When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany

When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany

by Erwin W. Lutzer
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When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany by Erwin W. Lutzer

HEADLINE: Bread Over Freedom?

The people of Germany weren’t any more barbaric, uncivilized, or depraved than any other Western nation of the early Twentieth Century, yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. What led so many people to such extreme ends?

According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people’s progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary, and more than a few benchmarks from their transition can be observed in present day American society: the Church is silenced, the economy is king, the lawmakers determine behaviors, the media controls beliefs, the Gospel and nationalism become inextricably tied to each other, and yet, heroes still have power.

This is not to suggest the United States is marching toward authoritarian oblivion, but that we — especially we Believers — must be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.

We must take note of these lessons from history. The parallels are real, but the conclusion is not a foregone one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575675169
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 996,893
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DR. ERWIN LUTZER has served as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago for over 30 years. A renowned theologian, Dr. Lutzer earned his BTh from Winnipeg Bible College, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a MA in philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. He is an award-winning author and the featured speaker on three radio programs that can be heard on more than 700 radio stations in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Tino5569 More than 1 year ago
Leave it to Erwin Lutzer to properly handle this topic. VERY TIMELY! If only Americans would read this book and see the slippery slope we are headed for...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have jsut started reading it and cannot put it down. It describes exactly what is going on in the US today... got to read it now...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read to wake us up to what America stands for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pastor Lutzer has wonderful insight as to the way our society is going. He reveals how a government controlled country can set the public up without even knowing what is happening. Guard your heart againist getting too involved with social and humanistic values and come back to a Christ center life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book for every American! Let us learn from history and not repeat the mistakes of the past. Every high school history student should have this book on their list of required reading....and learn the truth of what happened in Nazi Germany.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nation that forgets God is then doomed to hell. The Nazi Germany TRIED IT AND LOOK WHAT WHAT HAPPEN TO THEM. God, is still blessing this great nation for how long? Only God knows and I want to be on the right side. I have read the Bible and I know we Christian well... we win the book of Revelations tells us that.This book is a wake call for all and even the believer, best wake up and get back to God. Great book! I enjoyed the text and will read again.
dvdbrumley More than 1 year ago
This review can also be found on www.thispilgrimland.com THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!! That should sum up my thoughts on this new publication from Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of Moody Church, and Moody Publishers. Three sittings and 48 hours later I have now finished this stroke of genius. Lutzer writes, "I believe it is disingenuous when political opponents here in the United States call those who disagree with them "Nazis" or "Hitler." That alone told me this book was going to be different from the normal conservative speak that comes from so many in our churches today and that this book would not contain the finger-pointing and name-calling that I have quite frankly grown sick of. No, in a very tactful and succinct way, Lutzer in 141 pages points the reader to the facts, documents, and Christian writers who lived through the Nazi regime and uses their experiences and warning to parallel some of what many Americans see today as the abandonment of our countries inhibited history. In chapters named such as "When God is Separated from Government, Judgment Follows," "It's Always the Economy," & "That Which is Legal Might Also be Evil," Lutzer uses historical evidence to remind us that ideological and philosophical takeover is not done over night, but is rather a systematic and expertly crafted formula. This leads to his last chapter. As I stated above, what drew me into this book was Lutzer's refusal to point fingers at our contemporaries. That remained so until the final chapter. In the final chapter, Lutzer removes his gloves and begins throwing punches. Not at Obama or Pelosi. Not at Bush or Glenn Beck. Not at CNN or Fox News. No,Lutzer, and rightfully so, comes directly into the face of today's Christian. Building off of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's famous "Confess, Confess, Confess" radio address in Nazi Germany, Lutzer jumps into the face of today's Christian. He reminds us that the only way Nazi Germany was allowed to take place was because the Christians, primarily the pastors and preachers, in that area decided to bow to the Reich and hide the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pointing out the compromise that is already taking place today in the church, Lutzer unabashedly calls these wolves in sheep's clothing to repentance. I personally pledged to myself to read this last chapter everyday for the next month because therein lies, outside of scripture, one of the most powerful sentences I have read in some time. Lutzer writes: "In an effort to be 'relevant,' we now face the temptation of being diverted from our mission and becoming involved doing what is good while bypassing what is best." Stop reading, back up, and read that sentence again. I personally read it three times to myself and three times to my wife I was so taken by those words. Lutzer's final plea is to return to the cross. In our teaching, preaching, praying, and living, return to the cross. He asks that we stop veiling the cross in nationalism (enough with the founding fathers argument), party lines, and protest. All of these things avert from our true message we are called to teach: Christ crucified. Lutzer points out that our railing and arguing all accomplish the goal of making the Christian seen, but that is not our goal. Our goal is to make the cross, not the Christian seen. Lutzer avoids making any doctrinal assertions in this book and any believer in the true gospel should be able to get on board with the message in this boo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of this book identifies the root causes of cultural collapse in Nazi Germany and today’s parallels in America. The final chapters describe appropriate – that is, biblical – responses and perspectives. This is not a depressing book, though it addresses our major cultural problems, because it affirms that the American church’s best days are ahead. According to the author, the future will provide opportunities to show our faith and courage in a nation becoming officially hostile to Christian values. Among other things, he identifies essential godly character qualities and a biblical perspective of victory. He writes, “As Christians we can welcome an assault on our freedoms as long as we see this conflict as an opportunity to bear an authentic witness for Christ.”
Legion More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book is flat out wrong. It's amazing that so many people don't know history and buy into lies told to them. Nazi Germany was not athiest or even secular. Only liars and ignorant people believe that. The Nazi doctrine can be said to be pagan which is not even close to be the same thing as athiest. This book is not for anyone who really wants to learn. This book is just for religious idiots who want things to point too to back up their beliefs (beliefs without facts).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compares how the Germans stopped following God and fell for Hitler's lies to how the USA is today. There are many similarities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, my gosh! Had a library book, and was transferring marked paragraphs from book to Nook. There were paragraphs missing in the nook--and interesting enough, paragraphs that are action steps and encouragements for Christians. I'm only starting chap. 2. Going to keep the book for a while to see what else has been left out.
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