Saturday, June 20, 2009

God's Grace

Spiritual giant Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke and wrote about something called "cheap grace". Here are a few of his words.

"Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church.
Cheap grace means grace sold on the market.
Grace without price; grace without cost!
The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing....
Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian 'conception' of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins.... In such a Church the world finds a cheap covering for its sins; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin. Cheap grace therefore amounts to a denial of the living Word of God, in fact, a denial of the Incarnation of the Word of God."

And my favorite three lines are:

"Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession.... Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate."

Simply brilliant. Salvation does not give us license to sin, but some believe that it does. Salvation calls us to a new journey of life. Retreat from a life of sin. Repent and sin no more.
Go in peace and go with God.

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