Hitler’s Cross: Antichrist and the Church that Supported Him
Daniel 7:20 And of the ten horirsns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
My dad loved studying prophecy, and the Antichrist was often the topic of his research. The fact is, the Antichrist is an eerily shrouded individual, with many names bandied about as possible candidates. One in particular- who certainly serves as a type of the coming son of perdition- is Adolph Hitler. While pawing through used books at a thrift store recently, I stumbled upon Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s shocking book Hitler’s Cross (Moody Press, Chicago- 1995) in like new condition. After getting it home and open on my desk, it wasn’t long until i realized I wanted to blog some of its contents along with info about what I perceived to be a clear Hitler-Antichrist connection. Wikipedia and Dr. Lutzer’s Gold Medallion book serve as my main sources.
I’ll begin with the Moody Press Review of the book:
“Six million Jews…dead. The monstrosity of Adolph Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’ remains a stunning chapter in the pages of history. Although the power by which he hypnotized an entire nation is legendary, one question in particular begs an answer: Where was the church of Christ? Seduced by the Satanic majesty of The Fuhrer, church leaders throughout Germany allowed the Swastika a prominent place alongside the Christian cross in their sanctuaries. Nationalistic pride replaced the call of God to purity, and with few exceptions, the German church looked away while Adolph Hitler implemented his ‘Final Solution’ to his Jewish problem. How did this happen? In Hitler’s Cross, Erwin W. Lutzer examines the lessons that may be learned from studying the deception of the church: the dangers of confusing “e;church and state,”e; how the church lost its focus, the role of God in human tragedy, the parameters of Satan’s freedom, the truth behind Hitler’s hatred of the Jews, the faithfulness of God to His people who suffer for Him, the comparisons between Hitler’s rise and the coming reign of the Antichrist, and America’s hidden cross-her dangerous trends. Hitler’s Cross is the story of a nation whose church forgot its primary call and discovered its failure too late.”
Hitler: A Brief Overview – Wikipedia
“Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ]; 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP); National Socialist German Workers Party). Hitler was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. He was at the centre of the founding of Nazism, the start of World War II, and the Holocaust. A decorated veteran of World War I, Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party, precursor of the Nazi Party, in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup d’état, known as the Beer Hall Putsch, in Munich. The failed coup resulted in Hitler’s imprisonment, during which time he wrote his memoir, Mein Kampf (My Struggle). After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism, anti-semitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. After his appointment as chancellor in 1933, he transformed the Weimar Republic into the Third Reich, a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of Nazism. His aim was to establish a New Order of absolute Nazi German hegemony in continental Europe.”
PMI COMMENTARY: Here is an amazing comparison for those wise enough to make it: “Not all those who lived in Germany during the Third Reich supported Hitler. Some were early in their opposition; others saw him for what he was once the atrocities began. But more individuals than I realized had been willing to give their lives to stop him.” p11-12 Studying Hitler’s associations and activities provide us with a great deal of insight into that of the future Antichrist. For additional information from Scripture, please study Daniel 7-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 12-19 for background information and insights into the person of the Antichrist. -Dr. Mike Johnston
Hitler’s Religious and Philosophical Background
Dr. Mike Johnston
Adolf Hitler was raised by a Christian Catholic father and a devout Catholic mother; he ceased to participate in the sacraments after childhood. In his book Mein Kampf and in public speeches he often made statements that affirmed a belief in Christianity. Prior to World War II Hitler had promoted “positive Christianity”, a movement which purged Christianity of its Jewish elements and instilled it with Nazi philosophy. According to the controversial collection of transcripts edited by Martin Bormann, titled Hitler’s Table Talk, as well as the testimony of some intimates, Hitler had privately negative views of Christianity. Others reported he was a committed believer.
Nineteenth century Germany was heavily influenced by liberalism; both secular and sacred led by writings of philosophers Georg Hegel (1770-1831) and Friedrich Nietzshe (1844-1900). While the former preached the glorification of the state as being God walking on earth; the latter maintained God is dead which of course would give even more credence to the Hegelian theory. Nietzshe predicted one day a master race would unify Germany- and the world- that would be led by a super-human. Needless to say, Hitler viewed himself as Nietzshe’s superman.
Aristotle once wrote: “A tyrant needs to put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.” What Aristotle didn’t know is that Hitler would one day test the mechanics of such a statement by putting it into practice some 22 centuries later.
The Catholic Connection
At the time Hitler rose to become Chancellor of Germany, a full third of the nation was Catholic. Being raised in a Roman Catholic home and for a short period attending monastery allowed him to connect with the Roman church he knew to be tantamount to his power base, and yet more- an instrument of divine destiny brandishing orders from on high. This allowed him to become quite cozy with Popes and church dignitaries only too eager to have an audience with him. It was with their blessing this madman advanced the cause of Nazi Germany involving the slaughter of some 8 million innocents- including 6 million Jews. [Let us remember that evil American politicians on both sides of the aisle are responsible for slaughtering over 50 million unborn babies in the name of the god of “choice”. Where is the church in this mass murder?]. But blame cannot be laid alone at the feet of Romanists; there were many more Protestant churches who endorsed his political aspirations as a kind of saviour for Germany, Europe and the world. The question we all need to ask ourselves is simple: How could they have been so blind?
In a strange way, Hitler’s rise to power begins after America’s entry into World War I where he’d honorably served a 4 year hitch in the army (1914-1918). The signing of the Versailles Treaty which required Germany to acknowledge responsibility for starting it, dealt a crushing blow to Germany’s Second Reich, leaving the once proud country in shambles and shame- except for Hitler. This fit perfectly into his political aspirations, which coupled with his mesmerizing oratory skills quickly catapulted him into the national spotlight.
Make no mistake. Hitler was an astute politician who clearly understood history and it’s role on the future of Germany. Studying the First and Second Reich made him aware of the vital place his own religion- the Roman Catholic Church- could play in his acceptability and ultimate ascension to power. Once finished with her, he could simply throw her away like a worn out old shoe. [This is precisely what Antichrist does in Rev. 17]. The temporary marriage to the church was perfect since Hitler shared the anti-Semitic ideals of Romanists who to this day devalue Israel by teaching the Replacement Theology blasphemy (Rev. 2:9; 3:9). This unholy alliance- in no small way- allowed him to ultimately get away with murdering these “Jewish vermin” God surely had no use for. This of course became the impetus for the Final Solution. Years later when Hitler’s associates were dragged to trial and his savagery was seen by the eyes of the world, Catholic historians changed their version of history to portray their harlot church as the Templar of virtue as opposed to being co-conspirators of evil. To my knowledge, from 1933 when Hitler came to power as a Roman Catholic, neither the pope in Rome, nor the bishops of Germany, ever censured or denied him- or any of his fellow Nazi-Roman Catholic henchmen- any of the privileges associated with membership in the Romanist Church, including partaking in the sacraments.
From the Foreword of Hitler’s Cross
Dr. Ravi Zacharias
“This is a book that needed to be written. Four years ago I experienced a defining moment on a bone-chilling day in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The physical discomfort of the elements paled to insignificance when I walked through the rooms of this human hell that had witnessed spectacle after spectacle of the depths to which the human mind can descend once the conscience dies. Hitler himself said it all: ‘I want to raise a generation of young people devoid of a conscience-imperious, relentless, and cruel’ . . . Quoting noted Holocaust historian Christopher Browning, who insisted that there was more to it than fanatical obedience, he writes, ‘These men seem to have been totally enthralled by their status as civil servants,’ and ‘whatever else they may have felt or desired personally, any action that might have tarnished their reputation as efficient and reliable bureaucrats was unthinkable to them. They were dominated by an internal compulsion to keep their records unstained. This compulsion was so strong that it blotted out any sense of individual responsibility.’ [the author then adds] These men and men like them became desk murderers . . . Can we get past the bureaucratic desks to learn from history and not repeat its mistakes?” p9-10
Quotes from the Book: Hitler’s Cross
by Dr. Irwin Lutzer
[While Dr. Lutzer toured Hitler’s War Museum] “. . . the pictures that caught my attention were those of Protestant pastors and Catholic priests giving the Nazi salute. I was even more surprised at the pictures of swastika banners that adorned the Christian churches-swastika banners with the cross of Christ in the center!” p12
“What clues were there in the history of Germany that prepared the country (and its churches) for such a mass seduction? Could it happen again? More to the point, is it happening now, even in America, albeit in a different way? What signs should have alerted the church to Hitler’s real agenda? . . . Hitler, I believe, is a prototype of the antichrist who will someday arise and perform economic and political wonders. He, too, will mesmerize millions and demand the worship of the world. He will be able to accomplish feats of conquest and control that Hitler would not have dreamed possible.” p12
“The church has always been poised between two gods and two crosses. On the one side is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died on a Roman Cross, executed for the sins of the world. On the other side are any number of lesser gods and with them other crosses-those promises of deliverance that offer a false salvation.” p13
THE FIRST REICH (800-1806)
“Charlemagne (Charles the Great) was crowned emperor by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day in the year 800 . . . His conquests brought unity to Europe and began the Holy Roman Empore (an empire that Voltaire said was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire). Nevertheless, Charlemagne cemen ted the growing unity of church and state that was begun during the days of Constantine (274-337). . . Religion unified the diverse countries and infant baptism would keep future generations “Christian.” . . . Even today the church in Europe (both Catholic and Protestant) is supported through taxes.” p20-21
“From 1273 to 1806, the Holy Roman emperors were, for the most part, Germans from Austria, known as the Habsburg dynasty.” p22
“In 1804, the pope tried to crown Napolean Bonaparte in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, but Napoleon snatched the crown from the pontiff and crowned himself, signifying that, unlike Charlemagne, he had won the right to be emperor on his own merits. Napoleon’s goal was to substitute a French empire for the German one that had cominated Eurpose for so many centuries. After crushing Austria, he turned on Prussia; and when he marched victoriously into Berlin, the First Reich had come to its end.” p22
THE SECOND REICH (1871-1918)
“This unholy unity contributed to the paralysis of the church during the Hitler era. At the very moment it should have been condemning the politics of the day with one unified voice,the church found its existence dependent upon the goodwill of the state.” [Sounds like the ecclesiastical muzzling of the IRS] p22
“If the First Reich prepared the way for Hitler by unifying church and state, the Second Reich contributed to the paralysis of the church by teaching that there must be a split between private and public morality . . . (Bismark who claimed to have had a conversion experience) reasoned that when acting as a servant of the state, a man was not bound by the same morality he should have as an individual. The state, it was argued, should not be judged according to conventional law because its responsibilities went beyond ordinary human values. p23
“Thanks to America’s decision to enter (World War I), Germany surrendered on November 9, 1918 . . . When Hitler heard the news of Germany’s defeat, while recuperating from an attack of mustard gas, he had a mystical vision that he believed was his ‘call’ into politics. He cried for the first time since the death of his mother. He then knew he was destined to play a role in Germany’s future. p25
THE THIRD REICH (1933-1945)
Prussian Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg is commonly remembered as the man who as German President appointed Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Hindenburg personally despised Hitler, condescendingly referring to Hitler as that “Bohemian corporal” Still, Hitler repeatedly and forcefully pressured Hindenburg to appoint him as Chancellor while Hindenburg repeatedly refused. Over time, however, that changed. Germany was experiencing hyper inflation, and with unemployment at record high levels, Hindenburg eventually capitulated and appointed Hitler as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Since this was merely a political appointment, Hitler knew that according to the constitution his term of office depended on his ability to acquire majority support in the Reichstag or else Parliament or Hindenburg could dismiss him.
“Anticipating an election in March 1933 that he knew he could not win, Hitler apparently chose to create a crisis. On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building in Berlin went up in flames. The evidence points to arson; most probably Hitler’s men forced a Dutch man named Marinus van der Lubbe to enter the building through a passage used for the heating system. At gunpoint, he set a fire in the basement of the building, and soon the massive structure was in flames. Hitler blamed the arson on a Communist conspiracy and induced Hindenburg to sign a decree “for the protection of the people and the state” that suspended individual liberties. The Nazis could then search homes without a warrant, confiscate property, and outlaw meetings of groups that might oppose them. By signing the decree Hindenburg was actually acting in accordance with the Weimar Constitution, which stipulated that the president could bypass Parliament in the event of an emergency. Little wonder Hitler said that the burning of the Reichstag was ‘a gift from the gods.'”p33-34
“Though Hitler still failed to get a majority, by murder, threats and promises, he did manage to get a two-thirds majority vote in the Reichstag to amend the constitution. By this amendment, all legislative functions were transferred to him personally. From then on, he, not the Reichstag, would make the laws.” p34
PMI COMMENTARY: When Hindenburg died, Hitler held a special ceremony wherein all army officers swore an oath of personal loyalty to him as Fuhrer and supreme chancellor of the Third Reich. At long last, Nietzsche’s prediction of a master race guided by a SUPER MAN had become reality. “Workers now had job security, a health service, cheap holiday schemes . . . the man for whom the Germans had waited had arrived . . . In Nazi Germany, as in every era, it was the economy that was the key to the political fortunes of a particular party or dictator. Even the Antichrist will count on the premise that most of us act as if our bodies are worth more than our souls.” p35
“Let us remember that a demonic leader is able to unleash spiritual forces that influence others. Kaiser Wilhelm II said ‘Hitler is an awakener of souls, the vehicle of Messianic powers.’ Serving as a satanic channel was especially possible in a country that was already steeped in occultism. This national obsession with occultism prepared the way for Hitler’s meteoric rise to world prominence. Heinrich Himmler’s masseur said that the nation was caught up in ‘the mysticism of a political movement’ and in ‘no country were so many miracles performed, so many ghosts conjured, so many illnesses cured by magnetism, so many horoscopes read.’ There were telepathy, seances, and spiritual experiences of every sort, which camouflaged Hitler’s deceptions. Just as the New Age movement today might well be preparing the world to accept the miracles of Antichrist, so the occultism of Germany made mass deception much more difficult to detect.” p67
PMI COMMENTARY: Revelation 13:2-3 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
“Himmler was a dedicated occultist; so were Rosenberg and Goebbels. As the Nazi party grew, it attracted those who belonged bo numerous satanic organizations. The inner Nazi circle drew power directly from these hidden forces. But in a nation that was already steeped in occult doctrines, millions of others came under Hitler’s magic spell.” p68
“Many who despise Hitler today, many who pride themselves in dondemning Nazism, are actually embracing the same doctrines that made Nazism the powerful force it was in the world. Astute readers will realize that what is popularly called the New Age Movement is ancient occultism, or we could call it the spiritual doctrines of Nazism with a friendly American Face.” p68
THE NAZI-NEO NEW AGE CHARISMATIC CONNECTION
“Ever since Adam and Eve believed Satan’s promise-that if they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree, they would be like God, knowing good and evil-humans have tried to set up a rival kingdom. To be like God is an awesome thought. Hitler confided to those who were closest to him that he was under orders from higher beings in his unique mission. He told Rauschning: “I am founding an order . . . the Man-God, that splendid being will be an object of worship . . . but there are other stages about which I am not permitted to speak.” [PMI NOTE: Branham, Copeland, the late Hagin, Crouch, Hinn, ad nauseum, have all been claiming a Latter Rain outpouring resulting in god-men] Hitler continued: “Creation is not yet at an end. Man is becoming God . . . man is God in the making . . . Millions who feared him nevertheless admired and worshiped him. Antichrist’s goal, like that of Hitler, will be to be worshiped.” p69-70
“But the godhood of man, which has always been believed in various forms in the East, is not being accepted in the West too. Just as Germany accepted Hitler because of rampant occultism, so our nation is being prepared for a leader who claims to be god. After all, if we are all little gods, why cannot a charismatic ruler be called the bigger god, the personification of deity?” p70
A GLOBAL VISION
What catapulted Hitler to power? The stock market crash of 1929, which triggered economic hardship in Germany, was the catalyst; but without the rage of world conquest burning in his breast, the Third Reich would never have happened. He believed that he would begin a one-thousand year Reich, or empire, that would eventually span the globe . . . (Remember) globalism has always been the long-term goal of occult religions . At the Parliament of the Word’s Religions in Chicago in 1993, six thousand [interesting number] came from all over the world to discuss the need to unite the religions of the world . . . A global ethic was adopted in which the word God does not appear, but the word Earth is capitalized throughout.” [This document cries for a transformation of consciousness from everyone on earth]. “When people are desperate they usually seek to unite under the banner of men rather than under the banner of God . . . [and] the cross is pushed aside in deference to some other flag.” p71-72
PMI COMMENTARY: Like every dictator before or after him, Hitler was obsessed with conforming and tracking his subjects and he utilized surveillance, wiretaps, spying, and a reward system for one person tattling on another. This reminds me of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon after he erected his statue demanding worship. Of course while Hitler didn’t have the technology available to surveil everyone, the real Antichrist will.
A WARNING TO THE CHURCH
“From my study I have concluded that the church in Germany appeared to be too preoccupied with the problems of the nation to see what was happening before its eyes. Though burdened with unemployment and the physical hardship of its dejected people, the church, for the most part, still refused to repent and turn wholly go God . . . Popular German culture, with its myths about race and occultism, thrived in place of sound Bible teaching and prayer. The church overlooked the fact that the fight against Nazism was essentially not political but spiritual. The church mistook the temporal benefits of the swastika for the spiritual benefits of the cross of Christ. Wanting to believe Hitler was the answer, it forgot what the really important questions were . . . the church made peace with an aenemy with which it should have been at war. Called to warn and protect, it tolerated, then saluted, then submitted.” p76 [PMI COMMENTARY: America has done the same thing in the last two elections of the anti-Semitic, Anti-American, pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, pro-Muslim Obama]
THE ANTI-SEMITICISM OF THE THIRD REICH
[PMI NOTE: Hitler was a Darwinist p80]. He wrote: “I do not look upon Jews as animals, they are further removed from animals than we are . . . Therefore it is not a crime to exterminate them since they do not belong to humanity at all.” The Spear of Destiny by Trevor Ravenscroft. Thus did Adolph Hitler create new laws that would remove the Jews from their status as persons. With his declaration that they were beneath the animals, Heinrich Himmler got the green light to use his SS troops to exterminate them. The SS were then free to kill without breaking laws; they were free to exterminate without committing murder. With this verbal sleight of hand, the man who starved children but called it “putting them on a low calorie diet” now killed Jews and called it “cleansing the polluted land.” Just as with the abortionists who calls a pre-born infant a “product of conception,” so language is craftily manipulated by those who wish to desensitize the conscience and promote humanistic values. If evil is called good, then it becomes good–just ask Adolph Hitler. p78
The Third Reich cannot be understood apart from the doctrine of race, the belief that only through a pure bloodline can humanity achieve its rightful godhood. Hitler cynically blended the facism of composer Richard Wagner and the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin with the blood myths of Eastern occultism. He forged a doctrine that would give him permission to vent his rage against the Jews with a plan to exterminate them from the face of the earth. p79-80
Hitler’s Homosexual Hypocrisies
Hitler’s hypocrisies are legendary; case in point was his public outcry and attack against sodomites (aka homosexuals). In America, radical sodomites have portrayed themselves as victims much the way they were targeted in Nazi Germany. However, it would have been strange indeed if the Nazis had singled out homosexuals for special persection since the movement itself was rampant with various kinds of sexual perversion. Historian Samuel Igra states that Hitler’s initial Brownshirts began as an exclusive homosexual and bisexual organization. Hitler’s personal secretary, Rudolph Hess was a bisexual known in homosexual circles as Fraulein anna. Homosexuality was rampant in Hitler’s inner circle as well as the SS, as boys were rounded up from the Hitler Youth to participate in sexual orgies. Of course, Hitler railed against homosexuals, just as he did against occultists, though he himself was a dedicated satanist. p83-84
In Paris some Frenchmen carried yellow handkerchiefs in their pockets and held the Star of David in their hands. For that they were sent to concentration camps and each forced to wear a white armband that read, “Jew Friend.” p163
THE CHURCH IS DECEIVED
Adoration poured forth from pulpits of Germany. Pastor Siegfried Leffler proclaimed, “In the pitch-black night of church history, Hitler became, as it were, the wonderful transparency for our time, the window of our age, through which light fell on the history of Christianity. Through him we were able to see the Savior in the history of the Germans.” (p101)
Another Pastor Julius Leitherser gushed, “Christ as come to us through Hitler … through his honesty, his faith, and his idealism, the Redeemer found us … we know today the Savior has come … we have only one task, be German, not Christian.” Clearly, even at this early point in the struggle, the swastika meant more to some pastors than did the Cross. (p101)
The church that was called by God to stand against the evils of the Nazi regime came to embrace it. Swastikas, with the cross of Christ sometimes neatly woven in the center, adorned churches. When the churchmen awoke from their spiritual and political slumbers, they discovered too late that they had been deceived. (p102)
Germany, we have learned, was unified in its anger toward its enemies, whether real or imagined. Hatrad for Jews, I’m sorry to say, also flourished within the churches. Many Germany had read the works of Chamberlain and many popular documents that pictured the Jews as traitors. And although the Jews constituted a small percentage of the population, they were seen as villains, responsible for the defeat of Germany in World War I. (So) when Hitler called for a one-day boycott of Jewish businesses on April 1, 1933, many Christians supported him. The churches were so enamored with Hitler’s successes that they did not pause to ask in whose name these benefits had come to them. They spoke of the political resurgence as a revival, a time of renewal and spiritual strength. (p104)
Germany was about one-third Catholic and two -thirds Protestant. to its credit, the Catholic church stood against Hitler with greater solidarity than the Protestants. [knowing this Hitler often pandered to the Romanists in gestures of goodwill] (Still) Hitler spoke of both Protestants and Catholics with contempt, convinced that all Christians would betray their God when they were forced to choose between the swastika and the Cross: “Do you really believe the masses will be Christian again? Nonsense! Never again. That tale is finished … the parsons will dig their own graves. They will betray their God to us. They will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes.” (p104)
And many pastors did as Hitler predicted.
Neither the universities nor the schools challenged him; and only part of the church had the courage to do so. (p104)
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHURCH
That Hitler deceived the church is clear enough. But we also must remember that the churches of Germany had already sold out to the popular themes of German culture long before Hitler rose to power. They were prepared to be deceived; some would say, wanted to be deceived. The deceptions did not happen all at once but were a part of a long history.
Keep in mind during the Prussian dominance, the king was the head of the church. The clergy were servile to the political head of state. Prussian military victories are depicted as victories for Christ and the Christian religion (p106).
A strong Germany, they thought, meant a strong church … the Kaiser was seen as ruling by “divine right” as God’s representative for the Christian nation. Soldiers who died in World War I were honored as martyrs for Christ. Christians stood for the greatness of Germany, for its military might and prominence. (p107)
The church, for the most part, had abandoned the historic Christian faith and had opted for theological liberalism; that is, they read the Bible trying to separate the true from the false, denying the uniqueness of Christ. Without a clear message of repentance and faith in Christ alone as the Son of God, the churches substituted the proud banner of a Christianized nationalism for the meekness and humility of Christ … the cross of Luther did not comfortably blend in with the swastika. Since all German infants were baptized into the church, little was said about the need for individual, adult conversion to Christ. The fact that one’s name was on a church roll was proof enough that one was a Christian. All that was expected of good Christians was to help Germany become great. (p108)
Allegiance to God was best demonstrated by allegiance to the state and Romans 13:1-2 was often quoted: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (p111)
[In accord with this verse Pietists rose to favor the church stay out of politics in favor of “preaching the gospel” and many Christian listened.]
James Dobson, in a letter sent to his supprters, challenged them with a series of questions:
“At what point will we be willing to defend what we believe?
Will parents object if their children are routinely indoctrinated in homosexual ideology or occultism in the public schools?
Will we object if the state tells pastors what they can or cannot say from the pulpit? (In Sweden an evangelical pastor who preached on Sodom and Gomorrah was convicted of “verbal violence” against homosexuals and sentenced to a four-week prison term.”
Will we object if the state assumes ownership of our children and tells us how to rear them, or else lose custody?
Will we object if every church has to hire a homosexual to satisfy a quota obligation?” (p112)
Whether in Nazi Germany or America today, believers cannot choose to remain silent under the guise of preaching the gospel. In fact, our very right to preach the gospel will be in jeopardy if we are not prepared to submit to the lordship of Christ in all spheres. (p112)
Hitler would soon try to force the church to adopt what he called “positive Christianity” that was more radical than even the most nationalistic churches had anticipated. His plan, as it would later be unveiled, called for obliteration of the church. In the end, he wanted to transform the church so thoroughly that every vestige of Christianity would be smashed. There was not enough room in the church for both the Cross and the swastika, and as Hitler mused: “One god must dominate another.”
HITLER CAPTURES A NATION
Hitler began by demanding an inch, then a yard, and finally a whole mile. He transformed society [remember the warnings of societal transformation issued by Barack O’bama?] and in so doing he also transformed the church [recent Supreme Court decision June 26, 2015 forcing sodomite marriages onto all 50 states is a clear fulfillment of O’bama’s transformational threat which will ultimately affect every church and pastor in the USA]. Hitler could not be at rest until his broken cross replaced the cross of Christ. Hitler’s strategy to seduce the German people consisted of three states: (p113)
1. THE LIES OF THE STATE
Hitler believed in lies. He said that “the magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility since the great masses of people … more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a little one.” [If you remember history, this is precisely what drove the successes of master political manipulator James Carville who helped orchestrate the subterfuge of the infamous Bill Clinton] Hitler [like Clinton and O’bama].
After he was sworn in as chancellor, Hitler paid tribute to Christianity as “an essential element for safeguarding the soul of the German people” and promised to respect the rights of the churches promising to maintain “a peaceful accord between Church and state.” To demonstrate that, he was willing to give the churches freedom “as long as they did not do anything subversive to the state … Article 24 of the party platform demanded “liberty for all religious denominations in the State so far as they are not a danger … to the moral feelings of the German race.”
Privately, however, Hitler revealed his true intentions by revealing there was no future for either the Catholic or Protestant denominations. (p113)
According to Hitler’s own words: “One is either a Christian or a German. You can’t be both.” (p114)
Hitler always said that the best way to conquer your enemies is to divide them. [Clinton and Obama mentor Saul Alinsky taught the same tactic in Rules for Radicals]. Hitler pushed the state in front of the church encouraging people to leave the cross to embrace the swastika promising the state could hold ceremonies to dedicate infants, offer its own holidays and marriages where the blessing of Mother Earth and Father Sky were frequently inmvoked upon the couple uniting in holy matrimony.
Hitler claimed children belonged to the Reich. [precisely what social engineers are pushing in America]. He said: “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
By 1933 prayer and Bible teaching carols and holidays were all removed from German schools, replaced instead by Nazi dogma and pagan festivals. Christmas was changed from December 25 to December 21 in honor of winter solstice, and Easter became a holiday to welcome spring. Private schools were abolished and by 1938 all education was unified under the Nazi ideology. (p115)
Book burning was common. (p116)
[NOTE: this is the pattern for the same satanic transformation that began in America in 1962 when prayer and Bible study were removed from public classrooms under the invented constitutional clause “separation of church and state”. Since that time the communist Luciferian ACLU has maintained a constant vigil of stripping every vestige of the cross from the fabric of American culture. When will the church awaken, repent, and reclaim all the ground Satan has taken?] (p115)
2. The Laws of the State
Laws always reflect a nation’s priorities, agenda, and values. No longer predicated upon the Bible and Christian values, Germany’s laws were given by the dictates of the Fuhrer alone. The Nazis proclaimed: “Hitler is the law!” As Goring put it, “The law and the will of the Fuhrer are one.” right and wrong was whatever Hitler said it was.
The Nuremberg laws of September 15, 1935, deprived Jews of German citizenship, confining them to the status of “subjects.” They forbade marriage between Jew and Aryans and sexual relationships between them. This was the basis for thirteen specific laws against the Jews that would outlaw them completely.
There were also laws against treason. Treason was defined as anything that was contrary to the will and the purposes of the Reich. Criticism was treason; freedom of the press was treason; a failture to further the agenda of the Reich was treason. Once again, treason was whatever Hitler said it was. In 1936 the People’s Court was established to try acts of treason utilitizing 5 judges. However all proceedings were secret. (p117)
3. The Lord of the State
Hitler began with lies; they were reflected in his laws, and finally he emerged as lord. He had achieved the near absolute control his demented heart desired. (p117-118)
In an effort to replace the church, Hitler sought to found his own [very antiChrist-like] called the National Reich Church of Germany. Here are a few of the 30 points in his nefarious agenda as set forth by Hitler’s pal Alfred Rosenberg [hmm, sound Jewish to you?]:
The National Reich Church of Germany would replace all churches and denominations.
The National Church demands an end to all Bible publishing and distribution in Germany
The National Church declares Mein Kampf replace the Bible as source of ethics and truth
The National Church must remove all crosses, Bibles, and pictures of saints from its altars and premises (p118-119)
Antichrist, like Hitler, will also transform his world by changing the laws: Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
Like Hitler he will begin with lies, then make laws, and finally be worshiped as lord. He will be another Hitler, more powerful, more believable, more blasphemous, more cruel.
Here in America we can see how the media can shape the values of a culture and help bring about a society that is at war with the values of the past. Whether it is abortion, special homosexual rights, or an agenda of “political correctness” that restricts free speech, the attitudes of a nation can change if enough people say the same thing often enough.
Lies often end up as laws. (p120)
THE CHURCH IS DIVIDED