Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
One book that is really worth reading is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s the Cost of Discipleship if nothing it will convict you of where your standing with God is.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor whose goal was to change Christian theology and make his view the standard. Bonhoeffer was considered by some as a liberal Christian or at least he started out that way.
Hitler and Germany coming into power changed everything for Bonhoeffer, he saw how the church was not united to stop Hitler and the 3rd Reich, his book the Cost of Discipleship gives us a good look into where ones stands and views their ideas of God compared to where God sees your view of following Jesus.
What I really get out of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the fact he throws this brick at you and myself included that you really are not doing anyone a favor by living a life that is not in step with what God deems to be righteous or the way we follow Jesus.
The idea of unjustly judging a person based on what they do or not do in sin can slow us down Bonhoeffer states it binds us in our own evils or sins so it then justifies others to do the same.
Turning a blind eye to sin and wrong doing because it is convenient for our lives is Cheap Grace
Costly Grace is ourselves dropping everything to follow Jesus, it will cost our lives but the price of admission is our everlasting souls with God.
Costly Grace means giving up our wants and desires because our desire is to follow Jesus.
It cost so much because people will look at us in a odd way, as out of touch with today’s reality as hypocrites, judgy, intolerant and hate filed because societies view of life is nonjudgemental, tolerance, and love that mirrors lust more so than life.
It will cost some more than others, our jobs and what we can do and not do in our little corner of our lives.
Costly Grace means we live by God’s standard not societies standard, we don’t lie because it is God’s standard not to lie. We don’t live our daily life like everyone else because it is not God’s standard to live through the world.
Costly Grace is choosing to obey God and forgetting what everyone else thinks or does because that is God’s standard.
If I don’t exemplify Gods conviction in myself then what good am I and who am I to God
James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Yes we are flawed, we are complete sinners, we do bad things but we hold to the standard of Jesus because he gave us real grace.
The disobedient cannot believe; only the obedient believe.– Dietrich Bonhoeffer