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We Desperately Need The “Confessing Church”


Some strong words from Pastor Chuck Baldwin. Along with the photo (below) check out these: These photos provide a pictorial glimpse of Hitler, how his Nazis mixed religion with government, and the support for Hitler by the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany.

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WE DESPERATELY NEED THE “CONFESSING CHURCH”

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

January 4, 2008

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.) *I located the photo:

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.

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

“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. (To read his speech click here) 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. (To read it click here)

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, 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.

7 comments on “We Desperately Need The “Confessing Church”

  1. After hearing of Mike Huckabee’s victory in Iowa tonight–and the huge % of Evangelicals who backed him, i felt ill.

    It is looking more and more like i will not be voting in this coming presidential election….

    it makes me feel weird. Maybe its because im older and have always voted in my adult life.

    Nevertheless, God’s will be done.

  2. Interesting post pj. We definitely need a modern day “confessing church.” I was going to post a Chuck Baldwin article last week but hesistated for various reasons. The article was on the subject of “the mark of the beast,” and I believe it has a lot of truth in it. I think I’ll post it later today.

    I know what you mean about not voting. We have felt the same over here. I think Huckabee would be the most dangerous person to have in the White House. I say that because the last thing this world needs is a pastor (or former pastor) as president of the USA. Jesus Christ has been misrepresented enough, and I think Huckabee would definitely make things worse.

    Thanks for posting this.

  3. that was a very interesting article.. I have had radar up about Huckabee ever since the video of the “floating cross”

    What true believer would ever use their faith to try and gain votes? if a Christian chose to run for office, they would be a testimony of their faith in the way they live their lives, a visible witness of the faith within.. they would not have to resort to photo-ops or constantly proclaiming their Christianity (so-called) to try and win more votes.

    the book of Daniel says in 4:17 “…the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the bases of men.”

    Despite man’s efforts, it is God who will put in place whom he will..

  4. Hi Cathy..

    I was going to post a Chuck Baldwin article last week but hesistated for various reasons.

    Think i read it and understand. I don’t always agree with some of his positions..especially those to do with prophecy.

    With this one though, he made some good points. There is a great danger in whats happening here in the US by the combining of politics and Christianity, and its heading ‘somewhere’.

    ..where? no where i think we want to find ourselves.

  5. Vickie….

    What true believer would ever use their faith to try and gain votes? if a Christian chose to run for office, they would be a testimony of their faith in the way they live their lives, a visible witness of the faith within.. they would not have to resort to photo-ops or constantly proclaiming their Christianity (so-called) to try and win more votes.

    Exactly!!! You have made an excellent point.

  6. Why is a Christian even running for any office in a kingdom of this world? We need to break free from this Constantine Hybrid way of thinking and get back to the Jesus and Apostle way of thinking. “Separation From The World” John 15: 18,19
    Start Loving our brothers & Sisters (All Mankind) With Jesus’ Love. John 13:34,35. And obedient Trust, John 14: 1-21 Not doctrine, but Lifestyle!
    We are a people “NOT OF THIS WORLD” And the world will know us by our “LOVE” not just for one another, but for all mankind. And we will know true Kingdom Christians by their fruits. Matt. chapters 5,6,7.
    Not my opinion, Just the Word Of God’s

    Phil. 1:21

    “B”

  7. Here are some of my concerns and red flags… please read through the following links and think for yourselves. I would like others to research please and find out if Huckabee is just another RW cloned pastor… why would I want a Commander and Chief with this lack of discernment?

    Please be in prayer for our nation and for discernment.

    http://mikehuckabeepresident2008.blogspot.com/2007/03/mike-huckabee-political-inconvenience.html

    Huckabee says, “Our church in Little Rock is very similar to Rick Warren’s. We’ve gone from 25 members to about 5,000 in eight years. Our focus has been to minister to people who were otherwise neglected. We built a ministry center before we even had a sanctuary. We held our services in warehouses until a year or two ago.” The center contains a range of faith-based initiatives: welfare to work, job training, programs for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, a food bank. “We are a multicultural, multiracial congregation, with rich and poor,” Huckabee says. “I play the bass in the Praise band.”

    http://opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110010782

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    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?
    ARTICLE_ID=58430
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    http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58959

    “In his videotaped message to the summit, Huckabee injected some of his trademark humor into references to his longtime friendship with Warren going back to their studies together at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

    “Rick, some of us from your class didn’t turn out so well, so I’ll just do the best with what I’ve got,” Huckabee quipped.”

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    Pro- Emergent George Barna is going to rally around Rick Warren program trained Mike Huckabee…. you can see it coming.

    http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071204/30332_2007_Trends_Analysis%3A_Americans_Reformulating_Christianity.htm

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    it sounds like the Arkansas good ol’boy club…

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/74469/output/print

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    NEA endorsement of Huckabee

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/12/05/497082.aspx

    The 16,000-member New Hampshire affiliate of the National Education Association has chosen to recommend to its members Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary, according to a source within the state NEA.This is the first time the state affiliate has picked a candidate in the GOP primary, and it follows Huckabee’s showing as the only Republican who spoke to the NEA convention in July.

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    http://www.globalpeacenow.com/Accomplishments.aspx

    After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Dr. Paul and GPI planned and conducted the first-of-its-kind Global Peace Rally and International Day of Prayer Lagos, Nigeria. American entertainer John Tesh performed in Lagos and Dr. Paul delivered a message to an estimated 3 million people. In addition millions of people around the world witnessing the event on television, several African Presidents and Prime Ministers as well as leaders of all faiths joined the event. More than 30 networks worldwide carried the broadcast. With only one week’s notice, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee spearheaded an effort for GPI that garnered the support for this event from 48 of the 50 U.S. Governors. Twenty-four State Governors issued proclamations supporting the International Day of Prayer. Over 430,000 letters and contacts were sent out for the event as some 1 million churches, mosques, and synagogues as well as other places of worship were included in the preparations for the event

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    other warren tie ins?

    http://healtheland.wordpress.com/2007/07/13/why-the-media-likes-mike-huckabee-so-much-he-is-a-rick-warren-worker/

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    support on Israel?

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/937966.html

    This article is part of the new assessment and ranking by The Israel Factor panel of Huckabee’s views on Iran. Read the Panel’s analysis here. Bottom line: The panel doesn’t believe Huckabee’s pledge to ‘stand by Israel’.

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    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TN8AA00&show_article=1

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