Oct 31, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Matt Chandler To Young Christians: "Moralism Is A Lie From Hell"

In a powerful message to the young attendees of Christian conference Together 2018, Village Church pastor Matt Chandler warned against falling into the trap of moralism, "a lie from hell" which makes us "slaves to a type of works-based righteousness that has no power to change your life."

Chandler shared with the thousands of young people gathered at the Texas Motor Speedway for the event that it's easy to fall for the lie that Jesus can only love some perfected version of them in the future: "You start to believe, 'Man, if I could just stop doing this, or start doing this, or just get away from this, then He would love me.'"

"And yet, the Gospel would say that while you were at your worst, Jesus saved you," Chandler continued. "It wasn't when you got your act together, it was not when you stopped doing this or when you started doing this. No, it's when you believed upon the promises of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. It's when you turned from the world and you faced Him that the Gospel took root in your life."

Satan's lies and a "lot of bad teaching" promote the moralistic false gospel, claiming that Jesus really wants us to just behave and do good deeds, Chandler said. He added that you can tell how well people grasp the Gospel by what they do when they "blow it":

"If, when you blow it, you're like, 'Well, I gotta hide from Jesus for a while,' and you run from Him until you feel like you're doing good again, and then you go back, you don't understand the Gospel," he warned. "The Gospel says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and that grace is sufficient."

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