By Brannon S. Howse
As a young man, Marx was dismissed from several universities for his radical, revolutionary views. An atheist and a Secular Humanist, he wrote the Communist Manifesto with his friend Friedrich Engels. Marx did not believe in the spiritual world or life after death, only in the natural, material world. He valued people only for what they could do for the State. Is it any wonder, then, that the worldview of Marx—Communism—has been responsible for the murder of as many as 100 million people?
Marx hated the free market and capitalism—and their roots in the Protestant Reformation—perhaps because he was a lazy slob who wanted other people to take care of him. He lived largely off his friend Friedrich Engels, who drew an income from the family business. How perversely ironic is that? Marx spread his hatred of capitalism while drawing his livelihood from the fruits of capitalism. Isn’t that always the mode of operation for those who follow the economic philosophy of Communism, the most virulent form of Socialism?
Marx was such a reprobate that out of his six children, three died of starvation while still infants, two others committed suicide, and only one lived to become an adult. The Marx family was often hounded by creditors. Yet, when Marx received a gift of 160 pounds (about $500), he neglected to pay his bills, his rent, or to buy food for his starving family. Rather, he went on a two-month drinking binge with his intellectual buddies while his wife and infant children were evicted from their apartment. Marx, the parasite, also spent his wife’s inheritances from her mother and uncle, causing his family to live on the edge of financial ruin for years.
Among the many infectious ideas Marx promoted was his hatred for the traditional family. Instead, he favored “a system of wives in common.” Needless to say, Marx did not have a great marriage, and when his wife died, Marx didn’t even attend her funeral. And not only was he a negligent husband and father, Marx was such an uncaring, arrogant bully that he had few friends. Even those who agreed with his teachings did not like him as a person. As a result, when he died, less than a dozen people attended his funeral (what goes around, comes around).
Communism hides under many names such as social justice, common good, or even white privilege.
The basis of Marxism is atheism. As Marx said, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
While a student at the University of Berlin, Marx was greatly influenced by German philosopher George W. F. Hegel mentioned in chapter 6. Hegel's dialectic’s taught a synthesis through which opposites like good and evil can combine for a better, third option. The dialectic is a theoretical construct which Marx tried to apply to the natural world. Lenin recognized what Marx was doing and wrote of the "great Hegelian dialectics which Marxism made its own, having first turned it right side up."
David Noebel, in his book Understanding the Times, describes the Dialectical Materialism of Marx this way:
"The dialectic says that in everything there is a thesis (the way things are) and an antithesis (an opposition to the way things are), which must inevitably clash. The result of the struggle and merging that comes from the clash is the synthesis, which becomes the new thesis. This new thesis will eventually attract another antithesis, and produce a new synthesis."
Noebel also explains the Marxist hope for what dialectics will achieve:
"dialectics perceives the developmental process as an upward spiral. Simply stated, dialectics see change or process due to conflict or struggle as the only constant, and this change and conflict always lead to a more advanced level."
This explains why so many humanistic politicians call for change and why they invite conflict. Neo-Marxist Saul Alinksy (Chapter 20), called for agitating to the point of conflict because he believed in the dialectic process. In his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes of the dialectic process without naming it as such:
"The organizer is constantly creating new out of the old. He knows that all new ideas arise from conflict; that every time man has had a new idea it has been a challenge to the sacred ideas of the past and the present and inevitably a conflict has raged."
"…The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict with the prevailing patterns and change them. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function—to agitate to the point of conflict."
As I document in this book, variations on the ideas and values of Marx and Hegel influence the thinking of many of America's political, educational, occult, and Church leaders. Barack Obama, for instance, studied Alinksy and taught his strategies while a community organizer in Chicago. It is part of the spiritual battle I described in Chapter 2.
As I discussed in chapter 3, Alice Bailey, under the influence of a demon, wrote that Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and other such tyrants were "agents of destiny, creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilizations; they are destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way."
And what is it they have to destroy? The answer is Christianity. The Biblical worldview is the "forces of evil" the Hierarchy (demonic realm) is battling.
De-Christianizing the World: A Firsthand Account:
This obsession to obliterate Christianity manifests itself in many ways. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for 14 years in Romania for preaching the Gospel while he also railed against Communism. After his freedom was purchased he found his way to America.
A month after his arrival in America in 1966, he testified before the United States Senate, and it has been reported that Wurmbrand's testimony was the most-sold government document for the next three years. His testimony is available online (http://members.cox.net/wurmbrand/communist.html), and if you read it, you’ll understand why it is so popular. His testimony warns that Communism cannot tolerate Christianity, and the Communist strategy in America is to infiltrate religious institutions and use them to further the Communist cause. Wurmbrand pleaded with Americans to oppose Communism in any form:
[quote] …The church can never have a peaceful coexistence with atheism. Everybody would laugh if I would say that health can peacefully exist with the microbe of tuberculosis, that the FBI can coexist peacefully with gangsters, that the church can peacefully exist with drunkenness, but communism and atheism is much worse than drug addiction and drunkenness. You drink a little wine and the next day it passes, but communism poisons youth and our children since 50 years. How can there be peaceful existence with this on the side of churchmen and the church leadership I cannot understand. [end quote]
Pastor Wurmbrand explained that Communists do not really care whether or not people become Communists per se but only that they do not oppose Communism. Pointing out the unBiblical ideas and values of Communism leads to cruel and murderous actions against the dissenter. In outlining the Communist approach, Wurmbrand explained that churches don't need to teach Communism, only a liberal Christianity that allows for the acceptance of what Communists want to accomplish:
"Rumanian Communists are very interested in the fact that you have here in the States, something like 300,000 [liberal clergy] on their side. They can't very well win them for Communism, but they can win them for a leftwing Christianity which supports Communism."
In addition to his Congressional testimony, Wurmbrand wrote several books cautioning against embracing Communism. Unfortunately, Wurmbrand's warnings have largely gone unheeded, and we are now suffering the consequences.
A Strange Spiritual Partnership:
Leftwing Christianity that rejects a Biblical worldview and proclaims a liberal social gospel is a partner to Communism, whether knowingly or not. Thus, Communism has many partners in America—even among some of America's most popular "Christian" authors and conference speakers.
FBI founder and director, J. Edgar Hoover, in his 1958 book Masters of Deceit explains why Communists put their people in as the heads of churches and other such organizations:
[quote] To make a known Party member president of a front would immediately label it as “communist.” But if a sympathizer can be installed, especially a man of prominence, such as an educator, minister, or scientist, the group can operate as an “independent” organization. [end quote]
Even Russia’s once State-controlled Communist newspaper Pravda understands that most of America's churches are a joke and are partially responsible for America's demise. In an April 2009 column, “American Capitalism Gone with a Whimper,” Pravda reports:
[quote] Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more than happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America. [end quote]
Marx would be pleased to know how many of America's religious citizens have accepted certain aspects of his worldview, all of his worldview, or simply see no real threat in the wide acceptance of his worldview. Marx was openly hostile toward any religion that did not promote man as God:
"Man is the highest being for man…The criticism of religion ends with the teaching that man is the highest being for man…"
Man "looked for a superhuman being in the fantastic reality of heaven and found nothing there but the reflection of himself."
“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
Marx and his colleague Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto, first published in 1848. Its core teaching can be summed up in what is often called the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto:
A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Abolition of all right of inheritance.
While serving as chief of police for Salt Lake City, Utah, Cleon Skousen wrote a 1961 best-selling book, The Naked Communist, in which he lists 45 goals of the Communist Party. Having served 16 years at the FBI, Skousen was a serious student of his Communist enemies. The January 10, 1963 Congressional Record lists these 45 goals:
U.S. acceptance of co-existence as the only alternative to atomic war.
U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of moral strength.
Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist domination.
Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests, because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
Do away with loyalty oaths.
Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
Capture one or both political parties.
Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of "teacher" associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Gain control of all student newspapers.
Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate" all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.
Control art critics and directors of museums. "Plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
Eliminate laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and violation of free speech and free press.
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "Separation of Church and State."
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the grounds that it was only a minor part of "the big picture." Give emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture—education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
Infiltrate and gain control of more "unions"!
Infiltrate and gain control of "big business"!
Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which "no one but psychiatrists" can understand and treat.
Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
Discredit the "family" as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
Emphasize the need to raise children away from the "negative" influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blanks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition, that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems.
Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
Internationalize the Panama Canal.
Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over "Nations and Individuals" alike.
Who’s Behind All This?:
Like many communist/socialist radicals of today—and like Alice Bailey—Marx, as a teenager, wrote about his Christian faith and his Christian convictions. As a young student, he claimed that Christ was in his heart. But it is clear that Marx-the-adult held to nothing remotely like true faith and repentance in Jesus Christ. No, his worldview was quite opposite that.
After Richard Wurmbrand offered his gripping testimony to Congress, he went on to found Voice of the Martyrs in support of Christians suffering for their faith. He also wrote several books about Karl Marx in which he documents the satanic influence underlying Marxism. He clearly reveals that Karl Marx was involved in Satanism.
In one of his poems, Marx declares:
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well.
My soul, once true to God,
Is chosen for hell."
In another, he exclaims:
"I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above."
Elsewhere, Marx claimed to have a pact with the devil, as Max's biographer explains:
"He had the Devil's view of the world, and the Devil's malignity. Sometimes he seemed to know that he was accomplishing works of evil."
A letter to Karl from his own father dated March 2, 1837 reveals that his own father was fearful that his son was under demonic influence.
The End-Game of Communism:
Satan has used socialism, communism, and Marxism in an attempt to build his “new order”—his own kingdom—by seeking to destroy Christianity, free nations, national sovereignty, and law based on the character and nature of God. The devil has used dictators committed to Marxist/Leninist philosophies to kill countless Christians. Why? Because, in the end, it is only committed Christians who build God's Kingdom, making them Satan's greatest obstacle.
Satan encourages in every way possible the violation of the Ten Commandments. The obliteration (stealing) of private property, for instance, forces service the State alone in order to survive. This fulfills the enemy’s plan that people ultimately are not really serving the state but the one who stands behind the State—Satan himself. Jesus Christ points out in John 10:10 that "the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." Satan—and his tool of the Communist State—is a thief. He loves communism, socialism, and Marxism because any version of such a government does, indeed, steal, kill, and destroy
Later in John 10:10, Jesus offers the good news: He came so we would have eternal life. This is a precious promise for the untold numbers of Christians and Jews who have refused to worship at the altar of Satan—and serve the State—with the result that they have been imprisoned or murdered.
Christians can take hope that God's Kingdom will come and crush Satan's dominion as foretold in the book of Daniel. Until that day, believers must realize that to not oppose socialism, communism, and Marxism is to agree with a satanic plan that fuels injustice, cruelty, anti-family values, and anti-Christian worldviews.
One final quote captures the essence of what Marx believed and what he thought should be done about it: “The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.” He may have been dead wrong, but that doesn’t change the reality that the worldview of Marx is alive and well in America and around the world. The influence of Marx’s ideas is overwhelming, and his vile legacy lives on despite the indisputable failure of his atheistic, communistic worldview wherever it has been tried.
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