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Cheap Grace

Perspectives on grace from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship):
Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. 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. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap?

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Cheap Grace from Got Questions dot Org,

Cheap grace seeks to hide the cost of discipleship from people. It seeks to claim that as long as we make a profession of faith, we are saved. God’s grace covers all our sins. Again, that is a wonderful truth! The apostle Paul says as much when he writes, “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21). Yet, right after writing that, Paul follows it with this: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2). Salvation by grace alone through faith alone is so much more than simply mouthing the words “Jesus is Lord.” We are not saved by a profession of faith. We are not saved by praying the Sinner’s Prayer. We are not saved by signing a card or walking an aisle. We are saved by a living and active faith (James 2:14-26), a faith that manifests itself in repentance, obedience and love of God and our neighbor. Salvation is not a transaction; it’s a transformation. Paul says it best when he says we are “new creations” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is nothing “cheap” about grace!

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6 responses to “Cheap Grace

  1. nopew 03/30/2015 at 12:40 am

    Reblogged this on viewoutsidethepew and commented:
    This reminder of real faith needs to be attended to and lived.

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  2. nopew 03/30/2015 at 12:43 am

    I reblogged this. At present I am in a battle for this very thing and losing friends to the “Blest Life: Guaranteed Financial Results” false teachings. Peace

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    • papapound 04/01/2015 at 5:48 am

      I have been there with your friends David. But God! God saved me! This my last day at work in my career. It has been a long journey. Except for His sovereignty and intervention, I would be out there still swimming in a sea lost and attempting to get rich quick because God is not going to make me rich so I have to do it myself. That only leads to poverty of soul and bank account.

      I hope you are able to help even one pull back. Blessings today!

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  3. mwitasblog 04/05/2015 at 10:58 pm

    I have noticed how easy it is to slide back and live our salvation as if it were a “transaction” rather than a living transformation, as it is so well put here.

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