Were Hitler and Stalin Christians?


     Many atheists will point out that Hitler and Stalin were Christians. They do this to denigrate Christianity. They say that Hitler was a baptized catholic and that Stalin was studying for the Eastern Orthodoxy priesthood. But are their allegations accurate?

It’s true that Hitler was baptized as an infant. In 1904, he was confirmed in Roman Catholicism. His confirmation sponsor had to “drag the words out of him…almost as though the whole confirmation was repugnant to him.” Hitler never again attended Mass or received the sacraments after leaving home at 18 years old. As he was rising to power, he realized that he needed to make friends with the church. So, he made statements like…

“My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter…”
-4/12/1922 speech

“The National Government sees in both Christian denominations the most important factor for the maintenance of our society”
-3/23/1933 speech before the Reichstag

“Today, Christians…stand at the head of {this country}…I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity.”
-The Speeches of Adolf Hitler 1922-1939, Volume 1, pages 871-872

     But when he came to power, the pretense was over. He said things like…

The following are from “Hitler’s Table Talks 1941-1944 by Oxford Press:
“The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity…The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.”
-7-11/12/1941, pages 6-7

“Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to it’s logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure.”
-10-10-1941, page 43

“Christianity is an invention of a sick brain: one could imagine nothing more senseless…Let’s be the only people who are minimized against this disease.”
-10-21-1941, pages 118-119


From Goebbels Diaries, 12/29/1939:
“The Fuhrer is deeply religious though completely anti-Christian. He views Christianity as a symbol of decay.”



     He was raised in a Russian Orthodox family but his father beat him regularly. His mother wanted him to become a priest. He was expelled from one seminary and forced to leave another due to his acceptance of atheistic Marxism. He rejected his Christianity in favor of Marxism in his adult life. In 1928, when he was firmly in power, he launched his “Godless  Five Year Plan” to close churches. In 1929, he launched a new 5 day Soviet calendar. By eliminating weekends, it rendered Sunday worship hard to observe. This calendar lasted until 1940. He made some closed churches into “Museums of Atheism”.

He had much of the clergy shot or sent to labor camps when he solidified his power in the 1920’s and 1930’s. More than 85,000 priests were shot in 1937 alone. Before the Russian Revolution, there were about 46,000 churches. By 1939, there were fewer than 200. But a 1937 survey showed that 57% of Russians were religious, so Stalin’s belief proves misguided.
While he eventually let the Orthodox church exist after WWII, he kept it under strict control. He did not allow any other denominations to exist. Stalin was an atheist and a Marxist.


     The approximate number of people murdered by atheists/Marxists in the 20th century:
China                                     1949-                         65 million
USSR                                      1917-1991               20 million
Pol Pot-Cambodia              1975-1979               2 million
North Korea                         1950-                         2 million
Tito-Yugoslavia                   1945-1987               570,000
Ho Chi-Min – Vietnam     1950’s-                      1 million
Hitler-Germany                  1939-1945               12 million
Ethiopia                                                                    1.7 million
Afghanistan                                                             1.5 million

     Communist/Fascist governments cannot tolerate Christians because our freedom in Christ always spills over into other areas of our lives, like into the political area. Our allegiance is to Christ, not the state. This is why Christianity is so persecuted by Marxists/Totalitarian governments.
So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.– John 8:36


     Many atheists don’t distinguish between just talking a Christian game and actually living one. We all know people who think they are believers because they were baptized as an infant or they were born in America, etc. It takes more than words to be a believer in Jesus.
You cannot kill millions of people while claiming to be a Christian. Both Hitler and Stalin were also anti-semites, killing many, many Jews. There’s a big difference between killing many people, then coming to faith in Christ like Comrade Doik did at https://bsssb-llc.com/blog45-the-killing-fields-of-cambodia-and-the-grace-of-god/ and killing people while claiming to be a believer.
It’s very clear to most rational people that Hitler talked positively about Christianity when he needed to but when he didn’t need to anymore, his true feelings came out. It’s obvious that Stalin’s hatred for Christianity was from his early years on.
No, neither Hitler nor Stalin were Christians.

The following scriptures testify to the fact that a true believer’s faith will manifest itself in good works:
1st John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Ecclesiastes 5:7 says, “Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore, fear God.”
James 2:17 says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile…for we are all one in Christ Jesus.”


Hitler references:
1)  doxa.ws/social/Hitler.html
2)  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler

Stalin references:
1)  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USSR_anti_religious_campaign_(1928-1941)


For the sake of His Wonderful Name,
Dave Maynard