Pastor Olaf Latzel
John R. Houk
© October 20, 2015
Did you know that many European nations have State Churches? Even with a State Established Church, multiculturalism is so infected in Europe that preaching the Gospel of Christianity is classified as hate speech in matters of morality (e.g. homosexuality) and criticizing another religion like Islam. Indeed it has come to my attention that a prominent of ordained Protestant Ministers and Catholic Priests don’t even believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which is the centrality of the Christian faith promising an eternity in union with God Almighty.
I preamble this because of a CBN story about Pastor Olaf Latzel of Bremen Germany getting in hot water with the German government and contemporary Ministers for standing with Biblical Christian principles rather than politically correct Multicultural ideology. The one example that comes to mind is Pastor Latzel’s criticism of other German Pastors heretically telling their congregations that Allah and Jesus Christ are one and the same. Latzel points out that if you ask a Muslim, “Is Jesus God’s Son?” Any good Muslim would deny the Sonship of Jesus Christ and would call that blasphemous thinking.
Do you realize that this Christian/Western heritage of Europe has degenerated? How long do you think such degeneration will be common place in America?
Christians in the USA are being prosecuted for refusing service to homosexuals because the Left demands the acceptance of the ungodly. Christians are being called bigots and perpetrators of hate-speech when it is pointed out that Islam is specifically an antichrist and anti-Jew in their revered holy writings.
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1: 1-4, 20-22, 24-27 NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJV)
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16: 13-17 NKJV)
Pastor Pays Price to See Germany’s Spiritual Revival
By Dale Hurd – CBN News Sr. Reporter
October 20, 2015
Published by CBN News
Published on Oct 20, 2015
Once the birthplace of the Reformation, much of Germany today is covered by a profound spiritual darkness. But one German pastor is paying the price for preaching the uncompromised truth of Scripture.
BREMEN, Germany — Germany was the birthplace of the Reformation and was once a base for world missions. But much of Germany today is covered by a profound spiritual darkness, as are most Western nations.
Those who refuse to compromise on the teaching of scripture pay a price.
Bremen Pastor Olaf Latzel knows full well that there is a cost for speaking out boldly — especially in today’s Germany, where traditional Christian teaching is viewed by many as bigoted, hateful, and even “un-Christian.”
Latzel has been attacked in the media, investigated by the local government, and even denounced by fellow pastors. His crime? Refusing to bend a knee to political correctness.
“I’m only preaching the Gospel in a clear way,” Latzel said. “I think it is my duty to do this preaching in this way for our Lord.”
In his sermons, Latzel cuts no corners. He soft-pedals nothing. To some, he might sound mean when he attacks other religions.
But Latzel is standing against what he sees as a spirit of compromise that seems to have swallowed Germany and the German state church.
In the process, he has angered the German establishment and even a lot of German pastors.
Latzel said the chief battle in the German church today now is over who God is.
According to Latzel, some Christian pastors have said “Allah and Jesus Christ, the Christian God, is the same god.”
“But if you ask a Muslim, ‘Does your god have a son?’ he would say no!” he continued. “Our (Christian) God has a son; his name is Jesus Christ. So, they are not the same.”
“If you speak out loud and clearly about the truth of the Bible, that there’s only one way to heaven and this way is Jesus Christ, there is only one God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and there is no other god beside Him, then you have a problem,” he said.
Seventy German pastors gathered in Bremen this year to denounce Latzel behind a banner celebrating “diversity.”
The public prosecutor investigated him for hate speech and then cleared him, and the Bremen parliament passed a resolution against him.
It was reportedly the first time a German pastor has been condemned by a German parliament since World War II.
But far from backing down, Latzel said the real problem is that, in his estimation, most pastors in Germany’s state church have not been born again.
“I think over 80 percent of the pastors in the national church in Germany are not reborn,” he said. “And that’s a great problem, and because of this, they make their own doctrine. The Bible is the Word of God; it’s our law, chapter by chapter, book by book, sentence by sentence, letter by letter.”
Latzel pastors at the historic St. Martini (St. Martin’s) Church in Bremen, where around 1679 the church’s pastor, Joachim Neander, wrote the great hymn, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.”
Latzel enjoys saying that Pastor Neander also got in trouble for preaching the Gospel boldly.
Some pastors would have been rattled by so many attacks against them. But Latzel, who comes from a family with a long military tradition, said he is in a “war” between Christ and the devil, and the attacks reassure him.
“This is one sign that you are on the right way in your preaching, when you get problems,” Latzel said. “If you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and everyone is clapping his hand, then you have a problem.”
“Because, if you’re telling the truth from the Bible, then the devil will come and he will fight against you in several ways; he will fight against the Word of God,” he said.
A Tool in God’s Hand
In fact, Latzel admits his concern is not becoming discouraged but getting a big head.
“I (have received) more than 10,000 emails…so many persons came to me and said, ‘You are a great pastor,'” Latzell said. “And the more persons came and told me this, something happened inside me and, ‘Oh, I’m really this great pastor.'”
“And the devil comes here and says, ‘Yes, yes. You are great,’ and that’s not good,” he continued. “I am nothing. I am only a sinner. I am only a tool for Jesus Christ. And when Jesus can use this tool, give any honor to Jesus Christ. I am nothing.”
The great hymn of St Martin’s Church says, “Let the amen come from his people again.” Latzel believes revival is coming to Germany and he asks Christians to pray for his country.
“I ask you, brothers and sisters in America, please pray for Germany. Pray for awakening,” he pleaded. “Pray that the Word of Jesus Christ will go out and reach persons who are lost so that Jesus can save them.”
Could this be the Obama Legacy for America?
John R. Houk
© October 20, 2015
Pastor Pays Price to See Germany’s Spiritual Revival
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