Everyone Belongs to God
Discovering the Hidden Christ
by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
"Blumhardt calls us to embrace the revolutionary notion that everyone belongs to God. He is a prophet for our time." ~Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author, "Strangers at My Door"
Blumhardt, a Lutheran pastor in Germany in the late 1800s, was quite critical of Christian missionary efforts because they concerned themselves with spreading Christianity on a Western pattern, instead of representing the reality of God's reign.
"The greatest obstacle to the kingdom of God, therefore, is not our social conditions but is in us and in our clever solutions."
"Our gospel has been too small. It is, indeed, too small a thing to think that the hope of the world rests in our ability to recruit others into a religion which has too often made us morally worse." -- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Challenge yourself to expand your vision of the gospel with this guide.
What did Barth, Bloesch, Brunner and Moltmann have in common that they might have inherited from Blumhardt?
Paul Louis Metzger
Blumhardt calls us to move from pen and paper to flesh and blood to live among the people, especially the orphan, widow, and alien in their distress. His words remind us that we should not simply use words, but preach Christ primarily with our lives; otherwise, our words mean nothing.
From Blumhardt’s and my perspective, our complete dependence on grace compels us to affirm our unity with one another, regardless of our faith, moral status, or religious background.
These letters reveal Blumhardt's convictions that God is on the side of everyone, and that conversion to a particular religion (i.e. Christianity) should be far from the objective of Christian missionaries.
This is ultimately a book about hope, about transformation and about a revolutionary way to live out the gospel of Christ in our daily lives. Everyone already belongs to God, but not everyone knows it.
"Blumhardt believed the call of the Christian was to discern where God was already at work."