My Conversation with Der Fuhrer

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SG & HitlerWWII had been all over for nine years by the time I was born, but I’m pretty sure if I had been around at the time, Adolph Hitler would have summoned me to Berlin to advise him on his future course of action.

A good time for this would have been early 1941. By this time, Hitler and the euphoric German people had basked for nine months in their lightning victories over France, Holland and Belgium. If an American minister such as I arrived then, it would, of course, have been accompanied by a great deal of media attention.

Though most people would have been incredulous, I would have been eminently qualified to offer him counsel. With a long history of indulging in and overcoming sin and then helping others out of it, I would have been someone who could reliably predict his inevitable future.

“First of all,” I would have begun deliberately, “in the beginning, sin is exhilarating. Right now you are flush with victory. It seems as though everything will continue to be wonderful. But I’m afraid it is all an illusion. This period of elation will only last for a season.”

“The second thing I must tell you is that sin always leads the person to make foolish mistakes.” This bit of news would have undoubtedly rattled the Fuhrer. “Adolph,” I would say condescendingly, as if speaking to a child, “you and your generals have made some brilliant moves, but I guarantee that your string of victories is about to come to an end. They must because sin corrupts the mind, which in turn leads to terrible errors in judgment. You can count on making one bad decision after another. I’m afraid there’s no way around it.” (Sure enough, they did in fact make a series of disastrous military blunders and within six months, the Wehrmact lay in icy ruins outside Moscow.)

“The third thing I should probably mention is that sin is a liar.” At this the little dictator’s face would have grimaced. “It promises so much fulfillment, but in the end, it hollows a person out and strips him of everything decent. It doesn’t take long for the thrill of sin to come to an end.”

“And Adolph, there’s something else, in all good conscience, I must tell you.”

“Yah?” he would whimper.

“Sin always destroys. You and your nation are quickly heading for destruction. You are in real trouble!”

“Vell,” he would fretfully respond, “since I now know vat to expect, can’t I circumvent zese spiritual laws und find some vay around dem?”

“No, I’m afraid not. They are unavoidable. Once sin has been loosed, it cannot be controlled. You will become like a twig being helplessly carried along in a rushing stream. Once you are engulfed in the flow of sin, it is impossible to control it.”

With that, the little villain would have begun frantically pacing back and forth, mulling and fretting over what he had heard. This would be my signal that the interview was over. The tortured author of Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) was now beginning to see, in horrible clarity, that he was a loser in the most important struggle in life—the one against his own sinful nature. Eventually, the German thug came to see for himself that sin always comes with a terrible price. “Yah,” he would whine. “Sin never pays.”

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In 1986, Steve founded Pure Life Ministries (PLM), the first ministry in the world to sexual addicts. Over the years he and his wife Kathy did their utmost to create a spiritual atmosphere for men who entered the PLM residential center. It was part of God's plan for him to begin this ministry, but over the years the Lord laid a burden on Steve's heart to call the Church back to holy living. In 2008, Steve stepped down from running PLM to devote the rest of his life to exposing the great apostasy, calling people to repentance and leading Christians into an eternal perspective. Follow Steve Gallagher on Google+
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  1. Candace Schumacher  June 5, 2014

    This post awakened my spirit to how Jesus does not want me in a state of shock when I give myself over to the sinful nature. So thank you very much for this gripping post on how sin always sends us in a tailspin of destruction. While walking into a restaurant last night the Holy Spirit prompted me on specific and practical ways to guard my heart from participating with the carnal nature that can be triggered in a restaurant setting. I proceeded to listen to half of His instruction and upon the realization that work was required of me I decided foolishly to ignore His instruction. Prior to entering the restaurant I was relishing in the victory of overcoming sin in my life the past few months so when the Holy Spirit came with instruction on how I was to conduct myself in the restaurant, I ignored Him in pride and I saw myself incapable of falling. That was the first sin and it was a pleasurable moment of self idolatry. I found myself in that restaurant for 30 short minutes and committed not only the grieving sin of ignoring God and being prideful but I was rushed like the twig down a river of sin making poor decisions in a swift domino effect only to leave feeling like a defeated loser. I woke up this morning confused and upset. Upon reading this post this evening the confusion vanished. My choice to follow sin will end the same every time. I can never sin and think that the outcome will be different. I can never think that I can scoot around the all consuming crash and burn that sin demands. Thank God for the cross and the gift of forgiveness. And thank God I read this post so I no longer have to live in a state of shock when I give into the sinful nature.

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    • Kathy Gallagher  June 6, 2014

      Thanks for your comments, Candace. You know what Einstein said: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. But the propensity to sin is so natural to us that we soon forget!

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  2. Candace Schumacher  June 6, 2014

    What a hopeful reminder to my heart that sainity is possible. If truly from my heart I remain obedient to the Word of God the result will be a sound mind, this morning for the first time I truly have hope for that. This website is a shelter of sainity in the midst of a chaotic and disillusioned world, thank you.

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