The First Nazi Holocaust

Many people do not know that the first victims of the Nazi Holocaust were not the Jews (which started primarily in 1942) but the mentally and physically handicapped. It started with the decision to kill physically deformed newborns and small children in 1939. A group of “experts” were formed, operating under the name of “Reich Committee for the Scientific Registration of Major Genetic and Congenital Suffering” to put together a child “euthanasia program. It only took a few months for the child “euthanasia” program to be expanded into a comprehensive program for murdering audit patients at medical institutions. A bureaucratic apparatus was built up known as the “Reich Working Association of Hospitals and Care Facilities” to disguise the true nature of the program. Patients were transferred to killing centers by the “Charitable Patient Transport PLC.” From the start of the operation until August 1941, 70,000 sick and disabled people were murdered in gas chambers disguised as showering facilities.

Over the course of the spring and summer of 1941, within the midst of World War II, rumors about the mass murder of hospital patients had continued to spread and created significant unease within the German public. On August 3, in a sermon, Bishop of Munster, Count Clemens August von Galen, publicly condemned the killings of thousands of innocent people in these programs. He stated that, if accepted, it would give the government the right to kill any “unproductive” fellow human beings including the incurably sick, invalids, and all who become old, weak or unproductive. The sermon created a stir among the German people as the text of it was illegally disseminated both inside and outside of Germany. Three weeks later Hitler ordered a halt to the systematic “euthanasia” operations, although the Nazis continued to murder medically handicapped persons with medicine in secret with the total number of deaths reaching around 200,000.

Sadly, von Galen refused to speak out against the persecution of the Jews he saw around him due to their rejection of Christianity and supported the Nazis in general due to his long-time nationalist sympathies. Even so, he was put under house arrest by the Nazis until the end of the war with plans by the Nazis to kill him after successful completion of the war (they felt he was too popular with the people to do it beforehand).

Despite his moral failings, his denunciation of the “euthanasia” program, shining light on the murder of innocents, caused the German people to object to this policy sufficient for the Nazi’s to pull back on the program. This reminds us of our responsibility to speak out against the murder of innocent babies in the womb right up to and beyond the date of death. Oh for more Christians in America to get up in the pulpit and elsewhere and loudly and clearly present these abortions as the wickedness they are – especially the late term abortions. It may well be more tolerable in the Day of Judgement for the German people living during the Nazi time than it is for the American people living during this time if we do not advocate strongly for elimination of wickednesses in our country such as abortion.

The Only Refuge

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea….” Yeshua was not afraid of death and was willing to be tortured and abused for you, I and the entire congregation of Believers. Shall we lose hope in God’s victory over evil, the enemy, even death in the end. Our time on earth is not guaranteed to be eighty or so years, but all are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Hebrews 9:27). Every Believer has hope in the afterlife and salvation before the judgment seat of Christ, Yeshua, the one who paid our price. Moreover, our treasure is secure in Heaven, our true home. 

There is much to do in this life to accomplish God’s calling, destiny and purposes. The Ministry of Yeshua was only three years and He fulfilled prophecy, revealed God in the flesh and bought salvation for Israel and the nations. We do not necessarily or always see our part in this Kingdom expansion; the work of sanctification, justification or redemption that God accomplishes by His Spirit through us, but rest assured He is able to do more than we could ask or imagine. All glory belongs to God. “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13). 

I’m convinced that keeping our eyes and heart on Yeshua is the only way to maintain peace in this wicked and turbulent world. The election has been disturbing to many and the outcome may be disturbing further. I wouldn’t say that Germany’s emergence before WWII is similar in all respects with our election, but Hitler stole the election and power through evil means. I’m not comparing either Trump or Biden with Hitler, what may be a comparison in the future is the reaction of the American people to the changes that may be coming and are being promoted by powerful forces in the media, politicians, large corporations and academia. To illustrate the German populace either conformed to Nazi programs or opposed them and went into exile or prison. When it was all over, many ordinary people questioned how they had succumbed to such evil and wicked ideals. The future is not something we can sit on the sidelines and watch as it plays out. As with all things we will be faced with a choice, sooner or later, to follow men or obey God. For Believers it will be more important than ever to know the voice of our Lord and Shepherd, the Holy Spirit and the word of God. There is no plan or formula upon which to rely because our paths, assignments, callings, and gifts are all different, but we have a person who is an ever present help in time of need. Now is a good time to cultivate a robust prayer life and there is probably nothing more effective or powerful we can do, today.

Give Me Jesus

The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom is one of my favorite books and movies. My friend likes it perhaps more than I and we have had great fellowship discussing its lessons of God’s love in the midst of horrific unjust circumstances. I have walked in the courtyard at Yad Vashem where a tree memorializes the ten Booms and Oscar Schindler, among others, who are honored as friends of Israel. Loving one’s enemies, laying one’s life down for others is the teaching of Yeshua, which He demonstrated so perfectly. These acts are folly to the worldly mind, but they express and evidence faith and love of God above all else. 

Scripture says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ ” (Hebrews 13: 5-6). It seems that the Lord’s presence is as precious and powerful as determined by a ranking of all the other things that reside in our heart. When Corrie and her sister, Betsy, were in the Nazi concentration camp, every aspect of a normal life was taken away, but their faith and love could not be taken away. The promises and presence of God became miraculous and though Betsie died as a Saint in the camp, Corrie was released through a clerical error, to tell the amazing story of their lives and share the good news of Yeshua all around the world.

It is my belief that when we increase the value, yearning or necessity of Yeshua’s presence, over and above other desires such as, pleasure, comfort, entertainment, power, fame, influence, etc., then we will experience more of His presence. Yeshua said, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11: 9-10). It is not necessary to be imprisoned to exalt or earnestly seek the presence of God. During this covid-19 quarantine, isolation can be trying, particularly if resources become scarce, but the promises of God remain as faithful as ever. Scripture says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded….Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4: 8, 10). When we earnestly seek God He responds because He loves us and wants a relationship. The things of this world and/or our worldly thinking can crowd out our devotion to God’s Word, Spirit, and presence. Lord Yeshua, help us get the attitude expressed in the song lyrics, “You can have all this world, Give me Jesus”.

The Nazis Among Us

Many people since World War II have questioned how Hitler could have carried out the holocaust.  How could the nation that produced Luther and had a long christian history have so willingly aided Hitler, including the professing church in most cases.  The answer is the fallen nature of man and the inherent wickedness that resides therein.  It is true of all people, including American people.  It may lie latent for a time and be restrained by a strong national christian witness but it is always there waiting to rear its ugly head when the christian witness diminishes, the pulpit does not respond with the true Word of God, and a fear of God is lost.

We see this wickedness in the late-term abortion bills signed in New York and considered in Virginia recently.  This effectively removes all restrictions on abortion allowing it up to the date of birth and beyond.  The Democratic Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, who strongly supported the measure and which has been tabled due to the backlash, described a situation where a baby could be resuscitated after a failed abortion attempt and then kept alive until the doctor and parents could decide whether to kill it or not.  This is murder by any standard of morality north of the pit of Hell.  The  idea that this could not only be discussed in America but a similar bill signed into law in New York shows the Nazi like mentality among many in America.  With little fear of God, amazingly about half of the Democrats still support Governor Northam and only 25 percent actually disapprove of him.

We should not be totally surprised at these heinous activities as late-term abortions have been legal and ongoing for many years and there has been no strong protest from more than a relatively small minority of people in America.  Although some have stood up against this wickedness, including those associated with the March For Life, there has been relatively little outcry from the pulpits or from many christians against this infanticide in the same way the German people looked the other way during the holocaust.  Today, America is primarily exceptional only for its wickedness, which is the way of all people who abandon God.

We need to pray that God protects these unborn babies and brings repentance to America.  We need to pray that our pastors and other church leaders have courage, regularly preach against this wickedness from the pulpit and mobilize christians and others to protest.  If we do not, America will be judged and destroyed the same as Nazi Germany.  God is merciful and longsuffering, giving time to repent, but He is not mocked and we will sow what we reap.

 

 

 

Lying Tongues

imagesLately we have seen much dishonesty documented by many of our country’s leaders and even by members of the news media.  This dishonesty is not unique in our history for our establishment leaders but it never ceases to be disturbing to a God-fearing person. Proverbs 6:16 reminds us that God hates a lying tongue.  Psalm 5:6 states that “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing (lies): the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”  God’s holiness demands… Continue reading