Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Demoralization of Ideas - Commercializing Religion merges with Show-Time Religion

In this previous post, I ranted (can't call it a well-structured essay) about how liberal philosophy infiltrated existing denominations and the subject of faith itself has been politicized in public discourse. Just go to Wallbuilders or read the unabridged writings of the founders to know that God and His Word is the bedrock of our Constitution. John Adams famously put it:

So how does one unbridle the restraints of morality and religion on a whole society, and subsequently bust that ol' Constitution wide open?  Ex-KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov, who specialized in subversion and propaganda explains: 

All subverter has to do to remove the spiritual backbone of America is to help you to POLITICIZE, COMMERCIALIZE and 'ENTERTAINMENT-ALIZE' the dominant religions. There are many other contributing factors the subverter can also take advantage of, such as the development and spreading of various religious cults, including Satanic and Death cults; preaching moral relativity and removing religion (and prayer, ANY prayer) from schools; creating 'personality cults' in religion whereby the preacher becomes the center and object or divine worship, not God (often your religious charlatans claims to be 'incarnations' of God, or even God Himself) etc.

I have selected the above three main methods because I am most familiar with them. These methods were used by myself and my KGB-Novosti colleagues and these methods have proven to be sufficiently efficient. We did not have to bother with such silliness for example as recruiting Billy Graham and forcing him to tell outrageous lies about “the existence of religious freedom in the Soviet Union” in state-run churches in Moscow.
Let's look at the contributing factors:
Cults-  are they on the increase? I haven't really researched this, but I'd bank on it. Remember, 1963 was the year that the Bible got the boot from schools. By 1973, these kids were a zillion times more likely to be in a cult than someone who grew up  in the 1930s.
Moral Relativity- this is "preached" to kids in the school system and in the media (all their cute little shows). It's not very overt in the early years, but they lay it on thick the later grades. What is right and what is wrong and why is not at all stressed in public schools. Think about the moral dichotomy that is set up for kids when they have to sit out of recess for talking in the hallway, but the kid next to him gets off scot free even though he bullies kids and uses crude language. How is his sense of right and wrong being formed? There are books and books on moral relativity, so I won't go on.
Removing prayer from schools - done
Personality cults - Three letters - TBN

Let's talk about entertainment and the church. I could devote an entire blog to the  churches that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lighting and sound systems so as to stimulate a rock concert experience at their church. I could start another blog just on Rick Warren and his custom church services that vary depending on your musical preference. Fortunately, someone has already done the work for me. Check out the radio archives at Critical Issues Commentary to hear a 15 part series that exposes why Rick Warren's ministry and his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, are unbiblical case studies of "ear tickling"

Again, Yuri explains why this is beneficial to proponents of a collectivist, tyranical governement, and he said all this almost 30 years ago:
Let's start with the most 'innocent' method of destroying religion, namely, making it ENTERTAINING. To attract people AND MONEY to 'established' religious organizations some churches have literally become theaters conducting variety shows featuring celebrities from the entertainment 'industry' who perform for 'fees.’ The KGB Agents of Influence may or may not have to physically manipulate these entertainment arrangements. The indiscriminate choice of the 'celebrities' for these church 'performances' is usually quite pleasing to the KGB. A group of rock or pop-musicians with a message of 'social-justice' sugar-coated in popular 'spiritual' tunes can be actually more helpful to the KGB than someone standing in the pulpit preaching Marxist-Leninist doctrine. The sugar-sweet messages of social equality from the crooning mouths of the entertainers is quite enough to accomplish the aims of the KGB without any overt activity on their part.
Is this happening today? Let's dissect this paragraph:
Churches have become theaters -Need I say more?
Celebreties that charge fees - There is a difference, I think, between fees and a "love offering". But when some of these "Christian" celebrities are living it up in mansions here on earth, I think that an abuse of trust has occurred.
Social Justice message sugar-coat in today's Bubblegum music - I'm not really into CCM, so I can't comment on what percentage of that type of music would count as social gospel propaganda. Propoganda can take any form in music, so I always make it a point to pay close attention to the words and ask myself, how biblical are these lyrics? What Scripture would back them up?

This point of social justice reminded me of Rick Warren's ambitious P.E.A.C.E. project wherein he colludes with nonbelievers (without making a witnessing outreach) to achieve worldly goals. i.e. well-digging, education, medicine.

Yes, let's make church-goers think that they are changing the world with the social gospel. Just ignore that other Gospel where the Son of the Holy God of Israel willingly got beaten to a bloody pulp and took on the sin of the world on Himself, died, rose on the 3rd day, and vowed to return when the time of the Gentiles was fulfilled to take out the trash. Eww, that's offensive! Let's go dig a well in Nigeria without mentioning the Bible in threatening way so that the Muslims will like us better! Yay! Rob Bell and his glasses are soo kewl! The emergent church is what has come along to replace liberal theology in the church. It is prevalent in youth and college groups and does NOT lead to the straight and narrow. I've done a lot of research on this, due to a brush with it in my own church. It does tie into many of the points here, so I'm just mentioning it.

Moving along to the subject of marketing and Je$u$ junk, we discuss Commercialization. Observe the following little play:
Congregation: What do we do? Young people aren't coming to church anymore! We have to DO something!
Church Growth Pitch Man: You guys can't draw a crowd because you're not relevant. The Baptist Hymnal? Seriously. Look, we've got proven plan to get a church going again. Get your deacons together and come up with a vision. [Make this look like it was ya'll's idea.] You guys will need some tools to get started. May I suggest Church- in -a- Box? You will also need a super-cool youth guy or gal and to ramp up your music. Don't forget programs, programs, program! You'll also want to follow these transitioning guides. Do a survey to see what your congregation expects. These methods have been proven in the marketplace when improving brand. You might want to think about finding your niche. No matter what: emphasize giving!

See that? He's promoting the world's way over God's way, leading us to further decline. He said He would build His church, not us.

Again, years before the church growth movement was ever heard of, Yuri nails it:

Faithful people do not have to be ASKED for money, [He's talking about televangelists here.] they tithe to their churches voluntarily and eagerly. Unhealthy competition for donations between various 'electronic churches' does two things beneficial to the subverter (KGB): 1) it makes religion dependent on the most successful 'salesmen' of God (and these salesmen may not necessarily be, they DONT HAVE to be, of the highest moral standards) thus, truly moral, God-centered people are turned off by organized religion and 2) it EMPTIES regular churches, where you have to practice your religion by personal physical presence and participation and involvement. All the subverter has to do now is to keep on further discrediting the main body of the church, by harping at religion in general as “just another means of the capitalist exploitation of masses, and a profit-oriented opiate of the people.” And the Soviet propaganda, and its fronts such as 'Novosti' Press Agency does exactly that, and quite successfully, through thousands of 'liberal' and 'leftist' media establishments in the USA.
 Note: All Yuri Bezmenov quotations come from his pamphlet, Love Letter to America.(h/t Useless Dissident)

 Every crooked preacher on TV has probably closed the hearts of hundreds if not thousands of people. Does the US media ever highlight what good churches are doing in their communities. Maybe if you live down South, it will happen occasionally. I would say the vast majority of media stories on Christianity are designed to cast us in a bad light, never saying the hypocrite word, but making you think it the whole time. So many have left the church over the last 30 years. The church tries to fight it by becoming more worldly, like some pathetic person who just wants someone, anyone to like them. As Ferris Bueller once said, "Its hard to respect someone who kisses your butt." If you have the stomach, check out the Museum of Idolatry for a front-row view of what the once mighty Christian church has come to. Don't let it get you down, gentle reader, He has already overcome the world for us!

Jesus told us to get ready in Matthew 24:
Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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