Religion vs. The Gospel: Grace Defined

Grace can be described as unconditional acceptance granted to an underserving person by an unobligated giver.  Only God offers this kind of total acceptance without condition.  Moralistic religion wrongly teaches us to say “I obey, therefore, God must accept me.”  The gospel rightly teaches us to say “When I trust in Jesus, God accepts me; therefore I obey.”

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 56