Free grace is dangerous:
[S]tick with it and sail into the storm with all guns blazing. 'We have
to do something, don't we?' NO! In fact that is no longer the question.
Now the question becomes, 'What are you going to do now that you don't
have to do anything?' Theology based on the [Augsburg Confession] is not
interested in 'something'; it is after everything.
A pastor friend related an interesting
reaction from a teenager to [this notion]. . . . [I]t seemed to tell
him he could do anything he wanted to do! Now what is one supposed to
say to that? The most immediate reaction, I suppose, would be to jump in
on the defensive and thunder, 'No! No! No!--of course not, you can't do
whatever you want to do!'
But think for a moment. Perhaps then the
whole battle would be lost. One must sail into the storm. Should one not
rather say 'Son, you are right. You got the message. The Holy Spirit is
starting to get to you.'
But is that not dangerous? . . . Is it not
'cheap grace'? No, it's not cheap, it's free! 'Cheap grace,' you see,
is not improved by making it expensive. . . . It's free. Now free grace
is dangerous, no doubt about it. . . . We might not survive such free
grace. It might ruin us. But Jesus told us that long ago: 'To him who
has, more will be given, but from him who has not, even that will be
There is indeed a danger.
--G. Forde, Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life (Fortress 1982), 33-34; italics original
Think about that for a while and it will shake up all your religious ideas!