Monday, November 4, 2019

THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP vs cheap salvation

Dietrich Bonhoffer was briefly introduced at the beginning of yesterday's Evil prevails when good men and women do nothing post at this blog. Here's a bit more about him.

Sloan Bashinsky



  • Sloan Bashinsky Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈboːnhœfɐ]; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic.[1]

    Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.[2] He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp.

    After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then hanged on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Wikipedia
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Wikipedia
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Wikipedia
  • Sloan Bashinsky Bonhoeffer reported quotes, which I found with the above:

    "We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."

    "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."

    "If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction."

    I think the Republican and Democratic Parties would do very well to live by all three of those quotes. And, to read Bonhoeffer's THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP, which makes a mockery of what mainstream Christendom views as salvation by Jesus, which Bonhoeffer labels "cheap salvation".

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