Cheap grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Anyone who truly understands how God’s grace comes to us will have a changed life. That’s the Gospel, not salvation by law, or by cheap grace, but by costly grace.  Costly grace changes you from the inside out.  Neither law nor cheap grace can do that.

…[W]e still have a lot of legalism and moralism in our churches.  In reaction to that, many Christians want to talk only about God’s love and acceptance.  They don’t like talking about Jesus’ death on the cross to satisfy di

vine wrath and justice.  Some even call it ‘divine child abuse.’ Yet if they are not careful, they run the risk of falling into the belief in ‘cheap grace’ – a non-costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts us as we are. That will never change anyone’s life.”

– Timothy J Keller (in Foreword to “Bonhoeffer – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas)

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