‘Letter to the American Church’

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by Nicholas Wylie  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 6, 2022   

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A best-selling Christian author is alerting Americans about a potentially dark future for the land of the free.

In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Nick Wylie discusses the book drawing parallels between the United States and Nazi Germany.

Eric Metaxas, author, Letter to the American Church: "You need to understand the hour in which we find ourselves. The Church of Jesus Christ has to stand. We have to behave in a way that shows the world we believe what we say we believe."

Author and radio host Eric Metaxas is warning Americans where continued silence in the face of evil will lead.

In his new book, Letter to the American Church, Metaxas compares the silence of contemporary Christians to that of people in 1930s Germany.

Metaxas: "When evil rises up as its done now — the Church in particular — God looks to his people to speak out. And we need to understand this is what he expects of us. And we need to understand when we look at what happened in Germany, they missed it. They really thought everything was OK."

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, "A small mistake in the beginning is a big one in the end."

Major evils arise over time and must be dealt with in the early stages before it's too late.

Many Christian leaders in Germany were silent as the Nazis pushed diabolical ideologies and committed increasingly heinous acts. 

Similarly, many Christian leaders today fail to call out the evils of our time, like so-called gay marriage, gender mutilation and forced inoculation.  

Metaxas: "Everybody fantasizes: 'If I had been alive during slavery times, it's so obvious to me that slavery is wrong. I would've spoken up. If I would've been alive when Hitler was doing what he was doing, I would've spoken up. I'm a Christian. I would've spoken up. If I was alive during the Jim Crow era — that was obviously immoral — I would've spoken up.' We all say that. The question is what are you doing now?"

The current indifference and silence are ways of being complicit with evil. 

The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen once said, "The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction."

Metaxas: "We have their example today, and we can say, 'Look what happened.' So we really don't have an excuse. You can say they had an excuse. Of course, they really don't have an excuse, but they couldn't see it coming. Whether we could see it coming, that's up to us."

If the American hierarchy doesn't soon take a bold stance against the present evils, a disaster proportionate to that of 1940s Germany is bound to occur.

If you'd like to hear more about the new bombshell book, you can find our full interview with Eric Metaxas on our website.

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