GERMANY - Prosperity Empties Churches

Arno Froese

The more that Germany has prospered, following the Second World War and the reunification with East Germany, the emptier the churches have become. This opinion was presented by Pastor Uwe Holmer of Mecklenburg, Germany at a worship service in Giessen. Unfortunately, the people have mostly forgotten who to thank for their prosperity and freedom. A spiritual and religious revival of the German people can only happen when as many people as possible turn back to God. The words of the Old Testament in Psalm 33 still apply today: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Holmer became an international figure in 1990, after the fall of East Germany, when he provided refuge for eight weeks to that country’s former Head of State Erich Honecker and his wife Margot, at his own parsonage home at the Christian welfare mission that he led in Brandenburg. Criticized and banned by his own Socialist Unity Party, Erich Honecker had nowhere else to turn for help. Previously, as Christians, Holmer and his family had suffered discrimination under the socialist regime. For example, in spite of excellent grades, his ten children were not allowed to attend an upper level high school because they refused to participate in the mandatory, atheistic initiation ceremony.

-Christen in der Wirtschaft, Dec. 2017

Arno's commentary

During that particular time, our preacher/evangelist Norbert Lieth was a guest at the house of Pastor Holmer. He was made privy to the presence of Mr. Honecker and his wife, and he testified of the faith and courage of Brother Holmer.

This article again confirms the danger of prosperity. Germany has one of the highest compensated workforces in the world: they get 34 days of holiday (vacation) annually, plus up to 44 paid sick days, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. Yet, not being satisfied seems to be normal. The international news media reports that strikes for higher wages occur frequently, and general dissatisfaction is quite common. It seems all but impossible that a workforce granted such amazing benefits by their country, still expresses discontent.

Does success satisfy? The answer is quite apparently no, because Germany, as a whole, disregards the Creator. In olden times, the prophet Isaiah wrote the words of God down to Israel: “Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children” (Isaiah 47:8). This also reminds us of the church of Laodicea, which proudly exclaimed, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” But, spiritually speaking, the verse continues: “…and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

Europeans, and Germans in particular, should take to heart what the Lord Jesus said: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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