Wisdom From the Tradition: The Barmen Declaration – The Church Says ‘No!’

PR 6-26-16 imageJune 26, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

In Nazi Germany, the totalitarian Third Reich wanted to control the Christian Church along with everything else, going so far as to encourage the removal of the Old Testament from the Bible and “non-German” elements from worship. In May 1934, opposition church leaders met as the Confessing Church in the city of Barmen. Putting themselves and their livelihood at risk, they adopted a declaration asserting that Jesus Christ alone has authority over the Church, and, indeed, over all of human life.

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