A Jagged Word


“If grace is unconditional and free, and if one attempts to claim even the tiniest bit of merit, then everything will depend of that little bit. Grace is free. Not even a bad priest can disqualify it. What goes wrong can be charged only to that little bit. It is impossible to synthesize free grace with even the smallest bit of human cooperation. Grace becomes pernicious when it is only ‘a little bit.’ It turns back on its receiver. How much is a little bit? This is the epitome of ‘cheap grace,’ and Luther name sit as such long before it became a modern shibboleth.”

– Gerhard O. Forde, “The Captivation of the Will” (52)