the final breakthrough to fellowship


“Confess your sins one to another” (James 5:16).

“He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness. The final breakthrough to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners…All sham has ended in the presence of Christ. The misery of the sinner and the mercy of God – this is the truth of the Gospel in Jesus Christ.” – (Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, p. 112, empahsis mine)

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~ by david on May 29, 2010.

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