“I never heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . of the cross, of sin and forgiveness, of death and life (while) in New York . . . only an ethical and social idealism which pins its faith to progress.”
… according to Bonhoeffer, a congregation without mutual confession of sin is a church afraid to be sinners: “The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship.”
Be a church that takes sin seriously AND is hospitable and compassionate toward sinners. Be a church filled with sinners who take their own sin seriously everyday and so are mesmerized anew by the matchless love of Christ.
For more see: The Courage to Confess Sin—What Bonhoeffer Still Teaches Us.