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Quote: Bonhoffer on Cheap Grace

March 8, 2009

I’ve added a new feature that’s only on the main page: quote of the moment. Those that read SMD in a RSS reader or get the email digest won’t see it, so I’ll include them “in the feed” from time to time. Here’s the first one:

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace.

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.

Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything they say, and so everything can remain as it was before … let the Christian live like the rest of the world … and not presumptuously aspire to live a different life under grace from his old life under sin. That was its heresy …
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer–

As seen at The Doctor Is In: A Brave New World

Open thread.

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