Although I had been in Germany twice before , I had never actually lived there - I never had developed a feeling for the place .
This time it felt actually as if I had lived there.
|Gemeinde Freier Evangelischer Christ - Biskirchen|
I was very warmly received by the " Gemeinde Freier Evangelischer Christen" in a little village called Biskirchen . Biskirchen is situated on the B49 between Wetzlar and Limburg along the river Lahn - indeed a beautiful part of Germany .
The church in Biskirchen is doctrinally a 'Reformed Baptist Church' . It is a lively and loving little congregation led by two capable elders , Henrik Riesen and Tobias Glaum . These two men are both teachers at local schools , fathers of a young family , good preachers and highly committed to their local church .
This church has only been existence for about 5 years , but it already bears the marks of a sound church .
Through this church's hospitality and goodwill I was able to explore the spiritual scene in Germany somewhat.
It is clear that the land of the Reformation has fallen prey to the common pitfalls so well described in the Bible . Spiritual prosperity is frequently followed by material prosperity , and this in turn , if not carefully checked , leads so easily to spiritual apostasy and various forms of idolatry .
The spiritual gains made during and after the 16th Century Reformation are still clearly visible . Germany is a land sown through with church buildings - many impressive church buildings , may I add .
|Berliner Dom - A Lutheran Church|
The evidence of churches and cathedrals , all built in a bygone era, testifies that this is indeed a bygone era . Such buildings are no longer built in our day . The cathedral of the modern man is the shopping center and the sports stadium !
The Germans are generally very proud of their church buildings, even though few will actually attend services there on a Lord's day . Much money is poured into the maintenance and upkeep of these splendid edifices . Some of this money comes from the German tax payer and other money comes from entrance fees and music concerts that are being regularly held in these churches . An average German congregation that meets in these buildings would hardly be able to maintain such buildings with their own means .
The land of the Reformation is evidently sorely in need of another Reformation . Thank God then that there is a very small movement of Reformed Baptists at work . We do not despise the day of small things . We must encourage these churches to persevere . Pray for them ! Biskirchen is perhaps a drop in the bucket - but they are already doing much to reach out to find like minded churches who will perhaps one day band themselves together for greater unity and prayer for Germany ! I for one am praying and am looking forward to such possibilities.