we to serve the Creator, and not themselves.

Yet idolatry was a constant problem in Israel, even as it is within the church. Men love to be idolized and want to think they are gods. They re not.

God said to Israel, “I am God, and there is no other.”

Some think that the curse of the law was simply death for sin, and that redemption from the curse of the law means being restored to a “god-like” status, because they think that is what redemption is all about.

They are wrong. And the reason they think this way is because they have leapfrogged the story of Israel in their theology and doctrine.

The curse of the law was exile, and the reason for the exile was predominately idolatry.

Christ did not redeem us to be gods, he redeemed us from idolatry when he redeemed us from the curse of the law, so that from a pure heart we would serve the Living God.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? ~ Hebrews 9:14

Leapfrogging God’s covenant with ancient Israel leads to many unsound ideologies, and you will not truly understand the finished work of Christ’s redemption if you read the Bible in such a manner.


One of the points made by those who downplay the necessity of repentance, is how they define the word repent, saying it simply means to change your mind. Thus, a person doesn’t really need to feel any conviction or grief regarding sin, he just needs to change his mind.

Well, this sort of reasoning doesn’t withstand the test of the scriptures. While repentance is definitely a changed mind, the outworking of repentance definitely has expression of obedience.

Belief without true repentance, which leads to obedience, will not save you. The gospel requires a turning from disobedience to obedience.

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. ~ Peter 1:2

According to the apostle Paul, the Israelites who rejected Christ, did not “obey the gospel” ~ Romans 10:16, and we who believe were set free from sin when we obeyed from the heart. ~ Romans 6:17

Peter tells us that as obedient children, we are not to fashion ourselves according to our former lusts, but as God who has called us, is holy, so we too are called to be holy in everything. ~ See 1 Peter 1:14-16

If a person has not turned from ungodliness, they are not saved. They are deceived.

John the Baptist preached to the people to “bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance…” ~ Matthew 3:8. The New Living Translation says, Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

True repentance is a turning from disobedience to obedience, and that is the change of mind that true repentance brings.

When Paul confronted the Corinthians about the sin of fornication in their midst, Paul chided them because they had not “mourned.”

This sin in their midst should have griefed the Corinthians, but it hadn’t. Later in 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks about their repentance referring to it as “godly sorrow” which brought about a carefulness within them and clearing of themselves, and an indignation, a reverence, and zeal for what is right. ~ See 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

These are the effects that true repentance has on the soul, and you can’t get this from just a causal changing of the mind. The change of mind that true repentance brings produces these qualities mentioned above.

If a person doesn’t have a passion for doing right – obeying the Lord, their truly has not been the change of mind that true repentance brings.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ~ James 4:7-10 


There are many people who recognize the words of John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. Many can quote these words verbatim. Unfortunately, many of those same people do not know the context in which the words are spoken.

Let us consider, briefly, the context of God’s love in John 3:16 to better understand God’s love as it is revealed in scripture. Let’s begin with verses 14-15:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now consider the Old Testament account from which Jesus references in verses 14-15 above.

5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto theLord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:5-9

The serpent of brass which God commanded Moses to make was the atoning provision to save the people from the judgment which God had sent. Notice that the text says: “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” (v.6)

According to Jesus, this was a type of how God would deliver us from our sins, and it was an Old Testament foreshadowing of how God would display his love for us in Jesus Christ.

Sinful man is under the judgment of God, but God sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who will repent and turn to him, and this is how God so loved the world. He gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

Now consider John 3:17 – 21:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ~ John 3:16 – 21

Now notice verse 36:

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

God gave his Son to bestow his love on all who would humbly turn from their sins. God’s love for all people is revealed in his giving of his Son, with the condition, that the recipients of his love turn from their sins.

Those who refuse to turn from their sins by rejecting the precious gift of God, which he gave through the offering of his Son, have consequently rejected the love of God. Therefore they are condemned, and are under God’s wrath.

Whether we like it or not, there are people throughout the world who hate God because they love their sins. God’s love is extended to them, calling them to repentance. If they persist in their rebellion against God, refusing to humble themselves, they will be judged and damned in their sins: In this way, they are under the wrath of God.

The New Testament teaches that God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man he has appointed: Jesus Christ.

God has given his Son as the witness of himself, and in the Son, God offers forgiveness, grace, and mercy, to all people. Those who believe God’s witness, in his Son, receive life everlasting through God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy; which is freely given in Jesus Christ.

Those who reject the Son of God; reject the love, mercy, and grace, God has offered them. God is holy and just to be displeased and angry with those who refuse to humble themselves before him so that they may receive mercy and grace.

On the day of judgement, those who reject God’s love will have no intercessor, no advocate to defend them, and will stand before a holy and righteous God with all their sins exposed before him. They will be judged for their sins because of their defiance of his goodness, and their rejection of the love God offered them in Jesus.

For them, there will no forgiveness when they stand before God to be judged. They will be judged, not by God’s compassion, but by God’s wrath.


Those who teach the theology known as hyper grace have created a doctrine about God’s grace from the private interpretation of the so-called grace teachers, whose teachings contradict the whole counsel of God’s word.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers is a twisting of the teachings of scripture regarding the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the more prominent claims which the hyper grace teachers associate with the finished work of Christ are as follows:

1. All past, present, and future sins of the believer have already been forgiven.

2. God does not convict believers of sin.

3. Believers do not need to repent when they knowingly sin.

4. Addressing sin in the life of a believer makes them “sin conscience.”

These points of emphasis by the hyper grace teachers are predicated on the belief that God has eradicated believers from any accountability for sinful conduct on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Yet Jesus who died for all, confronted the sins of believers in his messages to the seven churches in the book of the Revelation.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers wrongly apply the teaching of the book of Hebrews, which places emphasis on the finished work of Christ, as once and for all, and refers to the merits of Christ sacrifice as having put away sin.

These expressions need to be understood contextually, as meant by the author of the book of Hebrews, who in no way was communicating the doctrine of the hyper grace teachers. If the author of Hebrews had been teaching the doctrine of the hyper grace teachers, he would not have repeatedly warned those to whom he was writing of the dangers of apostasy.

When the book of Hebrews is read and understood contextually, the entire theology of the hyper grace doctrine crumbles.

The putting away of sins and the once for all references in the book of Hebrews has to do with the superiority of the New Covenant in contrast to the Old. It has nothing to do with believers not needing to repent when they sin.

It has to do with the permanency of the finished work of Christ in contrast to the imperfect atonement under the Law. It has nothing to do with future sins already being forgiven.

Under the law, the blood of animals could not purify man’s conscience in the sight of God and those offerings were not sufficient to provide a lasting atonement for all sin, therefore atonement had to be repeated annually for the nation, and daily for individuals.

Furthermore, those sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience from guilt. Jesus’s sacrifice provided lasting atonement and that is why the author of Hebrews refers to it as once and for all. The sacrifice of Jesus is perfect and will avail forever.

Christ’s sacrifice being, once for all, does not mean that God can’t see our sins, when we sin. It does not mean that we do not need to repent when we know we have sinned. It simply means that there is no longer any need for the offerings for sins which were offered under the law.

Jesus’s sacrifice will cleanse us, and keep on cleaning us when we sin if we continue in faith towards Christ.

Consider the words of the apostle John:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sinIf 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. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. ~ 1 John 1:7- 2:1 

It is abundantly clear that John is writing to believers and addressing the issue of sin, for he refers to them as “my little children,” in contrast to the world.


It is a dangerous thing to teach believers to ignore conviction from the Lord. The ideology of the hyper grace doctrine claims that because of the finished work of Christ we should ignore conviction regarding sin, because addressing sin makes us “sin conscience.”

This is a dangerous doctrine because a saved person who happens to fall into sin, such as pornography, is going to experience guilt. Such guilt is the voice of his conscience, and guilt will not be taken away until he has repented and been cleansed from this sin by the blood of Jesus.

Teaching Christians that any consciousness of sin is something to be shunned, is actually teaching them to override the voice of their own conscience when they are in sin. If the believer referred to in the example above continues in his sin, refusing to heed to voice of his conscience, his heart will become hardened to the Lord, and soon he will justify his evil conduct.

In the book of Hebrews, the author of Hebrews tells us the following:

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Hebrews 3:8-13

Notice that the author of Hebrews warns believers to take heed so as not to allow an evil heart of unbelief and to not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Also, the apostle John says the following:

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. ~ 1 John 3: 19-21

Whenever anyone teaches that as believers we should never be conscience of sin, they are actually teaching people to drown out the voice of their own conscience in their heart which is alerting them to sin in their lives.

If we have dealt with a particular sin, and have been cleansed, we should resist condemnation that enters our mind, because the precious blood of Jesus has purified our conscience and removed the guilt. However, if there is known and unrepentant sin in our life, our hearts will condemn us before God, because we need to deal with sin and pursue holiness in the sight of God.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers does not stand in the court of the whole counsel of scripture. When cross-examined by the entire doctrine of the New Testament, the teachings of the hyper grace doctrine fails miserably.

Those who claim that all future sins are already forgiven, and who claim that God can’t see our sins, and that we should never address sin because we are to have no more consciousness of sin, often cite isolated texts from the apostle Paul to support their doctrine.

The apostle Peter warned of those who do such things when he exhorted believers to live godly and holy lives in anticipation of the coming of the Lord.  Consider the following from 2 Peter 3:

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. ~ 2 Peter 3:14-17

Peter warns his audience to be careful not to be led away by the error of the wicked, and he says this within the context of those who twist the scriptures to their own destructionand this is exactly what is happening within the hyper grace teachings. Many of these teachers are projecting onto Paul’s words a theology that Paul never taught.

Paul never taught that all the future sins of believers are already forgiven and that believers had no need to ever repent of sin. 

In 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit confronted the Corinthians for the sin of fornication in their midst.

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ~1 Corinthians 5:1-2

If Paul inspired by the Spirit of God, reprimanded the Corinthians regarding this sin, God obviously knew about their sin, and Paul obviously did not think this sin of the Corinthians was forgiven in advance.

In 2 Corinthians 7, Paul says the following to them:

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

According to the Bible, God saw the sin of fornication which the Corinthians were allowing in their midst, and after Paul rebuked them they repented.

Though they repented, Paul was still concerned about the lack of repentance of some among the Corinth believers, for they had allowed false teachers (specifically, false apostles) to influence them with another gospel. Paul says the following in chapter 12 within context of the Corinthians tolerating false apostles.

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Those who teach that God does not see your sins after you are saved because all future sins are already forgiven, and that you should never be conscience of sin, are teaching error, and bordering on the lines of being false teachers. Some have already crossed that line.

Did God see the sin of Corinthian believers? Absolutely! And he can see mine and your’s too.

Did Jesus expose sin within the seven Churches in the book of the Revelation, rebuking his people and calling them to repentance? Absolutely!

While the hyper grace teachers want you to believe that God doesn’t address sin in the life of believers, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the one who died for our sins, says to his people, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. ~ Revelation 3:19