Time to Get in the Fight

Apotheosis of War
Vereshchagin dedicated this work “to all great conquerors, past, present and to come”.

For my brothers and sisters in Christ, the following quotes may be helpful in considering an argument from some notion of God’s sovereignty that releases you from your personal responsibility to obey God’s Word and take a stand against evil. The following is a quote showing the German Evangelical Church embracing Hitler as God’s choice because of their misguided notion of God’s Providence.

In G. C. Berkhouwer, The Providence of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1952), 162-63 we read, “We are full of thanks to God that He, as Lord of history, has given us, Adolf, our leader and Saviour from our difficult lot. We acknowledge that we with body and soul, are bound and dedicated to the German state and its Fuhrer. This bondage and duty contains for us, as evangelical Christians, its deepest and most significance in its obedience to the command of God.” The footnote includes this reference: fn. cf. K. Barth, G. Kittel, Ein theologischer Briefwechser, 1934, 5. 600 ministers and 14 professors approved of this proposition.

In the same volume, also see, “To this turn of history (i.e. Hitler’s taking power) we say a thankful Yes. God has given him to us. To him be the glory. As bound to God’s Word, we recognize in the great events of our day a new commission of God to his Church.” The footnote is as follows: fn. Resolution of the so-called Dreimannerkollegium of April 28, 1933 and quoted by Barth in Theologische existenz heute, 10.

Barth escaped; Bonhoeffer was murdered. Time to get in the fight. Do you really think because the government says it, it’s God’s will? or that God’s will and governmental tyranny are synonymous?

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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