This work is going to keep you awake and do the comparative homework - BE HONEST - the comparisons are too real some may think; well at least you may know more of the times we live these days; cf. Eph. 5:11 & Gal.4:16 etc.
A couple of years ago, while reading Eric Metaxas' biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I recall thinking that the conditions which foreshadowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Nazi-Germany could very easily be repeating themselves in modern-day America. I am not a "prophet of doom"--in fact, I rarely have patience with those who are--but neither am I blind to the vulnerability of a people willing to cast off long held, divinely-instilled biblical beliefs during challenging societal times. Erwin Lutzer's book has reaffirmed my perceptions. Germany was ripe for the pseudo-promises of a self-proclaimed messiah because, among other things, its churches and their pastors were weak. The world ended up paying an exorbitant price! This small volume, written by the long time pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, serves as a powerful reminder and wake-up call to the church in our day to stand fast in the grace that has set us free. The author parallels the decline of Germany in the days just prior to World War II with the drift we are seeing today away from the authority of God's Word. One cannot help but be struck with the posturing of today's self-interest, humanistic groups as they push their personal agendas--with government assistance!--and compare it with the passivity among a German citizenry that eventually brought about their succumbing to the damnable dogma of a mad man. Lutzer extends to the church a call for vigilance, and he issues a challenge for today's church to seize this wonderful opportunity to make Christ known. Most of us are familiar with the quote, "He who does not learn from the past is destined to repeat it." I am reminded of another, spoken by Sir Edmund Burke: "All that it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." May the church of the Lord Jesus Christ arise in our day and seize this present moment to boldly and clearly declare the life-giving Gospel for His eternal glory! A few hours invested with this book may just plant some seeds of how we may best do that.
I FOUND A SERIOUS WARNING IN THIS BOOK BECAUSE SOME OF THE THINGS I SEE HAPPENING HERE AND NOW IN OUR COUNTRY DID HAPPEN IN GERMANY BACK THEN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO READ IT, IT WOULD OPEN YOUR EYES. P.C.