Party of Bible-abiding Christians

The Party of Bible-abiding Christians (German: Partei Bibeltreuer Christen, PBC) was a conservative evangelical minor right-wing political party in Germany. It was founded in 1989 during a convent of the Federation of Pentecostal Churches (Germany) to serve as political arm of the christian right in germany. It was against same-sex marriage and legality of abortion. It supported a reference to God in the European Constitution and it strongly supported Israel. In March 2015, the PBC merged with the Party for Labour, Environment and Family (AUF) into the Alliance C – Christians for Germany.

Party of Bible-abiding Christians

Partei Bibeltreuer Christen
AbbreviationPBC
LeaderGerhard Heinzmann
Founded1989
Dissolved2015
Merged intoAlliance C – Christians for Germany
Membership (2013)2,545
IdeologyPentecostalism
Christian Fundamentalism, Christian Right
Political positionRight-wing
European affiliationECPM
Colourswhite
Bundestag
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State Parliaments
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European Parliament
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Most members were from Württemberg or Saxony and were members or sympathizers of what Germans call "Freikirche" (Free Church), i.e., protestants from pentecostal and charismatic sects, which are not affiliated with the large lutheran Evangelical Church in Germany.

The party's success, however, was very limited on the federal and state levels of government because it never reached the "5% hurdle" of votes cast necessary to get into the parliaments in Germany's system of proportional representation. In the last federal election the PBC participated (2013), the party achieved 0.0 percent of votes.[1]p

By contrast, the conservative Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union of Bavaria are powerful political forces in Germany (based on the number of votes and offices held). They differ greatly from the former PBC though in accepting secularization and being traditionally close to the Evangelical Church in Germany and the Roman Catholic Church.

The party was a member of the European Christian Political Movement (EPCM).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2018-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Official election results in Germany are rounded to one digit behind the decimal point, which results in parties with less than 0.05 of votes being listed with an official result of 0.0 percent.)