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Everyone knows German dictator Adolf Hitler hated Jews and tried to exterminate them, killing an estimated 6 million in some of the most twisted, evil strategies ever to be executed by the human race.
He also hated Gypsies and other groups.
But WND author Ray Comfort, whose “Hitler, God and the Bible” addresses the religious standards and failings of Hitler points out Hitler also devised a master strategy to crush all Christian churches.
In a special Christian Broadcasting Network program, Comfort cites the head of Hitler Youth, Boldur von Schirach, who said, “Destruction of Christianity was explicitly recognized as a purpose of the National Socialist Movement.”
Show host Gordon Robertson explains that Germany’s economy and political quagmire after World War I left the people hoping for a savior.
Along came Hitler, preaching a message of hope and change, restoring the glory, loving neighbors and taking a stand against violence.
Comfort explained, however, that it would be either ignorant or disingenuous to call Hitler a Christian.
After all, Hitler rewrote the Bible to remove references to Jesus as a Jew and inserted his own “commandments” in place of the “Ten Commandments,” including “Honor your fuhrer and master.” He edited the Lord’s Prayer to reference himself and had school children sing a hymn, “For Hitler we live, For Hitler we die.”
The CBN program explains how Hitler put on a religious, even Christian, façade, until he became powerful.
For example, as chancellor of Germany in 1937, Hitler prayed: “In this hour I would ask of the Lord God only this: that He would give His blessing to our work, and that He may ever give us the courage to do the right. I am convinced that men who are created by God should live in accordance with the will of the Almighty. No man can fashion world history unless upon his purpose and his powers there rests the blessings of this Providence.”
But later one of his inner circle acknowledged: “I’m absolutely clear in my own mind, and I think I can speak for the Fuhrer as well, that both the Catholic and Protestant churches will vanish from the life of our people.”
Comfort called it a “horrible antichrist system, disguised as a Christian church.”
Under the National Reich Church, the Christian cross was replaced by the swastika, pastors and chaplains were not allowed to speak and the Bible was replaced by Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.”
A Jewish law student, explains the report, found documentation from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II that explained “The Nazi Master Plan for the Persecution of the Christian Churches.”
The plan included jailing and killing leaders, re-indoctrinating the faithful and taking over churches from within, the report said.
See the CBN report:
Comfort is the founder of Living Waters Publications. After he relocated from New Zealand to Southern California in the late 1980s, he introduced pastors and churches to a biblical teaching he called "Hell's Best Kept Secret."
The enthusiastic response that followed took his Living Waters Publications ministry to a new level. It now is recognized internationally for reaching the lost and equipping Christians with resources to fulfill the Great Commission.
Comfort, the author of more than 70 books, also is the co-host with Kirk Cameron of the award-winning television program "The Way of the Master," which airs in 123 countries around the world.
It recently was named winner of a 2013 Telly Award in the category of TV programs.
Comfort's movie was based on his companion book, "The Beatles, God, and the Bible."
"This documentary is extremely relevant nowadays because it exposes the common denominator in mass killers. Whenever there is a shooting, psychiatrists scramble to try and pinpoint the common denominator in the shooter. They give reasons such as 'he was a loner,' or 'he had just lost his job,' but they never put their finger on the one thing that all killers have in common. We want people to watch 'Genius' and find out what it is," Comfort said.
"Many books have been written about the world's most famous rock group, but few people know about their spirituality. I never knew that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met at a church, or that in 1965 all four of the Beatles were atheists. But as they matured in their thinking, each one of them attained a measure of spirituality," he said.
The "180" movie has collected more than 3.8 million YouTube views.
Comfort's look at John Lennon's spirituality:
See Comfort's books, including "God Doesn't Believe in Atheists," "You can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, but You Can't Make Him Think," "Nothing Created Everything," and "How to Know God Exists," among many others.