The Cost of Discipleship

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, trans. Reginald H. Fuller

Macmillan, 1959

pp. 35 - 36

“Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjack’s wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the church’s inexhaustible treasure, from which showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! . . . Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, 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.”