and simple Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes Cheap grace in his book “Call to Discipleship.” “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
Cheap grace or the half-gospel is the primary message given at the pulpit. It has been there for many years. It is vigorously held by most in the Protestant Church. The carnally hearted defend their dogma forcefully. Blinded by desire, they hate the cross but love its benefits.
Interestingly this half–gospel message is rejected by the Elect, Mormons, Catholics, Secularists and others but not the indoctrinated of the protestant church. It is rejected because it is non-sense. It is not ignored because the hardening by sin necessarily. They can accept the gospel of the cross, while they may not have faith to live it and still refuse the perversion of the Gospel. They can’t buy that people, worse morally than themselves, would be welcomed into Heaven and themselves rejected.
This bankrupt philosophy advocates impurity with its allowance for sin. It is self-evident that man must change to God’s standard of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Cheap grace gospel “Believe in Jesus and go to heaven.” is rightfully discarded by outsiders. In this message there is no obligation to the cross. This message stands in stark contradiction of the Bible. Sin is accepted as normal, love optional, and the sacrificial-Christ-like life is rarely seen.
This gospel is rejected vehemently by the church at large by word and action, or lack there of. And inexplicably, many contend against it. Even worse, some imply that attempting sacrificial love may indicate simple self-righteousness. In their twisted view, you might be damned for a fundamental view of love from the scriptures. Of course this is ludicrous. Who would love like Christ without trusting Him? Who thinks they could rise to Heaven on their own? You can’t over do love.
At best the Cheap grace gospel produces nice middle class families whose righteousness simply rises to the best moral people of our culture: Don’t smoke, don’t cuss, take the kids to a ball games, clean your yard, and add for the quasi-Christian a Bible and church service chachacha… This a low bar! Dietrich states “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”
The rejection or acceptance of the Gospel should be after clearly understanding its promises and ramifications. If you believe, it follows that you will obey Christ’s command to love sacrificially. Even then some may admire it but still resist it. That is fine. One may not have faith to do this and at the same time understand the Gospel of Love and be convicted by their unreasonable resistance to this active love. This should be the basis of decision.
If one spurns the gospel, it shouldn’t be due to a crude, incomplete rendition of the Gospel. This gospel should not be diminished to simply an acceptance prayer absolving their sin for the sake of a “conversion.” Rejection should be because of the absence of faith in Jesus. The Cheap grace gospel is unbelievable, false and damning. Yet, the indoctrinated can’t see this even with a Bible in hand.
Mormons, Catholics and Secularists are right to reject this disgusting misguidance. This message has blocked the way of forgiveness and liberty for many. In addition, this nightmare has given a dreamy false consolation for this life which will be interrupted by an awakening in Hell. It is just one more manmade religion but within Christendom; a trap laden in The Sanctuary of Hope.
I’ve found a real openness to the message of the cross with outsiders. There is no objection from outsiders. They only are left with the problem of faith. This is what they should be left with to wrestle. If this faith were found, it would lead to obedience to the cross; the forgiveness of sin through faith in Jesus propelling them to the life of sacrificial love and eternal life in Christ.
Paul states to the Church that there are false gospels. These are the many spins on the truth that endanger the Church:
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”
“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace.” Bonhoeffer