By A.M. Kisly
Over the holiday weekend my husband and I traveled up north to visit with family. During our long drive, a question came up in our conversation that has come up several times recently. We were discussing the current state of our nation and as we began to get into all of the “crazy” things that were going on in our government, and the speed in which these horrible changes were taking place, the one thing we tried to answer was, “How did this happen to our nation?”
As always, I brought along some reading material for the trip and began reading an article by Brannon Howse, from Christian Worldview. In his article he discusses 7 dangerous thinkers and their legacies that just won’t die. After reading it I felt that it helped bring some light into the chaos surrounding us and caused me to gain a better understanding of how a Christian nation could fall so far.
Brannon Howse hosts as radio program entitled “Worldview Matters”, great name, because in reality, worldview really does matter. He will explain how America is quickly being destroyed from within by a battle that at its foundation is spiritual and theological.
It is such a good article that I decided to post it here. I hope it sheds more light on this subject for all of you.
7 Dangerous Thinkers and Their Legacies that Just Won’t Die - Brannon Howse
The Apostle Paul calls Satan “the god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4, and John states in 1 John 5;19 that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We are in a battle, and the leader of the opposition is Satan himself.
I hear people say that we are all God’s children, but that’s only wishful thinking.
Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God” (John 8:42).
In verse 44 He continues, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Then in verse 47: “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
So when and how can one come to be called a child of God?
John tells us in John 1:12-13: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
The Bible Makes it Clear this is a Spiritual, Worldview War
Man is either serving God or serving Satan and thus every issue is a theological and spiritual issue. Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully Man, declared in John 14:6 that He is truth, and thus truth is that which is consistent with the character and nature of God. The Bible is a reflection of God’s character and nature, and so it is truth. Jesus Christ prayed this in John 17:17 when He said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
Satan is committed to everything contrary to the character and nature of God. He is an enemy of truth and therefore the father of lies.
I believe Satan desires the demise of America for two reasons:
(1) It was founded as a Christian nation, and many of its founders saw America as a place from which to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With the printing of the Bible, and the establishment of seminaries, Christian Sunday school associations, and mission agencies, America, since its inception, has spent billions upon billions on discipling nations of the world. Satan hates America for this!
(2) Satan hates America for our defense of Israel and the Jewish people. America stepped into World War II and ended Satan’s attempt to destroy the Jewish people through a demonically influenced Adolf Hitler. And, until recently, America has been a friend and defender of Israel. As a result, Satan is quite pleased by the work of those who further the lies that contribute to the destruction of our once great city on a hill.
He goes on to say that there are six main worldviews: Biblical Christianity, Secular humanism, Cosmic Humanism (New Age), Islam, Postmodernism, and Communism/ Marxism. Only one of these is built on truth. The other five have brought destruction, despair, mass murder, and chaos.
Among the many proponents of these views, a small group of seminal thinkers have done more than any others to assure that these aberrant philosophies still influence and undermine America long after the philosophers have exited this life. Their values and ideas are driving America itself to an early grave.
1. KARL MARX (1818-1883)
As a young man, Marx was kicked out of several universities for his radical, revolutionary views. An atheist and a Secular humanist, he wrote the “Communist Manifesto” with is friend Friedrich Engels. Marx did not believe in the spiritual world or life after death. He believed only in the natural or material world, and he valued people solely for what they could do for the state. Is it no wonder that the worldview of Marx – Communism – is responsible for the murder of as many as 100 million people?
Marx hated the free market and capitalism – concepts birthed out of the Reformation – perhaps because he was a lazy slob who wanted others to take care of him. Marx largely lived off his friend Friedrich Engels, who drew his income from the family business. How ironic is that? Marx spread his hatred of capitalism while living off 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), did he pay his bills and his rent, or buy food for his starving family? No. 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 quickly spent his wife’s inheritances from her mother and uncle, causing his family to live on the edge of financial ruin for years.
While the lies that Marx promoted were many, one was a hatred for the traditional family. Marx favored “a system of wives in common.” And because he was a mean, arrogant bully, Marx had few friends. Even those who agreed with his teachings did not like him as a person. Thus, when he died, only 11 people attended his funeral.
2. JOHN DEWEY (1859-1952)
John Dewey is known as the father of modern American education. He is also a signer of the “Humanist Manifesto 1” and a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In 1928, he traveled to Russia to help implement the Karl Marx system of education and then returned to teach at Columbia University as the head of their department of education. Dewey helped to start the Socialist Society in America and was an honorary president of the National Education Association. He promoted Secular humanism in his book, A Common Faith. Dewey presided over the League for Industrial Democracy, a British Fabian (socialism) branch. Dewey harmed America to a degree few others have. He was the leading force behind bringing a group of German intellectuals-from the “Frankfurt School”-to America. The Frankfurt School promoted the worldview of Friedrich Nietzsche, and with their arrival to America in 1933 they sought to implement cultural Marxism in every area of American life under the disguise of Political Correctness. The goal was the destruction of Christianity, the creation of chaos, and then the transition from cultural Marxism to traditional Marxism, i.e., Socialism.
One of Dewey’s most famous quotations sums up the philosophy prevalent in America’s educational system and curriculum today: “There is no God and no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable (unchangeable) truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law, or permanent moral absolutes.”
John Dewey, Karl Marx, Aldous Huxley, B.F. Skinner, and Benjamin Bloom were interested in a student’s academic achievement only if it would in some way benefit the State. Before a student’s cognitive knowledge could be used to its full potential for the good of the State, however, the student’s attitudes, values feelings, and beliefs must be conformed to that of the State.
In his book, “My Pedagogic Creed”, John Dewey explained:
“I believe the true center of correlation on the school subjects is not science, nor literature, nor history, nor geography, but the child’s social activities…I believe that the school is primarily a social institution…The teacher’s business is simply to determine, on the basis of the larger experience and riper wisdom, how the discipline of life shall come to the child…All these questions of the grading of the child and his promotion should be determined by reference to the same standard. Examinations are of use only so far as they test the child’s fitness for social life.”
John Dewey and his friends were only interested in knowing where to place the students in the social and economic hierarchy. Tests were to be used to determine a child’s area of worldview weakness. Once the area of weakness is determined, the attitudes, values, feelings, and emotions that do not fit with the State’s worldview--the curriculum, as Bloom said—are used to change the student’s fixed beliefs. Those who do not conform are punished by being channeled into dead-end, low income jobs. If you like where America’s education system is headed, you can thank John Dewey.
3. JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES (1883-1946)
John Maynard Keynes is best known for what is now called Keynesian economics. Keynesian economics can be recognized by its love of debt, hatred of savings, and commitment to an idea that caused the Great Depression to be much deeper and last much longer than was necessary. This idea is the belief that during an economic downturn or recession, government should borrow or inflate the currency and dump large amounts of cash into the economy by being the primary source of spending and employment. (Does this sound familiar?) The end results are inflation and the devaluing of the dollar.
Keynes was a Fabian Socialist and member of the British Fabian Society. Fabian Socialism was birthed in London in 1883 and is best defined as ‘desiring Socialism through evolution instead of revolution.’ Many members of both American political parties are committed to Keynesian economics, and many are also Fabian Socialists. The goal of Fabian Socialism is not just Socialism but Globalism. Fabian Socialism works well with Corporate Fascism, which is now America’s form of government. Corporate Fascism is the merging of big government and big business. In the end Fabian Socialists don’t really want to own it if they can control it, and all they need to control it is a financial crisis that allows them to change laws, inflate the currency, and by stock in corporations. Whether you call it nationalizing an industry or Corporate Fascism, the end result is the same – the death of freedom and an end to private property.
John Strachey, a one-time communist, entered the British Fabian Society in 1943 and became War Minister in the labor government of Great Britain in 1950. He explains Keynesian economics this way:
“The positive part of Keynes’ work was a demand that capitalism should now be regulated and controlled by a central authority…The principal instruments of its policy should be variations in the rate of interest, budgetary deficits and surpluses, public works and a redistribution of personal incomes in equalitarian direction. This positive side of Keynes’ work requires an authority to do the regulating, and that authority can be, in contemporary conditions, nothing else but the government of a nation state.”
Keynes himself admitted that by:
“… A continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not only confiscate, but confiscate arbitrarily: and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The process engages all of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose.
Dr. David Noebel of Summit Ministries, he observed:
“Keynesianism, or interventionism, or socialism, is contrary to nearly every aspect of the Christian worldview in economics. Today, Keynesianism is called interventionism. Interventionism is where the government itself gets involved in the economic sphere and passes laws that destroy what we would call sound, basic economics. And what we had with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the whole deal of going now into debt by trillions is nothing more or nothing less than Fabian, Keynesian economic philosophy. So this is what every Christian needs to get a handle on, or we are finished as a nation. Austrian economics was just basically classical economics. For 6,000 years, the economics of the world was basically money, sound money. You’ve got to have something that you can judge by, and even though over the history of the world for the last 6,000 years we’ve tried various things, they always ended up with gold and silver as being the standard of money. And you could judge it. The dollar itself comes from the word thaler, which was a measurement of what and ounce of silver would entail, or a percentage of a gold piece would entail. So we always—in fact, the U.S. Constitution identifies money as gold and silver.”
Like so many of the other losers on our list, Keynes was also a pervert of the highest order. Zygmund Dobbs conducted research for the book, Keynes at Harvard, and he describes Keynes and his Socialist buddies this way:
“Singing the Red Flag, the highborn sons of the British upper-class lay on the carpeted floor spinning our socialist schemes in homosexual intermissions…The attitude in such gatherings was anti-establishmentarian. To them the older generation was horribly out of date, even superfluous. The capitalist system was declared obsolete and revolution was proclaimed as the only solution. Christianity was pronounced an enemy force, and the worst sort of depravities were eulogized as ‘that love which passes all Christian understanding.’ Chief of this ring of homosexual revolutionaries was John Maynard Keynes…Keynes was characterized by his male sweetheart, Lytton Strachey, as “a liberal and a sodomite, and atheist and a statistician.” His particular depravity was the sexual abuse of little boys.”
Joan Robinson, a Marxist economist who worked with Keynes, declared that “the differences between Marx and Keynes are only verbal.”
We will conclude with the “7 Dangerous Thinkers and Their Legacies that Just Won’t Die” in our next article, due to length. In this coming article we will take on Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Aldous Huxley and Alfred Kinsey and the major influence they have had on our society ultimately bringing us to the present situation we find ourselves in as a nation.
Romans 1:22 says that, “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” which is to say they became vain, useless, and futile in their thinking.
America has been incredibly stupid and wrong to have taken hold of and adapted herself to such perverse and Anti-Christ ideas.