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Lord, thank You for this tool that will reach many who may not read the book. Use it to keep them from the dangers of Marxism.

Eric Metaxas’ book Letter to the American Church has been turned into a film, bringing the power of cinematic technique to the research he has done exposing what Marxism is doing to weaken and control the Bride of Christ.

The film condenses the power of the book into 61 minutes of excerpts, interviews with Charlie Kirk, Dr. James Lindsey, John Amanchukwu, David Engelhardt, Rob McCoy, Seth Gruber, Victor and Eileen Marx, and others. Through music and visuals it heightens the urgency of taking seriously the parallels between the rise of Hitler in Germany and the rise of Marxism in America today.

Dutch Sheets recently shared his thoughts on the book and film, and we’ve embedded that below a repost of Keith Guinta’s review.

Analysis. Eric Metaxas’ newly released Letter to the American Church is a biblical bugle blast in the ear of all the churches feigning sleep while our country is besieged from every direction by anti-Christ and anti-American ideologies. Metaxas takes ready aim at the churches and pastors reluctant to stand up and speak out against the well-coordinated assault upon the health and stability of our nation today — and he names names.

Find out when your state prays.

 

The book delivers a battle cry for the Church to rise up and face these most serious matters of our day. He asks why God’s people would avoid speaking against the murder of the unborn. He asks how the Church can possibly keep silent in deference to our education system and its pernicious incursion to induce sexual confusion within our children.

He asks why church pastors are not pounding the pulpits to end the mutilation and castration of minors under the subterfuge of gender expression. And why is there so much acquiescence to the endless unfurling of Marxist tenets as the rise of global tyranny is boosted before our very eyes?

How can seasoned church leaders fail to understand that philosophies like critical race theory are rooted in Marxism and purely atheistic? Further, it’s shocking that the Church, being charged with discipling and cultivating healthy, loving families, can fail to realize that transgender and queer theory is “ … inescapably anti-God and anti-human. So they are dedicatedly at war with the ideas of family and marriage. … ”

Metaxas’ thesis: We must wake up and speak up.

Throughout the pages of this prophetic work, the reader is faced with a startling proposition: We can blithely enjoy the insular safety of our small-group discussions as the passing boxcars amplify the horrifying shrieks of the Jews on their way to Treblinka, or we can put down our highlighters and find our place on the battlefield.

Critics will deduce that any comparison of today’s American Church with the German Church of the 1930s is a reckless exaggeration. After reading Letter to the American Church, even the most outraged critics will be exposed as being wholly and desperately wrong.

Drawing richly on his prolific and meaty research of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the failures of the Christian Church in pre–World War II Germany, Metaxas roars the same warnings of heaven as Bonhoeffer did. Because the tragic reality of history is this: The vast majority of German churches remained silent, or worse yet, were complicit as one of the most evil regimes in history rose to power.

… When we think of the death camps and the murder of so many millions, we need to understand that in the beginning [the Church] had no idea where it was leading, and had no idea [the Church was] facing nothing less than the forces of anti-Christ. We are now facing those same forces in different guises. But the extent of it is even worse than it was ninety years ago, because those forces do not have an agenda that is hyper-nationalistic, as in Germany, but that is actually anti-nationalistic — which is to say that it is globalist.

Eric Metaxas, Letter to the American Church

It was widely customary for Christian churches to hang the German flag in their sanctuaries. But as Hitler’s influence began to spread, churches began hanging Nazi banners and swastikas — known as the “Crooked Cross” — as a willful or fearful indicator of compliance with the regime.

In today’s language, it’s called “virtue signaling.”

It is sobering to watch Metaxas correlate this with the American churches today that are getting tangled in the same type of pagan political activism by displaying BLM placards and pride flags.

Most of them ‘know not what they do’ and are only trying to show solidarity with those they have deemed somehow disenfranchised. They only wish to show that they are not like those other rigid and narrow-minded churches, that they are inclusive, and generally mean no harm. They don’t seem to know the forces behind those banners are only smiling at them in order to deceive them.

Eric Metaxas, Letter to the American Church

Another prominent character throughout Letter to the American Church is German theologian Martin Luther. Luther’s lifelong wrestling with the doctrine of faith is juxtaposed with the book of James’ doctrine of works. This section of biblical exposition reinforces to the church that there are no options other than to act. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

Metaxas summons the many churches today that are committed to not being political in quest of not offending anyone. These churches resolutely declare their work is only to “ … preach the Gospel — as though such a thing were logically possible, as though the Gospel ever could be kept from touching upon all issues of human life.” Metaxas warns that such a position is “an abdication of God’s calling.”

Metaxas strongly charges that for the church to be the transforming agent our culture desperately needs, we must stop relying solely on our statements of faith and fighting over the precision of our beliefs — “because our actions illustrate what we actually believe.”

What tangibly emerged for me as I journeyed with Metaxas through the pages of the book is this: At the end of all the debates, quarrels, divisions, and criticisms stands a Person. It is wholly impossible to speak anything of the Church without acknowledging that Jesus Himself stands in the midst. And Jesus is the perfect embodiment of truth and love.

So the One who is Truth is also the One who is Love, and it is not possible to separate them without degrading each of them. It is nothing less than sin to have our own fallen view of truth apart from love or love apart from truth. God demands that we deal with the whole, that we understand Truth and Love are God Himself, who is a Person.

Eric Metaxas, Letter to the American Church

He goes on to say that we can’t claim to be loving if we step away from truth. Likewise, we can’t claim to uphold truth if we step away from love. And this is precisely why the Church must rely upon and surrender to the Lord, who is head of the Church.

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This book can be summed up in this quote from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesian Church:

Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.

It causes me to reflect on the passage of Scripture where Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat during a raging storm. As the disciples fearfully cowered from the storm and were rendered powerless, they woke Jesus up.

Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves and they became peaceably calm. While the disciples marveled at how the wind and the waves obeyed Him, Jesus was amazed by something they still could not see:

Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?

Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 8

They were not wrong to go to Jesus, but what He wanted awakened was the faith that was still too small and weak within each of them. So, next time, He wanted them to calm the storm themselves by faith.

May Letter to the American Church be the protein shake that puts muscles back on the Church and its leaders. We all agree the storm is raging. The question is: Will we stand up and speak to it?

Find out where to get a copy of  Letter to the American Church at ericmetaxas.com.

Here’s Dutch Sheets sharing prayer direction from the book and film:

Here’s the trailer for the film:

Find out how you can watch and share the film with your congregation at www.LetterToTheAmericanChurch.com.

For more about the book, see what another IFA contributing writer, Nancy Huff, has written: “Lessons from ‘Letter to the American Church.’

Post your prayers for the Church to speak to the storm of rising Marxism: “Peace! Be still!”

(Reposted article originally written by Keith Guinta, published at IFA and The Wine Patch. Photo Credit: Letter to the American Church)

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Judith
March 5, 2024

“ADONAI, God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heavens or in the earth, keeping covenant and showing mercy to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart.” 2 Chronicles 6:14. Father God, forgive us for failing to love You with our First Love. Restore in us Your gift of broken and repentant hearts. Thank You for showing us Your Mercy and Forgiveness. “2 Chronicles 7:14-16 ” When My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this House (land) so that My Name may be there forever, My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually.” Praying Father God for our hearts and minds to be totally Yours. Lord please give us Your strength and courage to stand for You and Your truths in the midst of darkness. With thankful hearts we give You all the Praise and Honor and Glory in Yeshua’s Name thanking You for Your Mercy and Grace and Steadfast Love. Amen.

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Darlene Estlow
March 3, 2024

Father, forgive us for being so slow to stand for righteousness and to speak against the evil in our nation. I think you are waking us up; continue. We cannot continue in the course we are on. Thank you for what I see you are doing. Many Christians are going into government and other avenues of civil service to you. May you have mercy on us, Father, and heal our nation.

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Pastor Afolayan Omoniyi Sunday
March 3, 2024

I wish the book LETTER TO AMERICANS will be published and distributed to the the Christians worldwide. First, Americans need to be informed about the importance of the very foundation of the Christian culture and values that led to the creation of the God’s own country USA that was once the bride of the whole world. Americans once champion moral values, fear of God worldwide crusade etc. In return, God bless blessed America, and many nations were blessed by God through America. But today, Americans have forsaken God and turned to BABYLON OF OLD. The nation that was born as Christians nation, is now a pagans nation, the once God fearing nation has lost her moral values
America is now encouraging the spread of satanic values worldwide in the name of HUMAN RIGHTS: The very sins that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah had eaten up the fabric foundation of the society. Calling God’s name or pray in the name of Jesus is now a criminal offence in USA. A former president once said, “AMERICA IS NO MORE A CHRISTIAN NATION”. The American Christians that stand up like Elijah and say no! Are sleeping, they are like jellyfish, they have lost their voice.
Americans Christians should wake up contests for the faith that was once preached to the saints. They should realize that “we wrestle not against the flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), read also (Ephesians 6:13-18). Americans Christians should learn to obey God rather than men, the should pray for revival of the LORD over the USA. They should pray for forgiveness and God’s grace and mercy upon America. They should also know that praying without actions will yield no result. Romans 6:1 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God said,” Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18 :17 – 19.
By this, every Christian household should bring back Christian values and morals to the family. Those things that God hates should not be practiced or be seen in our society. God said, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it” (Ezekiel 22 :30). God still loves America, but He is looking for a man or woman, Christians prayer warriors that will stand in the gap before Him for the land.
Wake up! Americans, enemies has invaded the land, today, Muslims are now controlling the Congress, enemies are now digging dip to know and destroy the very foundation of USA by not allowing God’s name to be mentioned in the society or pray in schools or say merry Christmas. Gay lesbianism is the order of the day, or the sins of soddom and Gomorrah are now in the society in the name of HUMAN RIGHTS.
The enemies of America strategically brought these sins to provoke God’s anger upon USA, because they know that once God forsake America 🇺🇸, their defense will depart from them, and America 🇺🇸 will fall. Before, no nation dare to challenge America, but today Iran, Russia, China 🇨🇳 etc are planning days and nights to destroy America 🇺🇸, Dollar 💵 is going down, White house is no longer living to its name, these and many other things are happening because America 🇺🇸 has forsaken God, her defense and cornerstone.
I will stop here today with Psalm 9:17 which says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God”. America 🇺🇸, returns to your first love so God will have mercy on you. I will write to you again, if Jesus tries to come. God bless USA 🇺🇸. AMEN

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