Leila Pitchford-English’s article entitled, “The man who started it” tells of Martin Luther, the great Protestant reformer. As most already know, Luther considered the purchase of indulgences within the Roman Catholic church to be a serious problem. For that, we owe him a debt of gratitude. But unfortunately, Luther’s version of “repeal and replace” gave us something that may end up being far worse: cheap grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor in the 20th century, warned that “cheap grace” would ultimately become the undoing of the Christian church. Because of men like Luther and others who simply minimize repentance and stress “saved by grace”, the average Christian lives a life of carefree pleasures and seldom considers what God expects of him. “Jesus died for my sins” is their mantra. While this is certainly true, those claiming Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior should at least ponder the directives Jesus gave us in the bible.

John Singleton

equipment designer

Livingston