— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
„Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.
Costly grace is the sanctuary of God; it has to be protected from the world, and not thrown to the dogs.“
„In such a Church the world finds a cheap covering for its sins; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin. Cheap grace therefore amounts to a denial of the living Word of God, in fact, a denial of the Incarnation of the Word of God.“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Context: Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian "conception" of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins. The church which holds the correct doctrine of grace has, it is supposed, ipso facto a part of that grace. In such a Church the world finds a cheap covering for its sins; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin. Cheap grace therefore amounts to a denial of the living Word of God, in fact, a denial of the Incarnation of the Word of God. Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything, they say, and so everything can remain as it was before. Costly Grace, p 43.
— Oswald Chambers British missionary 1874 - 1917
— John Bradford English Protestant Reformer and martyr 1510 - 1555
On seeing prisoners being led to their execution, as quoted in Problems in the Relations of God and Man (1911) by Clement Charles Julian Webb, p. 107. Paraphrased variant: There, but for the grace of God, go I. This paraphrase has become a proverbial expression, and one further paraphrased by Phil Ochs in his protest song "There But For Fortune" (1963): There but for fortune, go you or I. It also led to the sardonic expression "There, but for the grace of God, goes God" which has been variously attributed to Herman J. Mankiewicz, in reference to Orson Welles while he was directing Citizen Kane, and to Winston Churchill regarding Stafford Cripps.
— Robert J. Sawyer Canadian science fiction writer 1960
Chapter 25 (p. 179)
— Karl Barth Swiss Protestant theologian 1886 - 1968
As quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations (1993) by Robert I. Fitzhenry, p. 223.
— Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918
— Harry Emerson Fosdick American pastor 1878 - 1969
Context: God of grace and God of glory, On Thy people pour Thy power. Crown Thine ancient church’s story, Bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, For the facing of this hour, For the facing of this hour.
„Modern analysis has yet to describe inefficiency in a world where indivisibilities are present and knowledge is costly to produce.“
— Harold Demsetz American economist 1930
p. 19; cited in: Eggertsson (1990; 23)
„Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God.“
— John Bunyan English Christian writer and preacher 1628 - 1688
„And therefore you must know that you can forfeit the grace and help of God by your willful sinning or negligence, though you cannot, without grace, turn to God. If you will not do what you can, it is just with God to deny you that grace by which you might do more.“
— Richard Baxter English Puritan church leader, poet, and hymn-writer 1615 - 1691
A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Preface.