Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bonhoeffer: You’re on the Wrong Train

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor and theologian, executed by Nazi Germany as a co-conspirator in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, said, “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running down the aisle in the opposite direction.” You will still arrive at the wrong destination.

What is he saying to the Church today? To believers who are members of the Episcopal Church, USA (for example) which has ordained an open, practicing homosexual as Bishop, or those in some Pentecostal churches that deny/reject the Trinity, to those in churches that deny the 5 Solas and teach baptismal regeneration as required for salvation, or that deny/reject the inerrancy of scripture?

How many believers are running down the aisle in one direction (apparently thinking they can make a "difference" by being on the inside) while the ministry, teaching, church, denomination with which they've associated themselves is heading the opposite direction?

What do you say to them? What should they do?

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