Tuesday, September 14, 2021

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: THE TRUTH ABOUT KARL MARX, ADAM WEISHAUPT, ILLUMINISM, AND BIG BANKING


 

Something keeps bugging me about the term socialism. Conservative political pundits repeatedly claim that progressive leftists want to drag America into the depths of Marxist socialism. Progressive leftists cheerily agree with this, because socialism, they say, is at least better than the corrupt system of economics in the United States. Fair enough. What we have now in the United States is certainly not working for anyone – but it begs the question: what economic and social system actually does dominate the United States of America in 2021? Is it nothing more than an evil, capitalistic system that cannot be regulated properly, and thus it must be eliminated entirely, a la’ Michael Moore style? Or is it something else? Honestly: what is a capitalist economy? Is it what we have right now? Or was it something we used to have a very long time ago? What does socialism and communism have in common? Why is there such a fascination with Karl Marx? Why is the ideology of Joseph Stalin pervasively popular among college-age students? Why is there such an enormous push to tear down the American system and replace it with something totally different? Let’s take a look.

The Birth of Marxism

To understand the impact that Karl Marx has had on the world, you have to view his ideology through the lens of history. Marx was born in Prussia in 1818, and while he is often touted as a great thinker and philosopher, what Karl Marx was, at his core, was morally decrepit. Millions of people around the world have been slaughtered in the pursuit of his utopian doctrine – a doctrine which handily leads to total destruction. One of the driving factors behind the horrendous destruction inflicted upon entire countries in the name of fairness and equality is the eradication of God in communist and Marxist ideology. Karl Marx hated God, and he is quoted as saying that “Communism begins where atheism begins.” He hated Christianity with a burning passion, and he especially hated the Jews. Marx said, “The Israelite faith is repulsive to me.” In fact, historian and author Dr. Paul Kengor wrote in his book, The Devil and Karl Marx, that Karl Marx himself was obsessed with the occult and the demonic, as seen in his early writings and poems (see more here: CWR ). To define Karl Marx as some kind of Christian social justice warrior – which many feckless progressive Christians will often attempt to do – is not just completely ignorant of historical facts, but it’s just plain stupid. One of the biggest driving factors in the life of Marx was his disdain for Christian morality and traditional Judeo-Christian values. In order to institute his ideological dreamworld (predicated on the destruction of class structure, eradication of private property ownership, and statelessness), two major entities of society needed to be eliminated: the traditional family and the church. Both of these things existed as total counterpoints to Marx’s revolutionary “dictatorship of the proletariat,” as stated by socialist Joseph Weydemeyer. Communism would, in Marx’s view, be won through violence, by the working class overthrowing the ruling class. A simple, cursory glance at communism (which is the end goal of Marx’s socialistic ruminations), may not seem so disturbing. After all, is there not an elitist ruling class that dictates the terms for the rest of the world? A ruling class that seems to beat their scepters on the backs of the peons of the public, drunk on power and wealth and corruption? Certainly. But is communism the answer to their never-ending abuse of the common man? Let us consider the facts, and in this case, historical evidence can answer our question.

So, we know, based on Karl Marx’s own writings, that he hated God. He called religion the opium of the masses. Usually, most people who go around hating God despise the idea of a divine Creator because acknowledging Him as authoritative demands heart change and conformity to standards of God-defined morality. Marx, however, was enamored with the idea of human beings who were not, as was traditionally taught in the Bible, image-bearers of an Almighty God. Marx believed that man was little more than a higher species of animal. In fact, Marx was a huge admirer of Charles Darwin’s relatively new evolutionary theory, which seemed to jive nicely with the whole “man is just an animal” idea. And so, we see that one of the first big issues with Karl Marx and his social ideas is that it denigrates the value of humanity. When humans seek to be nothing more than animals, killing them off is really no big deal. Let’s face it: divine image-bearers of a Holy God vs. evolved apes? Which category do you think might be treated, socially speaking, with more respect? In trivializing human worth, Marx began a popularized downward spiral of social justice. Man was not man. Man was a cog in a wheel. A paltry rodent in a teeming mass of working-class miscreants. Those miscreants were little more than a means to an end – a way to bring about the ultimate statelessness of communism, which would eradicate private ownership of property and establish a universal income. The biggest problem, of course, with this social-justice wet dream is that man is inherently wicked. Communism could only exist in a perfect world, where people acted without sin, demanded nothing of their neighbors, and desired nothing from life. Without variance in income, there is nothing to strive for. When everyone is special, no one is special. And, most terrifyingly of all, the state is your new lord and master. Forget about God. You now get to worship the holy state. Of course, as we know, governments are corrupt because human nature is corrupt. Therefore, how can anyone expect a communistic government to have anyone’s best interests at heart? You can’t. Don’t believe that? Let’s take a look at the nightmarish death toll that communism has exacted over the years.

Communism: A Serial Killer

According to an article written by Professor Stephen Kotkin in The Wall Street Journal, at least 65 million people have died under communist regimes between 1917 and 2017 (link: WSJ ). This does not count those who have died of starvation, malnutrition, and medical malpractice (meaning in this context that they did not receive proper medical care). If you add up those deaths, the death toll rises by the millions. Most people might look at that and think, You know what, communism doesn’t look like such a hot idea. And yet its dangerous ideas are promoted in colleges across America and championed by today’s wealthy celebrities – who are, ironically, a part of the elite ruling class who Karl Marx so fervently hated. Celebrities who have built their empires on the backs of capitalistic ideas, and then proceed to turn around and trash those very ideas that made them rich. It really makes you think…what Kool-Aid are these people drinking? Remember, Karl Marx once referred to religion as the opium of the masses. Religion restrained society. It drew lines in the sand. It established clear parameters and expectations for moral behavior. It helped people to immediately distinguish truth versus fiction. In reality, Marx hated religion because it gave people discernment and common sense. You cannot overthrow a moral and religious people – not very easily, at least. But you can handily overthrow a godless, weakened, and emotional society predicated on subjective truth and popularized social justice mantras.

When the Bolshevik Revolution kicked off in 1917, Vladimir Lenin spearheaded the movement with a little coup aimed at overthrowing the Russian government. In his brilliant and breathtaking book, The Conflict of the Ages, author and preacher Dr. Gaebelein contends that communism, socialism, and the deaths that would consume the 20th century were primarily motivated by the rise of the Illuminati, a Satanic secret society sprung from the denizens of France. Even the very word Illuminati stirs up whispers of conspiracy from the average American, and yet history speaks for itself: where the Illuminati has existed, communism and socialism has reigned. Indeed, Illuminism is not some Hollywood-borne fantasy. It is a reality – and it is a sick one at that.

Adam Weishaupt and the Birth of Illuminism: “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity”

Much of the history of the Illuminati is shrouded in secrecy, given its secret nature. There are few books or resources on the subject, and yet with a little basic observational skill, one can easily trace its origins and effects over the past century and a half. Adam Weishaupt was perhaps the most influential mechanism of Illuminism. Born in 1748 in Bavaria, he was a so-called philosopher, obsessed with occultism and Satanic ritualism. He believed, also, that reason must be the supreme religion of the world. He hated patriotism, social classes, and the traditional family (Gaebelein, 70). It can be no coincidence that he formed the Illuminati the same year that the American nation was birthed: 1776. It was Weishaupt who would bring Illuminism and Freemasonry together into a closer partnership (70). Each society, of course, had one similar goal: world-wide revolution, achieved through violence, with the end goal being communism and the eradication of religion. Weishaupt and his followers were coy, as well. As many Freemasons will even tell you now, Freemasonry elevates Jesus Christ to a position of honor and worth, and they advertise membership especially to religious people - particularly Christians. It seems like a palatable partnership. Unfortunately, this is a deception. Illuminism is rooted at its highest and deepest levels in blatant occultism and Satanism. The deeper one ventures into this secret society, the more impossible it becomes to disentangle oneself from the truth of the matter. A high-ranking member of this order of fraternal brotherhood knows exactly what he is doing, who is he worshiping, and why he is doing it: and it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. In Illuminism or Freemasonry, Christ is merely the bait. Indeed, Illuminism raged liked a wildfire after its initial conception, jumping continents and taking root in the young American Republic. Even Thomas Paine, great patriot and revolutionary that he was, became a member of the Illuminati (74). This secretive and poisonous vein of so-called brotherhood and fraternity has spread throughout the United States since our founding, ultimately manifesting overseas in bloody dictatorships that saw death, destruction, and ruin beyond imagination. You can handily pinpoint vestiges of Illuminism here at home in every level of American society, beginning with the dollar bill: the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid, with the Latin phrase inscribed beneath it: Novus Ordo Seclorum, which means…

New Order of the Ages.


Big Banking and the New Order of the Ages

Even the most casual observer must ask himself why, in a free and constitutional republic, there exists Illuminati symbology on our currency? We have clearly established the link between worldwide revolutionary forces like communism and socialism. They are merely tools at the disposal of these globalist fraternities, economic and social battering rams with which to goad the masses to their deaths. And although I will later write an extensive article on the life of Andrew Jackson, it is important to note that this historically-demonized former president was nearly assassinated (I believe) for his resistance to one dangerous idea: national banking.

Herein lies the Achille’s heel of the entire American nation. National banking, which can be defined as a federally-controlled banking system that regulates currency and finances, was the nail in the proverbial coffin of America’s true independence. When Andrew Jackson was president (he was in office from 1829 to 1837), he vehemently opposed the idea of national banking. Like the anti-federalists before him, he recognized that the central government needed to be as small as possible if the states were to retain their sovereignty and if the people, in turn, were to maintain their individual liberties. Centralized banking also meant centralized power. He contended that the national bank had too much power and no supervision. He shut down the Second Bank of the United States and pulled the country out of bankruptcy. However rough-edged Jackson may have been, he recognized that the iron tentacles of the national bank were creeping ever onward, ensnaring everything in its path. And yet, despite his progress (and his near-assassination), Henry Clay’s so-called American System was introduced in the 1820s. This system consisted of three main parts: more tariffs (hint: that means more taxes), the strengthening of a national bank, and federal subsidies for internal improvements likes roads and canals ( U.S. Senate Speech: HERE ). Henry Clay’s American System strengthened the Federal Government’s powers by strengthening the bank. Subsidies and loans were granted across the country, effectively chaining states to the centralized power. The Federal Government’s voracious appetite for wealth and power could not be satiated. It continued to grow. And, although the currency virtually collapsed in the wake of the Civil War, the Federal Government rallied again, indignantly finding a way to maintain its control over the American dollar. In fact, it was F.D.R.’s decision to add the all-seeing eye of Illuminism to the American dollar bill in 1935. For a country supposedly built on traditional Judeo-Christian values…why was our President dead set on including symbology from a satanic fraternity whose self-professed goal was to eliminate patriotism, families, religion, and individual liberty? Connecting the dots has never been so easy. Clearly, the New Order of the Ages has been a long time coming.

Dirty Little Secrets

The dirty little secret about America is simple: there is the history that you have been taught in school. Most of it is merely a monochrome shadow of the truth. You are taught that America is a racist country. A selfish country. A country of killers and white, colonial, environmental rapists. You are taught that America is so evil, in fact, that it must be completely abolished and born anew…and what better system to replace it with than the glowing, Utopian vision of communism? Sharing is caring, after all. Remember: communism is patient. It overtakes slowly, by planting seeds and ideas, subversively metastasizing in pop culture and literature. The socialist ideas of Marx are plucked like low-hanging fruit by over-eager college kids, desperate to assuage the wounds of a failing capitalist society; a young generation convinced that the weaknesses of America are borne through freedom and liberty. And there is the history that you are not taught. The history that has been hidden and expunged so that you will not catch on to what is happening before your very eyes - a history that must be uncovered by research and determination and a dedication to facts, evidence, and historical documentation. Ask yourself: is America a free country today? Is our economy predicated on a capitalist, free-market system? Are our college-aged children being taught to hate capitalism...or something else masquerading as capitalism?

And that is where we find ourselves now, America. We are a United States that functions as a crippled, cheap imitation of a free economy and society. Burdened by over-regulation, exorbitant taxation, and government bloat, the United States is a soft-core socialist country already. The next stop on the socialism agenda is full communism, and it is rushing toward us all at breathtaking speed. It begs the question: if America – once so proud and just and glowing – is poised to fall, will we, the people be there to catch her? To hoist her back to her feet? To dust the ashes of failed socialist policies and thinly-veiled communist revolution off her shoulders? Will Lady Liberty shine once more, restored to her former glory – before national banking set the stage for corporate greed, socialist economics, and communist ideology in the schoolroom? Will we, in the course of human events, stand idly by while our country crumbles around us? Or will we join the denizens of patriots from yesteryear? Patriots who swore their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the wild and dreamy hope of attaining individual liberty and a future for their families?

Communism would tell you that violent overthrow and eventual statelessness is the only way.

Communism is wrong.

Illuminism would tell you that only through reason and the eradication of societal pillars like the family and patriotism can perfection be achieved.

Illuminism is wrong.

The beauty of America is that, despite the malevolent forces that have often strategically and secretly worked to undermine her values and her functionality, the people of America have never failed to ultimately answer a call to battle. Freedom is not easily won, and it is dangerously close to extinction with every passing moment.

Karl Marx set the stage for a communist revolution in America long ago. Thousands of others have worked tirelessly to put his dogmatic beliefs and theories into practice in American culture ever since.

But knowledge is power. If you understand the machinations of your enemy, then you can easily expect what is coming next. And the enemy, surprisingly, never seems to expect the unwavering, selfless courage of an average American fighting for his or her family.

The Declaration of Independence

July 4th, 1776

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to arass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

** 

(The Declaration of Independence Quoted from the National Archives )

The Conflict of the Ages, by Dr. Arno Gaebelein - this book was printed in 1933 and is very hard to find! Highly recommend it if you can find it. It's full of amazing research and information)

 

 

 


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

RADICAL BEHAVIOR: 6 EFFECTIVE, SIMPLE WAYS TO LIVE OUT BIBLICAL VALUES IN A HOSTILE SOCIETY


I'll be the first to say that there no such thing as a perfect person. Having established that, I think there is a high expectation of behavior from the general public when it comes to how Christians behave. It's an expectation that non-Christians may not even understand. Christians are, after all, called to be set apart from the world, to not be conformed to it, and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds through Christ Jesus (Romans 12:2, 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Peter 2:9-10). In these strangely thoughtless modern times - the era of emotional reasoning and virtue signaling - living out Christian values in everyday life is a radical act of rebellion. Culture may swim in one direction, but a Christian will almost certainly swim against the current. For better or for worse, this is the lot of the individual who has taken up his cross, denied himself, and chosen to follow Christ (Matthew 16:24-26). But what does it actually mean to be a "radical" follower of Jesus Christ? What does living out Biblical values in society actually look like? It's a question that I asked myself for most of my teenage years and throughout all of my early twenties. It's a fair question, too. I think we hear a lot about living out the gospel in our lives when we go to church on Sunday - but what does that look like? Well, the following points are what I think it should look like. I have based these points not on my own feelings or emotions, but on what the Bible says about the behavior and actions of Christians. When in doubt, referring back to the source is the best thing you could possibly do. I have started each point with a Bible verse, and then I have added some notes and food for thought. 

1. Throwing off sin and running with endurance. 

Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. The first and most obvious thing that the Bible tells us about living our lives out in the world is that we should strive to turn away from sin. We are to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. What does this look like? Well, I like to ask myself what things hinder me from reaching toward Christ and what things cause me to sin. I shouldn't be continually returning to those things and repeating the same offenses. No, I should be casting them off and throwing them aside. 

I'll give you a simple, elementary example of what this might look like. I discovered within the last two years that ingesting horror movies or horror novels were two things that really messed with my mind. When I watched scary things or read scary things, I would automatically revert back into an anxious state of mind. That anxiety would drive me to worry too much, have trouble sleeping, and wrestle with fear about everything from encountering murderers to unwittingly summoning a demonic spirit. It really screwed with my spiritual life and I found myself dwelling on dark and insidious things rather than good and pure and light things. The Bible is pretty clear that we should fill our minds with pure things, lovely things, and honorable things (Philippians 4:8). Cramming negative stuff into my head was literally a gateway drug to sin. It did nothing positive for me. It brought me down, and even worse, it desensitized me to sin. So, I decided that it was better for me if I just abstained from watching or reading anything that was explicitly demonic or occult in nature. After all, the Bible is also very clear about casting off any association with witchcraft or demonic activity (Gal. 5:19-21, Micah 5:11-12, Ephesians 5;11, etc), so it was a win-win for me. I wasn't associating with that kind of spiritual nonsense anymore, and I was also protecting my mind from Satanic garbage.  

What about running with perseverance? Obviously, I could give the oft-touted illustration of an Olympic athlete who strives ever onward toward his prize, pushing through pain and competition to attain glory. In the same way, Christians should live their everyday lives with the mindset of looking forward to our eventual homecoming to the place Christ has prepared for us. This is really integral, because it sets Christians apart from the rest of the world. Our lives are to be illustrations of Christ's grace and mercy in us, and because of the salvation which He has secured for us, through faith, we don't have to fear death. As it is so eloquently written in one my favorite songs, In Christ Alone, Christians have "no guilt in life, no fear in death." Our lives are to be viewed as a race, an epic triathlon which we will conquer and overcome because of Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross. And, like any good athlete, our performance in this race should be marked by good sportsmanship, honesty, endurance, strength, humility, and faith in our goal. 

2. Having peace in an anxious, overstimulated world. John 16:33: These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” The Bible is full of 365 "fear nots," which tells us that worry and anxiety are two things that everyday people face constantly. We are human, therefore we worry. Thankfully, God is God, therefore He does not worry. We can rest in Him. A Christian does not need to - nor should he/she - live in a state of chronic fear. We don't need to fear death, because our salvation is secured through Christ (John 3:16). Jesus says in the verse I included above that He has overcome the world. He tells us to take courage. In this world we will have trouble - that is a guarantee! But Christ says, don't worry. Be brave. I have overcome the world. I think you will see a demonstration of this in the life of the true Christian, especially during these rapidly changing times. Christians should not live in fear of anything or anyone (Psalm 118;6). We are commanded so many times to take courage, take heart, and cast our cares upon Him who loves us (1 Peter 5:7). We should not live in fear. Fear is debilitating and crushing. Fear of man, fear of illness, fear of tyranny; none of it is Biblical. The Christian looks at the chaos of the world and realizes that the world is broken and will remain so until Christ's return. We can long for the days ahead and still find the joy even amidst the carnage of this reprobate Earth. Don't live in a place of permanent fear and anxiety. There is no need for that. The Christian has God-given joy and peace through the salvation and the protection of Christ Jesus. Nothing and no one can take that away from you. In fact, a radical act of rebellion in today's society, which is so focused on the feelings of the present and the self, is simply standing apart from the crowd and not worrying about tomorrow. You can work toward a better tomorrow and strive toward a better tomorrow - but you don't have to worry about whether or not these things will come to pass, because it's all in God's hands. The responsibility is not ours. This is good news, because none of us can handle the weight of the world. 

3. Understanding that absolute truth and objectivity exists. John 17:17: Sanctify them in the truth. Your word is truth. In a social-media obsessed society, definitions of reality are constantly shifting. The Christian stands apart from this mentality of philosophical quicksand, firmly rooted in a concrete worldview. The foundation of Christianity is based in the knowledge of absolutes. For example, the absolute authority of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, and absolute definitions of right versus wrong. Morality is clearly defined by God in the Bible. The world and popular society exists in a state of chronic confusion because its definitions of truth are changing almost daily. What was wrong yesterday is now right. In three years it will be wrong again. Science is worshiped as the penultimate definer of truth, while at the same time it is vehemently denied when it becomes inconvenient to look at the evidence. Christians have no such confusion. The Bible provides an absolute standard of objective truth, and it is good. Right and wrong are clearly defined. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says this:  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. Christians believe that Scripture is God-breathed, therefore providing us with a reasonable and trustworthy framework of morality where we can carry out our lives. We don't have to question whether or not our actions are wrong. We can look to Scripture and the teachings of Christ to know, absolutely, if they are wrong are not. We can trust in objective truth rather than the shakiness of subjectivity and self-defined mantras. We can trust in a masterful Creator and author rather than in our own faulty, short-sighted emotions. Jesus even defined Himself as truth incarnate when He told his followers, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6). Objectivity is exclusive, and it is certainly offensive to a society that handily redefines the meaning of right and wrong. Christians who want to live out Biblical values in this type of discriminatory, hostile society must understand that their devotion to Biblical standards will not be celebrated. That's okay. Our time for celebration will come. 

4. Expecting & rejoicing in persecution. Matthew 5:11: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. The reality is, Christians aren't winning popularity contests. Christianity is scorned and hated by much of the world. One reason for this is because Christianity preaches a staggering and gut-wrenching reality: humanity is doomed, cursed by sin, and coasting down a wide, one-way path toward Hell. The only escape from this downward spiral is to turn toward Christ, through faith and grace, and repent. To confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. It's actually very simple to trust Christ. But living out Biblical values in a society that hates Christianity because of its conviction and its demand that people turn from sin is a lot easier said than done. Jesus Himself was persecuted to the point of torture and execution. The world, for the most part, does not want to hear the good news of the gospel. The gospel demands heart change and selflessness and self-denial. This is hard to hear for a globe drunk on its own sinful lusts. In 2017, Fox News published an article that reported almost 1 million Christians had been killed for their faiths around the world in just 10 years. Millions of Christians have been viciously killed throughout history. Why? Jesus tells us in John 15:18-21:  

If the world hates youknow that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the worldthe world would love you as its ownbut because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the worldtherefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to youA servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted methey will also persecute youIf they kept my wordthey will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my namebecause they do not know him who sent me. 

The world will hate Christians because the world does not know the Father. The world is blinded by its sin and chained to the prince of darkness (aka Satan). Christians can stand strong for Biblical values by living out simple truths in their everyday lives at work and at home. How? By teaching their children how to critically assess truth versus fiction. By teaching them Biblical truth. By sticking to Bible-defined standards of morality. By standing firm for godly legislation and opposing all else. By working to protect the fatherless and the weakest in society. By refusing to bow down to pressure from friends or family who demand the redefinition of absolute truth - whether this pressures comes politically, morally, or socially. You can quietly and humbly stand firm for what you believe in. Oftentimes it is the most difficult to stand up for what you believe in when you are being confronted by someone who is closest to you. It's hard. But Jesus promises that those who are persecuted will be blessed (Matt. 5:11, above). In fact, I would venture to ascertain that one of the reasons why American society is in such depressing state of moral decay is because, far too often, modern Christians are afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Christians remain silent about what they believe in at work, with family, and with friends. They don't want to be offensive, and so they choose to be quiet instead. This is something that I did most of my life. Neutrality, I believed, was better than saying what I really believed, because I knew that what I really believed would not be popular. Christian values rarely are. This was cowardly on my part, and I now strive to cast aside any fear about what "people might think about me" as I go forward in life. Sometimes, standing for nothing is just as bad as standing for something evil. Christians must rid themselves of the poisonous idea that neutrality is safe. It's not. If you really want to be "radical," try sticking up for Jesus. He stuck up for you on the cross. The least we can do is try to return the favor. 

5. Working hard and working well. Genesis 2:15: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Here's something else that should really define Christians: our work ethic. Just as I talked about running and endurance in the first point of this article, I want to take a moment to talk about work. In Genesis 2:15, we see that God not only created work for man, we see that work existed before sin. Work is good. God created it for us. It keeps us busy, focused, and productive. And so the Christian should strive to work, whether that work is at home, for an employer, on the mission field, or in the backyard. Proverbs 12:11 says that He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense. Clearly, laziness and slothfulness is not part of God's design for us. Everywhere in the Bible, we can see verses about working hard, working diligently, and working with dignity (2 Thes. 3:10-12,  Proverbs 14:23, Col. 3;23, etc). In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, the Bible says this: For even when we were with you, we would give this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. Obviously, working comes in many different shapes and forms. For some, it is staying at home with children and caring for the needs of their household, day-in and day-out. For others, it is diligently working at their job, performing those daily tasks with respect and attention to detail. Work looks different for everyone, but the point is that work exists for a reason. Christians can easily offset culture by advocating for good, honest work. This flies in the face of a me-centered culture and society which constantly blasts us with messages like I am owed success or I am owed comfort. No one is owed anything. The only thing that we are owed is eternal judgement by a righteous God. We must work, not just because it is good and healthy to do so, but because God Himself demands it. 

6. Defining love on par with justice. 1 John 4:19: We love because He first loved us. The term love is possibly the single most deliberately twisted word in the English language. Biblical love is radically different from society-defined love. Society defines love as what makes us happy. Society says that if something makes us happy, we must love it. If it ceases to serve us, and it is not making us happy, then it is no longer love. Biblical love says quite the opposite. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 gives us the following hallmarks of true love: Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love, if anything, is self-denial. Love is a choice to pour out grace and compassion on someone who has possibly inflicted great pain on our life. Love, by Biblical standards, is not a fickle, oft-changing emotion. Most of the time, love is a choice. God is love. God doles out love as abundantly as he doles out justice. It's important to remember this, because the same God who loves us will also lovingly remind us not to sin. Modernly, society has latched onto the idea that "God loves me no matter what! So I'll just do whatever makes me happy!" This reasoning is illogical. Yes, God does love you no matter what. But along with His love is a demand that one turns from sin and follows His commandments. You cannot cherry-pick whatever parts of the Bible make you feel good about your sin and then cast aside the rest. That's simply heretical. We are told that Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil and cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). We see here that love is balanced with justice. Love is not blind acceptance of any and all things. Love, by contrast, demands mercy, grace, and kindness, tempered with a healthy dose of morality and God-given behavioral standards. God does not say, for example, "Do whatever you want in the name of love." Love can be used to justify many evil things, and it is, every day. But God's definition of love and his expectations of love are totally different than what the world will tell you. Love is selfless, not self-serving. Love is kind and patient - not intolerant or hateful. Love does not seek revenge and does not keep track of others' wrongs. We are commanded to love our enemies, not wish them harm or destruction (Matt. 5:44). Love is not an umbrella word that justifies any perversion of the Word of God. Loving God fully, with your heart and mind and soul, also brings with it the responsibility to uphold God's law. That, too, is love. Like the word tolerance, the word love has been hijacked by society and redefined to mean something that is not Biblical at all. If you want to live out Biblical values as a Christian in the face of a culture that defines love as an immediate emotion, you can start by lovingly and humbly being unafraid to offer kindness and understanding to someone who disagrees with you - while simultaneously standing firm in objective truth and understanding that love does not mean doing whatever you want, whenever you feel like it.

Conclusion 

Society is hostile to Christians. This is nothing new. Society has been hostile to Christians since the church was born. Christians have been tortured, beheaded, decapitated, shot, drowned, burned to death, and mocked. Christians were never meant to be popular. After all, Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matt. 10:34). The gospel is divisive because of its exclusivity (Jesus' says He is the only way to heaven), its demand that an individual completely turn from his/her sin and self-serving behavior (Matt 16:24-26), and because it simply goes against the grain of popular society, making it uncomfortable to publicly profess (Matt 10:22). 

Radically acting for the Kingdom of God is not a glamorous thing. Some people are called to the mission fields of Africa or the Middle East, but most of us are called to the mission field here at home. Our interactions with the people around us is the witness that we offer to others. People are watching you. Do you practice what you preach? Do you walk into church on Sunday, upright and pious, and then return to your regular workweek and blend into the rest of the crowd? These are the questions I try to ask myself often, because I know that I fail regularly. This is the result of my sinful, fallen nature. But we, as Christians, must always strive toward doing better and standing firmer and being braver. Living out Biblical values begins in the home. It begins with the way you treat your children and the behavior that you are modelling for them. It begins with the way we treat our friends and our family. It begins with the way we respond to situations at work or at church. It begins with our willingness to stand against injustice, tyranny, and abuse. It begins with the small things, the supposedly mundane things, and the local things: 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

Matthew 5:16






Monday, August 30, 2021

Pulpit Paranoia: The Black Robe Regiment, The Death of the American Church, and the Decline of American Moral Policy


“There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray.  But there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come!”
These immortal words echoed dramatically within the walls of the Woodstock, Virginia church in 1776 (Penn, 2021). The preacher who so fervently declared this call to arms was John Muhlenberg, a passionate pastor-turned-colonial officer, freshly commissioned by General George Washington himself to raise a regiment to fight in the War for Independence. At the end of the day, more than 300 men from Muhlenberg’s congregation rode away with him to join the war effort, bidding farewell to their wives and children. Many would not return. 

This was not at all an uncommon scene during the American Revolution. In fact, according to the American Pastors Network (americanpastorsnetwork.net), the coalition of colonial ministers who took up arms to fight the tyranny of the British crown were so numerous that they were dubbed the Black Robe Regiment. It’s a good bet that most people haven’t heard of the Black Robes. It’s a shame, because were it not for the unfaltering strength and courage of the puritanical churches in the American colonies, the Revolutionary War would likely never have been won. Certainly, there are explanations for America’s surprising victory over Britain that range from strategic to luck. And yet the churches and the pastors of the very young America were initially responsible for upholding the torches of liberty. 


Early American culture was so deeply rooted in puritanical ideology that the idea of declaring independence and seizing tightly to liberty was second nature to the early colonists. Many had come to America for religious freedom, a notion that no American today can truly grasp. As American citizens today waltz languidly into sleepy-eyed worship services that boast electric guitars and disco balls, the days of rough-hewn wood-steepled chapels are forgotten. Forgotten also are the rivers of blood that soaked the streets of Europe during the Great Inquisition. Forgotten are the cries of horror during the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in France hundreds of years ago. Forgotten are the executions and persecutions of the church of Christ in England and Spain. Forgotten are the thousands of pilgrims and sojourners who starved to death in the wilderness of the New World, grasping desperately at the threads of a newer, freer life. The American colonists, many who were direct descendants of these brave religious pioneers and zealous settlers, had worked hard to carve out an unperturbed existence for themselves along the East Coast. And, thanks to the lax enforcement of royal policy in the geographically isolated colonies - officially termed salutary neglect - Americans had developed a taste for two things: freedom to worship however and wherever they chose, and freedom to tend to their own business as they saw fit. 


Inevitably, things began to change. Britain became acutely aware of the Americans’ penchant for rebellious, independent behavior in the wake of the grueling French and Indian War, and decided that the policy of salutary neglect was not working out. They realized, too late, how important the colonies had become - and their potential to become even more. The monarchy’s fatal mistake, it would seem, was writing off the American colonies as weak, inconsequential tracts of land. Britain’s attempt to tighten their control on the American colonies by way of taxes, tariffs, and regulations was met with white hot rage. How long, after all, had Americans been left to tend to their own affairs? They had fought and bled and suffered and starved to eke out their colonial lifestyles, and suddenly the British crown assumed that this wealth of potential was theirs to seize by way of legislation? Never! American colonists were incensed. This was their home. They had done the legwork. They had suffered the starving times, they had taken the risks. The crown had no such claim. Britain had maintained only cursory interest in the American colonies until the French and Indian War pulled their attention dead center to it, highlighting a fundamental blind spot on their political horizon. 


For Britain, it was a strategic and integral blunder. For the Americans, it was the first step toward total independence. From the initial labor pains of boycotts and intellectual protestations (authored by the likes of Patrick Henry and John Adams), to the first shot fired at Lexington and the first real, bloody battle at Bunker Hill, the road to freedom would be paved with blood and bodies and fire and ash. But it was not just colonial soldiers who, beleaguered and beaten down, answered the call to join the Continental Army. Many ministers served in the regiments of the colonial forces, and many more parishioners besides. These men (and women) of faith understood that the heartbeat of American life was contained within the church. The moral framework for their entire society - a society whose foundational principles were rooted in the gospel-centered idea of freedom and brotherly love - was predicated on the strength of the people. It was, after all, John Adams who would later state that the Constitution of the United States was written only for a moral and religious people. A caveat to the gift of freedom. “A republic,” Benjamin Franklin would add, “if you can keep it.” 



The churches of America were so heavily involved in the Revolutionary War, as a matter of fact, that the British Parliament would often refer to the situation in the colonies as the
Presbyterian War. They recognized, at least, something that most high school and college graduates will never be taught: the fight for independence was won through the power of the local church. This is a lesson that modern churches in America seem destined to bury and stifle. The church today cannot hold a candle to the revolutionary zeal and fire of the colonial church. Indeed, colonial churches openly discussed public policies and politics from the pulpit, understanding that policy and legislation in turn affected society and that society, in turn, affected the overall climate of morality. Having once been so grossly persecuted, American colonists and preachers clearly understood the price of religious liberty. Churches today, clearly, do not. American churches no longer preach political sermons (because church isn’t about politics...right?). Why? Does the genocidal slaughter of millions of unborn children not demand the immediate intervention of the churches in America? How can one actually compartmentalize this annihilation of innocent life, relegating it to the category of politically-charged topics that must not be discussed on stage? How have we come to this point? Are American church-goers - and even more disturbingly, church pastors - so afraid of being labeled as offensive or politically incorrect that they cannot bring themselves to become involved in the civic process to halt such policies that prey on defenseless babies? Add to this the issue of human and sex trafficking in America, a bottomless depravity which permeates almost every level of society; a modern slave trade that sees the perverse breeding of infants, children, and women for torture, organ harvest, and sexual abuse. How long until churches, afraid to go toe-to-toe with federal or state agencies on Covid-19 regulations, will demand parishioners show medical passports to worship during their services? How long until come as you are is a thing of the past? 


Many Americans wonder how it is that America has fallen so far. How is it that America, land of the free and home of the brave, has crashed to such crestfallen lows? Why are American churches terrified of addressing cultural and societal issues? When was the last time you heard a pastor speak candidly about a presidential election or a political issue? When was the last time you heard a pastor talk about the moral depravity of corporate America, a monstrous coalition of elitist abusers who enslave and destroy the lives of millions of slave laborers across the world? When was the last time you heard a pastor talk about the truth of the harmful effects of illegal immigration? Most will preach to love thy neighbor, whilst conveniently leaving out the part about the millions of human traffickers, rapists, and terrorists who are pouring into our country, posing a threat to the least of these - women and children. Where is the spine of the American church? Love cannot exist without the law. To argue otherwise is madness. American pulpits are so consumed with keeping the peace that they have forgotten that conflict avoidance is simply not the same as conflict resolution.


Peacemaking, by its very nature, requires action in the first place. American colonists understood this. Colonies were built around their community in the church, and both pastors and parishioners alike understood the integral truth that the spiritual life shaped personal life, and personal life shaped social life, which in turn affected how the entire community viewed the world. Modern churches, for years cow-tied and muzzled by the totalitarian trap of a 501c3 non-profit status, clamped their mouths shut on political issues - turning their backs on a legacy of civic involvement.


Remember the abolitionists? It was through the revivals in America and the conviction of the churches that the abolitionist movement picked up steam. Every cultural and moral shift toward good, just change in American society has been spearheaded by the religious community. And yet, today, American churchgoers seem content to lament the state of the nation to each other in church, to briefly say a saccharine prayer before the weekly offering for the conspicuously titled chaotic world of unrest in society (far be it from churches to be specific in naming names or pointing out specific misdeeds!), and to turn the other cheek, somehow forgetting that turning the cheek is not meant to be translated as doing nothing, but rather, continuing onward with what is right despite being antagonized for it. 


Truly, the warrior zeal of legendary patriot and pastor James Caldwell - sometimes called the Fighting Chaplain - would be ashamed of the lukewarm interest most churches take in political events of today. As the story goes, Caldwell supplied his troops with hymnals in place of ammunition when they had run out of shots against the British, declaring riotously, “Give em’ Watts, boys!” A reference of course, to hymn writer Isaac Watts (watch this video to learn a little more about this cool story).


The APN (I have linked their website as a resource at the bottom of this article) shares on their site the immaculate observation of revivalist Charles Finney:


If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.


It was the patriot-pulpit that delivered America from bondage. This is the fighting heritage of America’s pastors and preachers. So, what has happened?


Indeed, that is the question. What has happened? When, precisely, did American churches cease to attack difficult subjects and unabashedly define right versus wrong based on the standards of the Word of God? When, exactly, did this communal decline begin? Was it after the Civil War, in the corrupt, ash-laden factory towns of the Industrial Revolution? Was it after the first World War, when the horrors of tear gas and bombs had blown soldiers into pieces? Was it during the Roaring Twenties, when loose and easy became the new moral and upright? Was it after World War II, when FDR’s socialist policies began to take malicious root in the fabric of American culture, expanding the breadth and control of the godless federal government to never before seen proportions? Was it during the sexual revolution? The feminist movement? What triggered the destruction of the puritanical ideals that empowered and strengthened America at her founding and carried her through the devastation of the Civil War? 


No. It was none of these things alone. 


It was us, dear reader. The people. 



When the churches slowly succumbed to the gospel of political-correctness, we surrendered our freedom. When we decided that being comfortable, that being prim and popular and busy was more important than being just, we surrendered. When the genocide of unborn children was fashioned as a political weapon in the popular media, we hid from it. When radical feminism was unleashed on society, we allowed it to
subversively work its way into our women’s Bible studies and book clubs. When television, movies, and public schools promoted consequence-free sexual liaisons, the church responded with the toxicity of purity culture - absolutist demands without adequate explanations, fanning the flames of feminist disdain and breeding doubt and feelings of worthlessness among young teen girls. When presidential administrations committed heinous atrocities or put forth godless, destructive, anti-biblical legislation, the church remained silent. Sealed.
Politics just isn’t our area, we were told. We’re just supposed to love everyone. That’s what Jesus wants us to do. 


And yet are we not commanded to show our love through the fruit of our good works? Are we not, as blessed members of a constitutional republic, tasked with the incredible duty of taking part in civil discourse so that we may shape the policy and society of our culture? In failing to take part in such civil discourse, are we not shirking our duty - indeed, are we not shirking our very jobs? This is not, as many Christians fallaciously argue, a society which mirrors Roman culture. Pay your taxes and follow the laws set forth by your emperor, we were instructed by the apostles who came before us. Yet here in America, we the people are the seat of political power. When our morality wanes, so does our society. There is no excuse for any church in America to shy away from political or cultural topics. When we, as Christians, remain silent in the face of evil, our silence is thunderous. Our silence says to the world, We are weak. We are Christians who stand for nothing, fight for nothing, and are unable to tolerate even the faintest touch of persecution to speak the truth. Because at the heart of it all, that is what stops the church from speaking truth into a hurting world on fire: fear of persecution. Make no mistake, persecution has been a hallmark of the Christian church since its birth. And perhaps this knowledge has not been totally forgotten by American pastors and their congregations. After all, the fear of being cancelled, sued, or imprisoned for espousing Biblical principles from the pulpit is often what stays the hands of many pastors. When it becomes terrifying to preach Christ, to preach the gospel, to preach what is true, many shrink back. Yet, the brave-hearted, warrior preachers of the American Revolution knew better. The Black Robe Regiment carried not just the holy fire of Christ’s redemptive love in their hearts, but an inferno of patriotic zeal - a love for their families, a love for freedom to worship in a white-washed chapel, and a love for declaring the Word of God, unmolested and unashamed. 


How long, America, will we tolerate this weakness of the church? How long until the church, in its unabashed quest to remain fun and fresh, perishes into nothingness? For it is not secularism that threatens the doors of Christ’s congregation. No, it is something far worse. It is the religion of self. The religion of sensuality and hyper-sexuality and self-indulgence. The religion of subjectivity and cancel-culture and social media trends. The religion of nanny-state government. The religion of medical fascism. I have news for you, wayward church: this is all coming to your doorstep.


Actually, it’s already here.


So, my question to you is this: will you stand and fight back?

Or will you conform? 


I’ll leave you with this: 


Do not be conformed to this world  but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2 









Resources used in this article for quotations of historical figures: