Cheap Grace

I don’t want to minimize the suffering of the Charleston shooting victims and their relatives, but I did want to address this statement that was made to the Charleston shooting murderer:

‘You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people but God forgives you. And I forgive you.’

While we as Christians must always be ready and willing to forgive those who have wronged us, it is improper for us to declare that God’s forgiveness extends to an unrepentant sinner (cf. Luke 13:3, Luke 17:3, etc.).  Such premature declarations of forgiveness give the sinner the false impression that repentance is not needed because everything is already okay between him and God.  But it is not:

Psalm 5:4-5:  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Psalm 7:11:  God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Dylann Roof needs to hear the true Gospel, ie. that he has sinned and offended a holy and righteous God, who will not excuse him on his day of judgment unless he repents of his ways, turns from his rebellion against God, and puts his trust in Christ alone to save him from his sins.  That is the only way he can dwell with God in the hereafter.  And that is not the message Dylann Roof received above.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3131874/Repent-Relatives-Charleston-killer-s-victims-confront-court-heart-wrenching-speeches-FORGIVENESS-adopts-vacant-remorseless-stare.html

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