Cheap Grace, Easy Virtue: for John Beckett
Kenaz Filan has written an excellent piece addressing John Beckett’s latest at patheos. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I was disgusted with Beckett’s blatant virtue signaling. Never trust a “bridge builder” in the end, they’ve no loyalty to anything but their own self-promotion. Given how strongly he purports to feel about Syrian refugees, I wonder how many he’s taking into his own home?
Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian ‘conception’ of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins….Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.
Dietrich Bonhoffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937)
In a recent Patheos post John Beckett proudly informed the world “You Can Take Your Anti-Muslim Garbage Somewhere Else” and declared:
If you can look at refugees and see “Muslims” and not human beings in great need, there is something wrong with your conscience. Have you seen the pictures from Syria? Have you read the reports? Have you heard the first-hand accounts of people fleeing these war zones?
What would you do if you were in that situation? You’d do…
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