Bonhoeffer. Blog week 2 Costly Discipleship
When grace is cheap, discipleship is easy. Less and less accountability for spiritual growth turns the church into more of a political institution than a transforming spiritual vessel. The church becomes so busy with accommodating, it forgets its purpose. To survive, the church has to bring in money to pay the bills. The people with the most money push leaders to compromise. To keep the cathedral open, leaders compromise or turn a blind eye to those who are pushing their own agenda and not God’s, leaving room for sin to get a foothold. Those who compromise cannot understand that a new compromise is just around the corner, and those who see the ploy for what it is get frustrated and quit. So who do you side with? Side with those who have a personal agenda and you keep the doors open singing Amazing Grace until you retire. Side with those who will not compromise the Gospel and you lose the cathedral status and position. This is how the church in Germany failed. It chose to compromise with money and power, to keep the cathedrals. In the end Germany lost both the Cathedrals and spiritual integrity. Evil overran the church.
So, for the church to maintain integrity, it must be in union with the gospel of the New Testament. This is not the cheap grace being peddled on TV or in most mainline churches. The good news of Christ is simply, “you must take up a cross.” Any discipleship that is not sacrificial is not of the gospel of Jesus. It is a gospel with its own agenda. Being a Christian was never meant to be free or easy; and though God loves us, He never intended us to stay just as we are. Real change for the church cannot be separated from pain. The church in America has too long been tied to cathedrals. The real gospel compels us to something new. The day of multi million dollar debt to create cathedrals is over in America. The new church will not be connected to land or buildings. Those buildings will one day be turned into institutional warehouses that exist to take care of the lower classes or just bulldozed. And how do I know this? History repeats itself.