Tom introduces listeners to the Barmen Declaration of 1934. He then helps listeners understand what genuine resistance to the Nazis looked like at the time, and how many German churches had been coopted by cultural trends.https://crosspolitic.com/podcast/the-theology-pugcast-the-barmen-declaration-saying-no-to-cultural-accommodation/
In our ideological age, cut off from both nature and nature’s God, totalitarianisms emerge to fill in the empty spaces in our heads and hearts. Classical Christian theism is what we need today, but most evangelicals don’t know what that is.
Here’s the wiki page for the Barmen Declaration–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barmen_Declaration
Highlights/Outline of this Episode
The Barmen Declaration
1934 Germany, 139 delegates of the churches meet to declare the true aligence of the church and encourage resistance to false allegiances and the political evil of national socialism. (Yes, socialism, the same godless ideology we are facing today in America.)
- Turned from the true God
- Political symptoms are related to the sickness of theological liberalism
- Theological liberalism is embraced in order to make the church more relevant, attractive
- Resulted in “domesticated,” “accommodating,” and effeminate church
Resistance to evil
- Godly relevance (truth) is not always popular
- The movement started from the Barmen declaration had to go underground
- Grace and salvation give you the freedom to proclaim unpopular truths no matter the worldly consequences
- Stop following the godless culture in order to be relevant
- Build a Godly culture in the church and our households
Socialism, Communism, Marxism https://ministry.family.blog/america/socialism-marxism-communism/
“In Washington, there’s a memorial to the victims of Communism. A statue depicting the goddess of Democracy holds a flame over an inscription reading
“To the more than 100 million victims of communism and those who love liberty.”
“For the past 170 years Socialism, the brainchild of Karl Marx and Fridrich Engels has been tried in its various forms around the world often followed by oppression, poverty, and failure...
“Webster defines socialism as a system or society in which there’s no private property, where means of production are owned and controlled by the state and a transition between capitalism and communism...
“The first thing they do is to close down the churches. Close them up and eliminate if you will, eradicate, execute priests, pastors, sisters, nuns – people of faith,” Edwards tells CBN News.
Excerpt from Imprimis: Property Rights and Religious Liberty
“James Madison wrote an essay on property in 1792 in which he connects property rights to all human rights, including freedom of religion, speech, and the press. Madison defines property as ‘every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right, and which leaves to every one else the like advantage‘ (emphasis in original)—the italicized words distinguish the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence from the kind of rights proclaimed by socialism, such as the right to a guaranteed income or to free education, which by definition make claims on the property of others…
Madison concludes: ‘In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.’ …
Knowing the horrors of modern war, Churchill hated and feared war all his life. Yet he made this speech to rally his cabinet, as he would rally the British nation, to war. Why? Because he was possessed of the knowledge of the nature of the human being—the fact that we are made in God’s image to confront the eternal questions from inside a mortal body, and that our rights to our property and our rights to conscience and religious liberty are aspects of the two parts that integrate to make the human being. Churchill thought the human being was a thing produced by nature and by God and that no man, not even Adolf Hitler with his vast divisions, could ever conquer that. He fought for that belief. I think we are going to have to fight for it too.”
Property Rights and Religious Liberty
December 2015 • Volume 44, Number 12 • Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College