Parallels to today’s America

What are the parallels between the condition of pre-WW2 Germany, and America today? Hitler saw his opportunity for tyranny first over Germany, then over the world;  Today, in his great book “Classical Apologetics”, noted theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul sets forth many identical conditions as he, armed with the Bible (the source of our freedoms), in effect sounds the alarm to all Americans.

HITLER included in Mein Kampf numerous vivid descriptions of the of the shattered, divided, frustrated German population which he knew gave him his great opportunity to launch a national, eventually global dictatorship.  As you readers probably are aware, excepting a series of miracles (last-minute mistakes in his military judgments) he almost won. Here, straight from Mein Kampf, are Hitler’s own words describing the degenerate conditions of the frustrated German people following WWI – of a nation beset by increasing purposelessness.

         All these symptoms of decay are ultimately only consequences of the lack of a certain, commonly acknowledged view of life and of the general uncertainty in the judgment, and the definition of an attitude towards the various great questions of the time, resulting from it. Therefore, everything, beginning with education, is half-hearted and wavering, shuns responsibility and ends thus in cowardly tolerance of even recognized evils. Dreamy humaneness becomes the fashion, and by a weak surrender to the excrescences and in sparing the individuals, one sacrifices in turn the future of millions.

…when looking at the religious conditions [predominately Christian-ed]…here too, uniform and effective convictions, through a view of life, had long been lost in great parts of the nation. (p 364).

Hitler, once a staunch Christian, elaborates on how the church had surrendered its role of moral leadership, thus rendering the undiscerning German people spiritually and morally leaderless.

Dr./Professor R.C. Sproul on America today:                                                                  

Coming current, the famous theologian, Dr./Professor R.C. Sproul in his book Classical Apologetics, sounded the alarm as he described conditions today in America which increasingly parallel those in Hitler’s pre-Nazi Germany.  In referencing the vacuum created by the abandoning clergy, he opened his book with a discourse on the resulting secularism.

             Secularism, on the other hand, is a post-Christian phenomenon carrying in its baggagea conscious rejection of the Christian world view. It supplants the Christian consensus with its own structured view of reality Less barbaric on the surface than paganism, secularism adopts a benevolent paternalism toward the not yet enlightened Christian who continues the practice of an anachronistic faith.

            Wearing a benign mask, the secularist loudly proclaims his commitment to religious tolerance on behalf of those weak-minded souls who still cannot bear to face a hostile or, worse, an indifferent universe, without the narcotic effect of ecclesiastical opium. The church is safe from vicious persecution at the hands of the secularist, as educated people have finished with stake-burning circuses and torture racks.  No martyr’s blood is shed in the secularist West – so long as the church knows her place and remains quietly at peace on her modern reservation.  Let the babes pray and sing and read their Bibles, continuing steadfast in their intellectual retardation;  the church’s extinction will come not by sword or pillory, but by the quiet death of irrelevance. It will pass away with a whimper not a bang. But let the church step off the reservation, let her penetrate once more the culture of the day and the Janus-face of secularism will change from benign smile to savage snarl…

           …The church is always called to be actively involved with the secular; we have no other arena in which to work. Though the significance of Christian ministry transcends the temporal, the locus of it is in the here and now… This age may indeed be wicked or paltry, but such negative evaluations only underscore the fact that here is where redemption is needed and is to be applied. In this sense, Christianity is passionately concerned with the secular and the mundane. Other religions may choose a radical  denial of this world, seeking asylum in a supratemporal sphere of  mystical  other-worldliness; but Christianity enjoys  no such luxurious option. Attempts by Christians, past or present, to quit this world in ascetic retreat betray a tacit denial of the most elemental principles of the Christian view of creation and redemption. Neither Gnostics nor Manicheans are we, to abandon our Father’s world.  (Classical Apologetics, Ch 1, pgs 4-6)

COMMENTS:  The same theological disease afflicted Germany through a compromising peace-at-any-price strategy, which ignored the biblical “fallen nature of man”, was applied by Neville Chamberlain. This brought on WW2 and the deaths of millions of men, women and children in many nations, which could have been averted.

In his famous book “The Gathering Storm“,  Winston Churchill spoke out about the fantasy-chasing “weak” British when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed an appeasement treaty with Adolf Hitler.

Churchill wrote: The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous. Isn’t this weakness and willingness to compromise with evil, for want of ability to define evil, precisely what Dr. Sproul is talking about? Said lack of ability was, and is today, rooted in the clergy.



(1) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 33:12)

(2) All nations that forget God shall be turned into hell. (Psalm 9:17)

(3) Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (Psalm 94:16)

(4) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:15,16)

(5) Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. (Gal 5:1)

(6) Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2)

(7) Their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways. And the way to peace they have not known: There is no fear of God     before their eyes. (Rom. 3:15-18)

(8) “Eternal vigilance is forever the price of liberty”. (abstracted from Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke)

(9) The Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

NOTE: The different Bible references span the Testaments but deliver essentially the same imperative (mandate) for vigilance and action, and the predictable cost of neglect.

CONCLUSION:  Hundreds of millions of men, women and children in many nations have perished under the brutal regimes of tyrants like Hitler, and the patronizing of God by the supposed virtuous who, blinded to evil under the influence of their abandonment clergy,  turned the other cheek and closed their eyes to the approaching tidal waves of tyranny.

 As I see it, Dr. Sproul has made a contribution to America and our God-given freedoms from the highest incontestable level of authority.  Read his book, Classical Apologetics, and arm yourself to engage decisively in the battles for our liberty, as God commands.



John W. Chalfant, President, America – A Call To Greatness, Inc., Casselberry, FL 32730

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