The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Barmen anniversary

Protestant church leaders in Germany marked the 75th anniversary of the Barmen Declaration with a special May 31 service.

The declaration was issued in 1934 by German clergy, theologians and parishioners who disagreed with church leaders who were willing to follow the orders of the Nazi-regime government.

The declaration, drafted largely by Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth, said only Scriptures have authority over the church.




Posted at 4:29 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/2/2009

We need a Barmen Declaration today. We need pastors with the courage to speak truth to power. Unfortunately, the church in America is a 501(c)3 organization under the rules of the IRS with the state as its head. We kicked Christ out of the church a long time ago. We decide what's wrong and right, not the Bible. I'm sure the ELCA will be performing gay weddings soon.   

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