Cheap Grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Grace, Cheap Grace
“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance…"

"Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate."

"Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has…Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought…”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who spoke against the evil policies of Hitler during World War II. And he paid with his life. 

Like the man in Matthew 13:44 who sold everything he had to buy the treasure in the field, Bonhoeffer understood the value of grace.

Sometimes I spend my heart on “treasures” of the world with little left for God…cheap grace. 

Grace cost Christ and many of His followers their lives. Will you join me today as I seek to be more aware and grateful for the extravagant gift of grace?

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  1. That's a very thought-provoking quote!

  2. Hi Gail - it is so true what you say. We are so blase and free with God's grace. It is humbling and amazing and undeserved and life giving and life saving...
    Thank you for the reminder my friend
    God bless

  3. Hi Gail,
    I love that book! We reviewed it on our blog ( a month or two ago. Bonhoeffer's focus on the real obedience is so challenging. Thanks for bring this great idea and wonderful book back into the forefront!

  4. So interesting that you posted this today, Gail. Peter had a man drop by his office yesterday who was all about Zane Hodge's position on grace. We scratch our heads at people who call Jesus their Savior but not their Lord. Whether we accept it or not He is Lord of all. Thank you for your thoughtful posts. I often share them.

    1. I don't know if you remember, Vicki, but I was assigned a report on Zane Hodge's theology when I was in seminary. And you are so doesn't make sense at all in light of the principles in Scripture.
      Thanks for your encouragement.


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