thoughts on bonhoeffer (again)

tim keller from the forward to the book, “bonhoeffer: pastor, martyr, prophet, spy” by eric metaxas:

“By the time of Hitler’s ascension, much of the German church unserstood grace only as an abstract concept–‘God forgives; that’s his job.’ But we know that true grace comes to us by costly sacrifice. And if God is willing to go to the cross and endure such pain and absorn such pain in order to save us, then we must live sacrificially as we serve others. Anyone who truly understands how God’s grace comes to us will  have a changed life. That’s the gospel, not salvation by law, or by cheap grace., but by costly grace. Costly grace changes you from the inside out. Neither law nor cheap grace can do that.

This lapse couldn’t happen to us today, surely, could it? Certainly it could. We still have a lot of legalism and moralism in our churches. In reaction to that, many Christians want to talk only about God’s love and acceptance. They don’t like talking about Jesus’ death on the cross to satisfu divine wrath and justice. Some even call it ‘divine child abuse.’ Yet if they are not careful, they run the risk of falling into the belief of ‘cheap grace’–a non-costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts usas we are. That will never change anyone’s life.”

is keller saying that the contemporary american church has an aversion to truth?  are we so desperate for “success” that we will compromise the message of the cross and its inherent offense?

never!…not on purpose, anyway.





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