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Kirchenkampf
Globalism - Ecumenism
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Pete Garcia

Looking back at recent history, we can see one of the most blatant and ludicrous attempts at replacing Jesus with another, man-made 'jesus'.  The Third Reich in the 1920’s and 30’s did this when they were rising to power.   Their ''Positive Christianity'' sought to 'Aryanize' Jesus as a Galilean (who by their definition weren’t Jewish).  Literally, they tried to remove the Jewishness of both Jesus and the scriptures from the Bible.

As I was doing some research on Christian persecution over the last few hundred years, I noticed that I kept seeing the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons included in the list of persecuted Christian groups.  I understand that Mormons and JW’s have been persecuted by various regimes over the years, but being lumped in with Orthodox groups as if they were one in the same troubled me.  To many outside of the Christian faith, both JW’s and LDS are grouped together with Christians, even though by definition, they are not anymore Christian, than a Muslim is a Hindu.

They cannot be Christian because they deny or alter some of the very basic tenets that make Christianity unique.  It makes as much sense as saying one was a Muslim, but denying the basic tenets of Islam.

From Wikipedia:

Flag of the German Christians, the movement associated with Positive ChristianityPositive Christianity grew out of the Higher Criticism of the nineteenth century, with its emphasis on the distinction between the historical Jesus, and the divine Jesus of theology. According to some schools of thought, the saviour-figure of orthodox Christianity was very different from the historical Galilean preacher. While many such scholars sought to place Jesus in the context of ancient Judaism, some writers reconstructed a historical Jesus who corresponded to anti-Semitic ideology. In the writings of such anti-Semites as Emile Burnouf, Houston Stewart Chamberlain and Paul de Lagarde, Jesus was redefined as an Aryan hero who struggled against Judaism. Consistent with their origins in Higher Criticism, such writers often either rejected or minimized the miraculous aspects of Gospel narratives, reducing the crucifixion to a tragic coda to Jesus's life rather than its prefigured culmination.

The three main tenets of Positive Christianity were:

1. Rejection of Jewish-written parts of the Bible (including the entire Old Testament)

2. Claiming "Aryan hood" and non-Jewishness for Christ

3. The political objective of national unity, to overcome confessional differences, to eliminate Catholicism, and to unite Protestantism into a single unitary Christian national socialist church

First of all, in order for the Nazi’s to use Christianity, they had to deny what makes Christianity unique.  Christianity has its roots in the Hebrew Scriptures, and accepts Jesus as a Jewish Messiah.  Where as many unorthodox groups attempt at changing the mechanism of Salvation (ie…through good works or ritualism), they attempted to deny the actual ethnicity and/or personhood of Jesus Christ.  Ethnically speaking, He was Jewish, not Aryan, Arabian, Persian, Asian, Anglo-Saxon, or any other modern day rebranding.  And He certainly wasn’t Palestinian (as the name Palestine wouldn’t even be used for another 100 years!)

Secondly, they attempted to unite Christians, not under Jesus Christ, but under the State.  Similarly, the Roman Catholic Church attempts to unite all believers within Christendom under the control of the papacy.  When people are prompted to unite under any other person, institution, or system outside of the biblical personhood of Jesus Christ, it is apostate and doomed to failure.  It doesn’t matter if it is Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith, the Pope, the Motherland, or Adolph Hitler.

The term ‘Kirchenkampf’ in German means the ‘struggle of the church’.  Historians are divided somewhat on exactly how this played out, but there was an attempt by the Nazis to squash evangelical and orthodox Christian churches with the state-ran Nazi propaganda church.

The Kirchenkampf can be divided into five stages (Source)

First (spring to fall 1933):

  • Hitler makes efforts to assimilate the churches into the culture of National Socialism.
  • The Reichskonkordat was an outcome of this stage.
  • The preparation to create a unified single Reichskirche from the 28 regional Protestant churches, the Ludwig Müller controversy, and the beginning of the rise of the Confessing Church.

Second (fall 1933 – fall 1934)

  • The regime attempted to bring the churches under the control of the Nazi state.
  • Opposition to these efforts led to the emergence of the Confessing Church.
  • The regime breaches various portions of the Concordat.

Third (fall 1934 – February 1937)

  • The regime tried to bring the Protestant churches under its control by taking charge of church finances and governance structures.

Fourth (February 1937 – 1939)

  • More open conflict based on "Nazism itself and its anti-Christian worldviews".
  • The regime increased its imprisonment of resistant clergy, such as Martin Niemöller.

Fifth stage (1939–1945)

  • More clergy were imprisoned
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and executed
  • Clergy were drafted into the military
  • Church publications were censored or banned
  • Services and functions restricted or banned

Source: Lueker, Erwin L.; Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson (2000). "Kirchenkampf". Christian Cyclopedia. Concordia Publishing House. Retrieved 2008-03-09

Do any of the above stages seem eerily similar to what we see going on in the United States today?

Sign of the Times

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?' And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:3-5)

Jesus warned us that many would come in His Name, and would deceive many.  I used what the Nazis did as a fairly blatant attempt at denying the historical truth of who Jesus was for an example for us today.  (Although, Bill Maher seems more inline with the Nazi revision than others)

But even though that twice-dead tree was hewn down, the roots of ‘Higher Criticism’ were left intact, and once again have begun to sprout new life into a heretically damning theology.  This time around, it is subtler and seeks to do the very thing that Satan said to Eve in the Garden when first tempting her:

"Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Genesis 3:1)

At the outset, I mentioned Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as non-orthodox groups lumped in with Christian groups.  Originally, these groups broke away from mainstream Christianity as the only ‘real’ believers who had the NEW revelation from God.  If you didn’t belong to them and follow their rules, you were doomed.  So why now, are they now actively seeking to be included in the groups they once denounced as Apostate?

“Nothing less than a complete apostasy from the Christian religion would warrant the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”- Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church, v. 1, p. xl

Why are Hindu’s now claiming Jesus was really an enlightened guru, who may or may not have been Jewish incarnate of the Krishna?

“Was Jesus a Hindu or was he a Buddhist? Let us avoid these labels. Jesus was surely a divine person who belonged to the whole world and the whole human race. Let us listen to his message of love and adopt it in our lives without getting involved in such debates that would lead us nowhere. Let us always remember Jesus as a Son of God who brought to us the message of love.

Time has come to liberate Jesus from churches, theologians and clergy. Let us spread His message of selfless love. Modern world needs peace that can come only from love and not from wars. Today's world needs Jesus more than ever before.” Anil Chawla

As the last of the last days approaches, there will be an onslaught from every conceivable direction that will seek to keep the sinner from Christ, and the Christian from living their Christianity.  There is power in the name of Jesus Christ.  There is power in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There is power in the truth of the Scriptures.  Power, that has for thousands of years, set men and women free eternally.  It is the liberation of men and women under the bondage of a sin curse that draws people to Christ.  When you remove any component of either the humanity of Christ, or His Deity, you have another ‘jesus’.  Whether you cloak your re-visioning in the name of the National Socialists movement, political correctness, some new revelation, or coopting into another religion, you don’t have the Jesus of the Bible, King of Kings, Lord of Lords…but just another man named jesus who can’t save you, because he never existed.

"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ."  Jude 3-4

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