The first national conference of the German Christians is held in Berlin. Delegates plan to reorganize the 28 regional Protestant churches in Germany to create a single, national Protestant church under the leadership of a single, national bishop.
They wanted a unified Reichskirche just as Germany was becoming a unified Reich. Everything must be synchronized rather than fractured.
During this conference the German Christians adopt this declaration:
"God has created me a German. Germanism is a gift of God. God wants me to fight for my Germany. Military service is in no sense a violation of Christian conscience, but is obedience to God...
For a German the Church is the fellowship of believers who are obligated to fight for a Christian Germany. The goal of the 'Faith Movement of "German Christians" is an evangelical German Reich. ...
Believers have the right of revolution against a church that doesn't accept unreservedly the National resurgence."
It also says:
"Christian faith exacts war against atheistic Marxism and ultramontanism. A religion such as ours conforms to nature in being a message of salvation to all men, though it is given to each folk in a special way."
German Christians thus strive to redefine the very nature of the Christian church itself. Instead of a universal community of believers, the idea of the Christian church is transformed so that it is dependent upon German notions of race and ethnicity — as such, the church becomes an expression not only of Christian doctrine but also German culture.
According to German Christians, God is revealed to humanity not only in Scripture and through Jesus, but also in nature (race) and history. By separating the earthly church from the universal community of believers, German Christians are able to dismiss any obligation to universality.
Seeing God's revelations through nature, German Christians are able to argue that race is sanctified and part of a divine plan for humanity.