The Bethel Confession, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“A young Dietrich Bonhoeffer found himself in Bethel in the late spring and summer of 1933. This was a time of intense strife and turmoil within the German national church, called the German Evangelical Church, or the Reich Church. The Reich Church had already endorsed the Nazi Party. A minority within the church saw this action as selling the church’s soul, so this minority formed a splinter group within the larger church called the Confessing Church.

Bonhoeffer found himself playing a significant role in this new organization. Though Bonhoeffer was young, he was a very accomplished theologian, and at Bethel he decided that this church needed a doctrinal statement. With the help of a friend, he began to write the Bethel Confession. He wrote the first draft in the summer of 1933 and another draft a couple months later. Unfortunately, that draft would be taken over by a committee, and it was entirely butchered. When he got the draft back, Bonhoeffer didn’t even recognize it as his own. In reviewing it, he said, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.'”

https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/bethel-confession/

https://rationalityofaith.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/the-bethel-confession-november-version/