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Author and radio talk show host Eric Metaxas warns that America is fast approaching a dangerous cultural tipping point, although he says it's not too late to reverse course. In his new book, "Letter to the American Church," Metaxas writes of parallels between today's America and pre-World War II Germany.
"It is the silence of the American church on a host of issues today that many people say, 'Oh, that's not a gospel related issue. I don't want to be divisive. I don't want to be political.' It is that silence which directly parallels the silence of German Christians in the early '30s, and it led to the satanic evil of the Nazi takeover of that culture where they crushed the church."
He believes if only another few thousand Protestant pastors had spoken out, the Nazis would not have succeeded. Instead, their silence doomed the German church and nation while leading to the Holocaust.
"This was not biblical. This was not what God was calling them to do," Metaxas explained. "But the church hesitated enough and kept silent enough, for long enough for the Nazis to utterly take over and really do things so evil that we look back and we think, 'well, that can never happen again.' And what I am saying in this book is that exactly the same thing is happening again today because of the silence of the American church."
Metaxas says that today, cultural Marxism is infiltrating American society.
"It is advancing leftist ideas like transgenderism in schools and Christian persecution. Breaking silence to make change takes courage and persistence."
Nearly 200 years ago, Christian abolitionist William Wilberforce fought to end slavery throughout the British Empire.
"He knew it was satanic, and he was political in saying, 'We've got to do what we can because we're Christians,'" Metaxas explained. "And when people say, but you're being political, he would say, 'No, I'm simply doing what God commands me to do, to be a voice for the voiceless. The African slaves don't have a voice. If I don't speak, God will judge me.' If I don't speak for the unborn today, God will judge me. If I don't speak against socialism and Marxism and the totalitarianism that is coming into our country, which is basically, you know, Chinese communist thinking coming into America and into American churches. The fact is that Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce were both told, 'be quiet, just keep your faith private, just preach the gospel and stick to gospel related issues.' And they said, 'what is not a gospel related issue?'"
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