Ramblings From a Compassionate Heart
A Series of Commentaries
by Mary T. Hoffman
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Concerning Cheap Grace
By: Dan Speer 8 May 2002
Thank you for your article about cheap grace. I take comfort in knowing that there are other kindred spirits.I have this sense of loneliness that is inexplicable. I feel something is desperately wrong with my life and the church. I suspect that I am suffering from cheap grace. Cheap grace that was heaped upon me and which I readily accepted.I have no one to discuss this with since it has been my experience that such discussions usually end with myself being branded a heretic. How dare I suggest that works are somehow needed for one's salvation. Even my closest friend thinks that I need to be rescued from my own thoughts, that I have made something that was simple very complicated.I pray often that I would love God with all my heart. My preacher sees this as a works-based-salvation and has said so. He thinks that I have a serious misunderstanding of salvation. He stress that "Salvation is by faith alone!"Thanks again.Love,Dan SpeerPS: I too think it is a shame that as keepers of God's creation (we were given dominion over the animals), we take the liberty to serve them up for our sandwiches.
Mary's and Frank's Reply - 8 May 2002
Dear Dan:Thank you very much for your letter.The real heresy is from those who live by cheap grace. It's as though they want others to indulge in their sins as if that would convince God that it was acceptable because so many people are living that way. It's only a way to try to justify their own evil ways.Until we learn to live by God's intent we will never have peace, and neither will the rest of creation. These people glorify the concession rather than the intent. You might like to read a sermon that addresses this problem.In the Love of the Lord,Mary and Frank
Watercolor Painting by Mary T. Hoffman
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