Eric Metaxas warns of the future of a Silent Church

German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (second from right) at Tegel Prison in Berlin circa 1941.

Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Important Takeaways:

  • Eric Metaxas: ‘Silence’ of American churches echoes 1930s Nazi Germany
  • About 3,000 of the approximately 18,000 Protestant pastors in Germany in the 1930s openly supported Adolf Hitler, and about the same number ended up opposing his tyrannical rule.
  • But it was the vast majority of ministers, about 12,000, who chose to remain silent – arguing it wasn’t their place to engage in politics
  • Metaxas contends the American church today mirrors the silence of the German church before the Holocaust.
  • Without question, he said, that silence will lead the nation “to horror unimaginable, unless we repent, unless we cease being silent.”

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