THIS IS NOT DOUBLE SPEAK.
There is a distinct difference between working in order to receive a reward, and receiving free assistance in order to be a better and happier person!
Oh yes I am. Not once have I suggested that one has to earn grace. It is indeed a free gift. But we don’t automatically receive it just because Jesus died for us. We have to appropriate it by faith or we won’t have it!
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive deliverance from sins and a place among those who are set apart by faith in me.’
Romans 1:16-17For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live."
Romans 3:28 For we hold that a man is made righteous by faith apart from works of law.
Romans 9:30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
He made them GOOD! Read Genesis. Everything that God made He said was GOOD. They became evil by succumbing to Satan! Thus they have to be delivered from evil! This will happen when they appropriate the enabling grace of God through faith!
I don’t know what “many evangelicals” do, but I am NOT putting any conditions on Christ’s means of mercy. God wants righteous people, and that’s why Christ died—to enable people to be righteous. But He doesn’t force His enabling grace on people. If they don’t want to be delivered from sin, they will have to receive correction from God until they become actually righteous. God won’t automatically overlook their wrongdoing just because Christ died for them. HE DIED TO DELIVER THEM FROM WRONGDOING AND TO ENABLE THEM TO LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY.