Dr. Erwin Lutzer lays out the fascinating and seldom examined story of Nazi Germany’s paradoxical attempt to use the Church to overthrow Christianity in his book Hitler’s Cross: How the cross was used to promote the Nazi agenda.
“Deine Reich Komme,” Hitler prayed these words publicly- Thy Kingdom Come. But to whose kingdom was he referring? The answer to that question is the heart and soul of this book, as Lutzer examines the rabid hatred that Hitler and his National Socialist Party (NAZIS) had for Christianity, and how he sought to infiltrate the church with his own philosophy and ideals to destroy it from within.
In the midst of an economic and moral collapse, Hitler rose to power under the guise of a national “savior” who would restore the greatness of Germany after their defeat in World War I. Deeply influenced by the philosophies of Georg Hegel and Friedrich Nietzche, he believed that moral teachings upheld by Christianity -such as forgiveness and compassion- were fatal weaknesses that led to the downfall of the nation, and that the only way to fully restore Germany’s power was to completely remove such teachings from the hearts and minds of the people. In Hitler’s Cross, Lutzer examines exactly how Hitler attempted to accomplish this task, and how his plans were ultimately thwarted through a few strong Christians who risked their all in restoring the Church to it’s roots through sound Biblical doctrine.
Was Hitler a Christian? There aren’t many people in this world who would attempt to make such a ridiculous claim, however I have had some intriguing discussions along this line with people who have felt adamantly sure that he indeed was (and thereby condemned the entire faith). While it is indisputable that this force of evil attempted to use the facade of empty religion to sway the masses, it is equally clear that the only way to make such an outrageous claim is through complete ignorance of the basic tenets of the Christian faith, as well as the history and actions of Hitler and the Nazi party. Well researched and fully annotated with sources, this book is a wealth of information on one of the darkest periods in human history, and makes a powerful case for the importance of Christians having a deep knowledge and understanding of Biblical doctrine- knowing exactly what we believe and why -if we are to avoid a similar fate as what befell the German church.
A profoundly important book for believers and non-believers alike, highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
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About the author
Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner “Hitler’s Cross” and the best seller “One Minute After You Die”. He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including “Songs in the Night,” “The Moody Church Hour,” and the daily feature “Running to Win.” He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren. Learn more by visiting http://erwinlutzer.com/