Needed: A “Confessing Church” To Counter Huckabee`s Christian Dupes

If the reader has not
already done so, I again urge you to read the book, Hitler`s Cross,

which
was written by

Erwin Lutzer
and published by Moody Press.

This book should be
"required reading"
for every pastor and Christian
layman in America. In his book, Lutzer focuses on the
attitudes and actions of Germany`s pastors and churches
during the rise and reign of the Third Reich. It is a
masterpiece.

For those of us living
in a country and time far removed from Hitler`s Germany,
it is hard to comprehend how that nation`s
Christians—and especially its ministers—could have been
so thoroughly taken in by old Adolf. We assume such an
event could never happen again—especially to us.
However, to any honest observer of history, the
conditions of the Church in America today are eerily
similar to those of the Church in Nazi Germany.

For one thing, as did
the Church in Nazi Germany, the Church in America has
become infatuated with Big Government. Historically,
patriotism in the United States meant love for God, love
for family, and love for freedom and independence.
Today, however, Christians of all persuasions have come
to accept and even embrace the Nanny State, complete
with its intrinsic obsession with an omnipotent federal
bureaucracy that exercises perpetual surveillance and
absolute control over every area of our lives.

For example, according
to today`s Republican Presidential candidates (with the
exception of

Ron Paul
), patriotism demands that we click our
heels to the

Department of Homeland Security
and that we
enthusiastically support aggressive, preemptive war.
This is exactly the kind of redefinition of patriotism
used so brilliantly by Hitler and his fellow
propagandists. Yes, Martha, it appears that history
really does repeat itself.

When Ron Paul was asked
about Mike Huckabee`s overt usage of a cross for a
campaign advertisement, he quoted Sinclair Lewis as
saying,

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a
flag and carrying a cross."
Many Christians
railed against Dr. Paul for making this comment.

However, the truth is,
Ron Paul (himself a committed Christian) is one hundred
percent right! (To see how Hitler used this same tactic,
I invite readers to note the photograph of the German
Fuhrer in Lutzer`s book, on page 75, which shows Hitler
coming out of church with a large emblem of the Cross
directly over his head. This photo was used extensively
by Hitler during his political campaigns.)

More than any other
Republican Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee carries
his Big Government machinations on a cross. I strongly
recommend that readers take a look at Selwyn Duke`s
excellent exposé on Mike Huckabee at Newswithviews.com:
The Church Of Huck: Growing Gov`t. In The Name Of
Religion.

In his book, Lutzer
notes that the tool Adolf Hitler used to ascend to power
in Germany was his ability to wrap the Nazi flag around
the Cross of Christ. In fact, Hitler often required that
the Cross be emblazoned directly in the middle of the
Nazi flag. These flags were not only prominently
displayed in parades, but also in church auditoriums.

As a result of Hitler`s
brilliant deception, Christians throughout Germany were
convinced that he was "God`s man." They saw him
as more than a political leader: he was a spiritual
leader as well. They saw him as their country`s
President and as their Christian brother.

If Hitler said the
German people needed to surrender their firearms, they
saw it as their Christian duty to comply; if Hitler said
they needed to enact a total surveillance society, they
freely gave up their privacy; if Hitler said Germany
needed to invade other nations for its security,
Christians were among the first to volunteer; and if
Hitler said they could only be good Christians if they
supported the Nazi Party, they enthusiastically
supported the Nazi Party.

In short, Germany`s
Christians and pastors surrendered their hearts and
minds to Adolf Hitler, because they believed him to be
one of them. What they never would have surrendered to a
professing agnostic, they gladly surrendered to a
professing Christian. Truly, fascism came to Germany
"wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

Of course, there were a
few in Germany who saw through Hitler`s deception.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
was a Christian minister who
actively opposed Hitler by organizing what he called the


"Confessing Church."
These were believers who would not
surrender Christ`s sphere of authority to Hitler. They
saw through "Hitler`s Cross." Unfortunately, of
the more than 14,000 pastors in Germany, only 800 joined
with Bonhoeffer.

To the vast majority of
Germany`s pastors, Bonhoeffer was an "extremist,"
or a "kook," or a "nut." They relegated
Bonhoeffer to the fringe of Christendom. They believed
Hitler and repudiated Bonhoeffer; they chose Hitler`s
"German Church"
over the Confessing Church. In
retrospect, however, who would they follow today, if
they had the chance?

Likewise, many
Christians and ministers today have succumbed to the
purveyors of internationalism. Issues such as trade,
climate control, health and education—and even war—are
the tools globalists use to construct their One World
Order.

For example, Mike
Huckabee`s success in Iowa is largely due to the pastors
and Christians of that State buying into his
"Christian"
campaign. In a manner very similar to
the 2000 campaign of George W. Bush, Huckabee has
carried his political campaign on the Cross.

At the same time,
however, Mike Huckabee (as does George W. Bush) embraces
and promotes globalism. And, unfortunately, many
Christians and pastors do not seem to notice or care.

In a previous column
(See it

here
), I wrote this:


"Have you wondered why
Mike Huckabee is suddenly getting so much favorable
attention from the mainstream media (who themselves are
controlled by this gaggle of global elite)? To find the
answer as to why a professing pro-life, conservative
Christian would suddenly become the darling of the
media, look no further than the fact that just a couple
of months ago, Mr. Huckabee appeared before the
globalist-minded Council on Foreign Relations. (Read his
speech

here
.) And when he did, it became abundantly clear
that Huckabee was a man globalists could trust.


"By the way, as you read
Huckabee`s speech, you will find that he is George W.
Bush on steroids! This is a man who intends to meddle in
the affairs of nations around the world like you can`t
believe. Talk about entangling alliances: Huckabee
intends for our State, Energy, Housing, Education,
Justice, Treasury, and Transportation departments to
spend untold billions of tax dollars on just about
anything and everything, including schools, medical
facilities, roads, sewage treatment, water filtration,
electricity, and legal and banking systems in countries
all over the globe. And that is exactly the kind of man
the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) wants in
Washington."

After reporting the
connection between Mike Huckabee and the CFR, numerous
Christians quickly consigned my soul to the regions of
the damned and accused me of being a "nut". Some
emphatically declared that I had no right to criticize
"a Christian brother".

Now, who does that sound
like?

More importantly,
however, is the question: Were my remarks accurate? And
the answer is: Yes, they were.

We now learn that Mike
Huckabee has named Richard Haass as his advisor on
foreign policy. And just who is Richard Haass? He is the
President of the CFR. And what does Haass believe? He
believes that the United States (and every other
country) must surrender its sovereignty to international
or global entities. On February 21, 2006, Haass wrote a
column for the Taipei Times entitled,

State Sovereignty Must be Altered in Globalized Era
.
This treatise is nothing more than an explicit
solicitation for global government.   

In his treatise, Haass
writes,


"For 350 years,
sovereignty—the notion that states are the central
actors on the world stage and that governments are
essentially free to do what they want within their own
territory but not within the territory of other
states—has provided the organizing principle of
international relations. The time has come to rethink
this notion."

He also wrote,
"Moreover, states must be prepared to cede some
sovereignty to world bodies if the international system
is to function."

He went on to say, "[S]overeignty
must be redefined if states are to cope with
globalization."

He further said,
"Globalization thus implies that sovereignty is not only
becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become
weaker. States would be wise to weaken sovereignty in
order to protect themselves . . . Sovereignty is no
longer a sanctuary."

Haass also wrote,
"Our notion of sovereignty must therefore be
conditional, even contractual, rather than absolute."

Haass then summarized
his desire for global government by saying, "The goal
should be to redefine sovereignty for the era of
globalization, to find a balance between a world of
fully sovereign states and an international system of
either world government or anarchy."

These are the sentiments
of the man that the "Christian conservative" Mike
Huckabee has chosen to be his foreign policy advisor.

Can you not see how,
once again, a global government elitist wraps his Big
Government ambitions around the Cross of Jesus Christ?

We desperately need
Bonhoeffer`s "Confessing Church" in America. If
pastors do not quickly wake up to the way most of our
politicians—even those who profess to be Christians—are
selling out America`s sovereignty and independence, our
wonderful country will not long survive.

I have attempted to
resurrect the "Confessing Church" in the form of
a 21st Century

"Black Regiment."
Students of U.S. history
recognize the "Black
Regiment
"
as those Colonial Patriot-Pastors who
led their churches to assist the efforts of America`s
fight for independence. Currently, we have over 100
pastors, evangelists, and missionaries listed on our
Black Regiment directory.

See the Black Regiment
directory

here
.

I, once again, encourage
readers to buy Lutzer`s book, Hitler`s Cross.
I`m
praying that this time there will arise an army of
Dietrich Bonhoeffers to lead a modern-day revival of
true patriotism: love for God, love for family, and a
strong love and commitment to freedom and independence.

Call it the
"Confessing Church,"
or the "Black Regiment."
Call it what you will: we need it desperately, and we
need it now.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


weekly radio show
. His
website is


here
.