Fifty Shades of Grace
By Mario Murillo
“On April 7, 1933, anti-Semitism officially became German government policy when Jews were banned from civil service. This was known as the “Aryan Clause”. Six days before that, there was a boycott of Jewish merchants. The Aryan Clause directly affected the German church because non-Aryans were not only baptized members of the church, but some also held offices in the church. Thus, the door was wide open for discrimination and rejection even by fellow Christians.”
“Later that month, Bonhoeffer addressed a group of pastors with an essay entitled: “The Church and the Jewish Question.” In this essay, Bonhoeffer argued that the church had the right to question and rebuke the state. Further, the church must stand up for the rights of victims of injustice regardless of their religious background. Even further, Bonhoeffer advocated the possibility of jamming the spokes of the wheel of the state. In other words, the church in Germany must be open to the possibility of taking action on behalf of the Jewish people.” – bonhoefferblog
By 1939 Hitler completed a long incremental takeover of Germany. He kept asking for and getting power because the nation was enthralled and the church was apathetic. “How could the Church in Germany sit back and allow this to happen?” that question was posed to Bonhoeffer by American Pastors at the time. His answer was: “the teaching of cheap grace.”
Observe the following quotes:
Here is what Joseph Prince said about Grace: “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”
Now listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
There is no confusion in this debate: Prince says that repenting of sins that you have committed after you are saved “cheapens grace.” Bonhoeffer says that offering forgiveness without repentance is “cheap grace.”
Who are you going to believe? Will you believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Joseph Prince? I am going to take the word of the man whose reality in God empowered him to stand up to Adolf Hitler.
I do not mean to scare you but history is repeating itself in eerie and vivid detail. Once again a nation hates Jews…specifically it hates Israel. Once again a government leader is taking power and expanding his control over the life of its citizens. (Its latest takeover is the internet).
Once again, and this is a gigantic once again… the church is silent and coincidently, its most popular doctrine is grace. Not everyone buys into Prince’s hyper-grace but there are 50 shades of grace that permeate millions of Christians. These shades of grace have dulled our natural sense of duty and our capacity to feel outrage in precisely the same way that the German Church was lulled to sleep.
Let me put it another way: You know how you feel when Al Sharpton hustles the notion that we are “institutionally racist?” You sit there listening to him and you know that no racist nation could have elected and reelected an African American president. Sharpton has to keep narrative alive, it’s his cash cow.
I feel the same way when I hear our pulpits continually railing against “conditional love” and “performance Christianity” as if our churches overflowed with people repenting too much or overdoing holiness. I believe that the cheap grace narrative is kept alive on life support for the money.
The American Church is not an overheating engine of dedication and sacrifice. All too often, it is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers that hold pastors hostage to entitlement sermons.
This is why when the Obama Anti-Christ fire drill arrived we failed miserably. We are still failing. I have no doubt that Obama himself shakes his head at what the church has allowed him to do.
Cheap grace will ultimately fail when it is needed most because it causes malnutrition. David Wilkerson said “…Yet, tragically, many today still eat at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table and feast with the righteous. This leads only to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God. These sickly sheep have become so spiritually weak and diseased by sin that they cannot eat strong meat. Instead, they prefer to nibble at the husks of ear-tickling teachings. They gravitate toward lightness and entertainment rather than the genuine Word. Their spiritual appetites have become dull as a result of eating too much junk food.”
The fact is that I love Grace, the real Grace of God: The Grace that buckles my knees with gratitude and makes me hate sin more than nuclear waste. I yearn not for a shade of grace but the blazing sun of it!
How right was the author of Amazing Grace? “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.” First Grace stuns us with what God did for us and yes we should feel a towering awe and fear of the mighty love of God. Then the song writer says, “And grace my fear relieved.” Relief comes from repentance, not from avoiding it!
Finally, the writer says, “how precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.” When you experience true Grace it becomes priceless to you. You will want to give your all to host it. You will flee wickedness with unbridled zeal.
Is there hope in all of this mess? You better believe it! It is this Amazing Grace that is about to call people to explosive effectiveness against evil. There is a growing army of believers who are sick to death of the compromise and they are pressing into God. The Lord of Lords by the Holy Spirit has issued the order to arm and anoint a new generation of preachers and believers against this horde of devils that is choking the life out of America.
Out of every quarter of America a signal is going out! “Come out from among them and be separate.” Jehovah is empowering yea, inflaming soldiers who will not break ranks and will see signs and wonders that even transcend what the Book of Acts Church experienced. Get ready for the preachers who know God and create lethal disciples! Men and women are emerging who will pay the price for true conversions, true miracles and true revival!