QUOTABLES: The Cross in Our Culture

“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.”

-DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

The creed of contemporary Christianity offers “A God without wrath [who] brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”

-H. RICHARD NIEBUHR

“Our age has almost lost the sense of the deeper meaning of the Cross. We understand that by it God suffered with us, and entered into our life; but we do not understand that God suffered for us, and did something for us which has forever altered our eternal destiny. Our age has lost that deeper truth about the Cross primarily, I think, because we are so steeped in our pride that we have forgotten to recognize that we need saving.

-SAM SHOEMAKER

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

-APOSTLE PAUL (Gal. 2:20)

“Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

-APOSTLE PETER (1 Pet 2:20)

 

Thanks to my friend Rev. Dave Langille for sharing some of these.

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