Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dietrich Bonhoeffer On The Church

So I was skimming through Letters and Papers from Prison as I haven't read it in awhile and I stumbled upon this paragraph on pgs. 382-383:

The church is the church only when it exists for others. To make a start, it should give away all its property to those in need. The clergy must live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling. The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live in Christ, to exist for others.

A big contrast from the mega-church movement and the health and wealth gospel, wouldn't you say?


Anonymous said...

Careful, you might become a Lutheran yet, reading Bonhoeffer can be contagious!


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