THE COST OF NONDISCIPLESHIP
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian struggling to follow Christ in the midst of Nazi rule, penned one of the great Christian books of the twentieth century. In it he wrote that the first call every Christian experiences is “the call to abandon the attachments of this world.” The theme of the book is summarized in one potent sentence: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Bonhoeffer aptly entitled his book The Cost of Discipleship.
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It has been 25 years since I read Bonhoeffer’s book. I remember the impact “The Cost of Discipleship” had on me when I was in college. I just ordered the new translation of this seminal work from Amazon so I can re-read it.
Supposedly both of these books deal with discipleship but what a difference. If memory serves, Bonhoeffer appeals to scripture to make a case for Jesus’ call for us to take up our cross and follow him. Platt, on the other hand, uses personal stories with just a sprinkling of scripture to shame and cajole us into doing more for the poor and unsaved. His use of guilt & emotional manipulation to motivate brings back memories of Pentecostal Sunday evening alter calls.