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The Pulse, with Joseph Mattera
Friday, September 23, 2022
8 Contrasts Between the Confessing and Compromising Church


During the days of Nazi Germany, there arose a Confessing church movement that rose against the German church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 pastors in Germany during that time (from 1933 to 1945), less than 5,000 were aligned with the Confessing church.

Hence, only a remnant held fast to the biblical position, with about half of the confessing churches eventually conforming due to political and societal pressure. Unfortunately, this demonstrates that when push comes to shove, many pastors, churches and so-called Christians will probably bow to pressure and allow the norms of culture to become their credo for Christianity.

Hitler said, "You can do anything you want with pastors, they will submit. They are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs and they will sweat with embarrassment when you talk to them." (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas, 180). This sounds like some of the contemporary pastors in Western culture who always acquiesce to cultural "group think."

With the accelerated pace of the attack on religious liberty today, there could develop a great divide in the church between confessing churches and compromising churches, similar to what happened in Nazi Germany. This will not be a divide based on denominational affiliation, but based on the degree of loyalty to biblical fidelity. It is sad but true that more and more believers will compromise core biblical values and standards rather than be stigmatized or persecuted, losing influence in society. We see this in churches in the United States and beyond.

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