Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the heroes of contemporary evangelicalism. He is cited enthusiastically by everyone from Rick Warren to Warren Wiersbe. But Bonhoeffer was a rank heretic, and the fact that he defended the Jews and was put to death for participating in an assassination plot against Hitler does not redeem his sin against God’s Word. David Becker makes the following observation: “I don’t mean to be critical of people, but I do want to speak the truth in love, and one of my pet peeves is when I see people, especially those who consider themselves to be, and present themselves as, theologically conservative, praise Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Bonhoeffer espoused a so-called religionless Christianity, and expressed doubt about God as a working hypothesis. He was a father of the so-called ‘death of God’ ‘fad’ of a few years ago. He wrote a lot and also wrote some things that sounded orthodox but he consistently had a low view of the Bible, considering a lot of it myth. ... In his book, Christ the Center (1960, Harper & Row), Bonhoeffer wrote: ‘So if we speak of Jesus Christ as God, we may not speak of him as the representative of an idea of God who possesses the properties of omniscience and omnipotence (there is no such thing as this abstract divine nature!)’ (p. 108).
So Bonhoeffer didn’t really believe that Jesus is God. ... Bonhoeffer didn’t think that Jesus is sinless either. ‘The assertion of the sinlessness of Jesus fails if it has in mind observable acts of Jesus. His deeds are done in the likeness of flesh. They are not sinless, but ambiguous. One can and should see good and bad in them’ (p. 113). ... So Bonhoeffer rejected classical christology, had a low view of the Bible, denied the deity of Christ, doubted the virgin birth of Christ, denied the sinlessness of Christ, and doubted the physical resurrection of Christ” (Becker, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Rejected Classic Christology,” The Christian News, June 5, 2000).
(Friday Church News Notes, February 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)