In an essay which includes this delightful segment–
WRITTEN WITH BUT the slightest familiarity with German theology and history, Metaxas’s best-selling Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, was published by Thomas Nelson in the spring of 2010 and launched at the Young Republicans Club of New York City. Christians in the United States needed to learn some very important lessons from Bonhoeffer’s story, and Eric Metaxas, who some followers call “the American Bonhoeffer,” had been called by God to deliver these lessons in our own hour of decision: It is not the role of the state to take care of people. America is the greatest nation in the world. People can take care of themselves; small government is the best government. Germans turned to Hitler to do the things that other people ought to be doing, and we in America are in danger of the same mistake. People who like big government don’t believe in God; they’re secularists and can be compared to the Nazis. We need Bonhoeffer’s voice today—Metaxas told an interviewer—“especially in view of the big government ethos of the Obama administration.”
With a literary background that includes a popular biography of the abolitionist William Wilberforce and the VeggieTales children’s series, Metaxas said that his purpose in writing the book was to save Bonhoeffer from the liberals, from the globalists, the humanists, and the pacifists. His Bonhoeffer was a born-again Christian who espoused traditional family values.
This is complete nonsense.
Metaxas is profoundly ignorant. If you buy his book, you’ve paid good money for a piece of complete garbage. If someone gives you his book, it’s only because they hate you. If you give someone the book, it is because you are ignorant of the facts and you hate the person you’re giving it to.
Here’s what Luther actually said-
As far as that goes, we are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter says in I Peter 2[:9], “You are a royal priesthood and a priestly realm.” (Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 44: The Christian in Society I (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 44; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 127.)
So, yeah, your thesis is wrong, Brazos. ‘We are ALL consecrated PRIESTS’ means we are all, as believers, Priests. If that isn’t the priesthood of the believer, pray tell, what precisely is it?
But that isn’t stopping the ignoramuses like the people at Relevant Magazine from blowing it all out of proportion and making a suit out of a button.
The little bauble proves nothing that is being claimed it proves. Nothing. But if you give the ‘desperate for proof’ lot even the most tenuous something or other they’re sure to run with it- in spite of the fact that at the end of the day they’re simply lying about it all.
But they don’t care. Because ‘proof’ – even if it doesn’t exist – is more important than ‘truth’ (in spite of the fact that they claim they’re Christians).
There are several problems with this absurd claim. First, Jesus explained what he was demonstrating at the Supper. It’s not as though the disciples all sat around staring at each other and just automatically knowing what it all meant. Second, this ridiculous statement ignores the numerous remarks by Jesus about his coming death. And third, the notion that the Supper is self-explanatory is insane. And finally, even the meal didn’t ‘fully explain what his forthcoming death was all about’. The early Church reflected on the meaning of his death from the moment it occurred forward. We’re still reflecting on it. Accordingly, the suggestion that it was ‘fully explained’ is, on its face, wrong.
The Bishop is wrong. And his bumper sticker theology is equally wrong.
It hasn’t been for a few years and it’s getting in the business of publishing more and more bizarre stuff (apparently the more bizarre the better they like it). If Tyndale and Zondervan publish the rubbish of the far right, WJK has taken on the task of publishing the rubbish of the far left.
I used to love thumbing through the WJK catalog, but anymore I just can’t stomach their questing for obscurity and irrelevance.
I saw this on facebook and swiped it because the comments at the top of the post are right on the mark. The ick factor is off the scale-