Speaking of cheap and free

September 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

[If you’re interested, here’s a link to a guest post I wrote about  why I wrote an allegory about marriage]

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Cheap grace is that which we bestow on ourselves.
Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without repentance;
it is baptism without the discipline of community;
it is the Lord’s Supper without confession of sin;
it is absolution without personal confession.

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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny,
does that mean we can live any old way we want?
Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind?
Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom.
Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act.
But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits.
All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do.
But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in His freedom!

Romans 6:15-18, The Message

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Faith is transferring your trust from your own efforts to the efforts of Christ.
You were relying on other things to make you acceptable,
but now you consciously begin relying on what Jesus did for your acceptance with God.
All you need is nothing.
If you think, “God owes me something for all my efforts,”
you are still on the outside.

Tim Keller

2 responses to Speaking of cheap and free

  1. 

    Annie, I love that Bonhoeffer quote. Every time I read it, it strikes my soul like it was the first time. Thank you for reminding me of such beautiful truth today!

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