Gehard Forde on the Charge of “Cheap Grace”

“The mistake is to think that we can remedy the charge of ‘cheap grace’ by making it expensive, by inflating the rhetoric, piling up the adverbs, reimposing the law, until the enterprise takes on the aspect of a great balloon which rises on the strength of its own hot air…

One would rather be called upon to make talk about grace as radical, as unconditional, as free and as pure as possible…  The gospel grants the ultimate possibility, not the law

It’s not ‘cheap grace’?  No!  It’s not cheap, it’s free!  ‘Cheap grace,’ you see, is not improved by making it expensive, a ‘bargain basement’ special.  It’s free.”

Gerhard Forde “Justification by Faith: a matter of death and life.”‘



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