A friend of mine says, “I always thought grace meant you could do stuff.” As in, “It was hard to make it through, but God gave me grace.”
Cheap grace, on the other hand, means you can’t do stuff, but that it’s okay. It also means God can’t do stuff. It means that God can’t really change people, but He pretends that He has, and we call it grace because we don’t want to hurt His feelings.
That’s cheap grace. There is also such a thing as expensive grace, deluxe grace, top-of-the-line grace. That when you sin, you can be forgiven, and that when you are forgiven, you will no longer be guilty. That there is a difference between the life of a Christian and the life of a non-Christian.
Expensive grace means you can call someone a sinner without condemning them. Because if it’s sin, something can be done about it. If it’s just the way they are… ooh, that’s hard to change.
So, is there such a thing as expensive grace? Or should you spend your Sunday mornings fishing?