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Chapter Three

Forgiveness and Repentance

Forgive us our trespasses . . .”

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance . . .

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Van, a well-known Christian teacher, recounted an incident that took place at a large church where he had been invited. In a session with the church board, he explained a passage of Scripture and strove to get the point across to some of the men. Following his efforts to make the text clear, one of the board members blurted out, “I don’t care what the Bible says. Dr. So-and-so says thus-and-such!”

We must admit that many Christians reflect this attitude, not always in word, but certainly in practice. When speaking of forgiveness in these days, many Christians do not care to understand with clarity what the Bible says.

‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’—we learn this simple spelling rule as young students…

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