By: Brian Evans
In our backyard, we have a lemon tree, and one day I noticed that a thorny vine of some kind had started growing around it. It looked enough like the rest of the tree that I figured it was just another stage of growth. I knew that thorns are part of a lemon tree, so I didn’t give it another thought. Then, within a couple of months, the thorns took over the tree and it began to die. I began to take a closer look and realized that these particular thorns weren’t part of the tree at all. It turns out they were a foreign invader. Had the foreign invader looked more foreign, I would have realized the need to remove it immediately, but because it shared surface-level similarities with the tree, I was fooled into thinking it was all the same thing. Unfortunately, today in churches throughout America, and even the world, foreign socialist and communist invaders have found a way to look less foreign, as they have wormed their way into churches, as they seek to make sure that those churches die, at least for the church as God intended.
Recently, I have found even myself sitting in church, feeling as if something just wasn’t right, as the pastor uttered words that I felt betrayed my faith, as it contradicted the word of God. Many times it was subtle, as it was mixed in with joyous song, as well as interesting and feel-good scriptural explanations. However, as time progressed I found the sermons deviating more and more from theological foundations and scripture itself. As a result, I began to question my own presence in the church. I felt as if my presence there was a betrayal to the Gods word, and ultimately God himself. As a result, I found myself missing church services, studying the scripture from home, and researching my disillusionment with the church. That was when I came across the idea of ‘Progressive Christianity.
In China, progressive Christianity is not a new thing, in fact Christians are persecuted, as even this year, the communist nation has instructed Chinese Christians to replace their images of the cross, gospel passages, and Jesus Christ, with images of their communist leader Xi Jinping, in their efforts to diminish the Christian faith and religion, and replace it with a worship of government. It is a concerted effort to…
“transform believers in religion into believers in the party.”
Sadly, it is not an isolated incident, as China, as well as other communist nations around the world, have persecuted, maligned, and even killed their own people for simply believing in and worshiping God,
Since the inception of communism, Christianity has been a problem for the radical communist ideologues, as it makes it hard for them to reign in and control the Christian people. In fact, it has been one of the reasons that Christianity has been condemned and many times outlawed within communist nations.
In fact, the “Marxist Internet Archive” reveals in a June 1924 issue of ‘The Communist Review, how the Communist Party of Great Britain promotes and instructs their ideologues how to combat religion, and Christianity in particular. They go on to talk how they should combat and attack Christians, and say that…
“it is not religion itself that our Party should fight against, but only the falsification of it in the interests of capitalist society.”
Under communism, especially when looking back to the Soviet Empire and the Kremlin’s plan for churches, one can see a blueprint for what is happening in churches throughout the world, and even America today. For example, the Soviet Union utilized socialist ideals and fought to tear away at Christians beliefs so they could create the idea that spiritual pluralism was God’s way. Just as the communist Soviet Union employed religious pluralism at the beginning of their eroding of churches throughout their nation, today, socialists and communists utilize religious pluralism to erode the fabric of Christianity today, as pluralism isn’t simply the existence of plural or multiple religions, but the acceptance of them, and their beliefs as valid.
However, God’s word clashes with the idea of worldly pluralism! After all, Jesus said in John 15:19-20 that…
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.”
Regardless, evangelical leaders like Richard Cizik, who represented the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative conference promoted anti-christian thought and passed it off as Christian, when he said…
“It’s not just tolerance, it’s to go beyond tolerance, to principle pluralism, which… means no religion has a privileged place. I would say one step even further, which is to say partnership…. The fundamentalists have a pessimistic view of the future and they have this perception, unlike evangelicals and liberal Christians, that there’s an unbridgeable divide between the believer and the unbeliever…. We don’t believe that.”
In the meantime, socialist-orthodox evangelicals look to the Soviet “church” model to transform churches today throughout the world, and America. For example, socialist-based religious leaders look to…
- Infiltrate church institutions.
- Adapt the Communist social campaign to America’s unique beliefs, wants, and values.
- Concentrate on seminaries where each new convert learns to influence thousands.
- Divert the heart and purposes of the Church from the spiritual to the material.
- Demonstrate tolerance toward beliefs and values that clash with God’s Words.
Interestingly, this didn’t happen overnight! In fact, the communist leader Manning Johnson said before the 1953 Committee on Un-American Activities in the House of Representatives that…
“The plan was to make the seminaries the neck of a funnel through which thousands of potential clergymen would issue forth, carrying with them, in varying degrees, an ideology and slant which would aid in neutralizing the anti-Communist character of the church and also to use the clergy to spearhead important Communist projects….This policy was successful beyond even Communist expectations. The combination of Communist clergymen, clergymen with a pro-Communist ideology, plus thousands of clergymen who were sold the principle of considering Communist causes as progressive… furnished the Soviet apparatus with a machine which was used as a religious cover for the overall Communist operation.”
Manning Johnson, Communist Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
However, socialists and communists stop short of calling it socialism or communism, but instead replace the terms with words like “compassion” and “world service”. After all, the America of today and the rest of the world are witnessing a more dangerous form of ‘communism’, than under the former Soviet Union, as communists are using a more pleasing version or term called communitarianism!
Under communitarianism, our nation, as well as the world, have seen mass surveillance with ‘partnerships between the public sector (government), private sector (businesses, and civil society, which includes churches. The goal of communitarianism in America today is to serve the government, and ultimately the United Nations agenda for the ‘global welfare state’. Unfortunately, that global state expects EVERYONE to conform to their leadership standards, resulting in global control of EVERYTHING by the UN global government. Under the UN Global Initiative, they have already determined the ‘mental health’ guidelines, which employ a pluralistic framework for religion and religious values, that are pre-determined under a socialist and communist framework. Therefore, CHRISTIANS WOULD NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO SERVE GOD, NOR WALK IN GODS FOOTSTEPS!
Manning Rudolph Johnson, who was the Communist candidate for U.S. Representative from New York’s 22nd Congressional District in 1935 who testified to the Committee on Un-American Activities that…
“The Communists have an advantage in religious organizations due to the fact that their forces within religious groups are well-organized as a totalitarian group. This gives this destructive element a great tactical advantage over all others in the religious organizations who deal with religion as individuals, operating ethics on the basis of an individual conscience before God. Communist strategists counted the effectiveness of their forces not so much on numbers alone, but on the importance of individuals loyal to communism in key spots where a small group can influence large numbers. Thus, one professor of divinity, lecturing to future clergymen, who in turn will preach to thousands of churchgoers, is, in the long run, more dangerous than 20 Red preachers, singing the praises of communism from the pulpit. If an infiltrated body has 1 per cent Communist Party members and 9 per cent Communist Party sympathizers, with well-rehearsed plans of action, they can effectively control the remaining 90 per cent who act and think on an individual basis. In the large sections of the religious field, due to the ideological poison which has been filtered in by Communists and pro-Communists through seminaries, the backlog of sympathizers and mental prisoners of Socialistic ideology is greater than the 10 percent necessary for effective control.”
Manning Johnson, Communist Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
Fortunately, God gave us the scriptures to both warn us and prepare us for these deceptions. In Colossians 2:6-9, it says…
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
Still, even with God’s warnings, prophecy continues to fulfill itself. In fact, after years of attempting eradication of Christians and Christianity from communist nations like the former Soviet Union, Cuba, China, the communist ideologues realized that eradication or even attempted re-education of Christians will only lead to failure, and many times a strengthening of Christian believers faith in God. Therefore, communists around the world concocted a plan, that would weaken and dilute the Christian religion, and therefore create an opening for governments to quietly and cleverly pervert the religion, as well as its churches, and its believers. It began with an infiltration of not only ivy league colleges and universities but Christian education as well. Then, they used those socialist and communist ideologues who graduated from Christian schools, to take posts at countless churches around the world, including in America. Then, once they took powerful leadership positions within the Christian hierarchy, the closet communist and atheists began to water down Christian beliefs, year after year, generation after generation, until the ten commandments and Christian principles were no longer viewed as laws to be followed, but rather flexible guidelines that are loosely followed, if they are followed at all.
Today, as a result of Gods laws being viewed as a flexible set of rules rather than laws, the divorce rate has skyrocketed, men and women have demoralized and defaced their own bodies and minds, and children are left without parents to teach their children guiding principles of morality, or they have no parents at all. Therefore, as a result, crime, drug abuse, murder, sexual assaults, rape, gambling, suicide, infidelity, pornography, and countless other issues of the human condition are at all-time highs. Also, children are left to their own devices in search of the family connection, so they resort to joining ruthless and violent gangs, or commit crimes, and find perverted forms of family unity in prison.
Therefore, why would communist nations try to pervert and destroy societal morality? Ultimately, it is about its aim to eradicate Christianity as a whole, create an atheist society, and create the societal worship of government, instead of God. Furthermore, communist nations would not be able to overthrow capitalism, or free nations like the United States, if the nations as a whole embraced the Christian doctrine of love and kind persuasion, instead of force and violence! In addition, Christian values are antagonistic, or in complete opposition to communist philosophy. For example, Christianity’s ten commandments state…
- You shall have no other Gods but me.
- You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Respect your father and mother.
- You must not commit murder.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal.
- You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.
- You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Therefore, the First Amendment goes against communist philosophy that demands its citizens look to government, not God for all the answers to life, which also violates the Second Amendment as communist governments expect their citizens to bow down and worship government, not God. Also, communism brings about mass murder, which is in violation of the Sixth Amendment, which states…THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER! Communism steals from one group of people, and gives it to another, with the government keeping the bulk. Therefore, it violates the Eighth Amendment, which clearly states that…THOU SHALL NOT STEAL! Communism also encourages by fear and force, for neighbors to rat out, and give false evidence against their neighbors. As a result, communism violates the Ninth Amendment. Even the Tenth Amendment is in complete contradiction of communist ideological thought. After all, socialism and communism encourages envy and appeals to human coveting of others wealth.
In the meantime, as they have worked to undermine Christian churches, they have perverted Christian philosophy and thought, and they have led Gods children away from the very ideals that they as Christians, claim to profess. Now, as a result of their perversion of churches, Christians look at adultery as a guideline, pornography as a small indiscretion, swearing Gods name as a minor infraction, and the Sabbath as an option.
Socialists and communists make the claim that one can be a Christian and a communist, but that is a flat-out lie! Russian Communist Leon Trotsky even said…
“Religiousness is irreconcilable with the Marxian standpoint. We are of opinion that Atheism, as an inseparable element of the materialist view of life, is a necessary condition for the theoretical education of the revolutionist.”
However, over time communists realized that in order to convert thriving and fruitful nations like the United States of America, it would require a new approach. In fact, it was the Soviet Union, as well as communists throughout the world that devised the scheme to penetrate not only American government, colleges, and institutions, but Christian institutions as well. That way, they could corrupt the minds of Americans, make them believe that the system that brought about a thriving middle class, prosperity throughout the nation, and created one of the most powerful nations on earth is a failure, and wrong. Still, anti-American communists filtered through colleges and universities used those graduates to fill positions in major corporations, government offices, professorships in universities, and throughout the entire American political structure.
In fact, higher education has become so pro-communist, and anti-Christian that incidents have exploded throughout academia of ‘white-shaming’, promoting attacks on conservatives and Christians, hate speech towards pro-American students, and threats and violence towards Republicans, and especially pro-Trump Republicans. Just one example of anti-Christian hate this year involves an apparently atheist Minnesota State University Professor who asserted that the Virgin Mary ‘didn’t give consent’ to be impregnated, and was openly teaching that God was a sexual predator. Dr. Eric Sprankle, who serves as a professor and sex therapist at the Minnesota State University said…
“the virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”
When it was pointed out in the historical text that Mary had given consent by a fellow twitter follower, Sprankle then argued that there is too much of a power dynamic between God and a human to have been legit, when he said…
“The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”
Professor Sprankle also fails to mention that he is not only an atheist, which is promoted under communist ideology, but he is a devout Satanist, who regularly tweets about satanism, sex, and BDSM. BDSM is a variety of erotic practices or role-playing which involves bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism. Campus Reform even noted how in one of his tweets he had put up a Christmas tree, which was adorned with a satanic star on top of the tree
Today, through our educational institutions, communists have also been able to make a complete transformation of the democrat party from a pro-American party, towards liberalism, progressivism, and now socialism. In fact, Democrats are on the cusp of becoming a hard-line communist party, as they work to fight for socialist ideology in America, with open borders, and an end-goal of a One-World communist government.
Another area that has been crucial for the spread of socialism and communism is through Mainstream Media organizations like the New York Times. They have even written countless articles in favor of communist and socialist leaders in Cuba and Venezuela, and fight for anti-capitalist, anti-American goals, while fighting for the communist collective. In fact, a small sample of the NY Times anti-American articles include…
Why Women Had Better Sex Under Communism, What Killed the Promise of Muslim Communism, Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past, How To Parent Like a Bolshevik, When NY City Was the Capital of American Communism, The Journalist and the Revolution, The Communist Party’s Party People, What Punk Rock Meant to Communist Yugoslavia, Why George Bernard Shaw Had a Crush on Stalin, The radical playwright imagined a utopia ruled by a great leader who embodied Russia’s soul, The ‘Bright Tomorrow’: Growing Up in the Brezhnev Era, The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory, Lenin’s Eco-Warriors, The Little Red Book For Children, The Unexpected Afterlife of American Communism, and more.
Also, the New York Times wrote a in a November 4th op-ed titled “Are Christians Supposed To Be Communists,” where they cited a 1983 University of Maryland lecture, where they said that they heard a distinguished Greek Orthodox historian Aristeides Papadakis casually remark that the earliest Christians were “communists.”
However, like much of the radically left-wing Mainstream Media, the Times has several problems with their ‘false and misleading’ headlines, as well as citations. First of all, they utilize biased and pre-assumed ideals to search out progressive, pro-socialist, pro-communist ideologues, who will promote their position, REGARDLESS OF FACTS! Also, they live in their socialist bubble of circular reporting, where they cite other left-wing publishers, educators, and so-called historians.
Now today, one of the greatest threats that Christians face is from within their own houses of worship, as the radical socialist and communist ideology has sadly infiltrated and weakened christians churches. As a result, thousands of Gods houses of worship have been tainted, and focus more on attracting new members through the pleasures of life, rather than on scripture itself. For example, churches compete to have the most alluring benefits, like a coffee bar, donuts, hot chocolate, loud bands, special effects, and other tantalizers, in an effort to make coming to church as pleasurable, comfortable, and convenient as possible. And, although there is nothing wrong with those offerings, the problem comes with the way that many of the churches try to keep the congregations coming back. Today, as churches are being infiltrated and run by ministers who have been radicalized by pro-communist doctrines, they began to make it known that although the church frowned on specific behaviors like adultery, homosexuality, and other sins, they were willing to overlook their congregation’s indiscretions, rather than trying to save them. After all, many churches began to view the primary goal of their existence as financial, rather than biblical. Today, too many church leaders have been embedding non-christian ideology within their sermons, and pass it off as christian. In fact, they have even begun to chastise those within their congregations as un-christian, if they refuse to adopt those non-christian ideals. Ideals like sex before marriage, fornication, homosexuality, divorce, blasphemy, and countless other sins.
As a result of some churches who have turned their back on ‘God himself’, instances of progressive-socialist radicalism has sprung up around the globe. For example, an Italian parish priest has said he will close his church this year on Christmas in protest against a decree by Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is reining in the out-of-control illegal immigration, which has brought about massive increases in crime and financial strains on the italian government and the people. The parish priest accused his supporters of “killing God,” over their support of the governments crack-down, and so he put socialist ideology over christianity. Therefore, he cancelled Christmas.
Even closer to home, a Dedham Massachusetts church put up its Christmas nativity scene, but instead of creating an actual re-creation of the baby in a manger, St. Susanna Parish protested President Trump’s enforcement of the American border, by placing baby Jesus is in a cage, and separated from Mary and Joseph from Jesus, with a wall.
Typically, the nativity scene is a Christian tradition that celebrates the birth of the Savior God, but as socialism permeates churches like St. Susanna’s, some christians have allowed themselves to be deceived by ideological thought, which taints their basic and fundamental principles, set forth by the creator.
Even Democrats like Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez complained about voters being influenced by the “pulpit on Sunday” during an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He said…
” I had someone in northwestern Wisconsin tell me, ‘you know what, for most of the people I know, they’re principle sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no one that our message doesn’t penetrate. It should come as a surprise to no one that person has elevated the issue, of course, to the top, because that person on the pulpit is saying ‘ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing. We have to focus on one issue of Roe vs. Wade.'”
He lamented the idea voters throughout the nation would get their news from sources like Fox News, the NRA, or….the church!
Last year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) attacked federal court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as unworthy of the bench because of her Catholic faith. Senator Feinstein said…
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
God warned christians of the battle that we are facing today, as he instructed christians to stand firm on his word, and resist the worldly influences and ways. Although spiritual battles have been waged since Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, the battle still rages on today, and even more fiercely than ever before. Unfortunately, today we have socialist seminary professors, pragmatic religious leaders, and congregations who worship on the word of pastors who are more interested in socialist doctrine than the doctrine of God. As a result, so many christians allow themselves to be fed cherry-picked bible verses that “fit a social message”. Meanwhile, words like “sin and redemption” have been contextualized, redefined, and ignored, as their leaders claim ‘all people are essentially good’, regardless of their deeds or actions.
Today, whether you call it the socialist and communist infiltration of churches, or Progressive Christianity, it is one of the most dangerous threats to christians, as well as our christian children today. It lowers the view of the bible, emphasizes feelings over facts, perceives essential christian doctrines as open to re-interpretation, redefines historical terms, and shifts the heart of the gospel message from sin and redemption to social justice. Also, being there’s talk of God, Jesus, the Bible, love, and compassion no matter what church you attend, it makes it easy for a child who has never thought deeply about theology to easily mistake progressive Christianity for biblical Christianity, thus leaving the child with an incomplete or false gospel of God.
Today, Progressive Christianity is a thorny invader, similar to the thorny invader on my lemon tree. It was designed by the socialists and communists, dating back decades, as they sought to infect, corrupt, and erode the church from within. As a result, they sought to destroy christianity itself. Unfortunately, too many churches, seminaries, and christians found themselves asleep and unprepared to make the case for what they believe in. As a result, too many christians have forgotten that God’s truth that he has revealed to us, does not shift or evolve. It is only our experiences shift and evolve, but not Gods truth!
Therefore, while too many churches continue to slumber, the secular world moves on, as it becomes increasingly hostile towards christianity, and christians themselves. In the end, if many christians are not careful, it will kill off their connection with God altogether, just as the thorny invader can kill off my lemon tree.