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To Stop Fascism We Desperately Need A Confessing Christian Church

Posted by soldierservant on January 6, 2008

This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20080104.html

If the reader has not already done so, I again urge you to read the
book, Hitler’s Cross, which was written by Erwin Lutzer and published
by Moody Press. This book should be “required reading” for every
pastor and Christian layman in America. In his book, Lutzer focuses on
the attitudes and actions of Germany’s pastors and churches during the
rise and reign of the Third Reich. It is a masterpiece.

For those of us living in a country and time far removed from Hitler’s
Germany, it is hard to comprehend how that nation’s Christians–and
especially its ministers–could have been so thoroughly taken in by
old Adolf. We assume such an event could never happen
again–especially to us. However, to any honest observer of history,
the conditions of the Church in America today are eerily similar to
those of the Church in Nazi Germany.

For one thing, as did the Church in Nazi Germany, the Church in
America has become infatuated with Big Government. Historically,
patriotism in the United States meant love for God, love for family,
and love for freedom and independence. Today, however, Christians of
all persuasions have come to accept and even embrace the Nanny State,
complete with its intrinsic obsession with an omnipotent federal
bureaucracy that exercises perpetual surveillance and absolute control
over every area of our lives.

For example, according to today’s Republican Presidential candidates
(with the exception of Ron Paul), patriotism demands that we click our
heels to the Department of Homeland Security and that we
enthusiastically support aggressive, preemptive war. This is exactly
the kind of redefinition of patriotism used so brilliantly by Hitler
and his fellow propagandists. Yes, Martha, it appears that history
really does repeat itself.

When Ron Paul was asked about Mike Huckabee’s overt usage of a cross
for a campaign advertisement, he quoted Sinclair Lewis as saying,
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and
carrying a cross.” Many Christians railed against Dr. Paul for making
this comment. However, the truth is, Ron Paul (himself a committed
Christian) is one hundred percent right! (To see how Hitler used this
same tactic, I invite readers to note the photograph of the German
Fuhrer in Lutzer’s book, on page 75, which shows Hitler coming out of
church with a large emblem of the Cross directly over his head. This
photo was used extensively by Hitler during his political campaigns.)

More than any other Republican Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee
carries his Big Government machinations on a cross. I strongly
recommend that readers take a look at Selwyn Duke’s excellent exposé
on Mike Huckabee at
http://www.newswithviews.com/Duke/selwyn79.htm

In his book, Lutzer notes that the tool Adolf Hitler used to ascend to
power in Germany was his ability to wrap the Nazi flag around the
Cross of Christ. In fact, Hitler often required that the Cross be
emblazoned directly in the middle of the Nazi flag. These flags were
not only prominently displayed in parades, but also in church
auditoriums.

As a result of Hitler’s brilliant deception, Christians throughout
Germany were convinced that he was “God’s man.” They saw him as more
than a political leader: he was a spiritual leader as well. They saw
him as their country’s President and as their Christian brother. If
Hitler said the German people needed to surrender their firearms, they
saw it as their Christian duty to comply; if Hitler said they needed
to enact a total surveillance society, they freely gave up their
privacy; if Hitler said Germany needed to invade other nations for its
security, Christians were among the first to volunteer; and if Hitler
said they could only be good Christians if they supported the Nazi
Party, they enthusiastically supported the Nazi Party.

In short, Germany’s Christians and pastors surrendered their hearts
and minds to Adolf Hitler, because they believed him to be one of
them. What they never would have surrendered to a professing agnostic,
they gladly surrendered to a professing Christian. Truly, fascism came
to Germany “wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

Of course, there were a few in Germany who saw through Hitler’s
deception. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Christian minister who actively
opposed Hitler by organizing what he called the “Confessing Church.”
These were believers who would not surrender Christ’s sphere of
authority to Hitler. They saw through “Hitler’s Cross.” Unfortunately,
of the more than 14,000 pastors in Germany, only 800 joined with
Bonhoeffer.

To the vast majority of Germany’s pastors, Bonhoeffer was an
“extremist,” or a “kook,” or a “nut.” They relegated Bonhoeffer to the
fringe of Christendom. They believed Hitler and repudiated Bonhoeffer;
they chose Hitler’s “German Church” over the Confessing Church. In
retrospect, however, who would they follow today, if they had the
chance?

Likewise, many Christians and ministers today have succumbed to the
purveyors of internationalism. Issues such as trade, climate control,
health and education–and even war–are the tools globalists use to
construct their One World Order.

For example, Mike Huckabee’s success in Iowa is largely due to the
pastors and Christians of that State buying into his “Christian”
campaign. In a manner very similar to the 2000 campaign of George W.
Bush, Huckabee has carried his political campaign on the Cross. At the
same time, however, Mike Huckabee (as does George W. Bush) embraces
and promotes globalism. And, unfortunately, many Christians and
pastors do not seem to notice or care.

In a previous column (See it here:
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20071207.html ), I
wrote this:

“Have you wondered why Mike Huckabee is suddenly getting so much
favorable attention from the mainstream media (who themselves are
controlled by this gaggle of global elite)? To find the answer as to
why a professing pro-life, conservative Christian would suddenly
become the darling of the media, look no further than the fact that
just a couple of months ago, Mr. Huckabee appeared before the
globalist-minded Council on Foreign Relations. (Read his speech here:
http://www.cfr.org/publication/14335/ ) And when he did, it became
abundantly clear that Huckabee was a man globalists could trust.

“By the way, as you read Huckabee’s speech, you will find that he is
George W. Bush on steroids! This is a man who intends to meddle in the
affairs of nations around the world like you can’t believe. Talk about
entangling alliances: Huckabee intends for our State, Energy, Housing,
Education, Justice, Treasury, and Transportation departments to spend
untold billions of tax dollars on just about anything and everything,
including schools, medical facilities, roads, sewage treatment, water
filtration, electricity, and legal and banking systems in countries
all over the globe. And that is exactly the kind of man the Council on
Foreign Relations (CFR) wants in Washington.”

After reporting the connection between Mike Huckabee and the CFR,
numerous Christians quickly consigned my soul to the regions of the
damned and accused me of being a “nut.” Some emphatically declared
that I had no right to criticize “a Christian brother.” Now, who does
that sound like?

More importantly, however, is the question, Were my remarks accurate?
And the answer is, Yes, they were.

We now learn that Mike Huckabee has named Richard Haass as his advisor
on foreign policy. And just who is Richard Haass? He is the President
of the CFR. And what does Haass believe? He believes that the United
States (and every other country) must surrender its sovereignty to
international or global entities. On February 21, 2006, Haass wrote a
column for the Taipei Times entitled, “State Sovereignty Must be
Altered in Globalized Era.” This treatise is nothing more than an
explicit solicitation for global government. (Read it here:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/02/21/2003294021 )

In his treatise, Haass writes, “For 350 years, sovereignty–the notion
that states are the central actors on the world stage and that
governments are essentially free to do what they want within their own
territory but not within the territory of other states–has provided
the organizing principle of international relations. The time has come
to rethink this notion.”

He also wrote, “Moreover, states must be prepared to cede some
sovereignty to world bodies if the international system is to
function.”

He went on to say, “[S]overeignty must be redefined if states are to
cope with globalization.”

He further said, “Globalization thus implies that sovereignty is not
only becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become weaker.
States would be wise to weaken sovereignty in order to protect
themselves . . . Sovereignty is no longer a sanctuary.”

Haass also wrote, “Our notion of sovereignty must therefore be
conditional, even contractual, rather than absolute.”

Haass then summarized his desire for global government by saying, “The
goal should be to redefine sovereignty for the era of globalization,
to find a balance between a world of fully sovereign states and an
international system of either world government or anarchy.”

These are the sentiments of the man that the “Christian conservative”
Mike Huckabee has chosen to be his foreign policy advisor. Can you not
see how, once again, a global government elitist wraps his Big
Government ambitions around the Cross of Jesus Christ?

We desperately need Bonhoeffer’s “Confessing Church” in America. If
pastors do not quickly wake up to the way most of our
politicians–even those who profess to be Christians–are selling out
America’s sovereignty and independence, our wonderful country will not
long survive.

I have attempted to resurrect the “Confessing Church” in the form of a
21st Century “Black Regiment.” Students of U.S. history recognize the
“Black Regiment” as those Colonial Patriot-Pastors who led their
churches to assist the efforts of America’s fight for independence.
Currently, we have over 100 pastors, evangelists, and missionaries
listed on our Black Regiment directory.

See the Black Regiment directory here:
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/blackregiment.php

I, once again, encourage readers to buy Lutzer’s book, Hitler’s Cross.
I’m praying that this time there will arise an army of Dietrich
Bonhoeffers to lead a modern-day revival of true patriotism: love for
God, love for family, and a strong love and commitment to freedom and
independence. Call it the “Confessing Church,” or the “Black
Regiment.” Call it what you will: we need it desperately, and we need
it now.

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