Socialism, Marxism, Communism

Do not trust in politicians, they can not save you. When they die they return to the earth, and on that very day their plans perish!
Psalm 146:3-4

Why do so many people today put their hope in government and politicians?

Why is crime, terrorism, and social disorder increasing? Why are more and more youth lost, confused, depressed, and deranged?

Because the Church has been “led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2-4) and has become friends with the world and enemies of God (James 4:4-5).

The good news of Jesus Christ is simple and clear – yet we have clouded and adulterated it with false philosophies, ideologies, and doctrines… 

False philosophies, ideologies, and doctrines, such as: Social gospels (socialism), liberation theology (marxism), prosperity gospels, emerging church gospels (universalism), therapeutic gospels, formal church gospels, moral gospels (moralism), god is everywhere gospels, all paths lead to god gospels…

If the praise of unbelievers is what you want, then it’s not hard to get. Simply compromise the truth… The Israelites, before the Babylonian Exile, practiced a similar approach to truth. They believed God had delivered some truth through Moses, but they also wanted to sample the “truth” of the Canaanites and other false religions around them.

And why does this cause believers and unbelievers alike to seek hope in the governments of men?

The defection of the church from God’s truth [has removed] the barriers that restrain evil and disorder in society. As crime, civil unrest, and barbaric acts of terrorism rise, the people panic… [they] will beg for a strongman leader – even a dictator – who promises safety, security, and order. (1)

The only hope is in the Amazing Grace of Jesus Christ!

Be sanctified with the truth! (John 17:17-19)
Hold to Jesus’ teaching, the truth, and it shall set you free! (John 8:31-32)

Become a man or woman of God!

References:

1. Highly recommend this book! “The Barbarians are Here: preventing the collapse of western civilization in times of terrorism” by Michael Youssef, Worthy Books, Franklin, TN, copyright 2017

Originally posted: 2017-05-30


Free education, free health care, steal from the rich and give to me. Free, Free, Free!!

Be honest, what are you really asking for?

Aren’t you really asking, out of jealousy, for the government to steal what you covet from those that have more than you to give to you in the form of free education?

Do not be fooled by the false hope and idolatry of socialism!

8. You must not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
Do not take what is not yours. According to Martin Luther, “We must fear and love God, so that we will neither take our neighbor’s money or property, nor acquire it by fraud or by selling him poorly made products, but will help him improve and protect his property and career.”

10. You must not covet or desire your neighbor’s belongings. (Exodus 20:17)
Be happy with what God has provided for you and never want what belongs to others out of envy. “Have I looked with envy, jealousy or hatred toward the possessions, talents or achievements of others? Have I desired the downfall or loss of others out of evil intent that I might benefit? Have I grieved that God has bestowed greater blessings on others than on me?” (2) (3)

Example of Socialism (soft marxism) 

“VENEZUELA FOOD CRISIS: A WARNING TO THE WORLD”

Venezuela is on the brink of collapse. With food prices skyrocketing, people are struggling to feed their families. Crime is on the rise. Long lines of people wind endlessly around the supermarket in the hopes of securing just the bare necessities. Oftentimes they go home empty handed… Venezuela’s socialist-inspired revolution used to provide plenty of government funding to ‘create a more equal society.’ Looking at what’s happening in Venezuela now, that didn’t work so well.
“VENEZUELA FOOD CRISIS: A WARNING TO THE WORLD” beprepared.com/blog/20988/venezuela-food-crisis-warning-world/ visited 2016-11-20

Scripture References:

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Ephesians 4:28

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is … covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Ephesians 5:5

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you… For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
2 Thessalonians 3:6-11

References:

1. “How Should Christians Think About Socialism?” Interview with John Piper visited 2016-11-14 *podcast attached for personal archive

2. “My Orthodox Prayer Book” by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


We The People are free and self governed. We were never meant to become dependents (ie. slaves) of the State.

God warned Samuel about when we trust in and depend on earthly kings instead of God:

“’This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons. . . He will take your daughters. . . He will take the best [of everything you have]. . . and you yourselves will become his slaves.’”
– Paraphrase of 1 Samuel 8:7, 11-18


Socialism vs Communism vs Liberty (Republicanism)

“ADOLF HITLER’S POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY [National Socialism] HAS BEEN SUMMED up to say: ‘Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs.’ History, of course, tells us how that way of thinking worked out…” (1)

“Communism stresses the importance of the political party over the person. In fact, under Joseph Stalin’s collectivization efforts in the Soviet Union during the early 1900s, peasant farmers were forced, for the benefit of the state, to give up their land and animals in order to become part of collective farms. This resulted in the starvation and death of many millions of innocent people” (1)

On the contrary…

“the biblical worldview holds that people matter supremely because they matter to God. Genesis 1:26–27 makes it clear that human beings are uniquely created in the image of God. We therefore have intrinsic value beyond that of any of the other creatures on earth, and this value is not contingent on our abilities, quality of life, or perceived worth in society…” (1)

“people who are influenced by the biblical worldview who strive to protect the unborn, fight for the rights of the oppressed, and work to feed, clothe, and lift up those in poverty. These are practical outworkings of the teachings of Jesus, who said in Matthew 25:40, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’..” (1)

“You matter to God, as does every person you know—and those you don’t know. Whom might God want you to protect, encourage, or love in his name today?” (1)

America is governed by Natural Law, not All Powerful Governments, Political Parties, or Dictators…

“The Constitution recognizes the existence of natural law. In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson referred to ‘the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’ Natural law recognizes the existence of God and acknowledges that God established a natural order of things for this earth and the people of this earth…” (2)

“The Constitution acknowledges that the people are the true sovereigns in a republican government. The Founders rejected the notion that a king has a ‘divine right’ to rule. Under natural law, no man has a right to rule over another, unless the subject gives their consent…” (2)

“‘The power under the Constitution will always be in the people,’ he wrote. And what better way to show the people that he was serious than through his own actions. Washington would not be king. He would not abuse the people’s trust. And certainly he would not overstay his welcome. The presidency demanded virtuous men. God and law would take care of the rest.” (2)

Communism in Cuba

“Writing in the Washington Post, Yale historian Carlos Eire commented:

 I am furious, in pain, and deeply offended by those who laud this betrayal of the Cuban people as a great moment in history. My family and native land were destroyed by the brutal Castro regime. In 1959, as an 8-year old, I listened to mobs shout ‘paredon!’ (to the firing squad!) I watched televised executions, and was terrified by the incessant pressure to agree with a bearded dictator’s ideals.

As the months passed, relatives, friends and neighbors began to disappear. Some of them emerged from prison with detailed accounts of the tortures they endured, but many never reappeared, their lives cut short by firing squads.

I also witnessed the government’s seizure of all private property—down to the ring on one’s finger—and the collapse of my country’s economy. I began to feel as if some monstrous force was trying to steal my mind and soul through incessant indoctrination.

Eire escaped the regime when he was eleven, one of the lucky 14,000 children able to get out through Operation Pedro Pan. Some were joined by their parents later, but many were not. ‘Although my mother did manage to escape three years later,’ writes Eire, ‘my father remained stuck for the rest of his life. When he died, fourteen years after my departure, the Castro regime prevented me from attending his funeral.'” (3)

References:

1. Excerpts from “Today’s Moment of Truth: Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ” by Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg 

2. Excerpts from “Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You’ve Never Seen Him” by Glenn Beck

3. “Remembering Castro’s Crimes” by William Doino Jr. 9 . 21 . 15
www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/09/remembering-castros-crimes
 visited 2016-12-1


Property Rights: A Fundamental Human Right

Excerpt from Imprimis: Property Rights and Religious Liberty

“James Madison wrote an essay on property in 1792 in which he connects property rights to all human rights, including freedom of religion, speech, and the press. Madison defines property as ‘every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right, and which leaves to every one else the like advantage‘ (emphasis in original)—the italicized words distinguish the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence from the kind of rights proclaimed by socialism, such as the right to a guaranteed income or to free education, which by definition make claims on the property of others…

Madison concludes: ‘In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.’ … 

Knowing the horrors of modern war, Churchill hated and feared war all his life. Yet he made this speech to rally his cabinet, as he would rally the British nation, to war. Why? Because he was possessed of the knowledge of the nature of the human being—the fact that we are made in God’s image to confront the eternal questions from inside a mortal body, and that our rights to our property and our rights to conscience and religious liberty are aspects of the two parts that integrate to make the human being. Churchill thought the human being was a thing produced by nature and by God and that no man, not even Adolf Hitler with his vast divisions, could ever conquer that. He fought for that belief. I think we are going to have to fight for it too.”

Ref.

Property Rights and Religious Liberty
December 2015 • Volume 44, Number 12 • Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College
imprimis.hillsdale.edu/property-rights-and-religious-liberty/


Welfare: The Politics of Welfare is “about validating oneself rather than helping others”

Excellent article in the October 2014 Imprimis by Hillsdale College

I conclude that the machinery created by the politics of kindness doesn’t work very well—in the sense of being economical, adaptable, and above all effective—because the liberals who build, operate, defend, and seek to expand this machine don’t really care whether it works very well and are, on balance, happier when it fails than when it succeeds…

This is why so many government programs initiated to conquer a problem end up, instead, colonizing it by building sprawling settlements where the helpers and the helped are endlessly, increasingly co-dependent…

This assessment also provides an answer to the question of why liberals always want a bigger welfare state. It’s because the politics of kindness is about validating oneself rather than helping others, which means the proper response to suffering is always, “We need to do more,” and never, “We need to do what we’re already doing better and smarter.” That is, liberals react to an objective reality in a distinctively perverse way. [emphasis added]

References:

“The Case Against Liberal Compassion” William Voegeli, Senior Editor, Claremont Review of Books, Imprimis October 2014, Hillsdale College imprimis.hillsdale.edu


Socialism: Promise of Utopia always ends in misery, violence and starvation

“Over and over, socialist demagogues have promised utopia, only to produce starvation on an extraordinary scale. In socialist Venezuela, its citizens have been reduced to eating cats, dogs and even pigeons!” Ron Paul

“In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food…

Venezuelans suffer shortages of the most basic goods, from food to medicine, amid triple-digit inflation and a nearly 80 percent currency collapse in the last year.” (2)

“a student protest[er] coming right up in the soldier’s face, and going: ‘Look me in the face and shoot me, [expletive]. I’m hungry. I know you’re hungry too.'” (1)

Why the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is so important: In Venezuela the socialist dictator can stay in power!

“Large numbers of citizens want to oust President Nicolas Maduro. But he commands the loyalty of many men with guns.”

Mahanta [Journalist]: One thing I’m curious about is, how does Maduro retain enough support going forward to hang on to power? Where is his genuine source of support at this point? 

Toro [Venezuelan Activist]: People with guns. That includes the military of course, which has been given enormous privileges during the last 18 years. [It has] been put in charge of mining businesses, been part of the oil industry, and smuggling, and cocaine, and a lot of other things…

It’s the paramilitarization of the ruling party. So [the] PSUV, or Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, has what are called colectivos. [These are] sort of grassroots supporter civilians who are armed and organized. What they are is paramilitaries. They are armed civilian groups that support the government. (1)(emphasis added)



References:

1. “How Much Longer Can Venezuela Go On Like This?
Large numbers of citizens want to oust President Nicolas Maduro. But he commands the loyalty of many men with guns.” SIDDHARTHA MAHANTA OCT 29, 2016 www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/10/venezuela-maduro-chavez-protest-caracas/505874/
 visited 2017-01-25

2. “Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food” www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/study-venezuelans-lost-19-lbs-on-average-over-past-year-due-to-lack-of-food