This open letter comes to you from one of the many nobodies God has called. I bring good news to you who struggle with sin and bondage and with the truth of freedom. Just so you know, I am not backed by any kind of religious establishment, for my message is rejected by most. I am well aware that what I'm about to tell you will sound overly simplistic and out of touch with reality. Despite what may appear, there's nothing that happens in your life that is not directly affected by the freedom of Christ. It was to deliver us from this present evil world that he gave himself for our sins.
I have viewed the Christian scene for decades, and it disturbs me. It disturbs me because you are so willing to try any means of freedom other than Christ himself. Sure, many will agree that grace is important, but their version of grace is pathetic. You have been so influenced by the religious system and all its methods of freedom the idea that grace is all you need probably sounds ridiculous. What I want to know is, what formula or program have you settled for to help you cope with daily living? Although it may seem to work for a time, I'm telling you that it's not freedom.
There is only one message that brings freedom, and it has been twisted for centuries. It makes no difference who offers it to you – whether a messenger from God or a respected preacher – anyone who tells you there is freedom in anything other than Christ and his finished work should be viewed as offering death! If a restaurant served me their dinner special that had rotten meat with maggots in it, I wouldn't be fooled by the propaganda that claimed it was fresh, would you? Why then, do you accept a perversion of freedom as being the real thing?
There are lots of deceivers who say they believe in grace. Of course, if they actually did believe it, would they be so caught up in the reputation game? Oh, I know what it's like to be considered an authority in spiritual things, for it used to be important to me, too. I don't care that the system doesn't validate me. You know what? If religious validation was important to me, then I wouldn't want anything to do with Jesus Christ, because the system didn't validate Him, either.
Many have claimed that I have nothing different to offer, that I'm just a product of my upbringing. Sure, I've studied theology and I've read many important men's views, but I didn't learn this message of freedom from a book or from a man. This truth comes from Christ. If He hadn't opened my eyes to it, I wouldn't have seen it. I used to resist this freedom just as many of you have. Although I had shown great promise and was actively involved in ministry, I turned out to be quite a disappointment to my teachers, my peers, and my family. Believe me, I heard and felt their condescension.
You see, I thought I already knew God's grace, but what was being revealed to me began to blow my whole belief system apart! God, who makes no mistakes, purposed this inconvenient interruption before I was even born. Had I followed the advice of my peers I would have abandoned this so-called heresy before it ruined my chances of operating within the system! Why do I tell you this? So that you don't try to credit any man with the message of freedom that I speak. Its understanding comes directly from God! And what proof do I offer? Only that those who hear me give God the credit for it.