Two days ago, the entire German nation celebrated the feast of Pentecost as a national holiday. Pentecost is so significant for all Christians for all ages because it commemorates the day on which the Holy Spirit was poured out on earth and was made available through the message of the apostles on that day in Jerusalem. Everything that Jesus taught them was brought to their remembrance that day as they spoke. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The effect of this was that 3,000 people were baptized on this day. This is described in Acts 2.44:
All who had believed were together and had all things in common.
So Pentecost was about the life of the faithful, who had received the gospel and received the Holy Spirit in their hearts…all were together and had all things in common. They were of one heart and soul. They put all their economic resources at the apostles’ feet, so that the needs of all could be met. There was not a needy person among them. The first disciples “turned the world upside down” by their common life and the power of its message of giving up all to follow the Messiah. (Acts 17:6)
Isn’t it ironic that as the German nation celebrate this historic Christian event, the Free State of Bavaria publicly proclaims that the same life described in Acts 2.44 is a “sub-culture” and a “parallel society”? Bavarian governing officials continue to attempt to destroy the lives of believers in Klosterzimmern by stealing their children, keeping them in state custody without any evidence of child endangerment!
This fact alone should cause a huge outcry among all Christians in Germany. Is it not shameful that they would destroy a vibrant witness of that same life they celebrate, a life that is being restored in this time by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
As with the first disciples, the result has been an emerging culture of the spiritual Twelve Tribes. Do the authorities really think that this life is a “subculture” that has no weight or significance? The fruit of this life in our children has been obvious and has been viewed by the public for years here in Klosterzimmern, as those who know our community can attest.
Do not forget the important fact: when the children were taken almost two years ago by police force into custody, and torn from their parents, that the medical doctors found in not even one of the children any evidence of child endangerment. Far to the contrary!
Have you ever wondered why none of the authorities has ever told you that? And why the children were not brought on the same day back to her parents — as the youth welfare office (Jugendamt) had promised the parents and children? (Many of our children report this same lie was told them as was told the parents. For one example, see the recent post, “Dear Reader.“)