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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Evil of the Philosophy of Socialism AUDIO AVAILABLE

This article is now available on my web site in two audio messages.

The first is: I. The Evil of the Philosophy of Socialism and is about 47 minutes long
The second is: II. The Evil of the Philosophy of Socialism and is about 62 minutes long


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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Evil of the Philosophy of Socialism

1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:1-8).

The average Joe does not spend much time reading philosophies or mediating upon the issues of Existentialism, Social Darwinism, Progressive Socialism, the Metaphysical Nature of the Mind, or the Self Actualization of the Human Psyche. In most cases, the average Joe does not have a clue or any concern regarding any of these issues regardless of the fact that they are philosophies that are reshaping the world he lives in and affecting almost every aspect of his existence in this world. The average Joe is concerned about the basics of life. He is concerned about being able to raise his children to be honest and honorable people. He is concerned about being able to put a roof over their heads and food on the table. He is concerned about providing his family with the necessities of life and a hope for the future.

The average Joe is often unaware of the subtle and gradualistic deception of human philosophies that shape the thinking of the world he lives in. Because of the lack of understanding, he is unaware of these philosophies because they do not come at him with a frontal attack upon his values. These philosophies sneak up on him gradually in infinitely small increments over a lifetime so that he is not even aware of any movement and does not see them until the “roaring lion” (I Peter 5:8) of deception has him in his jaws.

Three Views of Civilization, Its Major Sin & How God Will Deal With It

1. Christianity is the enemy of civilization. Therefore, Secular Humanism, liberal Fabian Socialism, and Marxist Communism promote this.

2. Christianity is the servant of civilization. Christianity and civilization work as a partnership. However, if it were not for civilization Christianity would fall. We find this to be proven wrong from many historical periods.

3. Civilization exists as the servant of Christianity. Civilization’s God ordained reason for existing is for the rise and spread of Christianity. Civilization exists in the plan of God to promote the cause of Christ.

Although the last is the true and Biblical view of civilization, civilization has historically continued to reject God and His standards of right and wrong. Most civilizations have historically been idolaters, who ultimately end up worshipping themselves. Just as ultimately, God will judge them for this wickedness and their refusal to promote the cause of Christ in the world.

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour” (Romans 13:1-7).

God’s judgment of the nations is the natural outcome of religious apostasy. God’s judgment upon national Israel was due to the perversion of God’s commands to Israel by the priesthood of Israel. That reality is being repeated in modern history for the same reasons.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee {the priesthood of Israel}, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget {in the sense of blessing and protection} thy children” (Hosea 4:6).

In 1990, Dave Breese wrote a book entitled Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave.[1] These seven men are Charles Darwin (1809-1882), Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Karl Marx (1818-1883), Julius Wellhausen (1844-1918), Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), John Dewey (1859-1952), and John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946).

What most people do not know about these men is that almost all of them began their adult lives in pursuit of religious education in Classical Education in the liberal theological institutions of Europe. In almost every case Satan took these men, who originally were being trained to be servants of God, and redirected their lives to become the vehicles of his deception and the propagators of the philosophies of Antichristism. Each of these men were spoiled “through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” If you want to understand where this world is going, you need to understand what these men believed. Their philosophies are ruling the world from the grave.

Undoubtedly the worldly philosophies of these men are on a collision course with the absolutes of God’s Word and, ultimately, on a collision course with the pending judgment of Almighty God. The most important aspect of all this is that those “spoiled” by these philosophies have joined themselves to this pending collision. The warning of Scripture is “how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3) The answer to this question has been already given to us. “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven” (Hebrews 12:25).

We will not be able to give an in depth explanation of the philosophies of each of the seven men Dave Breese refers to in his book in this short study. The best I can do here is to show the foundations of heresy upon which this Antichristism developed.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882): Social Darwinism

For most of us, Charles Darwin is known simply for his development of the theory of Evolution from his book The Evolution of the Species. The full title of this book was On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Yes, Charles Darwin was a racist, especially regarding Jews and a race of people then known as Negroes.

However, the most influential philosophy of Charles Darwin was not his theory of Evolution, but the theory of Social Darwinism that developed out of it.

“What are assumptions that make up Social Darwinism? The first assumption is the idea that the social structure is engineered and controlled by impersonal forces rather than by God. . . The second assumption of Social Darwinism is that society is moving upward from a mean past to an improving future. The evolutionist insists that life began in the primordial slime as its lowly provenance. The engine of culture worked from there, producing in our time the best world that has ever been. This ‘improvement’ will continue until perfect culture comes into being.”[2]

Under Darwinism, the world began to accept the lie that Science is the final source of all knowledge. Anything, including God, that cannot be observed empirically should not be accepted by society as true. Therefore, the source for all truth must be observation. This made Empiricism the new religion of all those that were deceived by Darwinism.

From Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection developed the idea of the progress of history. This would become the central influence of Darwin upon the numerous cultures of the world adopting this notion of Social Progression. Therefore, if you hear someone describing himself or others as socially progressive, you are listening to someone referring to the philosophy of Social Darwinism. What is the substance of this philosophy that is driving the world view of millions?

What then is this impersonal force that drives the Social Progression of Social Darwinism? This impersonal force is Secular Humanism and the evolution of Social Progress through bulldozing the rotting corpse of the very notion of God over the horizon of the past in order to obliterate the decadent thinking of eternal accountability and present culpability to a Creator. This is the ultimate goal of those who proclaim to be Social Progressives.

Karl Marx (1818-1883): Socialism

The means or methodology of Social Darwinism (Social Progression) was established through the philosophies of Hegel (Hegelianism), which came to be called the Hegelian Dialectic. The Hegelian Dialectic (commonly referred to as Dialogue) is a methodology for Social Progression that took a sociological norm and pitted it against a sociological abnormality. When these two extremes were pitted against each other, the vast majority of people would accept a position somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. The formula for this dynamic of social progression was Thesis against Antithesis equals Synthesis. This dynamic was constantly repeated over and over again in each succeeding generation, which created a constantly changing social evolution called Centrism, i.e. a constantly moving center resulting in a constantly evolving (progressive) culture. The success of this methodology in social evolution (Gradualism) can be simply measured by looking back 20 years to see where Center was then compare to where Center is today.

Karl Marx was influenced by these two philosophers that preceded him; Charles Darwin and Social Darwinism and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). Marx was an Economic Theorist. His methodology for social progression was to advance his philosophy known as Socialism through the means of Revolution (Communism) and/or Gradualism (the Hegelian Dialectic).

Philip Foner[3] said, “I am confident that when the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Karl Marx will be observed, the entire world will be socialist.” The truth of this statement may be realized in a much smaller increment of time. In fact, except for a few struggling pockets of Capitalism, the world has already succumb to Marx’s Socialism. Karl Marx’s philosophies of Socialism were centered in Social Economics as its main emphasis in ushering it a utopian kingdom (thereby birthing the Social Gospel).

Marx viewed Social Darwinism as the means of the sociological progression in the implementation of his economic theory through two vehicles:

1. Revolution to Economic Socialism (the redistribution of capital or wealth)

2. Progressive Evolution to Economic Socialism (Gradualism or Democratic Socialism)

Sociological Progressive Evolution to Economic Socialism is what the word progressive means within the realm of political liberalism (the word liberal is just another word for a Social Progressive or someone believing in Social Darwinism). It is absolutely essential to understand that within Marxism there are two parallel streams running through history: Communism, which is revolutionary Socialism through the violent overthrow of governments, and Gradual Socialism or what could be more practically referred to as Democratic Socialism. In most cases, within Europe and the United States, it is Gradual or Democratic Socialism that we are seeing evolve. This is a voluntary incorporation of socialist ideology into a society through the populist vote.

Marx viewed society (the Social Economy) in two categories:

1.The Proletariat (lower class of producers; laborers or wage earners)

2. The Bourgeoisie (upper/middle class of consumers that take capital or profit from what is produced by the labor class thereby exploiting the labor class for personal gain)

Marx’s economic theory, articulated in his book Das Capital, was primarily intent on equalizing the distribution of Capital (Product or wealth) between all classes and thereby eliminating those classes (or equalizing them). This redistribution of Capital and the elimination of social classes established by the accumulation of wealth (Capitalism) is the primary essence of Socialism. Uniquely, Marx capitalized on the natural competition and social tension between social classes to accomplish his purposes through class warfare. Class warfare has always been a major aspect of Socialism and the socialistic progression (now manipulation through this means).

This all led to Totalitarianism (the removal of the right to descent). Marx was the editor of a radical German newspaper called the Rheinische Zeitung. The German government, because of the radical philosophies proposed by Marx, would suppress it. When that happened, Marx moved to Paris where he became enthralled with the philosophy behind the bloody French Revolution articulated by the writings of Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Rousseau proposed it was the advance of civilization that was corrupting society (the third view of civilization; Civilization exists as the servant of Christianity). This would become Marx’s Bourgeoisie.

Central to Marx’s philosophy was his doctrine of “scientific socialism.” He believed that it was immoral to own property. It was proposed that all property (Capital or wealth) should be equally shared by everyone. The bourgeoisie was the enemy (the wealthy that owned the majority of Capital). The Proletariat was the working class upon whose backs the bourgeoisie rose to power. In order to correct this injustice, the working class would have to rise up in revolution against their oppressors and take control of what should equally belong to them.

Another central aspect of Marx’s philosophy of the redistribution of Capital (Socialism) was making Capital the God to be pursued at the expense of the eradication of any idea of God from society (Atheism) and the new god to which civilization was intent to serve. This made Capital the new God of Socialism and the evangelism of Socialism was to spread the gospel of redistribution. This new God of Marx’s Socialism was Materialism. The philosophy of Materialism simply stated that there is no existence apart from the physical (material) existence of what can be seen, touched, or known by empirical evidences (scientific evidences).

Marx then proposed a new theoretical off-shoot of the Hegelian Dialectic known as Dialectic Materialism. Basically, this theory proposed that a wave motion exists within the fabric of time and history where each new wave (generation) progressively overwhelms the status quo. Hegel’s Dialectic formula was Thesis (norm) against Antithesis (abnorm) results in Synthesis (new norm).

The formula for Marx’s Dialectic Materialism was simply Status Quo (Capitalism as the cultural norm) against gradual Socialism (redistribution of Capital as the abnorm) that would eventually and ultimately result in a Synthesis (a new norm) of material equality of classes. This theory has proven itself true in Democratic societies where voters sell their souls to Socialism for thirty pieces of silver by selfishly voting for candidates who promise to prosper them with redistribution of Capital. Marx’s theory of Dialectic Materialism is therefore based upon the natural propensity of sinners to make choices based upon selfishness. This has historically been the doctrine behind Satan’s evaluation of fallen mankind. In the majority of cases, Marx’s theory of Dialectic Materialism is based upon an accurate evaluation of sinful mankind.

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face” (Job 1:6-11).

Marx’s revolution view for social progression is known as Communism. His evolution view of social progression is known as Socialism. Those holding to either of these two views are simply known as Political Progressives. The Revolution View proposed the radical and violent overthrow of the structure of a society in order to force the institution of this economic theory through a totalitarian governance of that society. His Evolution View (Marxist Reconstructionism) proposed the gradual institution of this economic theory through the Democratic process (this is what is going on in Political Liberalism). Regardless of which methodology adopted, societies moving towards Socialism always find themselves under Hegel’s Totalitarianism and Statism. Marx laid out the goals for this social evolution and implementation of his economic theory in the Communist Manifesto I[4].

1. Abolition of property and land and application of all rents of land to public purposes

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly

6. Centralization of the means of communication and the means of transport in the hands of the state

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with the common plan

8. Equal liability of all labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country

10. Free education for all children in public schools, the abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form and the combination of education with industrial production, etc.

It requires little effort on our part to see the advances this philosophy has made upon the societies of Europe and North America. However the advancement of this social progression (cultural manipulation) has not been accomplished by revolution. The Marxists discovered that the societies in which revolution took place were usually destroyed by the revolution. There was little of value left to redistribute after the revolution.

From this revelation, Marxist Revisionism (Reconstructionism) of the late 1800’s began to develop. In the 1890’s Sidney and Beatrice Webb founded the Fabian Socialist Society in England. This philosophical movement came to be known as Federalism in Europe and New Dealism in the United States of America. Notice the key terms in their agenda:

“They avowed a NON-REVOLUTIONARY, GRADUALIST policy to attain a highly organized DEMOCRATIC state socialism by way of SCHOLARLY demonstration, brilliant PROPAGANDA, and PERMEATION of established political and influential organization.”

In Religious/Political Liberalism, Secular Humanism (Non-theism) has married Marxist Reconstructionism (the evolution of Marx’s socialist economic theory through the Hegelian Dialectic). Religious Liberalism (another expression of Socialism) invented the Social Gospel as its means to achieve Marx’s evolutionary view for progressive Socialism (Reconstructionism and Redistribution). This became a major part of what Religious Liberalism and Secular Humanism have come to refer to as Social Planning. This is progressively (gradually) moving societies toward Marx’s redistribution economic philosophy of Socialism.

Hegel’s philosophies (liberal theology) were the foundation for two modern ideologies that began to be realized in the rapid sociological advancement of Communism and Socialism within various world governments:

1. Statism: the theory, or its practice, that economic and political power should be controlled by a central government leaving regional government and the individual with relatively little say in political matters (this is what Federalism meant as it was used in Europe, the exact opposite of what Federalism is in the United or Federation of States)

2. Totalitarianism: relating to or operating a centralized government system in which a single party without opposition rules over political, economic, social, and cultural life

Communism has historically always evolved into Totalitarianism. Democracies have historically always evolved into Statism (single Party Despotism). That is why the United States was established as a Constitutional Republic (not a Constitutional Democracy). Benjamin Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” The word Democracy is not used once in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the U.S.A. Most of the founding fathers of the United States of America held similar views of Democracy as did Benjamin Franklin.

“We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy... It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.” (Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury to George Washington, author of the Federalist Papers)

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” (John Adams, 2nd President of the United States)

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, author of the Bill of Rights)

“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.” (James Madison, 4th President of the United States, Father of the Constitution)

“The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” (John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States)

“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” (John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, 1801-1835)

Historically, the word Democracy has always been nothing more than a different word for Communism. A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally.” (Plato about 370 B.C.)

The evil of selfishness inherent in pure democratic government was addressed extensively by James Madison in his Federalist Papers the 10th Edition (http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fed10.htm). In fact, it was clearly the intent of the Second Amendment to protect the Republic of the United States of America from Democracy by insuring citizens of their right to bear arms.

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” (Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344)

[1] Dave Breese, Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, Moody Press, Chicago, IL

[2] [2] Dave Breese, Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, pages 47-49

[3] Philip Foner, Karl Marx Remembered, San Francisco: Synthesis, 1983, page 38

[4] The Communist Manifesto, Gateway Edition, Henry Regnery publisher, 1954, pages 11 and 12

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Holiness Series Available

There is a new series of articles entitled Holiness on my web site.


These articles are in HTML format consisting of 38 individual chapters.

These can be used freely for Sunday School classes, or as anyone deems them useful.

It is my prayer that these articles will be of help and encouragement to local churches as they seek to disciple souls to the glory of God.

Please let others know of the availability of this series.

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