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The German Church: Lessons Under Hitler

I have learned that the important thing for the church is not to have leaders and parish buildings, but to have Christians in the individual parishes who take the Gospel and the sacraments seriously. ... This was a lesson for us.

We had always had the church as an institution. The pastor was a civil servant, and when it rained, the pastor would go to the mayor and ask for money to fix the roof. The pastor got his money and had a lifelong job; he could lose it only for reasons of immorality. ... In the Confessing Church, we learned to give all this up--and to learn this in only 12 years is a great gift.

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