Cheap Grace

"The Bible therefore warns us about those who teach 'cheap grace,' which downplays our need for faithful obedience, turns God's forgiveness into a license to sin, and pits the life of the Spirit against God's Law. Instead of calling for moral transformation (2 Cor. 3:18), cheap grace says, 'Don't be so hard on yourself; after all, you're only human! Relax! The Cross and Spirit mean that judgment is over for you!' Cheap grace despises God's authority to judge, winks at sin among God's people, and offers false comfort to those living in sin, rather than summoning them to repentance in the fear of God . . . . The Cross and the Spirit do not free us from judgment, bur provide for us the ground (i.e., God's forgiveness) and means (i.e., God's power) to live lives pleasing to God in preparation for judgment (2 Cor. 5:9-10; Phil. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 1:3-11)."

--Scott Hafemann, The God of Promise and the Life of Faith, 182.