Below are two excellent presentations regarding today’s topics.
In my view, anybody who has seen images such as the above depicting the burning of a Bible together with an American flag at one of this summer’s criminal riots in the city of Portland, Oregon, realized in the photos iconic representations of a watershed moment in this summer’s arsons, looting, physical assaults, and murders, where the rubber finally met the road, i.e., where evidence finally surfaced that the real war is both ancient and ongoing: man verse God, totalitarianism versus freedom, evil versus good.
I believe in future history books pictures like this will be featured in a similar light just as images of the Nazi’s infamous Kristallnacht represent the prelude to Hitler’s bloody, genocidal regime in Germany in the last century.
The presentations below help reveal the truth, especially if the fog of riots, politics, and propaganda has the reader a bit confused and discouraged just now, because knowing the truth is the beginning of power.
We need to pay attention.
We need to pray.
We need to vote and participate in whatever way we can as if our freedoms, Constitutional rights, and indeed the very future of our representative republic called the United States of America depends upon this election.-PBN
How Cultural Marxism Is Grinding Christianity Down
By John Eidson, September 13, 2020, American Thinker
During a recent prayer session in support of Black Lives Matter, the pastor of St. Xavier Catholic Church in New York City instructed white congregants that they must renounce their white privilege to help “transform the church culture.” Using the noble cause of racial equality as a fig leaf, Black Lives Matter is in fact a violent political organization whose Marxist ideology is anti-Christian — and anti-American — in the most profound meaning of those terms. In many churches across America, cultural Marxists in the pulpit are quietly supplanting traditional Christian values with those of the hammer and sickle.
“Cultural Marxism” is the gradual process of grinding down Western democracies by subverting the pillars of their culture, the structures and institutions of family, religion, education, politics, law, the arts, and the media as they provide the social cohesion necessary to a functioning society. Challenge the legitimacy of these institutions, and a capitalist society can be overthrown from within without firing a shot. Known as the father of cultural Marxism, 20th-century Italian communist Antonio Gramsci summarized his stratagem for dismantling Christian nations thusly:
Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.
Gramsci referred to his stratagem as “the long march through the institutions,” infiltrating a society’s cultural institutions and gradually supplanting their traditional values and principles with communism. Operating via stealth and deception, Gramsci’s disciples in this country have diligently labored to grind down every cultural institution in America, including its predominant religion, Christianity.
The communist plan to diminish Christianity’s hold on America continue reading…
Thank you Phyllis. A timely reminder of the dangers of Cultural Marxism and how it has eroded freedom of speech, how it has skewed educational theory and political rhetoric. This is the greatest danger to western democracy, a kind of creeping subversion that corrodes traditional values. It is also the biggest threat to Christianity. As the speaker says, we have a responsibility both to the state and to God. Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God’ (Mt 22.21 JB), but it is also written that ‘obedience to God comes before obedience to men’ (Ac 5.29 JB; cf. 1 Pet 2.16-17), and when the crunch comes, that is the order of our priorities.
Unfortunately, too many churches of all Christian denominations are being sucked into the deadly Marxist ideology. For many, I think it’s the threat to their tax exempt status that puts pressure on the inherently false premise to “go along to get along,” because the evil that spawns such ideologies as Marxism and other forms of totalitarianism only breeds more evil. Because, like the grave, evil is never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20).
In the shooting of two officers sitting in their squad car in Compton recently, we saw the reality of this. Now, instead of just insulting and injuring police officers, the Marxist anarchists have morphed into wanting to actually murder them in cold blood. That is also seen in the videos of the criminals blocking the entrance to the hospital (where the officers are still in critical condition) screaming “Die, pigs,” and other bloodthirsty chants.
Yes, Christians need to seek God regarding how to eradicate this evil in our nation. Unfortunately, we can’t continue to just believe that “being nice” and charitable will satisfy them. They serve a completely different master.
God is loving but He is also just.
As an addendum comment regarding the video, I am reminded of just a couple of events from the days in the early 2000s when I taught Citizenship classes for the local community college.
Virtually every term, one or more students, while learning about our government, history, and citizenship rights and duties, would ask me why some people hate America so much. Didn’t they understand what it was like to live in many places elsewhere that didn’t provide so many freedoms for their citizens?
What could I say, but that due to our First Amendment rights, we have freedom of expression (within legal limits) too.
Specifically, though, and this is why I include this comment, I recall the following students.
One man along with his wife and two children came from an eastern European country where he held a lucrative job as a doctor and lived in a very nice resort town on the sea. However, the restriction on human rights there prompted him to save his money, devise a plan, and eventually make it to America…where the family had to start virtually from scratch.
Another student was from a Central American country where she literally witnessed her neighbors gunned down in front of her house due to their resistance to the latest iteration of a totalitarian regime. She literally fled, one night, with only the clothes on her back, received bona fide political asylum in this country, and worked her way to the status of now being able to apply for citizenship.
These two stories are just the ones that stand out the most.
I’m always concerned about the youngsters carrying the anti-American signs in their protests and riots, even their professors who perhaps have never really comprehended the real consequences of their idealistic dreams for the Utopia they imagine a nation can be (thinking all the other brutal iterations just haven’t been done right, yet). What’s on paper doesn’t always play out.
In the meantime, I just hope there are enough critical thinkers and true historians left to quell the rage and block the “fundamental transformation” efforts that sounded so good at the beginning but at length reveal their true intent.
We see the fruit of them now in many of our burned out and trashed inner cities, in the injured and dead, and in the political firestorm that now defines our nation.
But there’s still time to get the word out and get on our knees.