“Sin boldly.” – Martin Luther.
Luther said this line to his friend Melanchthon regarding the reality that we actually sin. Sin is not just mulliganing our way through life confessing our screw ups, failures, or breaking fictitious rules created by our culture or religious community.
Luther purposes that when we realize our real sins and boldly proclaim them as real bold, brazen, and defiant acts of disobedience primarily against God only then can we see sin as a terrible, contemptible, damnable offense against the holiness of God and only then do we begin to experience real grace.
We truly can throw ourselves before God and cry out for real grace when we really confess our sin. We then begin to live boldly by faith, which is total alien dependence upon Jesus works and not ours.
Luther wrote to Melanchthon that the sins that the institutional church created were fictitious and cheap caricatures of sin. This caricature of sin did nothing but foster a need for moral fortitude that found its source in a cheap and fictitious grace that cost God nothing.
“If you are a preacher of Grace, then preach a true, not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. For he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here we have to sin. This life in not the dwelling place of righteousness but, as Peter says, we look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. . . . Pray boldly-you too are a mighty sinner.” (Weimar ed. vol. 2, p. 371; Letters I, “Luther’s Works,” American Ed., Vol 48. p. 281- 282)
So we must be willing to sin boldly, believe and rejoice in Christ more boldly, and pray boldly for God is the author of real and not fictitious or cheap grace!
Real grace cost Jesus his life. He gave his life so we would not experience the grave and that our real sins cave before the reality of Jesus.