What price are we paying in the church today for not calling people to true discipleship?
“But do we realize that this cheap grace has turned back on us like a boomerang? The price we are having to pay today in the shape of the collapse of the organized church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all at too low a cost. We gave away the Word and sacraments wholesale, we baptized, confirmed, and absolved a nation unasked and without condition. Our humanitarian sentiment made us give that which is holy to the scornful and unbelieving. We poured forth unending streams of grace. But the call to follow Jesus in the narrow way was hardly ever heard.” -The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (p. 54)