Dietrich Bonhoeffer understood that the the power of the Holy Spirit was present in the church, but the church must obey what the Bible teaches of the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit is the living God, not some inert concept. The church community has to trust the Holy Spirit in every decision and believe strongly that the Spirit continues to be present in the community and at work in it. The Spirit will not permit our community to grope about to darkness, if only we are willing to take the Spirit’s teachings seriously…

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s sermon for Whitsunday, 1940 (Quoted in The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Geffrey B. Kelly and F. Burton Nelson, 51)

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