Hi All! I have been wanting to chat a little bit about the idea of “cheap grace”. I had posted an article that I had run across on FB some time ago. Cheap grace is a phrase coined by German theologian, Dietrick Bonhoeffer. He discussed it in “The Cost of Discipleship” published in 1937. Although, many of you have an idea of what I’m saying when I discuss “cheap grace.” For those of you who do not, it is simply, the preaching of forgiveness without repentance. Repentance is “sincere regret or remorse” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary.
Clearly, cheap grace is not a new phenomenon as it was coined in 1937. It seems to be growing in popularity as people are turning from traditional religious worship to other environments (I wanna keep this vague as to not stereotype, but you know what I mean). Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just admit that we are all just sinners, go to high energy services, proclaim our love for Jesus and be saved despite our sins that we continue to repeat day after day? You can not twist and manipulate scripture to suit your lifestyle. This is cheap. It adds to the hypocrisy that pushes others away from the church, making it a mockery.
To achieve grace you must acknowledge sin and repent. Repentance starts with ceasing the sin, recognizing its atrocity and not repeating it. This is obedience. “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 is so much more than professing “Jesus is Lord.”
Come on Everyone! #dobetter #bebetter