The Fake Christianity of Cheap Grace

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Salvation is FREE but not cheap—it cost Jesus His life

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance. It is baptism without church discipline; communion without confession; absolution without personal confession.

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship; grace without the cross; grace without Jesus Christ living and incarnate in one’s life.

Costly grace

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again. It is a “free gift” which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. (Cost of discipleship)

R.C. Sproul

Grace is often defined as “a gift we don’t deserve.” But Scripture divides grace into two parts: saving grace and common grace. The saving grace is given to believers, but common grace is given to everyone.

Any person can claim to be Christian. A Christian whose nature has not been transformed, meaning he or she is still in a stage of carnality, is an impossibility. It cheapens grace.

What’s wrong with hypergrace?

Hypergrace is a belief that once we’re in Christ, we are totally no longer under the law, even in the instructive sense. But do we continue on sinning so that grace may abound? NO. Hypergrace is one of the greatest threat to evangelicalism.

John Piper

Many people receive Jesus as sin-forgiver because they want to be guilt-free—not for the love of Jesus. They became Christians because they don’t want to burn in hell, yet they continue with carnality.

Others receive Jesus because they want a healer—to be healthy; they want Him as a protector because they want to be safe. Jesus to them is a prosperity-giver because they love money.

Many don’t receive Jesus supremely, personally, valuable. They don’t regard Him as someone more glorious, more beautiful, wonderful, or satisfying than everything else in the universe.

They don’t treasure Jesus, cherish, or delight in him. They treat him as a therapeutic deity.

Paul Washer

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?

If [following Jesus Christ] doesn’t cost you anything, it’s because you’ve bought into “American Christianity.”

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