Yesterday I was studying and came across a great quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) on counselling. I ended up pulling my Bonhoeffer books of the shelf, reading an amazing little essay called ‘Confession and Communion‘ and then realised something. I have never actually read any books by Bonhoeffer. Never.
I decided I should read ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ next week.
Strangely, as I browsed Justin Taylors blog this morning I saw that it is 65 years to the day that he was hanged to death. I remember studying his life and death in school and being amazed at how he was killed just before the end of the war. I always felt that was tragic, yet now I see that even that sad event has been used for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Kingdom.
Bonhoeffer is the one who coined the phrase ‘cheap grace‘. This is a very challenging thought and something that needs deep consideration:
“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.”
I pray that I would not fall into living a life of cheap grace.