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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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1906-1945

Bonhoefferís concept of "costly grace" has appealed to many who think it is the answer to the apathy and worldliness of contemporary (1930's) Christians. From reading Dietrich's book, "The Cost of Discipleship" which first published in English in 1949. He wrote: 'costly grace' as opposed to 'cheap grace,' which he described as 'Grace without price; grace without cost,' or "grace without discipleship.' To Bonhoeffer, costly grace is inseparable from discipleship. Many Christians believes that the our doctrine of salvation position holds that salvation and discipleship are separate issues. Salvation concerns the sinnerís acceptance of the free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins through faith alone. Discipleship concerns the believerís response to the grace received by offering himself to God in submission, obedience, and sacrifice. In salvation, Christ paid the price; in discipleship, the believer pays the price. Therefore, salvation is free, but discipleship is costly.

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