Christless Christianity

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Christianity without Christ–sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Yet with increasing regularity much of what we do in the Church-at-large today is man centered and/or works centered and not Christ centered, although it is often disguised as such. I remember reading the term, “Christless Christianity,” for the first time in a biography on Bonhoeffer. It was of great concern to Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) before his death by hanging at the hands of Adolf Hitler (who committed suicide a scant 21 days later) at Flossenberg Concentration Camp two weeks before the American liberation of the camp, and three weeks before the end of World War II.

In Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship,” he states the difference between “cheap grace” (which is man centered), and “costly grace” (which is Christ centered) which is part of what is at the core of Christless Christianity:

Cheap grace means grace sold on…

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