For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."(Romans 1:16-17)
"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and unreasonable men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the wicked one." (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3)
"Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins." (James 5:19-20)
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength." (Isaiah 26:3-4)
"And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory and honor forever. Amen!" (2 Timothy 4:18)
"Yet in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:28-29)
"Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 60:11-12)
"But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord." (I Corinthians 1:30-31)
"Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." (2 Timothy 2:19)
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whosoever loses his life for My sake shall find it." (Matthew 16:24-25)
"He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist." Koran 61:9
Islamic violence is a religious problem.
Islam derives meaning from physical supremacy, so war becomes an act of faith. To believe in Islam, is to have faith that it will conquer the entire world. And to be a true Muslim, is to feel called to aid in that global conquest, whether by providing money to the Jihadists or to become a Jihadist.
The fulfillment of Islam depends on the subjugation of non-Muslims so that violence against non-Muslims become the essence of religion.
They are not perverting a great religion, as our politicians claim, they are living it.
Everything they do is based on the Koran, the body of Islamic law and the greater history of Islam.
What the Ten Commandments are for the Jew, or the resurrection of Jesus is for the Christian-- the physical dominance of Islam is to the Muslim. It is the basis and fulfillment of his faith.
Jihad is the force that gives Islam meaning. It is the deepest expression of faith.
To its followers the validity of Islam is directly connected to its physical supremacy. As followers of the purported "final revelation" to mankind, Muslims not only have the obligation to conquer and subjugate the rest of the world, their religion is meaningful to the extent that they can carry on the work begun by Mohammed. The Jihadis who massacre non-Muslims are missionaries of their faith.
Anything that suggests Islam is not absolutely superior becomes blasphemy. When Muslims explode into outbursts of violent rage over seemingly petty things like a cartoon or a video, it is because to them, any loss of face for Islam is the worst kind of blasphemy because it challenges its supremacy.
Truth and power in Islam are identical. It is not a religion of the oppressed, but of the oppressors.
Mohammed's prophecies are validated by his conquests. The truth of Islam is seen in the expansion of Islam. When Muslims succeed in killing non-Muslims, they prove the truth of their religion.
That is why Muslim terrorists shout, "Allahu Akbar", "Allah is greater." The old Mohammedan taunt aimed at Jews was then directed at Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and all the world's religions. By killing their non-Muslim victims, the Muslims proved that Allah was greater than their gods.
Islam is not only a tribal and materialistic religion, but it is closely linked to the honor-shame code of its Arab originators. Islam is not primarily an inward spiritual experience, but an outward expression of tribal honor. Its religious expression is the upholding of the honor of Islam and its expansion in the same exact ways as the honor and expansion of the tribe are upheld.
That is why Islam suffers from the classically tribal obsession of protecting "honor" by controlling women so that the blood of the tribe is not polluted by outsiders. That is why it is obsessed with any insult, real or imaginary to Mohammed, its theological tribal founder. And why it must continually expand its territory through conflict so that the tribe grows and so that the surplus sons don't stay behind to fight each other over tribal territory. This is true of Syria on a much larger scale.
Forcing non-Muslims into a submissive position affirms the truth and power of Islam. By causing infidels to "lose face", the Muslim fulfills the Koranic verse which promises that Allah had sent Mohammed to make Islam supreme over all religions. By contrast when Islam "loses face", an act of blasphemy has been committed, which can only be righted religiously by killing the non-Muslims, thereby forcing them to lose face and once again affirming the physical superiority of Islam.
This creates the cycle of violence, which is not the result of Christian or Jewish oppression, but of the need for Muslims to validate the truth of their faith by oppressing non-Muslims. To co-exist with non-Muslims is blasphemous for a Muslim, when his Koran proclaims "Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends" (Koran 5:51). Mohammed's final command was to ethnically cleanse the Jews and Christians of the Arabian Peninsula. ISIS sees itself as completing the work that he began.
Islam does not co-exist, for its followers its truth can only be found in conquering non-Muslims.
Whereas most religions can accept being in the inferior position because their fundamental faith in spiritual, rather than material -- Islam has little to it but the material. Even its paradise exists in the form of the sort of physical pleasures that its followers crave, fancy robes, exquisite banquets, golden couches, and of course that famed appeal to the dedicated Jihadist, "curvaceous virgins... and an overflowing cup" (Koran 78:33-34). Islamic Heaven is a grossly exaggerated version of the kind of loot that Mohammed's followers expected to find by following him in the first place, gold, jewels, silk, spices and young girls.
The gang of throat slitters who accompanied Mohammed on his massacres across the region were given a religious incentive that would transcend death.
Even if they died in battle and would not live to enjoy all the jewels, overflowing cups and girls-- the Koran promised it to them in heaven anyway. The gang of robbers, escaped slaves and ambitious desert rats trailed after Mohammed across sand dunes, their minds filled with the promises of rich loot from the caravans they were raiding. And in the feverish heat, the idea that they would receive even better loot if they were to die in battle, making death preferable to life, would have seemed plausible.
Out of such such petty greed and lust did Islam initially expand. Its code was that of the tribesman, to lose face or engage in vendetta. Except Islam's face and vendetta did not involve a single man or a clan, it came to involve over a billion people, who found meaning in working toward the final conquest of Islam. The global triumph of a desert raider's clumsily hammered together mass of Jewish and Christian beliefs and tribal customs and legends, and his own biography, used as a tool of conquest, forging temporary unities out of quarreling tribes and clans.
And now Islam's vendetta is worldwide. Every insecurity translates into a provocation. Every jealous impulse never satisfied explodes into violent rage. Every conflict for thousands of years breeds a new vendetta. Did Muslims once live somewhere? They must reclaim it, for to fail to do so is blasphemous and a betrayal of Mohammed's mission. Did Muslims never live somewhere? Then they must go there now, and raise up minarets and proclaim the superiority of Islam, for to do otherwise is a failure to expand the borders of the Ummah, which is a betrayal of Allah's will.
The very existence of people living free from Islamic dominion, is blasphemy. Blasphemy that must be remedied by bringing them under the rule of Islamic law.
Meanwhile people who were once under Islamic dominion living free of Islam, is worse than blasphemy, it is an insult and an attack on Islam. That is what is behind the Muslim homicidal obsession with Israel, which had until recently been in Muslim hands under the Ottoman Empire. However even nations such as Spain, which had been lost to the Ummah long ago, still inspire rage. The liberation of the Jews from Islamic dominion is a particularly sore point, but not the only one.
The intersection of Islam and Terrorism is the inevitable result of Islamic theology which is supremacist and materialist, which when combined with the honor-shame code of a tribal culture, drives it compulsively toward war and conquest.
The actions of non-Muslim nations serve only as variables to create a context within which the supremacism of Islam expresses itself. These contexts may vary as often as the justifications used in a ISIS video. But the context itself is irrelevant in the larger history and theology of Islam. Because in the end, the problem of Islamic violence is the problem of Islam.
"O our God, wilt thou not
judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh
against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee."
- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
Paul Harvey's 47-year-old warning to
America! What he envisioned back in 1965 has become reality. Ponder these
excerpts from his message titled "If I were the devil."
"If I were the prince of darkness I’d want to engulf the
whole world in darkness.... I’dsubvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With
the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do
as you please.”
young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince them
that man created God, instead of the other way around. I would confide
that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is square....”
"And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to make lurid
literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and
uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d
"If I were
the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that
war with themselves and nations that war with themselves; until
each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d
have mesmerizing media fanning the flame.
"If I were
the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects and
neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild...
decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting
pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and
then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His
own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify
science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls,
and church money....
"If I were
the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who
wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.... In other
words, if I were the devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.
That warning was heard and read across
America decades ago. But our nation ignored it! Now we face
unthinkable consequences. It reminds me of an occult children's book used in public schools
back in the nineties called The Dark is Rising. Indeed, it is! And the spreading
darkness is clouding minds and blinding people -- both to the pressing evils and
to God's saving love.Even before the social revolution of the sixties,
establishmentand transformational schools were steering the war on God's Word and ways. Soon
mystical thrills replaced Truth and certainty, while
strange beliefs and corrupting values
fed the minds of the masses. Few of our youth would resist the depravity. We may be shocked by the recent news reports about
Colorado's latest mass killing spree. But it could happen anywhere.
moral compass has been crumbling for a long time! Matt Barber articulated what many of us felt as
the news reports spread. His
Our culture of death and the Batman shooting,
summarized it well:
"...in the early
morning hours of July 20, 2012, a deranged, fame-starved gunman shot
dead at least 12 innocent people and wounded scores more at a midnight
showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' a Batman sequel.... Please join mein the coming hours, days and
weeks in, yes, praying for the victims, their families
and the state of our lost union....One of the victims killed
was a 3-month-old baby. Another was 6."
"If I were 10 years old, would I be badgering my parents to take me to see
the [2008 version] Batman film, The Dark Knight? You bet I would.
It's the latest and biggest release in the superhero genre ... "If I were the parent who relented and took a 10-year-old child to see The
Dark Knight, would I be sorry? Once again, you bet I would. It's different from
other superhero films.... But the
greatest surprise of all ...has been the sustained level of intensely
sadistic brutality throughout the film. "...the film begins with
a heist carried out by men in sinister clown masks. As each clown completes a
task, another shoots him point-blank in the head.... A man's face is
filleted by a knife, and another's is burned half off. A man's eye is slammed
into a pencil. A bomb can be seen crudely stitched inside another man's stomach,
which subsequently explodes. A trussed-up man is bound to a chair and set alight
atop a pile of banknotes. "A plainly terrorised child is threatened at gunpoint by a man with a melted
face. It is all intensely realistic. Oh but don't worry, folks: there isn't any
nudity.... "It's all a comic-book fantasy, and comic
books are well known for their surreal, cartoonish bursts of violence. But the
director, Christopher Nolan... has tried instead to make the violence and
fear as believable as possible, and in this he has succeeded. "The Dark Knight, however, has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film
Classification, which means that although the BBFC believes it is best suited to
children aged 12 and over, any under-12 can see it provided he or she is
accompanied by an adult.... "Casino Royale (2006), the most recent James Bond film, was also
12A certificate: young boys in particular are attracted to Bond....
But Casino Royale... was in fact a new kind of Bond film, shot like a
realistic action thriller. Parents and their open-mouthed children
found themselves watching a scene in
which a bloodied Bond, stripped naked and tied to a chair, is tortured
his genitals beaten with a length of rope. "A friend of mine was somewhat
dismayed afterwards to witness his two young boys, aged nine and seven,
diligently re-enacting the torture scene with an outsize teddy bear strapped to
a chair and a flail constructed from a knotted dressing-gown cord.... "... there is some distinction between violence which is
clearly fantastical in origin, such as that in
Harry Potter, and that which is
realistic and sadistic in tone, such as that in The Dark Knight. The former
might well bother younger children afterwards... but the latter is more likely
to taint their fundamental vision of the world and adult norms of behaviour.The intensity of violence in The Dark Knight is a grimly logical progression
from the sort ofdistilled brutality that has rapidly become the norm
rated 15 and 18: the only difference is that now small children are permitted to
watch it, too. "...Quentin Tarantino was the edgy enfant terrible of Hollywood. Now he is a
member of its establishment, encouraging younger, mainstream 'torture porn' directors
...to push the boundaries of explicit, ingenious
cruelty ever further.... "'... in the US, where any film
critic who expresses measured dislike of The Dark Knight faces hundreds of
intensely hostile online responses. The more violent the source of
entertainment, the more vitriolic its fans grow in defence of it: there is a
whiff of the enraged mob at Tyburn, furious at anyone who attacks its right
to thrilling, primal pleasures....'
Are we facing the end of civil discourse in America? Could factual debates
soon fade from the public square? Will irrational rage and spreading violence
quench our voices and destroy our freedom?
I'm tempted to say yes, but I don't really know the answers.
Yet, I am confident that we can trust my
sovereign Shepherd and King to lead us. No matter what happens in coming years,
He will surely guard His sheep and care for His people! What a joy to be
part of His family!
Romans 8:35-39 New International Version (NIV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”a]">[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,b]">[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I haven't written to you in a while. At least not since my television broke down, my toaster developed a taste for human flesh and my phone company ran away with my phone number to Mexico.
Rachel Maddow says we're both on the right and are really close together. But then again Rachel Maddow also says the Republican Party drinks the blood of small children. So she can be a little factually challenged on occasion.
Still I'm on the right and you're occasionally sort of, but not really, on the right. I support lower taxes. So do you. At least for yourself. I support deregulation. You only support deregulation when it suits your narrow interests, but not when it lets smaller businesses and freelancers compete against you.
What you seem to want is a country with low taxes, your preferred forms of deregulation and the population of Mexico.
These things are not compatible. Mexico is currently governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party; a member of the Socialist International. It has a multi-generational teachers' union whose members pass on their jobs to their children and whose riots have to be put down by armed force.
When it comes to ease of doing business, the United States is ranked 4th, Mexico is ranked 48th, coming in ahead of Kazakhstan. A Comparmex report showed that companies spend 10% of their revenue on bribes.
Is this what you really want for America?
Your lobbies and associations keep pushing for amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens even while your companies keep fleeing California.
If you don't like doing business in California, which is turning into the American version of Mexico, why do you want to turn the rest of America into California?
You keep talking about how we need "immigration reform" to be more globally competitive. Are there superpower rivals desperately trying to import 12 million people whose great dream is to put their entire families on social welfare? Are there Chinese recruiting agents showing up at the border to urge the DREAMERS clambering over the fence to try Shanghai instead?
I understand why you would rather pay a Pakistani or Chinese programmer on an H-1B visa half of what you would pay a talented American programmer. And that's your choice. And paying fifty bucks for the full version of that programmer's work, instead of ten times as much on your licensed edition based on a program once created by American programmers but reassembled into an update by H-1B employees until it has more bugs than features, is mine.
That's how the free market works.
But while those H1-B employees will forward all your confidential information back to Chinese intelligence and occasionally set off bombs while shouting Allah Akbar, they don't threaten your ability to do business.
Sure one of your execs might be flying on the plane that goes down in a burst of exploding underwear and next month a bunch of programs that look suspiciously like yours will come flying out of Zhong Guan Cun undercutting your international market share. And the next time you're negotiating with a Chinese company, they'll just happen to have access to all of your corporation's emails.
But you can live with that. Can you really live with full amnesty and the consequences of destroying the Republican Party as little more than a protest vote in a Socialist International America?
You spent the last election whining about how hard it is to do business in America under the Democratic Party. You hate ObamaCare, despite promoting it, and then you do everything in your power to make Democratic Party rule permanent through amnesty.
I'm not a psychiatrist and it would be hard for me to get all of Corporate America onto a couch for a session, but it seems to me that you're suffering from a severe bout of schizophrenia.
You want workers who will take low pay without complaining about working conditions. And you can get that with illegal aliens who don't speak the language and don't know their rights, until they hook up with community organizations backed by the entire Democratic Party and then you're up to your neck in lawsuits and minimum wage bills.
At which point you'll threaten to move to Mexico or China... to escape a problem that you caused.
Maybe I'm misjudging you, but I don't think you really want an open economy where deregulation cuts out the government bureaucracy and makes it possible for both workers and corporations to do business on better terms.
I think that Mexico is exactly what you want. Sometimes in business you have to take yes for an answer. And I think that in this case yes is the answer.
You want a closed system where there is no competition and cronyism is the only way things get done, where the corporate taxes are a bit lower, but the difference is more than made up by bribes, a society sharply divided between the vast armies of the unprotesting poor who are resigned to their fate and a small wealthy elite that enjoys its superiority in ways that it can't on this side of the border.
You don't really want to build things. You want to keep other people from building them while you enjoy a monopoly on the things that someone innovative built twenty years ago before he was forced to leave the country.
Paul Ryan is your boy and few other politicians represent the complete disconnect between the economic and immigration policies of your kind better than him. Ryan wants to cut social benefits and legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. He wants to cut money for the "takers" and add million more takers to the voting rolls to ensure that any legislative changes he makes will vanish in a wink.
So what does Paul Ryan really want? Does he want to cut spending more or does he want amnesty more? He's willing to sacrifice his budgets for amnesty, but not amnesty for his budgets.
Ryan may spout nonsense about how this generation of "family-oriented" illegal aliens will start lots of business and keep social security afloat, and how they, in a complete reversal of history, will be all for cutting social spending and voting Republican. But I doubt that he or McCain or anyone else is stupid enough to believe that nonsense.
Given a choice between America, the Republican Party and Amnesty, they're willing to sacrifice America and the Republican Party, not to mention Conservatism, on the altar of Amnesty.
The real question is why. Not why Ryan is choosing such a course, but why his backers who claim to want legislative reforms and economic freedom are pursuing an aggressive and well-funded course that will ensure that America will never have any more economic freedom than can be bought by a bribe or a family connection? Why are the people who claim to be concerned about our debt and our unsustainable spending determined to take both up to eleven?
Maybe we're all part of the problem. Maybe as a society we're no longer capable of producing leaders capable of thinking in terms of long term consequences. We want what we want and we want it now.
Corporate America has decided that it needs cheap labor now and the tens of millions of unemployed and unskilled Americans don't do. In the long run, amnesty will make America all but impossible to do business in for any company that doesn't have General Electric, Duke Energy or Tesla in its name. But in the long run, the sun may go nova. That's how people like that think.
Maybe it's as simple as pumping and dumping America, cashing in on a few years of cheap labor and then heading somewhere else and profiting from selling the last remnants of the collapsing economy to Qatar or Saudi Arabia. It appears to be happening in Europe. Why not America?
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for capitalism in the same way that I'm for democracy. As Churchill said, it's the worst possible system except for all the alternatives.
Capitalism, like Democracy or Wikipedia, isn't innately good, it's just better because it's decentralized and that allows people to pursue their own dreams, agendas and anything else they like. The sum total of this crowdsourced wonderland is sometimes good, sometimes bad, often in-between, but on average better than any tyranny of politics, economics or articles on breeds of armadillo would be.
Democracy gave us Barack Obama. Capitalism gave us GE. Wikipedia lists a blue armadillo that doesn't exist in nature. All these flaws remind us that crowdsourcing is imperfect. It doesn't give us good results. It gives us better results.
But dear Corporate America, despite what Rachel Maddow says, I kind of like you. You make decent toasters. Or at least you design decent toasters that China makes. And if you ever decided to dump the Green energy labels, the abstract art and the million dollar donations to gay rights groups and turn into the monstrous cryptofascist conspiracy that liberals claim you are, we might get somewhere.
But we both know that's not going to happen.
You're not conservative. You're certainly not right-wing. There are exceptions, but they're not the rule. Like most of our elites, you're liberal. At best you're occasionally libertarian, but in a limited way. You're all for opening up the borders, but you're all for requiring businesses to get permits if they're in a competing line of work. And you feel guilty, about ice caps, black kids in the inner city and all the other stuff that comes in your mail.
But don't feel too bad, Corporate America. You're not uniquely awful. You're just part of a society whose best and brightest have lost their way and whose proud and prosperous have spent too much time listening to them.
In a decaying society, you have learned to grab what you can without believing that the society and the nation are worth protecting as more than sources of loot. In your comfort zone, the transnational idea has come to seem plausible and the world and its many nations seem infinitely redundant to you. If America doesn't work out, try China or Mexico or Qatar or Singapore.
That comfort zone in which you can thrive on transnational fantasies while still vacationing on Martha's Vineyard is brought to you by a Pax Americana. The peace of the American mercantile empire that your forebears put into place with sailing ships and armed men enables you to sell and buy across the globe, to jump in a jet plane and pop from airport to airport and from luxury hotel to luxury hotel.
All this is not the fulfillment of some Tom Friedmanesque fantasy about the inevitablity of globalism and the flattening of the world. It's not a new era of history. It's the last days of a peaceful empire that made your wealth and power possible. And that you are destroying the same way that the Romans destroyed theirs.
Yes, for a time you will have your estates in Gaul and compliant barbarians who will clean your floors and look after your kids at cut rate prices. The wine will be plentiful and the circuses shocking. And one day you will wake up and discover that your grandchildren have become barbarians, that the civilization you knew is gone and the virtues that made your way of life possible are gone with it.
I won't preach to you about sacrifice.I'll leave that to Elizabeth Warren and her ilk who will bleed you for every cent you have unless you pay her off first. I will tell you that actions have consequences and not just of the class action lawsuit kind. Power is not the same thing as control. That's not only a lesson that Obama must learn. It's a lesson that you must learn as well.
To build a thing, you must know what it is you are building, you must test the structure, practice with the tools and make it real. Destroying a thing is easier. All you have to do is tear down what works and replace it with a slipshod structure made out of poor materials and tools you don't know how to use as cheaply as possible.
That's what your amnesty push will do to America. And when it's done, when America is California and California is Mexico and organized crime is indistinguishable from government and the only way to do business is with a handful of bribes, then you really will have built that.
On that day, there will be no Tea Party to save you and no Republican Party left to defend you.
You will flee to Singapore or China or Africa, only to realize that you are no longer a wealthy American, but the citizen of a fallen empire without protection in a world where the old rules made by the Pax Americana no longer apply. When the last bribes have been squeezed out of you and your company has been taken over and looted by the son of some government official, perhaps you will finally come to know the worth of the civilization you so foolishly destroyed.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure my DVD player no longer works.
We made three fundamental mistakes in our dealings with Islam. First, we
assumed that the only politically acceptable answer was also the right
answer. This is the most common mistake that politicians make.
Second, we established a construct of a moderate and extreme Islam that
reflected how we saw it from the outside. This construct had no
theological relationship to any actual belief or movement within Islam.
Had we made the division into modern and fundamentalist, we would at
least have been using words that meant something. Instead we used
moderate and extreme in a military sense to mean hostile and friendly or
neutral. But as a Vietnam era president and military command should
have known, in a guerrilla war not everyone who isn't shooting at you is
friendly or even neutral.
Our construct was black and white with few shades of gray. But the
Muslim world is all shades of gray. The absolute choice we wanted them
to make, "you're either with us or with the terrorists", was foreign to
their culture and their way of life. Multiple layers of contradictory
relationships and alliances are the norm in the region. You expect to
betray and be betrayed, much as you expect to cheat and be cheated while
bartering for a carpet at the souk. In a region where coalitions of
Fascists, Communists and Islamists are doable, contradictions don't
exist, all alliances are expedient and built on an expected betrayal.
The rise of Islam itself was built on broken peace treaties. So it is no
wonder then that in response to Bush's call, they chose both us and the
terrorists. Appeasing America and the Islamists at the same time was
their version of the politically safe middle ground, the path of least
resistance and the only acceptable option.
And the more we prattled about the peacefulness of Islam, the more we
looked like we could be easily appeased with a few gestures. And so it
was the Islamists who were more threatening, who got the benefit of of
their appeasement. We had asked Muslim countries for an alliance with no
mixed allegiances, in a region where only kin could ask or count on
such an arrangement. And we are not their kin, neither by blood and
certainly not by religion. While we insisted that all people were the
same, this was a statement of our belief, not theirs. And they did not
believe that we believed it either.
Rather than learning what the Muslim world was, we had already decided
what we wanted it to be. But our perspective was a foreign one. They
might pander to it, but they would never dictate their own beliefs by
it. We might talk of a moderate or extreme Islam, but that is our idea,
not theirs. There is more than one form of Islam, they are not defined
by their extremism or moderation. Nor by their approach toward violence.
No more than we are.
Muslim theology is violent, because violence has always been a tool of
its expansion. When we ask Muslims to disassociate themselves from
violence, we are really asking them to disassociate themselves from
Islam. And this they will not do. They will contextually condemn some
acts of terror, depending on the identity of the perpetrators and the
targets, and the impact of the acts on the nation and ideology of the
Muslim or Muslims in question. But they will dub other acts of terrorist
as valid resistance. The differences are not moral, but contextual.
The Muslim world is a gray zone full of alliances written on sand where
every principle can be bent at need, but is dominated by a religion that
pretends to be morally absolute. This is an inherent contradiction. And
like most moral conflicts it is resolved through self-deception. Our
absolute standards have no meaning when applied to the Muslim world.
They have moral force, but little practical relevance.
Islamic moderation is not theology, but pragmatism. Its fanatics are the
most trustworthy, and its pragmatists the least trustworthy. We have
put our faith in the moderation of the pragmatists, but confusing
pragmatism with moderate beliefs, morals or friendship is no better than
lapping at the sand of a mirage and calling it water.
Our third and final mistake was to believe that we held all or most of
the cards, and were free to give away as many of them as we wanted to.
But the more we thought we were calling the shots, the more we were shot
at. Because we were not in control. The political, religious and armed
conflicts we were engaged in were being fought on their terms, not ours.
They began the war. They decided when to initiate the violence or call a
halt to it. Their violence set the tone, we tried to defuse it. Our
attempts to promote moderation in the Muslim world were reactive. It is
the bomber who has the initiative once he chooses to act. And so we
tried to teach the bombers not to bomb, while the bombers taught us to
When a psychiatrist rewards rats for finishing a maze, is it the
psychiatrist who is training the rats to finish mazes, or the rats who
are training him to give them cheese. The answer to that question hinges
on who controls the experiment. While we thought that we were
experimenting on the Muslim world to make them more moderate, they were
actually experimenting on us to teach us to appease them.
While we were trying to force the Muslim world into our maze with two
openings, one labeled 'extreme' and one labeled 'moderate', they were
really moving us into their meta-maze with two openings, 'death' or
'appeasement'. Our plan was to keep forcing them to choose the moderate
openings in order to moderate them and break them of any attachment to
terrorism. But our chief method for moving them there was appeasement.
Once we got bogged down in Iraq, appeasement became our only method.
While we thought that we were leading them to the moderate opening in
our maze by appeasing them, they were leading us to the appeasement
opening in their maze.
The rats turned out to be training the psychiatrist and they have done
an excellent job of it. The Muslim world is more Anti-American than it
was 10 years ago, while we are more pro-Muslim. Each time they finish
the moderate maze and assure us how peaceful Islam is, we gift them with
the cheese of appeasement. Rather than teaching them to be moderate
using the reward of our appeasement, they have taught us to appease them
using the reward of their faked moderation. Like tourists at the souk,
we have been cheated badly by laying out good money for a fake rug. But
worse than that we have been turned into rats in their maze, rushing to
appease them in the hopes that they will reward us by being moderate.
Pavlov demonstrated that once you teach dogs to associate a ringing bell
with a meal, they will salivate when you ring the bell even when there
is no food. So too rats will keep running the maze even when there is no
cheese. So too governments continue appeasing Islam, even when the
promised cheese of moderation fails to yield any significant changes on
the ground. A plot broken up here or there. Or even a mosque that opens
its doors to the FBI or Scotland Yard is enough for them. But is it the
FBI that is teaching Muslims to be more cooperative, or Muslims who are
teaching the FBI to be more accommodating. Who is the psychiatrist and
who is the rat?
By initiating violence, the Muslim world turned us into their rats. We
reacted to their stimuli as we desperately looked for a way out of their
maze of violence. Except when we took the initiative by attacking
them-- the locus of control was always in their hands. And even when we
did take their initiative, it was still in response to their violence.
We were still making war on their terms. Trying to work with them,
reform them, reach them and appease them. We were running the maze and
still are. Starving to death still searching for the cheese which isn't
All this drives the flywheel of appeasement round and round. The more we
turn it, the worse the violence becomes. The capacity for terrorism
made Muslims prominent. They have become ticking time bombs we are
driven to defuse. We shower the Muslim world with respect, money,
political power and every possible thing that might keep them from
killing us. It is absolutely vital in the minds of our leaders that we
make them like us so that they won't kill us. Which means that it
actually is in their interest to kill us. Rather than rewarding them for
their moderation, we are actually rewarding them for their extremism.
The more we appease them, the more violent they become. And the more we
habituate ourselves to appeasement, the harder it is for us to stop. Our
worst mistake in dealing with the Muslim world was to habituate
ourselves to the appeasement solution. To make it a reflex action.
American politicians chose it as their path of least resistance between
complete surrender and all out war as their safe way through the maze.
They rationalized it as a wedge strategy to split the minority of
extremists who wanted a superislamic state from the majority who wanted
peace and prosperity. By embracing Islam, we would reform it. The
majority of Muslims would choose peace and prosperity, and ally with us
to isolate the extremists. Then we would use the wedge strategy to split
the extremists into the moderate extremists and the extreme extremists.
Using the carrot of foreign aid and close ties to the United States and
the stick of military intervention, we would force the terrorist groups
and their state backers to choose either the carrot or the stick.
But it was the Muslim world which was forcing us to choose between their
carrot and their stick. The carrot was a positive relationship with the
Muslim world, the stick was a negative relationship. And since 2001 we
have been chasing the carrot, while getting whacked over the head with
the stick. Some of the politicians have realized that there is no
carrot, only the stick. For these 'New Realists' avoiding the stick or
at least minimizing the force of its blows has become the new carrot.
If we're good little infidels, we'll only have 5 terrorist attacks a
year instead of 10. We'll have 100 rapes instead of 200 if all wear our
burqas. And even that is another illusion. The Muslim world cannot
control its own violence, only channel it. There is no off switch. Only
pipes that they can use to funnel it our direction. They cannot offer us
peace. It is not within their power. Only by directing their own
violence inward could they do this. And that is obviously not in their
interest. Only by forcefully demonstrating that the violence is
absolutely not in their interest, will we ever put a stop to it. And to
do that we would have to pose more of a threat to them, than their own
people do. Appeasement is the worst possible way to go about doing that.
With our first mistake, we limited our options to one single course of
action. With our second mistake, we guided that course of action based
on a construct that had no relationship to the reality of the Muslim
world. With our third and final mistake, that course of action was
hijacked and used to manipulate our behavior, causing us to repeat the
same disastrous course of action over and over again. The more we did
it, the more it seemed like the only possible course of action. And our
only way to check whether we were succeeding or failing was a misguided
construct that could not measure what we needed it to.
In real world terms, this is equivalent to driving the wrong way, using a
map from the wrong country and repeating the same course over and over
again, because rather than realizing that something must be wrong, we
just look at the map and assume that if we repeat the course enough
times, we will reach our destination. Even when we no longer seem to
know what the destination is because we have become so used to going in
circles that the circle has come to seem like our destination.
Like most mistakes that are based on a process that was wrong from the
beginning, we can only begin to fix it by going back to the first broken
train of logic, the first error in understanding. Only then will we be
able to break the loop and begin anew.
In 1988, official multiculturalism was entrenched into the Canadian constitution, seventeen years after former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced the concept to the Canadian public.
Both at time of entrenchment, and in the early 1970’s when the concept was first introduced, Canadians had little idea of how this piece of legislation would impact our society. Indeed, it is arguable that even in our present day -- mainly due to media and government positioning -- many Canadians are unaware of how this statute has affected our nation, and what it will mean for the future of our country.
Introduced originally by Trudeau as “multiculturalism within a bilingual framework,” it didn’t take long before the policy’s intention began to go sideways. How could it not, with Canada on the receiving end of millions of immigrants over the past three decades. In fact, with greater public awareness, it could have been anticipated that the combination of multicultural and immigration policy would one day result in an unprecedented social transformation.
That day has now arrived. As a result of decades of mass immigration from Asia, the Middle East, and various third world countries, the demographic make-up of Canada has been radically transformed. At present, thirty-three ridings out of a total of 338 are majority “ethnic” ridings. With our present federal immigration quota- not to mention landed immigrant populations comprised of foreign workers, students and refugees- this figure is on a fast-paced, upward trajectory.
What is most curious about these developments is how they are portrayed, and thereby understood, by the general public. For decades, Canadians have heard about “disadvantaged” newcomers, and the difficulties of integrating into our society. Yet, according to multicultural policy, newcomers are not required to integrate into Canadian society -- rather, they are encouraged to maintain and promote the cultures from which they came. To accomplish this, our government provides hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars to multicultural and ethnic community organizations. Some estimates place this figure at over a billion dollars within the past three decades.
To fully understand these issues, one additional piece of Trudeau-created legislation must be considered -- Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Ostensibly a policy to create social equality among Canadians regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, this statute has largely served as a protective wall against those questioning culturally-undermining social developments, such as the issue of Chinese public signage in Richmond B.C.
In fact, an entire civil rights industry has sprung up since the Charter’s inception in the early 1980’s. Comprised of immigration and refugee lawyers, as well as civil libertarian organizations such as the B.C. Civil Rights Association and the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this powerful legal ensemble spend their working days disregarding the will of the general public, preferring instead to support the fringe of our society -- for example, the Islamic lady who wanted to hide her identity during her citizenship ceremony.
Let us now ask a salient question -- where is all this leading? Surely, it appears the legislation relevant to our discussion -- the Charter, as well as our immigration and multicultural policies -- have led our country down a path that few could have imagined even one generation ago.
Demographically-speaking, Canadians of European heritage are headed for minority status within our largest cities. Once achieved, will they transition to the status of being one of Canada’s “disadvantaged” communities? Not likely. Will they be on the receiving end of hundreds of millions of tax dollars? Not a chance. Rather, if current legislation remains status quo, Canadians of European origin will be the only community without a government or societal endorsement to promote their cultural heritage and identity. How ironic! After all, these Canadians are the descendants of those who originally established these civil rights and freedoms. Why then, would they be the only “identifiable” community in Canada lacking the rights granted to our minority communities -- who aren’t even minorities anymore!
Equality, or eradication? Presently, it is not looking good. Armed with the mighty Charter, our legal contingent put the brakes on a proposed bylaw to add the English language to Chinese language signage in Richmond, BC -- despite the fact that English is one of our nation’s official languages. Who established English as one of Canada’s official languages? Why, none other than the founder of multiculturalism, Pierre Trudeau!
The irony -- indeed, the absurdity of the situation knows no bounds. Canada is today an inverted nation, prioritizing those who have been on our soil for all of twenty minutes over Canadians whose families have lived here for generations. Millions of dollars flow through to newly arrived refugees, while seniors who have paid taxes for decades struggle to pay their rent. If we speak out about it, we are condemned as bigots and racists.
Clearly, the time has arrived for a full governmental review of immigration and multicultural legislation -- not to mention the Charter of Rights and Freedoms itself. This time, it must occur in consultation with the Canadian people -- as in those who were conveniently omitted from the discussion the first time around.
If this does not occur, what was originally presented as equitable social policy will result in a complete social inversion, devoid of true equality for all Canadians. Yes, all may be equal, but some will be more equal than others.
Machines are used to do repetitive or difficult work more quickly and efficiently, giving people more leisure and free time to pursue something besides work.
Once upon a time a group of people saw that a machine was needed to make something hard and difficult more easily done. They put their heads together and came up with a handy little machine called “Religion.”
The Religion Machine would make life easier for everyone they said. With the Machine, we don’t have to waste precious time relating to a real God Who loves us. The machine would take these complex processes and break them down into a simple three-step process that anyone could follow, reducing God to a faceless, personless ideology of good works. The result would be a mass-production of religious people who all spoke, thought, acted, and believed the same way.
Things went very well for a while. The Religion Machine worked just like it was supposed to. Churches were built, movements were started, crusades were held, programs were implemented. The inventors congratulated themselves on making Religion so efficient.
But you and I know that machines require a lot of maintenance. Parts have to be replaced. People wanted the Religion Machine to be bigger, better, and faster each year. Research and development expense was incurred, testing expenses, raw materials and warehousing. The Religion Machine had to have qualified people to work on it, qualified people to run it, qualified people to supervise the people who run it, and so on.
With all the improvements and modifications to the original design, the Religion Machine got so big that they had to house it someplace; now they had factory overhead: the property, the specialized plant equipment, the electrical and water requirements, more work crews, the support staff, the management, still more parts, upgrades, routine maintenance, all the hidden costs associated with keeping the Machine running.
No one knew just how big the Religion Machine would get. The inventors would have never dreamed that their little invention would one day turn into a big business, but it did. People picked up their families and moved to live and work close to the Machine. There’s money there, a chance to get ahead, a chance to settle down, a nice place to raise their kids. The Machine is a boost to the local economy because it produces jobs and goods. It’s in everyone’s interest to keep the Machine running along.
The people took great pride in their work. Take a drive with them to any part of the country and they would point to the impressive array of expensive church buildings, sprawling seminaries, and mega-church outreach centers. “We helped put that one together,” they’d say. “Thank God for the Religion Machine! How did we get along without it before?”
But there’s another side to the story. Oh, the work is simple enough. “Do what you’re told. Push this button, pull that lever, flip that switch.” Keep producing, keep the Machine running. But there’s a human toll being exacted on the people who are running the Machine. Just another cog in the wheel, they begin to stop thinking for themselves; they depend on the supervisors to tell them what to do. They go home tired day after day (their busiest day is Sunday). They always work overtime and their family life is non-existent. Even when they’re home they think about work. Production is the name of the game; keep the Machine running no matter what; produce more with less.
People always get injured on the job. It’s hot, dirty work. And noisy. The Machine makes so much noise that all the workers eventually develop acute hearing loss. The light is so dim that the employees have become very narrow-eyed and squinty, not able to withstand bright light. But somehow the security that comes from getting paid each week is more important than the side-effects. So the work goes on.
Besides, where else could they go? What else could they do? Financial commitments based on that paycheck have been made: houses mortgaged, cars financed, durable goods charged. If the Machine stops running, the paychecks stop coming, and it means bankruptcy for the workers and the community. So on and on it goes.
Every once in awhile a pay raise comes. Some live long enough to retire, but most of the workers die young from stress, are injured on the job and permanently disabled, or have nervous breakdowns. But no matter what, the Machine kept running.
Then the unexpected happened.
The Religion Machine used a synthetic, man-made oil for fuel to keep it running.
The oil ran out. The Machine ground to a halt.
The workers were in a panic. No more fuel? How would the Machine run? What about their job? What about their paycheck? Who would take care of their families?
"What about natural oil?" someone asked. No that wouldn’t work. They tried that years ago. Genuine oil would not run the Religion Machine.
The supervisors cursed and swore. How could they get the Machine running again?
There was only one thing left to do.
The doors were locked, and the gates closed tight. Armed security gathered the workers together and had them form a line leading up to the top of the combustion chamber, the fiery inferno which fueled the Religion Machine.
One by one they were cast into the fuel tank. The Machine sparked and began to hum again.
"More people! We need more people over here!" Like lambs being led to the slaughter, the deaf, dumb, and blind workers were pushed over the precipice to be used as fuel for the Religion Machine. Next it was their wives, husbands, children, parents, brothers, sisters, all thrown alive and screaming into the Machine. The houses and cars, the clothing and jewelry, the furniture and possessions were all confiscated and dumped into to the Religion Machine to add more fuel for it to run.
At last everything that could be used for fuel had been used. It would not be enough, and it had all been in vain. Once again the Religion Machine ground to a halt, and no one was around to start it up again. The supervisors went out into the community to try and recruit new workers, but after hearing what had happened to the last shift no one would take the job.
Today those supervisors are dead and gone. The Religion Machine was dismantled by the townspeople, the parts scattered to the four winds, never to be assembled again.
The problem with the Religion Machine was that it started out as a neat invention designed to help people, but it wound up hurting them. The Machine was made for man, but soon man lived for the Machine and became dependent upon it.
Once upon a time another group of people saw that a machine was needed to make something hard and difficult more easily done and give them more leisure time. They were even more talented, technologically advanced, and affluent than the first group of inventors. So they put their heads together and came up with a handy little machine called “American Christianity”...
Though the doctrine of the Trinity is quite biblical, many
Christians find themselves unable to adequately answer the
attacks on this doctrine by other monotheistic religions
such as Islam and Judaism, as well as polytheistic and
henotheistic religions such as Mormonism and the Jehovah’s
Witnesses (henotheism is the belief in multiple gods, but
the worship of only one). Few Christian doctrines are
attacked so viciously as the doctrine of the Trinity.
This aspect of the nature of God is awe-inspiring and
wonderful. As Christians, we should be prepared to
explain it to unbelievers and to defend it against
attacks. As you will see, most arguments against the
Trinity are weak and unable to stand up to biblical
scrutiny or an appeal to logic. If you witness to a
Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, or a Muslim, some of these
arguments are likely to come up, and it’s vitally
important that you are able to give an answer (1 Peter
3:15), demolish these arguments (2 Corinthians 10:5), and
contend for the faith (Jude 3,4).
I have covered the biblical supports
for the triune nature of God in a previous article, “A
Comprehensive Biblical Defense of the Trinity.” If
you have not read that article, I encourage you to do so
before moving on to this one. In it, I provide biblical
proof for the following points:
1.There is only one God
2.The Father is God
3.Jesus is God
4.The Holy Spirit is God
5.The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct
addressing the most common objections, it’s important to
make sure that we are starting with an accurate definition
of the Trinity. Many who oppose the Trinity do so with a
faulty understanding of the definition. Simply put, the
doctrine of the Trinity states that there is one true God,
and within that God there are three co-equal and
co-eternal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each
Person of the Trinity is distinct from the other, but
all three comprise one God. Various heresies arise when
this definition is distorted, and I covered some of them
in the previous article. Now that we start from a common
definition, let’s turn ourselves to some common
word “Trinity” isn’t found anywhere in the Bible!
the word “Trinity” isn’t found in the Bible. A similar
argument is used by theological modernists who assert that
the term “homosexual” is a modern word that didn’t exist
at the time the Bible was written, therefore the Bible
can’t condemn homosexuality. I think most people will
agree that the Bible STILL condemns homosexuality, even
thought this particular English word wasn’t used in the
Greek or Hebrew texts. Interestingly, the word
“pornography” is similarly absent from Scripture, but we
are still able to view the biblical teachings on sexual
morality, coupled with Jesus’ teaching that a man who
looks at a woman with lust commits adultery with her in
his heart to recognize that pornography is sinful. The
word “theocracy” is not found in the Bible, but the
concept can be found there. The absence of a word does
not preclude its teaching in Scripture.
argue that no single verse of Scripture clearly teaches
the doctrine of the Trinity. While many single verses
provide excellent evidence for the triune nature of God
previous article), it is true that this doctrine is
not capsulated in a single verse or passage of Scripture.
The Bible is not titled, “Christian Doctrine for
Dummies.” It is sometimes necessary to look at the
teachings of Scripture as a whole. When we allow
ourselves to do that, we can see that the Trinity is quite
Trinity doctrine is confusing, and God is not the author
14:33 in the NIV states in part, “For God is not a God
of disorder but of peace.” In the spurious New World
Translation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the verse
similarly states, “For
God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons will frequently cite this
verse when arguing against the Trinity. After all, the
concept of a triune God can be confusing. They argue that
such a confusing doctrine must come from Satan, since God
is not a God of confusion or disorder. Yet such an
argument is illogical. That humans cannot fully
understand the nature of God simply means that we are
finite created beings who do not possess the mind of God.
The Bible is clear that such confusions are to be
- “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As
the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
– Isaiah 55:8-9
- “Oh, the depth of the riches of the
wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his
judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” – Romans
“Now we see but a poor reflection; then
we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I
shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” –1
of God’s nature are hard, if not impossible, for the human
mind to comprehend. For example, infinite concepts give
me a headache. If I try to comprehend the concept of an
infinite sum, I get a headache. If I try to really
comprehend the eternal nature of God (without a beginning
or an end), I get a headache. My finite human mind simply
cannot comprehend eternity beyond the vague concept. I’m
not alone in this either. While Jehovah’s Witnesses will
use the confusion argument against the Trinity, they
contradict themselves in other areas. In the Watchtower
publication Reasoning from the Scriptures,
they acknowledge this confusion after citing Psalm 90:2,
referencing God’s eternal nature: “Is that reasonable?Our minds cannot fully comprehend it. But that is not
a sound reason for rejecting it.” 
As is so often
the case in arguments by cultists and heretics, they have
divorced 1 Corinthians 14:33 from its context to use it in
the fashion they desire. It is vital that we read
Scripture in context to gain a proper understanding of
it. Let’s put this verse back in its appropriate context,
including verses 26-33, 39-40:
then shall we say, brothers? When you come together,
everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a
revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these
must be done for the strengthening of the church. If
anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should
speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there
is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the
church and speak to himself and God. Two or three
prophets should speak, and the others should weigh
carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to
someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should
stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone
may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets
are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a
God of disorder but of peace….Therefore, my brothers, be
eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
When placed in
context, we can see that this passage is talking about how
our worship should be orderly. Paul is trying to put the
gifts of tongues and prophecy into their proper usage and
eliminate the confusion that can result in a service when
these gifts are used improperly. Just as there is no
discord within God, so there should be no discord or
confusion in our worship of God. Putting Scripture in
context allows us to read it the way the authors (and the
Ultimate Author) intended us to do so.
Trinity is a pagan concept adopted by Christianity.
This is one of
the most common arguments against the doctrine of the
Trinity. I’ve heard it expressed often by Mormons and
Jehovah’s Witnesses. Usually, the person using this
argument has no evidence to back up this assertion, but on
rare occasions they do. Unfortunately, it is equally rare
that a Christian is prepared to “demolish” this argument.
It can be done easily by an appeal to facts and logic.
typically is expressed that certain pagan cultures, such
as the ancient Babylonians and Assyrians, developed a
Trinitarian belief in places far removed from the
birthplace of Christianity and predating it by thousands
of years. Therefore, it’s logical to conclude that these
pagan doctrines were introduced into Christianity hundreds
of years after the death and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. However, this isn’t exactly true.
Babylonians and Assyrians did NOT develop a Trinitarian
theological dogma. Rather, they believed in triads
of gods who headed up a council of other gods. In other
words, whereas the doctrine of the Trinity teaches that
ONE GOD is comprised of three co-equal and co-eternal
persons, the Babylonians and Assyrians believed that three
separate gods formed a leadership over other gods. In
this, their beliefs more closely resemble the
polytheistic/henotheistic beliefs of the Jehovah’s
Witnesses and Mormons. Mormon doctrine holds that the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate gods in
leadership over this world. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe
that Jehovah God created Jesus – a lesser god, and that
the Holy Spirit is simply Jehovah’s active force in this
world. These beliefs are closer to the ancient pagan
beliefs than is the Trinity doctrine, which is strictly
monotheistic. Moreover, the separation of early Christian
development from these pagan beliefs with respect to time
and geography make it highly unlikely that the pagan
beliefs played any role in the Church’s clarification of
the Trinity doctrine as found in the Athanasian Creed.
This creed reads, in part, “This
is what the catholic faith teaches: we worship one God in
the Trinity and the Trinity in unity. Neither confounding
the Persons, nor dividing the substance. For there is one
person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the
Holy Spirit. But the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit have one divinity, equal glory, and coeternal
majesty. What the Father is, the Son is, and the Holy
Spirit is. The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated,
and the Holy Spirit is uncreated. The Father is
boundless, the Son is boundless, and the Holy Spirit is
boundless. The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and
the Holy Spirit is eternal. Nevertheless, there are not
three eternal beings, but one eternal being. So there are
not three uncreated beings, nor three boundless beings,
but one uncreated being and one boundless being.
Likewise, the Father is omnipotent, the Son is omnipotent,
the Holy Spirit is omnipotent. Yet there are not three
omnipotent beings, but one omnipotent being. Thus the
Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is
God. However, there are not three gods, but one God.” It
should be noted that “catholic” in the early centuries was
used to describe universal and orthodox Christianity long
before the Roman Catholic Church existed as such. The
creed continues in this manner. Athanasius did not
fabricate this. Rather, he summarized the teaching of
based on similarities is faulty logic. Pagans (and indeed
practically all ancient cultures on earth) have a legend
concerning a global flood. Does this negate the
truthfulness of the global flood described in Genesis?
Does this mean the Genesis account was “borrowed”? Of
course not. The ubiquity of the flood story actually
buttresses its truthfulness, even though other cultures
don’t have all the details correct. Furthermore, some
pagan cultures have a “messiah” legend that has
similarities to the gospel. However, there are also
differences in these stories. We can take joy in the fact
that these legends haven’t the accuracy of the Bible as
verified historically and archaeologically. Similarities
don’t impart guilt. Therefore, similar pagan doctrines in
triads of gods are not the same as the Trinitarian
doctrine of Christianity, and it is baseless to assume
that the Trinity was “borrowed” from paganism. It’s
simply not true.
calls the Father, “the only true God,” therefore Jesus
cannot be God.
This is an
interesting argument often raised by Mormons and Jehovah’s
Witnesses. This argument, as we will see, is
self-defeating for them. This argument refers to Jesus’
words to the Father in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal
life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom you have sent.” Critics argue that the
Father cannot be the “only true God” if Jesus and the Holy
Spirit can also claim to be God. The thinking is
illogical. First, Jesus’ words do not exclude the Son and
Holy Spirit from also being the only true God. They DO
exclude Jesus and the Holy Spirit from being separate
gods. In other words, if the Father is the only true God,
then Jesus cannot also be a true God and the Holy Spirit
cannot also be a true God (distinguishing them as separate
gods rather than simply separate persons). If we
understand the true nature of the Trinity, we can
acknowledge that the Son and Holy Spirit are co-equal and
co-eternal persons that comprise the one true God, and
John 17:3 does not counter that. However, Jehovah’s
Witnesses and Mormons believe that Jesus is a separate
god, and Mormons believe that the Holy Spirit is yet
another god. In the Mormon New World Translation, John 1:1
states, “In [the]
beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was a god”
(emphasis added). Mormonism’s founding prophet taught, “In
the beginning, the head of the gods called a council of
the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to
create the world and people it.”
Now if a Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness wants to claim that
this verse teaches that the Father alone is the
only true God, then Jesus and the Holy Spirit must be
false gods. If that is true, the teachings of the LDS
prophets and the New World Translation must be wrong.
5. Jesus prayed to God in the
garden, so Jesus can’t be God.
This statement has needlessly
stumped some Christians, though not for long. It is a
misleading generality to say, “Jesus prayed to God.” To
be more precise, we should say that Jesus (The Son) prayed
to The Father in the garden. While it is true that there
is only one God, it is equally true that God exists as
three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. During His
earthly ministry and being subject to a mortal body, Jesus
willingly endured the limitations of man. As such, it
should come as no surprise that He communicated with The
Father through prayer! This does nothing to diminish the
deity of Jesus Christ or to contradict the monotheistic
nature of God.
Bible says that God is ONE!
which attempts to disprove the triune nature of God based
on unity, is based largely on two verses:
-"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the
LORD is one." – Deuteronomy 6:4
-"The most important one," answered Jesus,
"is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is
one’.” – Mark 12:29
6:4 in the New World Translation says, “Listen,
O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.”
We’ve gone into detail in other articles about the fact
that “Jehovah” is not a word that appears in the Bible,
but is rather a modification of Yahweh. One way to
read the last phrase with some of the Hebrew intact is
“Yahweh (Jehovah) our elohim is one Yahweh (Jehovah). The
Hebrew words themselves are “Yahweh elohim echad Yahweh.”
The NIV footnote for this verse lists a few possible ways
to translate this verse based on its grammatical
construct. Echad means “one” or “only”. Because
of the construct, this verse could be translated as it is
above, or as “The LORD our God is one LORD,” “The
LORD is our God, the LORD is one,” or “The LORD is our
God, the LORD alone.” I think the best of these
translations can be assessed by observing the context of
the passage. In Deuteronomy 5, Moses had just presented
the Israelites with the Ten Commandments. One sin that
marked these people was their habit of turning to idolatry
(golden calf ring a bell?). As we read down in chapter 6,
we see that this is still the focus and concern at this
point. In verses 14-16 we read, “Do not follow other
gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the LORD
your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger
will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the
face of the land. Do not test the LORD your God as you did
at Massah.” This is a very clear exhortation for the
Israelites to abandon their worship of multiple “gods.”
Therefore, the most reasonable way of interpreting
Deuteronomy 6:4 is “The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.”
This establishes that only Yahweh is the true God. All
other “gods” are false and must be rejected. Deuteronomy
6:4 does not exclude God from being triune in nature.
Mark 12:29 is simply a recitation of Deuteronomy 6:4 with
the intent of that verse intact – we have one and ONLY one
our elohim, Yahweh alone. In my
previous article on the Trinity, I established
Scripturally that not only is the Father Yahweh, but Jesus
is also Yahweh. Similarly, the deity of the Holy Spirit
reveals He is also Yahweh. In this article and the
previous one, I have addressed some of the most common
objections to the doctrine of the Trinity. The teaching
of the Word of God is clear. There is one God. God
exists in three co-equal and co-eternal persons: Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these three are rightfully
called God, yet each is distinct from the other. The
absence of one convenient summary of this truth in
Scripture does not negate its truthfulness, nor does it
mean this truth is not found in Scripture. God has
revealed this wonderful truth to us through His Word. The
question is, are we listening?
1.Reasoning from the Scriptures (Brooklyn:
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1989), p. 148.
2. Joseph Smith, Jr.,
The King Follett Discourse (Salt Lake City: Joseph
Lyon & Associates, 1963), p. 9.
genocide is a difficult concept for Americans to accept. Even though the
U.S. government helps finance the Red Chinese program of forced
abortion, sterilization and infanticide, and helps finance the United
Nations "family planning program," most people find it impossible to
believe that such programs are really part of a larger plan to kill off
large segments of the world's population.
"How can you possibly believe that?" I am frequently asked. The answer
is quite simple: I have read the writings of those who intend to
depopulate large segments of the earth and I believe them. They have
written of the necessity of reducing-by force if necessary-the world's
Margaret Sanger and Planned
Our tax money finances Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by
Margaret Sanger. In Planned Parenthood's 1985 Annual
Report, its leaders proclaimed that they were, "Proud of our
past, and planning for our future." (1)
How could anyone claim to be proud of an organization when history
records that its founder wrote of the necessity of "the extermination of
'human weeds'...the 'cessation of charity'...the segregation of
'morons, misfits, and the maladjusted' and...the sterilization of
'genetically inferior races?'" (2)
During the 1930s Margaret Sanger published The Birth Control
in which she openly supported Nazi Germany's "infanticide program" in
the 1930s, and publicly championed Adolf Hitler's goal of Aryan white
supremacy. Prior to World War II she commissioned Nazi Ernst Rudin,
director of the dreaded German medical experimentation programs, to
serve as an advisor to her organization.
In Killer Angel, George Grant chronicled the life and
Margaret Sanger, including her plans for genetically engineering the
human race. Margaret Sanger's The Pivot of
for "the elimination of human weeds," and the "cessation of charity"
because it prolonged the lives of the unfit. She called for the
segregation of the unfit and prohibiting them to reproduce.
In 1939, Margaret Sanger organized the Negro Project,
designed to eliminate members of what she believed to be an "inferior
race." She justified her proposal because "the masses of Negroes...
particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with
the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among
whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and
She then went on to reveal that she intended to "hire three or
colored ministers to travel to various black enclaves to propagandize
for birth control...The most successful educational approach to the
Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that
we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man
who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more
As Margaret Sanger's organization grew, she wrote of the necessity of
targeting religious groups for destruction as well, believing that the
"dysgenic races" should include "fundamentalists and Catholics" in
addition to "blacks, Hispanics, [and] American Indians."
(5) As the years passed, Sanger became increasingly
obsessed with occult beliefs and hostile to
Christianity and the American precept of individual
freedom. Her distaste for America is evident in her
writings: "Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is
calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches. I look
forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity
no less than Capitalism."(6)
Just like Adolf Hitler, Margaret Sanger was a disciple of Theosophy and
its founder, Madame Blavatsky. Both Sanger and Hitler were involved in a
religion that worshipped Lucifer and were energized by the same dark,
Lucis Trust is a prominent modern day representative of Theosophy, an
extension of the Lucifer Publishing Company, which is also a United
Nations NGO. Lucis Trust was founded by Alice A. Bailey during the early
20th century. Bailey was a disciple of Madame Blavatsky and nominal
leader of the Theosophical Society in the early 1900s.
Because the name "Lucifer" had such a bad connotation, Bailey changed
the name of her organization from the Lucifer Publishing Company to
Lucis Trust. The nature and beliefs of this organization, however, have
always remained the same.
Lucis Trust is one of the major front groups through which Theosophy
influences life in America. Publications from Lucis Trust regularly
refer to "The Plan" for humanity that has been established by "The
Hierarchy." Sanger's disciples are alive and functioning today,
influencing national and international population control
David Graber, a research biologist with the National Park Service, was
quoted in the Los Angeles Times Book Review Section,
October 22, 1989, as saying, "Human
happiness and certainly human fecundity are not as important as a wild
and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that people
are part of nature, but it isn't true...We have become a plague upon
ourselves and upon the Earth...Until such time as homosapiens should
decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the
right virus to come along."(7)
In The First Global Revolution, published by the
Council of the Club of Rome, an international elitist organization, the
authors note that, "In
searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that
pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and
the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human
intervention... The real enemy, then, is humanity itself."(8)
On April 5, 1994 the Los Angeles Times quoted Cornell
Professor David Pimentel, speaking to the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, saying that, "The total world
population should be no more than 2 billion rather than the current 5.6
In the UNESCO Courier of November 1991, Jacques
Cousteau wrote, "The
damage people cause to the planet is a function of demographics-it is
equal to the degree of development. One American burdens the earth much
more than twenty Bangladeshes... This is a terrible thing to say. In
order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people
per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it's just as bad not to say
In The Impact of Science on Society, Bertrand Russell
present the population of the world is increasing...War so far has had
no great effect on this increase... I do not pretend that birth control
is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There
are others...If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once
in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the
world too full...the state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but
what of it? Really high-minded people are indifferent to suffering,
especially that of others."
Growth Inc. of Teaneck, New Jersey recently circulated a
letter stating their long-range goal: "We
believe that our goal for the United States should be no more than 150
million; our size in 1950. For the world, we believe our goal should be a
population of not more than two billion, its size shortly after the
turn of the century."(10)
This amount is impossible to achieve by means of normal attrition and
birth control and there is sufficient evidence to indicate other plans
More New Age Influence
Speaking at Gorbachev's State of the World Forum in San Francisco in
1996, New Age writer and philosopher Dr. Sam Keen stated that there was
strong agreement that religious institutions have to take a primary
responsibility for the population explosion.
He went on to say that, "We must speak far more clearly about
sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control the
population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population
crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren't enough people left to
do a great deal of ecological damage."
Dr. Keen's remarks were met with applause from the assembled audience of
New Age adherents, Socialists, Internationalists and
Next month, we'll explore some specific cases of covert as well as
blatant population control, including the link between abortions and
breast cancer and what really happened during the Rwanda
1.Killer Angel, George Grant, Reformer Press, p. 105,
available from Radio Liberty, P.O. Box 13, Santa Cruz, CA,
95063. 2. Ibid, p. 65. 3.Woman's Body, Woman's Right,
Linda Gordon, Penguin Press, New York, p. 332; see also Killer Angel, p.
73. 4.Killer Angel, p. 74: see also
Woman's Body, Woman's Right, pp. 229-334. 5.Woman's Body, Woman's Right,
pp.229-334; see also Killer Angel, p.73. 6. Killer Angel, p. 104.
7. Los Angeles Times, Book Review Section, October
22, 1989, p. 9. 8.The First Global Revolution: Club of
Rome, Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, Pantheon Books,
New York, 1991, p. 115. 9. "The Population Controllers," New
American Magazine, 6/27/94, p. 7. 10. Material is available from Radio Liberty, P.O.
Box 13, Santa Cruz, CA,
following post consists of two articles. The first, 'If It
Looks So Good, How Can It Be Deception', is a timely warning for the
modern-day church in North America -- a church which is increasingly
being led down the road to apostasy by sensual, feelings-driven
religious movements which appeal to the senses but have little to do
with the sound doctrine and solid principles of Bible teaching. The
second article, 'Pathway to Apostasy', is a commentary from Roger
Oakland in which he shares some concerns concerning the direction and
trends which evangelical Christianity is following today. Following both
articles I have included a video presentation of a sermon by Pastor
Carter Conlon (Times Square Church) entitled, 'Run For Your Lives', in
which Bro. Conlon, annointed by the Holy Spirit, gives a tearful
exhortation to the church to avoid false teachings and doctrines of
demons at ALL COSTS.
"Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any creature
of the field which God had made."(Gen. 3:1 -
"But also (in those days) there arose false prophets among
people, just as there will be false teachers among your-selves, who will
subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines."( 2 Pet. 2:1)
"For certain men have crept in stealthily - gaining
entrance secretly by a side door."(Jude
How often do we
hear the refrain - if it
looks so "good" ("brings forth such "good fruit"), how can it be
deception? Are we expecting deception to be obvious? Why then would the
Bible describe it as "more subtle and crafty, stealthily" gaining
entrance as by a side door? Barnes Commentary states
in the analysis of 2 Peter 2:1 that,
"...(false teachers) would not at first make an open avowal of their
doctrines, but would, in fact, while their teachings seemed to be in
accordance with truth, secretly maintain opinions which would sap the
very foundations of religion. The Greek words used in the preceding
verses means properly to lead in along with others. Nothing could better
express the usual way in which error is introduced. It is by the side,
or along with, other doctrines which are true; that is, while the mind
is turned mainly to other subjects, and is off its guard, gently and
silently to lay down some principle, which, being admitted, would lead
to error. Those who preach error rarely do it openly."
THEREFORE, WE SHOULD EXPECT DECEPTION TO LOOK "GOOD"!! According to the
Bible, the easiest method of deception is for error to ride on the back
of truth. We hear what is, indeed, truth being preached. We assume that
everything, therefore, being preached is truth, that everything being
done is Biblical, so we let down our guard...and error and deception can
then enter "secretly by the side door." Do we forget that it is a
little bit of leaven that leavens the whole loaf?
Let's carefully examine what the Bible says about things that look
"good." A few simple - yet startling - examples:
Gen. 13:10 - What did God describe as looking
"like the Garden of the Lord"? SODOM (where exceedingly great sinners
Ezek. 28:12- Who did God say was "the full
measure and pattern of exactness - full of wisdom and PERFECT IN
Matt. 7:15 - Who will come "dressed as sheep" on
the outside, "but inside are devouring wolves"? False prophets...looking
Acts 20:29-30 also speaks of "ferocious wolves"
that come from "inside", from those thought to be in the flock of
Matt. 23:12 - Who "looked beautiful on the
outside"? The Pharisees who "inside are full of dead men's bones and
2 Cor. 11:14,15 - Who will come as an "angel of
light" and as "ministers of righteousness"? Satan and his
Conclusion: deception looks "good" on the outside,
but inside it is deadly.
It requires diligence to discern when Satan comes as an "angel of
light", bringing what looks like the "light" of new revelation on a holy
subject: when he comes, not as a devil, but as "another Jesus"; not
with out-and- out heresy, but with "another Gospel"; and when he does
all this in a religious setting, as "another spirit" (2 Cor.
Have we forgotten that Satan is a "religious" creature? Have we not
realized that false gospels are not completely new gospels, rather they
are true gospels with a few "minor" changes? Didn't the Galatians
believe the basic truths of Christianity? Yet, Paul said, not once but
twice, that they were to be "accursed" (Gal.1:8-9)
for receiving a "different gospel," for making a few changes to the true
Perhaps, we need to look at some passages of Scripture in greater detail
so that we may grow in discernment and avoid the deadly dangers of
deception. Let's start at the beginning...
Genesis 3 contains the foundational truths of
deception. The Garden of Eden was a perfect religious setting; and into
this perfect religious setting came deception. The relationship between
God and the man and woman was so close that He "walked in the garden in
the cool of the day" with them. This was spiritual intimacy of the
highest order. And therein was part of Satan's subtle deception - he
tempted the woman in the realm of that spiritual intimacy to become
closer to God, to be more like Him (v.5). Let's
deception came before the Fall, before sin corrupted her mind with the
twisted knowledge of what good and evil were. Exactly because of the
purity of her being, this deception had to come in a very "good"
disguise - so it came disguised in a holy desire for her to be closer to
the God she loved. Such a holy desire - but, in order for it to be
fulfilled she had to disobey His one "small" warning: just take one bite
of what looked "good" to her. Here was the first appearance of the
"angel of light", bringing new "light" in a "holy" way. And she did
eat...and Adam did likewise. And they lost everything. The temptation
looked "good"; it sounded "holy"; and it would allow them to grow "wise"
- how could this be bad when it looked so good?
In their deception and sin, the man and woman did not even first realize
there was any change in them: "After Eve had eaten and apparently
suffered no ill effect, this constituted an additional argument why Adam
need not hesitate to adopt the same course" (Barnes
After all, she hadn't died as God said she would if she ate of the
fruit, so it must be safe. But, "they eat, they expect marvelous
results, they wait and there grows on them a sense of shame"
When we are first deceived, we may still seem to be holy - perhaps we
may even think we are more holy - but in time a sense of shame will grow
on us. We have partaken of that which God has forbidden in His Word: we
have fallen for that which we think looks "good."
In the Garden of Eden, wasn't one of the things the Lord was saying was
that He had already given the man and woman ALL they need? They did not
need more than all the trees and fruits He had already provided for
them. Today, isn't He trying to tell us the same thing? He has given us
salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit - there is no "more"
described in the Bible. Then why is the cry across the land for "more,
Lord, more"? Biblically, what "more" is there? Do we not already have
all we need?
Then there is the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matt.
13:24-30. Unger's Bible Dictionary defines
a poisonous grass almost indistinguishable from wheat while the two
are growing into blade, at the beginning. When they come into ear, they
can be separated without difficulty.
At the beginning all the crop "looks good", according to what the eye
can see. But as time goes on the tares become visible. The wheat is sown
first by the Lord. Then the enemy sows his tares as men sleep. Isn't
this another way of saying that first, the true gospel may be preached,
but "alongside" of that tares are sown? (remember 2 Peter
2) The Matthew Henry Commentary
"...when reason and conscience sleep, and people are off their guard
then the enemy comes in...Note, when Satan is doing the greatest
mischief, he studies most to conceal himself; for his design is in
danger of being spoiled if he be seen in it; and therefore when he comes
to sow tares, he transforms himself into an angel of light (2
Cor. 11:13,14)...The tares appeared not until the blade sprung
up and brought forth fruit, v.26. As the good seed,
so the tares lie a great while under the soil, and at first springing
up, it is hard to distinguish them..."
All revivals may look good: great enthusiasm and devotion may be
displayed. But, religious enthusiasm in itself is not evidence of the
truth. The Pharisees had great religious enthusiasm, so do Catholic
mystics and Mormon missionaries. Yet, remember Matt.
"Not every one who says to Me, Lord, Lord will enter the
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many
will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in YOUR
NAME, and driven out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty miracles
in YOUR NAME? And then I will say to them openly, Depart from Me, I
never knew you." (Emphasis added)
Who were in danger: just a few? No, many. Were evil acts being
performed? No, they were doing miracles, great signs and wonders,
prophesying. Were they done in a demon's name? No, in JESUS' NAME! In
His Holy Name. Yet, He said - depart from Me. How "good" it all looks
and sounds - in our eyes. Not in His.
Moses was a true man of God, working true miracles. Yet, in the
beginning, his miracles were duplicated by Pharaoh's magicians
(Ex. 7:11-12, 22;8:7). So that we do not forget how
prone we always are to "signs-and- wonders" deceptions, 2 Tim.
2:5-9 makes references to these magicians, Jannes and Jambres
by name. It warns against "silly" (v.6) people who
are "forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to
arrive at a knowledge of the Truth" (v.7).
promises that these counterfeits will eventually be exposed. But, in
the meantime, they will continue performing signs and wonders,
counterfeit signs and wonders.
Counterfeits, in the real world, are only successful in so far as they,
as closely as possible, imitate the real. Only very close scrutiny will
show that that $100 bill is not legal tender. In the real world, if a
warning went forth that there were counterfeiters at large, wouldn't we
scrutinize our money with great diligence? Yet, there are "spiritual
counterfeits" at large and so many are naively accepting what they teach
at face value. There is so much more at stake - our spiritual lives
hang in the balance.
The whole chapter of Deut. 13 is a warning about
deception, but perhaps the most alarming verses are
"If a prophet arises among you and gives you a sign or
the sign or wonder he foretells to you COMES TO PASS, and if he says,
Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve
them. You shall not listen to the words of that prophet; for the Lord
your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with
all your mind and heart and with your entire being." (Emphasis
Note: the man called himself a prophet of God. He
came from among
them, like the tares are among the wheat, like error comes alongside
truth. And, incredibly, what he said CAME TO PASS! IT LOOKED GOOD!! Yet,
God says not to listen to him; on the contrary, v.8 says that that
prophet is to be put to death for talking rebellion.
The Lord says all this deception is sent as a test to know whether we
love Him totally. Interestingly, the remedy for deception is for us to
do our own "testing." In 1 Thess. 5:21 we are
commanded by God to
"prove all things until you can recognize what is good; to that hold
fast." The word prove in scripture is a metallurgist's term. It is
referred to in Jer. 6:27-30. An assayer or prover is
to test ore
closely because fool's gold looks so much like real gold ( it "looks
good.") Once the assayer tests the ore and discovers it is gold, he then
tests it further to see how pure that gold is -- 10k, 12k, 24k, etc.
Interesting isn't it: God tests us to see if we are gold and how pure
gold we are, and we are to test all things to see if they are gold and
how pure they are. In Acts 17: 11 the Bereans were
being "more noble" because they took the Scriptures so seriously that
they even tested the teachings of Paul. Notice that they did not use the
fluctuating criteria of emotions or experiences in their testing; they
used the only one reliable, trustworthy, infallible standard - the Word
of God. Isa. 8:20 commands, "Direct people
to the teaching and
the testimony; if their teachings are not in accord with this word, it
is because there is no light in them."
Where is the purest gold found? in the City of God (Rev.
21:21). We are only fit for this Golden City as we, too, are
purified and immerse ourselves in pure teaching. In John
17:17 Jesus Himself said: "Sanctify them by the
Truth. THY WORD is truth." (Emphasis added) Not our emotions,
not our experiences, not by how "good" it looks or sounds or feels...by
I will close this by two simple examples of testing popular teachings by
the holy standard of the Bible:
How many times have we heard that the end-times will be marked by
revival? Yet, revival is NOT the sign of the end-times. DECEPTION is the
sign of the end times. So says Jesus in Matt. 24 in v.
4-5,11,23-24. So says Paul in 2 Thess.
How often have we been hearing lately about "miraculous signs and
wonders"? The problem is that whenever signs and wonders are mentioned
in the Bible in relation to the end times, they are called LYING signs
and wonders! So says Jesus in Matt. 24:24 and Paul in
2 Thess. 2:9 ( see also 2 Pet.
Jesus in fact warns strongly against signs and wonders in Mt 12:39 and
16:4 --"An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign; but no sign
shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." Then why are
so many today being applauded for the "signs and wonders" in their
Modern Day Application
There is a movement occurring today that, sadly, illustrates the
principle herein described: error comes in alongside truth. I am
speaking of the "Pensacola Revival" at Brownsville Assembly of God
Church. I have personally viewed video tapes of numerous Brownsville
services and read countless articles from Biblical authorities on their
observations regarding the "Pensacola Revival." The Word that is
preached may be holy. The burden for the lost and the heart's desire for
the flock may be real. Individuals' lives may have changed for the
better because of a sincere desire for God. BUT are the "impartations",
the "birthings", the physical manifestations and emotional excesses
truly of God? Are they not, instead, errors that have come alongside
truth and are not those "little bits of leaven" in terrible danger of
leavening the whole loaf?
We cannot test what we see and hear by our emotions or by experience:
the only remedy for deception is the truth, the objective truth of God's
Word. We must discern what is light and what is darkness. We must test
the origins of this revival, its teachings and its total conformity to
Scripture. Only by testing can we know what is true and to be embraced
and what is deception and to be avoided.
Our criteria for truth, therefore, is not if it looks, sounds or feels
"good." Partaking of the tree of the knowledge of GOOD and evil was our
first sin - thinking we knew what was "good". The remedy for that sin in
the Garden of Eden was "Yes, God HATH said!" Today, the remedy is still
the same - has God said in His Word that it is good. Let our prayer be
that in Isa. 11:2-3:
"(That) the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon ( us), the
of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit
of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of he Lord. And
make us of quick understanding, and (let our) delight be in the
reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And (let us) NOT judge by the
sight of (our eyes) neither decide by the hearing of (our) ears"...Nor
by how "good" it looks or sounds or feels. Amen."(Amplified Version).
Recently, I was
contacted by a friend and
colleague who also has a discernment ministry. He was surveying other
discernment ministries in order to come up with a list of the top ten
subtle ways the body of Christ is presently being led astray. As I was
busy speaking at a conference at the time I received his e-mail, I wrote
him back and told him I would get back to him in a few days.
While flying back to my home after the conference, I took out my
computer and responded to my friend’s request. The topics I had
presented at the conference were still fresh in my mind. Following are
the first ten trends I have personally encountered. While I am certain
there are many more, the following ten trends provide a good overview of
what is taking place in the church today:
- Ecumenical unity at any cost yet completely void of any
connection to the message that Jesus died on the Cross.
- The church-growth movement, which is focused on a market-driven
seeker-friendly Christianity emphasizing a megachurch
- A Christianity focused on following men, their methods, and their
- A Jesuit agenda promoted by publishers and pastors proclaiming the
teachings and ideas of Roman Catholic church fathers and Roman Catholic
- The rejection of biblical creation and the acceptance of theistic
evolution and progressive creation.
- The acceptance of New Age ancient Babylonian practices such as yoga
and contemplative prayer as a means of “getting closer to
- A false Christianity that substitutes the gospel according to the
Scriptures with a social gospel.
- The “Purpose-driven P.E.A.C.E. Plan” that prepares the church for a
global one-world religion.
- An experience-based “Christianity” that seeks after signs and wonders
and rejects the biblical warnings of a Last Days spiritual deception
found in the Bible.
- The compromising of the church in order to become “postmodern” and
“progressive” in an attempt to reach the postmodern
It was not my objective to place these various trends in their order of
importance. The fact is, each one is occurring, and the vast majority of
professing Christians are not even aware these trends are happening or
even that there is a problem. Perhaps in the future, these ten points
would make good chapter headings for a small book that would deal with
each topic in more detail.
For now, let me say I believe biblical Christianity is under attack like
it has never been before. We are not only on a “slippery slope” --
Christianity is ready to fall off the cliff. As Jesus asked in
Luke 18:18: When the Son of man cometh, will He find
Current events indicate the pathway to apostasy is leading exactly in
the direction foretold by the Scriptures.
The “Silly Women” of 2 Timothy 3:6-7 were not the only ones who were “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”
Introduction: The Coming Age of Aquarius and The Reappearance of The Christ The many headed hydra called the New Age has, over the last couple of decades, become even more sinister with every passing year. Most New Agers share a common vision ... the present phase of human existence is one of transition from the Piscean Age of rationality, to the Aquarian Age of spirituality, and harmony of all things. [See New Age Overview]
That the New Age is within our reach may not, in itself, sound too bad.
However, what is particularly alarming is that while many New Agers may merely subscribe to some elements of New Age philosophies, A large branch of the New Age movement believes that the utopian age will only come about under the leadership and guidance of a world leader/teacher. They contend that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius, Jesus, and many others were "christs", but one greater than all of them... a "World Teacher" will soon come to usher in the New Age.
They believe, and teach, that the world has to be prepared for this one-world leader who is called by various names including The Christ, Sanat Kumara or Maitreya, and who will, in human form, come as a saviour to save the world from sliding into chaos, teaching us to live at peace and unity with each other. He will begin preparing humanity for the advent of the Age of Aquarius... a glorious New Age millennium. Many believe that this leader, possibly a man who has achieved godhood, will possess unparalleled wisdom and knowledge and perhaps psychic abilities to boot. As said by Warren Smith:
"According to the "new gospel, "Christ is not a person. It is an office. The "new gospel" teaches that while Jesus of Nazareth occupied the office during His active ministry, He no longer holds that same position. Today the office of "Christ" is occupied by someone else. And this "someone else" is presently in the process of establishing contact with humanity. This "Christ" intimates that he is already in the world awaiting mankind's call.
Concerned that humanity is in peril and facing possible extinction, this "Christ" explains that his "new gospel" will unify the world's major religions and bring peace to the Earth." [Warren Smith. Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel. Preface. Pg 9]
In other words, one the main goals of the New Age movement has become a concerted effort to facilitate what is called "The Reappearance of The Christ". With this ultimate goal in mind, an incredibly huge network of groups, trusts, foundations, clubs, religious groups etc. have become focused on making changes not only at an individual, but global level.
Not only do the following organizations present what they call "ageless wisdom" teachings, but they are doing everything they can to create the conditions necessary for the Reappearance of The Christ. Heralded as the 'salvation of earth' or the 'new earth', this movement has gathered immense size and power along the way, and is poised to come to fruition.
Introduction To The Seminal Organizations In recent years there has been an explosion of individuals and organizations who base their philosophy, aims, and teachings...in fact their very raison d'être on the teachings of three seminal organizations.
Helena Blavatsky and Theosophy: The word Theosophy is derived from the Greek Theos (god) and Sophia (wisdom) which can be translated as Divine Wisdom, or the recently popular term, Ageless Wisdom. Theosophy holds that all religions are attempts by the "Spiritual Hierarchy" to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection however, each religion has but a portion of the truth.
The masters of Theosophy, who although not human, often seem to be 'headquartered" in Tibet, "preserve and extend this ancient wisdom", and periodically, go into the world (or send a messenger) to "help spread this teaching to all of humanity". They say that, in the 19th century, after a hundred years of searching, they found Helena Blavatsky, who met the "master" in Hyde Park in London when she was 20. She managed to enter Tibet and was trained by said masters for a period of about two years (from 1868 to 1870). She claimed to have written Isis Unveiled and her three-volume magnum opus The Secret Doctrine under the direction of the Masters of Wisdom, Tibetan holy men who communicated telepathically with her in England from the Himalayas
As her site says "Her master work is the Secret Doctrine, written in 1888 - a book that will remain seminal for centuries. Her first book-length work, Isis Unveiled, shook the rafters of science and religion, and the world hasn't been the same since. Many people reading this will hold views that were first planted in the West by Blavatsky."[Read more HERE]
Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul: Alice Bailey's story is similar. Approached, as a fifteen year old, by a mysterious stranger in a turban, she proceeded to co-operate with this entity who called himself Kuthumi, and told her that he had previously been in contact with Helen Blavatsky. Alice Bailey moved to the US and got involved with Theosophy (which she later parted ways from), then encountered Djwhal Khul, also called The Tibetan, who was another non-human [fallen angel] "master". Over the next 30 years Djwhal Khul dictated nineteen books to Bailey, and she wrote five of her own.
Bailey started the Lucifer publishing company to publish her books, eventually changing the name of the company to Lucis Trust, which was the first step in their road to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the international community. Lucis Trust is a powerful institution that enjoys "consultative status" with the United Nations, and provides worldwide financial support for the Arcane School, Triangles, World Goodwill, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, the New Group of World Servers etc., most of which organizations were formed so that Djwhal Khul could find a nucleus of people through whom he could work. I have also read that they maintain the UN meditation room, but have been unable to confirm this. [Read More about Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul HERE]
The Agni Yoga Society: (Agni means "fire" in Sanskrit, while the fire god Agni is a major deity in the Vedic pantheon). The Agni Yoga Society, located on West 107th Street in New York, is a nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1920 by the artist Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena. It is a spiritual teaching, which the followers of Agni Yoga believe was given to the Roerich family and their associates by the Master Morya, which was Helen Blavatsky's guru. Through the early 1920s Helena Roerich received the messages which became her first two book, Leaves Of Morya's Garden I and II. Not only did Helena Roerich go on to channel other works from Morya, including New Era Community in 1926; Infinity in 1930; Hierarchy in 1931, and The Fiery World in 1933-34, but she also translated Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine into Russian.
The teachings of the Agni Yoga Society are also referred to as the Teaching of Living Ethics, the Teaching of Life, the Teaching of Light, or simply as "the Teaching". In their own words, the society is described as a "....synthesis of ancient Eastern beliefs and modern Western thought and a bridge between the spiritual and the scientific." The society teaches that "the evolution of the planetary consciousness is a pressing necessity and that, through individual striving, it is an attainable aspiration for mankind" and that "spiritual liberation depends on cultivating awareness of unity, which is possible only with the guidance and protection of the compassionate enlightened beings who belong to the Brotherhood, the Hierarchy of Light."[2b]
Two Predominant Themes
Theme 1: The Reappearance of "The Christ" And "The Masters"
The foundation of organizations across the globe is largely based on the teachings of these three highly influential organizations. In a nutshell, they believe and teach that a day is not far off when a great world teacher, accompanied by his fallen angel cronies (the Ascended Masters, the Brotherhood, the Masters of the Wisdom, the Hierarchy of Light etc.) will emerge on the world's stage and bring about a new era of peace and prosperity.
This is clearly expressed by The Seven Ray Institute and The University of the Seven Rays, who say their their organizations "serve as vehicles for the presentation of the Ageless Wisdom teachings at this time of preparation for the return of the World Teacher." Partially quoting Alice Bailey's book The Reappearance of the Christ(Lucis Publishing Company, 1948, p. 8) Their site says:
"Throughout the ages, especially during times of difficulty, people have looked with a sense of expectancy and hope for someone greater than themselves to bring solace to their lives. Someone is expected and anticipated by the masses of people -- a great teacher, a savior -- someone who can bring an end to the suffering and who can restore a sense of order and balance in the world. Such teachers have ever come in times of difficulty and crisis, when the problems confronting us seemed beyond our capacity to adequately resolve and today will be no different. They have been defined as '"extraordinary Men who from time to time appear to change the face of the world and inaugurate a new era in the destinies of humanity." They come to bring to an end the old and undesirable ways of living and being and to make way for the new forms that will more adequately house the incoming light. They come in times of excess and apparent darkness -- when humanity has lost its way. And for this very reason, if for no other, such a Teacher may be looked for at this time." 
According to the Aquarian Age Community, a non-profit, accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) in association with the United Nation's Department of Public Information, this World Teacher is:
"...that Great Being Whom the Christian calls the Christ; He is known also in the Orient as the Bodhisattva, and as the Lord Maitreya, and is the One looked for by the devout Mohammedan, under the name of the Iman Madhi." 
Implementing The Plan However, not only do these organizations present what they call "ageless wisdom" teachings, but they are doing everything they can to create the conditions necessary for the Reappearance of The Christ.
The Aquarian Age Community is very clear that their organization:
"Cooperates and collaborates with the worldwide community that is actively preparing the way for the reappearance of the World Teacher -- the Christed (Anointed) One, the true Aquarian."
But how will man aid spiritual beings return to earth? There are, apparently, two effective ways to "materialize" the Hierarchy's plan for humanity:
1) Raising Global Consciousness by means of Occult Meditation. For reasons little understood...when the consciousness (or spirituality) of humanity has been raised enough, The Plan can be put into effect. Who knows how many hundreds of thousands of people have "awakened", and who knows how many, or how few, more it will take in order to have altered the energy of the earth enough to bring about the "Reappearance of the Christ".
There are those that believe that the self indulgent narcissism of the New Age isn't transforming anything, but simply causes people to feel better about themselves in the world just as it is. I beg to differ. In our typically Western way, we are rushing in where angels fear to tread. With little regard to the deeper issues behind them, terms and practices that were previously both obscure and esoteric now roll off people's tongues, and find a prominent place in people's daily routines. In other words, whether we are aware of it or not, all our efforts to awaken our own ungodly spirituality are contributing to the success of this enormous plan.
One of these days the doors will be open wide enough for evil to cross the threshold, and the fallen angel "masters" to walk the earth again.
2) the reciting of The Great Invocation given Alice Bailey by her demonic pal Djwhal Khul. The term invocation means an appeal to a higher power for assistance, and The Great Invocation has been described as a call for "the Christ to return to Earth". [More about The Great Invocation HERE]
But this is not all. They also believe:
The Days of "Fanatics" Are Numbered These groups also believe "no religion has the last and final work concerning the relation of God and man" and:
"It is necessary for adherents of the world's faiths to understand that each great world religion comes, ultimately, from One Source which The Secret Doctrine reveals...Introducing and explaining these few points to the unenlightened millions is a huge work and it will be resisted strenuously by the fanatical adherents of various faiths -- and all faiths have their fanatics! But the day of the fanatics has its term and is destined to fade away...The Great Lord Maitreya, the Christ, the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy is "on His way". His intention is to reappear when a measure of economic sharing prevails, when a measure of peace has been restored, and when the "Church cleans house..."
Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin of The Center for Visionary Leadership say that "war is only one form of change, and often the least effective", but add there is yet:
"...a role for the right use of destruction when it is used against rigid and crystallized forms of thought and cultural patterns that prevent Life from evolving to it's next step."
"If groups are aligned with the Higher Will when this energy is released through them, they will expand and become more creative, alive, powerful. If they are out of alignment, they will degenerate emotionally, physically and mentally. This process has already begun, as we can see through the downfall of groups that are opposing evolution and synthesis, and will only accelerate in the years ahead."
Who is This World Teacher (The Christ), And Who Are The Hierarchy/Ascended Masters?
The "Christ" Perhaps the term "world teacher" becomes a little more clear if Christians would wake up and realize that this 'Christ' (false messiah) has nothing to do with Jesus Christ of the Bible, which leaves us with but one other choice...he is the Antichrist that the Scriptures warned us about.
"Hierarchy"? The World Service Intergroup defines what is meant by the "Hierarchy".
"Hierarchy is a term used here to refer to those spiritual Masters of all traditions who have evolved through human experience to embody greater light, love-wisdom and spiritual power through ceaseless service to humanity and the Divine Plan. They have worked throughout the ages to further human evolution, and They are now in process of "externalizing" or becoming known in public life."
Ascended Masters? The Church Universal and Triumphant...another of the organizations that disseminates the teachings of the Ascended Masters and endeavors to facilitate their return to earth, tries to answer the question of who they are on one of their web sites:
"The Ascended Masters are enlightened spiritual beings who once lived on earth, fulfilled their reason for being and have ascended and reunited with God in the ritual of the ascension. They are referred to in the Book of Revelation as the saints robed in white who come as a "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." The ascended masters are true teachers of mankind. They direct the spiritual evolution of all devotees of God and guide them back to their Source."
Let us look at the verse in the book of Revelation which is being referred to above. It says:
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands."[Revelation 7:9 NASB]
It is possible to make the Bible say anything you want it to say, simply by plucking verses from their context. I suppose that since the so called church of today excels at this, one cannot blame the non-believer for doing the very same thing. However, anyone who bothers to read the rest of the chapter, will realize that the identity of the people in white robes is clearly set forth. The apostle John (whose vision is being recorded here) was asked by one of the 24 elders who the people in the white robes were. When he, in essence said he did not know, the elder told him:
"...These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. "They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."[Revelation 7:14-17 NASB]
In other words these were the martyrs from the Great Tribulation, many, if not most, of whom will be killed by the Antichrist and his followers...Ironically, the very same beings whose return to earth is being facilitated by these groups. There is not a single word about these white robed people being "masters" of anything. Much to the contrary, the chapter is very clear that they serve God day and night and He, in turn, protects and looks after them.
No "wisdom teachers" directing anyone’s "spiritual evolution" in this group.
All of this was foretold by the Bible And how, if at all, does this anticipation of a "world teacher" tie in with what the Bible says will transpire. Unfortunately it couldn't dovetail any more neatly. In her book The Reappearance of the Christ, Alice Bailey said "in the immediate future", there would be a:
"return to the situation which existed in Atlantean days," when the "Masters will walk openly among men", and "the Members of the spiritual Hierarchy were openly guiding and directing the affairs of humanity,"
Bailey believed that the civilization of Atlantea was destroyed by the great Flood, therefore when she talk about the "situation which existed in Atlantean days", she is obviously referring to the days immediately preceding the Great Flood. Albeit with a different slant, Alice Bailey's demonic sources are only reiterating what the Scriptures said thousands of years ago...In this regard, Jesus' words are hugely important...since He linked two epochs together and said that one is the parallel of the other:
"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man," [Luke 17:26-30. Also See Matthew 24:37-39]
Has anyone noticed how, in the last couple of decades at the most, the sheer number of people and organizations that have 'peace' in a pivotal role in their mission statement has rapidly escalated. The terminology varies from individual to individual, organization to organization. Harmony, acceptance, reconciliatory dialogue, conflict resolution, right human relations, cultural understanding/awareness, interfaith dialogue/cooperation, global interdependence, shared or common vision, inter-connectedness, global partnership, solidarity, kinship, unity are some of the phrases commonly heard. However, while the vocabulary may differ, the central concept stays the same. Here are a very few examples drawn from a very vast pool [All Emphasis Added]:
In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution (55/282) declaring 21st September of each year as the International Day of Peace, inviting "all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness".
The annual Prayer Vigil for the Earth (now in its 20th year) takes place next to the Washington Monument every fall, when "people of diverse faiths, cultures, ethnic backgrounds and all ages gather together to pray for harmony with the Earth and each other...The Prayer Vigil, a 100-percent volunteer event, continues to expand each year by adding more simultaneous celebrations at various sites in the United States and throughout the world." These prayer vigils are held in numerous locations, from Sedona Arizona (of course) to Ankara, Turkey.
"The heart and soul of the Rainbow Ark Foundation is to help create a culture of peace through the fundamental teaching of Sacred Ecology."
The organization We, the World says they "are working to awaken a spirit of caring and involvement in the public so that millions of people begin to see themselves as part of one global interdependent community -- and actively take part in creating a world that works for all!"
Now do not get me wrong here. It would take someone with a few loose screws to not want peace. Peace keepers, in one form or another, have always existed and bless them...the world would have been a far worse place without their efforts.
The problem here is not the motives of these organizations, but their methods.
They seek peace by invoking the aid of evil, looking to a Luciferian messiah (world teacher) to teach them how to live and to bring harmony to the planet. They seek peace but completely turn their backs on the God of the universe. They choose to rely on the words of unidentified apparitions and subjective feelings and experiences, totally ignoring the fact that God Himself has promised us everlasting peace in His kingdom, (and no, this kingdom, or heaven, will not be some ethereal realm 'out there', but a very real and tangible place, right here.) They seek peace by shaking hands with the devil. Students, teachers and practitioners of the so called 'Ageless Wisdom' abound. They seek peace by misrepresenting the words of Scripture.
The Chilling Facts
These people and organizations are doing everything they can to render to these minions of hell "intelligent assistance which will make their plans for humanity materialize". All three founders were well tutored by ectoplasmic apparitions from the nether regions, supposedly the ascended masters Kuthumi, Djwhal Khul and Morya, who, in at least two of the cases, simply showed up and were unquestioningly accepted.
If at this point you are getting the impression that these beliefs are limited to a few ‘kooks' spread across the globe, you would not be more wrong. For example, Steve Rother, president of Lightworkers, who "channels the loving entities simply known as The Group," has presented the material from the group five times at the United Nations.
"The Group first came to Steve Rother in 1996 and since then has given information for a evolving planet that has filled several books now translated into 18 languages. The monthly 'Beacons of Light - Reminders from Home' are translated into 24 languages each month and have been presented at the United Nations five times on two continents."
However, what is really alarming is the sheer number of organizations working towards the same goals, and the fact that few, if any, of of these organizations seem to work in isolation, but are closely interconnected with many of the others. While I am not sure that we have done more than skim the surface, this page should suffice to give the reader an inkling of the magnitude of the great darkness that is sweeping the world.
I am sure you are familiar with the old saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". Thanks, in no small part, to the following institutions, that road is not only paved, but is being turned into a multiple lane superhighway.