Trends that emerge in the USA usually only take a short time to bring about change in the “Old World”. Although not every philosophy can gain a foothold, people are very open in their faith.
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Trend waves from the USA
Once something becomes a big trend in the United States, it doesn’t take long for such phenomena, no matter how weird they may be, to spill over overseas. It was only with a short delay that people in Europe started walking around in trumpet trousers, T-shirts with tie-dye colors and Aladdin trousers made of patchwork fabric from the end of the 1960s onwards, after the colorful hustle and bustle in San Francisco had long been part of everyday life. At the same time, after the Second Vatican Council, the so-called “Charismatic Movement” was launched in the USA. Shortly afterwards, the first mega-churches were full to capacity and in Germany, too, the first preachers brought down numerous “fires from heaven” with their auspicious calls. Reinhard Bonnke was one of the biggest German “export hits” of the Pentecostal guild.
Not everything is well received
Whatever is started in the USA usually also finds a foothold in the so-called old world. There are also exceptions and one of these few is the shopping philosophy of the US supermarket chain Walmart. This US giant only survived in Germany for around 9 years. The management completely misjudged the philosophy of the German consumer in the supermarket. The customer already declares the product that has just been taken from the shelf and placed in the shopping cart as his property. The consumer certainly doesn’t let a “stranger” put his now paid-for purchase into brown bags at the checkout. Being spoken to when shopping is already borderline, but leaving the goods to others to pack up goes far beyond “decency and custom”. This completely clichéd image has a kernel of truth.
Faith messages from the USA
While shopping produces something tangible, faith is a completely different story. Anyone who knows nothing can believe anything. Therefore, success in this area appears to be much more promising for new teachings, no matter how absurd. This is already proven by the wave of “charismatically awakened people” as well as the large following of New Age philosophy. You can’t touch it, there’s no empirical evidence, but it “feels so good.” Strong support for disseminating these teachings to men and women comes from celebrities, especially the so-called “super stars”. Just as the stars in the Gospel symbolize the messengers (angels), the representatives of the hit parades convey the message to be spread to young and old with their songs and lyrics.
Rainbow Agenda of Churches
The German Protestant regional churches have long since become such carriers of absurd teachings. Under the umbrella of the Evangelical Churches in Germany (EKD), pastors and magazines spread a colorful rainbow world and a “God of limitless love”. People remain silent about God’s justice because it doesn’t “cuddle”. (Info).
God is queer, was a slogan at the 2023 Church Day (Info). Prayer suggestions from evangelical magazines describe God as female (Info) and a “Bible in fair language” cannot agree on female or male (Info).
Such deviations from the gospel do not come out of the blue. In this case too, developments in the USA play a major role model. So it’s not surprising that some evangelical churches in the “free world” have already taken on really absurd forms. At this point in time, these aberrations would still meet with too much resistance in Europe. But these hurdles are also increasingly being torn down and it is only a matter of time until full adaptation is achieved.
Strange features of the “Sparkle Creed”
Such excesses of “faith” include, for example, the “Sparkle Creed”. A confession of faith at the Edina Community Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The author is Reverent Rachel Small Stokes from the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky (Source). Some aspects of this “confession” have also found their way into the Protestant regional churches in Germany.
The “creed” of an evangelical church
“I believe in the non-binary God whose pronouns are plural.
I believe in Jesus Christ, their child, who wore a fabulous tunic and had two dads and saw everyone as a sibling-child of God.
I believe in the rainbow Spirit, who shatters our image of one white light and refracts it into a rainbow of gorgeous diversity,
I believe in the church of everyday saints as numerous, creative and resilient as patches on the AIDS quilt, whose feet are grounded in mud and whose eyes gaze at the stars in wonder.
I believe in the call to each of us that love is love is love, so beloved, let us love.
I believe, glorious God. Help my unbelief.”
“He who knows nothing can believe anything.” Anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of the Gospel will ask themselves why Jesus Christ always speaks of His Father (singular, masculine).
The trend in Germany, especially in the Protestant churches, already has clear features that correspond to this “creed” from the States. It is only a matter of time before all aspects are taken over by these churches and their representatives.
“Reason Christianity” will arrive
The second beast in Revelation 13, apostate Protestantism in the United States, will establish an image of the first beast, the Roman Catholic Church. The “theological rainbow excesses” could still be the popular game according to Hegel (Info). A future “Christian way of life and legislation” in the USA has already been promised (Info).
The new direction towards “reasonable Christianity” is likely to overrun this woke philosophy, which is currently portrayed as widespread. Many people are already tired of these left-green movements. But with the joyful acceptance of a “Christianity of reason” in which everyone will be at peace and in agreement with other denominations, people went straight from the rain into the rain. This “Christianity” will consist of part of the woke philosophy and part of the laws formulated in Rome.
The focus is on nature and climate protection rules to preserve creation, but not God’s statutes.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Bible verses from King James Version