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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


It was his brother love of his fellow-men which also caused Bonhoeffer to believe that that it was not enough to follow Christ by preaching, teaching and writing. No, he was in deadly earnest when he called for Christian action and self-sacrifice. This explains why Bonhoeffer always acted spontaneously, “in hiding,” far from all publicity, and why he considered self-righteousness and complacency great sins against the Holy Spirit, and regarded ambition and vanity as the start of the road to hell. 

Memoir by G. Leibholz in  Dietrich BonhoefferThe Cost of Discipleship1961 edition, 23.

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)

July 2020


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