1. We declare that the Constitution of the German Evangelical Church has been destroyed. Its legally constituted organs no longer exist. The men who have seized the Church leadership in the Reich and the states have divorced themselves from the Christian Church.
2. In virtue of the right of Churches, religious communities and holders of ecclesiastical office, bound by scripture and confession, to act in an emergency, the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church establishes new organs of leadership. It appoints as leader and representative of the German Evangelical Church, as an association of confessionally determined Churches, the Fraternal Council of the German Evangelical Church and, from among it, the Council of the German Evangelical Church to direct its operations. Both organs are composed and organized in accordance with the confessions.
3. We summon the Christian communities, their pastors and elders, to accept no directives from the present Church Government and its authorities and to decline cooperation with those who wish to remain obedient to this ecclesiastical governance. We summon them to observe the directives of the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church and its recognized organs.
Source of English translation: Jeremy Noakes and Geoffrey Pridham, eds., Nazism, 1919–1945, vol. 2: State, Economy and Society 1933–1939. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000, p. 390. Edited slightly by GHI staff. Reproduced with permission of the Licensor through PLSclear.
Source of original German text: Aus der Botschaft der Dahlemer Bekenntnissynode III und IV, Kirchliches Jahrbuch 1933-1944. Gütersloh, 1948, p. 70. © Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh, in der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH, Munich.