Daily Archives: 26 May 2019

Die Godesberger Erklärung von 1939

Eine verheerende Vermischung von Christentum und nationalsozialistischer Weltanschauung: Die Godesberger Erklärung von 1939

Im Frühjahr 1939 unternahm Reichskirchenminister Hanns Kerrl einen Versuch, die zerstrittene Deutsche Evangelische Kirche zu ordnen. Dazu wollte er alle kirchlichen Gruppierungen auf der Basis von gemeinsamen Grundsätzen vereinigen, die von den Deutschen Christen über die neutrale „Mitte“ bis hin zur gemäßigten Bekennenden Kirche unterschrieben und in einer Erklärung der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt werden sollte.

Traurige Berühmtheit erlangte die erste Fassung der Grundsätze, die „Godesberger Erklärung“ von Ende März 1939. Diese Erklärung stellte eine verheerende Vermischung von Christentum und nationalsozialistischer Weltanschauung dar. Sie definierte das Christentum ausschließlich „völkisch-national“ und richtete sich gleichermaßen gegen Judentum und Ökumene. Die Erklärung wurde nicht nur von radikalen Deutschen Christen, sondern auch von zahlreichen namhaften Vertretern der neutralen kirchlichen „Mitte“ unterzeichnet.

Die nicht deutschchristlichen Kirchenleiter konnte der Reichskirchenminister allerdings nicht zur Annahme bewegen. Daher gab er bei Vertretern der kirchlichen „Mitte“ eine neue Fassung in Auftrag, die den zur gemäßigten Bekennenden Kirche gehörenden Bischöfen entgegenkommen sollte. Die neuen Grundsätze von Ende Mai 1939 waren zwar abgemildert, enthielten aber verschärfte Aussagen zum Verhältnis von Judentum und Christentum:

„Die nationalsozialistische Weltanschauung bekämpft mit aller Unerbittlichkeit den politischen und geistigen Einfluß der jüdischen Rasse auf unser völkisches Leben. Im Gehorsam gegen die göttliche Schöpfungsordnung bejaht die Evangelische Kirche die Verantwortung für die Reinerhaltung unseres Volkstums. Darüber hinaus gibt es im Bereich des Glaubens keinen schärferen Gegensatz als den zwischen der Botschaft Jesu Christi und der jüdischen Religion der Gesetzlichkeit und der politischen Messiashoffnung.“


Sinners Aren’t Fond of Prophets

So they try to shut them up and send them off-

Amaziah the priest of Bethel then sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel as follows, ‘Amos is plotting against you in the heart of the House of Israel; the country cannot tolerate his speeches.  For this is what Amos says, “Jeroboam is going to die by the sword, and Israel will go into captivity far from its native land.” ‘

To Amos himself Amaziah said, ‘Go away, seer, take yourself off to Judah, earn your living there, and there you can prophesy! But never again will you prophesy at Bethel, for this is a royal sanctuary, a national temple.’

But that doesn’t always work out well for the sinner who demands silence-

‘I am not a prophet,’ Amos replied to Amaziah, ‘nor do I belong to a prophetic brotherhood. I am merely a herdsman and dresser of sycamore-figs. But Yahweh took me as I followed the flock, and Yahweh said to me, “Go and prophesy to my people Israel.”  So now listen to what Yahweh says: “You say: Do not prophesy against Israel, do not foretell doom on the House of Isaac!”  Very well, this is what Yahweh says, “Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets, your sons and daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parcelled out by measuring line, and you yourself will die on polluted soil and Israel will go into captivity far from its own land!” ‘ (Amos 7:10-17)

Oops.  Maybe it’s better to repent than it is to rebel.

Libraries Are Going Unused

This is terribly sad to me.

At Yale

There has been a 64 percent decline in the number of books checked out by undergraduates from Bass Library over the past decade.

Read the whole.

It’s Rough Being a Wycliffe-ite

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The Mega-Church Ponzi Scheme

The pastor of a megachurch in West Palm Beach, Fla., is refusing to hand over $1.7 million despite claims by federal prosecutors that the funds belong to people caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme run by a former church director.

According to the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg ordered $1 million in assets belonging to Winners Church, a suburban congregation in West Palm Beach, and to church pastors Fred Shipman and Whitney Shipman frozen.

Those assets will remain frozen until Rosenberg issues a ruling on their disposition.

The dispute is part of the fallout from an alleged Ponzi scheme run by Canadian financial commentator Harold Seigel and Florida resident Jose Aman. The duo allegedly convinced hundreds of people to invest millions in Argyle Coin, LLC, which claimed to be a cryptocurrency business related to diamonds.

According to a dozen lawsuits recently filed in Florida and elsewhere, the men were actually running an elaborate scam. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday (May 21) it was shutting down the operation, describing it as a Ponzi scheme.

Some of their money turned up at Winners Church, which boasts a congregation of more than 2,000and had listed Aman as a “director” on state records.

According to a new lawsuit, Aman gave $1 million to the church from 2014 to 2018 and gave church founder Bishop Fred Shipman $700,000. He also allegedly gave Fred Shipman’s son, Winners Church senior pastor Whitney Shipman, around $40,000 during that same time period.

Accordingly, don’t give your money to mega-churches.   So endeth the lesson.

Those Who Would be Wealthy Will Be Sinful

Many have sinned for the sake of profit, one who hopes to be rich must turn a blind eye [to the good]. A peg will stick in the joint between two stones, and sin will wedge itself between selling and buying.  Whoever does not firmly hold to the fear of the Lord, his house will soon be overthrown. (Sir. 27:1-3)

The Bee Stings the ‘Multi-Campus’ Church Nonsense

A couple at Riverview Church North has complained about the unresponsiveness of their multi-site church’s video screen for their need for pastoral counseling, according to sources. Derrick and Judy Markham had been having some communication issues at home, and decided to seek help from their multi-site church, affectionately known as “R-North.” Going to the screen from which they get their weekly Sunday messages, the couple began pouring out their marital issues to the inanimate object, including Judy’s spending and Derrick’s untidiness. However, after a good half-hour with no response from the video screen, the couple’s discussion stalled, and they left discouraged.

“It was like talking to a wall,” explained a visibly frustrated Mrs. Markham. “Seriously, he’s so bright and electric on Sunday mornings; I thought he’d be the same one-on-one. I guess I was wrong.”

“I couldn’t get a read on what he thought about Judy’s mother,” noted Mr. Markham. “Just a total blank canvas, know what I mean?” The Markhams considered leaving R-North, but they love the satellite sermons and brand identity enough that they are willing to stay.

“We did think about trying one of the other 13 multi-site churches in this area. We want a church with a lead pastor whose charisma can’t be contained in a single building,” admitted Mr. Markham. “We even considered going to a church that wasn’t multi-site—but as I believe the Bible says, ‘forsake not the assembly of the screens.’”

Despite the disappointment, the Markhams aren’t giving up on their multi-site church’s head figure. The couple says they’ve asked the video screen to visit Mr. Markham’s bedridden great aunt later this week.

It is such an absurdity to speak of ‘multi- campus’ churches or ‘satellite’ congregations.  And it’s all done simply to puff up the pastor’s ego and the disinterest of the ‘members’ to do anything more than watch a big screen tv.  It isn’t Christianity.  It isn’t Church.  It is nonsense.

God hasten the day when these self-aggrandizing collectives die the death they so richly deserve.

On Aberrant Theology: An Observation

It isn’t orthodoxy which owes the aberrants an explanation but vice versa. Orthodoxy has examined itself for millennia.  Not so the aberrants.

Calvin’s Last Days

calvin30“The day,” continues Beza, “on which he died, namely May 27th, he seemed to suffer less, and even to speak with greater ease; but this was the last effort of nature. In the evening, about eight o’clock, the sure signs of death became suddenly apparent. As soon as this was made known to me, and to one of the brethren, by the servants, I hastened to the bedside, and found him just as he quietly expired: neither feet nor hands were convulsed; he had not even breathed hard. He had retained his consciousness and reason to the end. Even his voice was preserved till his last breath, and he looked rather like one sleeping than one dead. Thus on this day, with the setting sun, the brightest light in the world, and he who had been the strength of the church, was taken back to heaven.

“During the night, and on the following day, great was the mourning throughout the city. The entire state wept for the prophet of the Lord; the church lamented the departure of its faithful pastor; the academy the loss of so great a teacher: all exclaimed in their grief, that they had lost a father, who, after God, was their truest friend and comforter. Many inhabitants of the city desired to see him after he was dead, and could hardly be induced to leave his remains.

“Some of those also, who had come from distant places to make his acquaintance and to hear him, among whom was a very distinguished man, the ambassador of the queen of England to France, were particularly anxious to behold his countenance, even in death. At first, all who wished were admitted; but as they were merely influenced by curiosity, it seemed advisable to his friends, in order to prevent the misrepresentations of adversaries, to put him early the next day, which was Sunday, in a shroud, and then inclose him as usual in a wooden coffin. At two o’clock in the afternoon, he was carried to the city church-yard, called the Plain-Palais. All the patricians of the city followed; they were accompanied by the clergy, the professors of the high-school, and by almost the whole city; not without many tears.”

He was buried without the slightest pomp: this was according to his own expressed desire. Beza however wrote an epitaph on him. He had lived fifty-four years, ten months, seventeen days; and the half of this time he had consecrated to the service of the Gospel. Respecting his last will, the Genevese neither raised a monument to his memory, nor marked his grave with a stone. Thus, in the church-yard which is so decorated with the tombs of others, the grave of Calvin is unmarked and unknown. It will be shown at the last day. A beautiful brass medal has been lately cast in honor of his name. But his writings, and the example of his firm faith, have a durability greater than that of marble and brass; and certain it is, that wherever a church is praying, or a martyr is struggling for the faith, there Calvin is also present with his power of faith and prayer. – Stebbing


‘I Enjoy Hearing What Amateurs Think About the Bible…’

How Dare You Attempt to Define ‘Church’ On Your Own Terms?!

zwingli-schautHow dare you introduce innovations into the Church simply on your own authority and without consulting the Church? I speak only of those churches in which the word of God is publicly and faithfully preached. For if every blockhead who had a novel or strange opinion were allowed to gather a sect around him, divisions and sects would become so numerous that the Christian body which we now build up with such difficulty would be broken to pieces in every individual congregation. Therefore no innovations ought to be made except with the common consent of the church and not merely of a single person. For the judgment of scripture is not mine or yours, but the church’s.

If it is indeed the case that there are in churches both believers and nonbelievers, then we need to make a distinction between the visible Church and the invisible, genuine, universal Church. What’s seen with the eyes is the visible Church, prone to containing members that are both saved and lost. What the eye cannot see is the invisible, universal Church which is composed entirely of believers. God alone sees that congregation.

Consequently, the visible Church contains within itself many who are insolent and hostile, thinking nothing of it if they are excommunicated a hundred times, seeing they have no faith.  — Huldrych Zwingli

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Happy Edict of Worms Day

Run Luther, run!!!