A Southern Baptist minister has spoken up to “vigorously critique” an interview in which evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. said that he would support anything President Donald Trump decides to do as president.
Alan Cross is a Southern Baptist pastor in Montgomery, Alabama.
“Wow,” was his first response to Falwell’s interview with the Washington Post.
He then went on to analyze how Falwell’s position was a “clearly articulated” version of the “approach German Lutherans took as Hitler rose to power.”
Okay. This interview. Wow. Most Evangelical “leaders” won’t say a word about this. But, Falwell’s clearly articulated “Two Kingdoms” theology needs heavy critique. It’s the SAME approach German Lutherans took as Hitler rose to power. See next tweet … https://t.co/5WFluVw1v4# p #5_17 # ad skipped = true #
— Alan Cross (@AlanLCross) January 1, 2019# p #6_17 # ad skipped = true #
2) If you want to know how the German Lutheran church comprising 80-90% of all Germans collapsed into subversion to tyranny, Falwell lays it out the blueprint perfectly. I explain there here in depth: https://t.co/95AdHfFnzf# p #8_17 # ad skipped = true #
— Alan Cross (@AlanLCross) January 1, 2019# p #9_17 # ad skipped = true #
3) Hitler advocated for “positive Christianity” rather than a prophetic Christianity. Support the state as it advances its own interests and the state will leave you alone. Except, the state demands loyalty. Falwell’s position is disaster for the church in a democratic republic.# p #11_17 # ad skipped = true #
— Alan Cross (@AlanLCross) January 1, 2019# p #12_17 # ad skipped = true #
4) None of this is to say that Trump is Hitler or Falwell is promoting Nazi ideology. Not at all. Rather, this is about how history teaches us about the way subversion happens. Falwell lays the groundwork for church capitulation to the state. He should be vigorously critiqued.# p #14_17 # ad skipped = true #
— Alan Cross (@AlanLCross) January 1, 2019# p #15_17 # ad skipped = true #
Cross had worried this might happen, writing in 2016 that the American Christian church risked losing its soul to right-wing politics and argued that Trump’s perspective on Christianity was similar to Nietzsche’s.