Watching the world each day, I am struck by the absolute lack of any critical analysis or thinking among large swaths of all segments of society. I admit and recognize there are elements of this on the ‘right’; diehard MAGA folks that believed Qannon was real and that Trump had a plan. However, I suspect, that is not really a very large part of the population. I am also aware that while this group has been susceptible to believing many theories that did not pass the reasonableness test, they had many things right in their memes.
What has become increasingly disturbing is the elements of society that when presented with clear facts, facts that any reasonable person would look at and draw similar conclusions from, yet, many vocally and doggedly support a version of the story that comports in almost no way with reality. Oftentimes the major news outlets are complicit in these events through dishonest, biased and misleading headlines and perhaps a picture taken out of context becomes the only snippet of the story many every look at.
The situation in Michigan yesterday where three women essentially stalked, harassed, made verbal threats of violence and then blocked the car of a couple attempting to leave are the latest example. Most mainstream media outlets carried headlines such as “white woman in Michagan points gun at two balck women and a teenager”. If they included a video clip is is only of the last few seconds of the incident. Their stories have not included a full description of what went on before.
On social media, there are droves of people claiming the most absurd things related to this event. “The man tried to run the women over”, “the white woman threatened to kill the black women”. None of that is in the video. We have to always be careful judging events in videos, but several facts are clear enough to anyone that analyzes that situation honestly and with critical thinking.
But, that is not where we are. The event in Michigan is just the latest in what is beginning to appear to be a pattern. Videos that begin after something has happened, the filmers in the video make bold proclamations about the ‘wrong’ the person they are filming just committed. As in the case in Michigan, most of the folks subject to these events initially looked either shocked that this is occurring because they have no idea why the other person seems so upset OR, the person in the video seems upset as if they have been threatened in some way. Several videos of this nature that have appeared recently are later reveled to have begun after the one filming said something that was threatening, only to resume a calm and cool voice once they begin filming.
It all seems very organized, it seems very much like there are guidelines out there that tell folks how to do this. Does that sound like a crack-pot theory? Rules For Radicals listed instructions for the use of ridicule to achieve political objectives. Assuming these events are not just random is not crack-pot at all.
Anyone that spends any time at all truly seeking to understand what is going on right now – stepping away from ideology and the narrative of the world that says we need to listen and understand and relies instead on observing events, facts and reactions cannot help but see how nefarious all of this is. The fact that entire swaths of the public consume the initial misrepresentations of these events ought to be terrifying to any rational man. The reality that so many news outlets are quick to publish stories, most never retracted, that tell thing consistently wrong in a specific way ought to scare the hell out of anyone looking.
Yet it does not.
Something, some force has closed the minds and eyes of many people (a hint that force is Evil). It has turned some into rabid, hateful violent street demons. It has blinded others to the reality and seduced them into willing support of the narrative on the edges. Entire institutions that should be protecting civilization are now complicit in its downfall.
Does any reasonable person want to live in such an uncivilized world where it is perfectly ok to yell at people, tell them you will kick their ass, block, and hit their car? That is not speech, it is not civilized. These are not acts we have ever tolerated. Do we want to live with such hate? Why have so many ran to the banners of division, strife, and hate? These are things a prosperous and free nation can tolerate.
Yet we do. Videoes like described above are just a small part of the disconnect form objective reality we observe. Absurd is all around us and embraced now.
Unfortunately, I know more fools than wise men. “Friends” that are pastors, parents, college-educated ‘Christians’; so many have proven themselves to be fools. This is the biggest test of the current epoch and most are utterly failing the test because they want to be relevant and listen or to be accepted and not make wave – instead, they should be observing and thinking and speaking truth.
I left social media because even so many that I once considered friends are too lost to save. It is for me not an over-reaction to consider these folks former friends. What is occurring is a existential crisis. Left unchecked this will damn America, our kids and grand kids. All Americans for generations will suffer under the anarcho-tyranny to come. If a person says they stand on principles and cannot summon those principles to see this reality, I suspect their principles were always different than mine anyway. We were never friends, I merely thought we were.
These are the saddest days I ever thought I would live to see. It will grow far worse. My greatest sadness is that I was unable to lead some that I love out of danger and that I perhaps invested love and friendship in people that when the world got really real, they were no capable of seeing reality.
Zac Brown has a way with lyrics and I suppose they are successful because so many identify with their words. It often seemed in my life they were writing songs to go along with my life. Presented in reverse chronological order as it was my bit of life here.(with two extra songs added in).
My Old Man – he is me, I am him. He showed me everything I needed to know. he was a man.
2. When I was younger, I was foolish, selfish and unfair.
3. “We are born in hospitals to moms and dads who work and pray, the chosen few get shipped away to reap the tax that must be paid”
4. I remember the day it all clicked for me that she had been gone for years and there was no saving her.
5. Better men than me met this fate, it was not my time.
6. Then this happen, with a different ending (see #4 above).
7. There were sad, hard times and it almost killed me.
8. At one point Bart Crow provided my get up and live theme song – I played it on repeat out in Texas. It was cathartic.
9. I ended up literally driving Highway 20, for a while every weekend, heading east to see the two people I loved more than anything.
10. And then I met Bri, and well…
11. Loving her is so very easy.
12. Last year this one almost came true – shotgun and all.
13. And it goes full-circle from the first song in this list to my most important purpose in life.
As we approach Father’s Day in 2020, I, upon reflection, have come to a disturbing conclusion. I am happy that my earthly father has passed away and passed on. That is a profound realization, it is a complex statement. Taken out of context it sounds vulgar. It is not that I did not love my father, I did. It is not that I do not miss him, I very often do. I say the above for the singular reason that I know it was a far better thing for him to pass from this world rather than live to see the world turned upside down and people that ought to be wise enough to know better cheering it on and aiding in its destruction. He did not deserve to live to this day to observe what has become of us. The West is lost.
My father was a hard man, jovial socially but often without a lot of words privately. He spent much less time trying to explain what he saw and thought than I do and relied upon stern statements, pointed questions, and sometimes just walking away to make his point known. He was a realist, a pragmatist, and a stoic. He was a man of common-sense, a Christian man that loved his wife and his family. He did not suffer fools.
He was not perfect. I am only aware of one time that he may have entertained even the idea of a real transgression and he quickly corrected that path. He was human after all but in my observation better than most humans.
Like many men of his day he sensed that something was coming – he said it often to me, that things really were getting worse, little by little. It is hard for a man of my generation not to look backward and see this to be true (although many cannot, do not, and will not see it). It was more revealing for men of my father’s generation to see it. After all, they lived through a period of great achievements. Why should they sense the impending demise? Yet many of them did.
I recall when I was in second grade, we attended a church that voted on pastors and often could call a vote quickly and oust a man. My father was a deacon in the church, a small group had called and visited with him for a few weeks to talk about things in a serious way that I did not understand. I only knew he told them to essentially calm down. That was until a church meeting not long after. Something had changed, my father spoke to the congregation. I remember him pointing angrily at the pastor on the podium and saying that the man had lied. That church failed to vote the pastor out that day, we left that church after the meeting and never returned. Some years later that pastor went to jail for some pretty terrible things. That church suffered through several more charlatans and eventually went bankrupt and sold their building.
My father never fully trusted preachers after that. He would interview them before we visited churches. Later in life, he settled on a pastor friend he knew as a child. He knew what a rough lad the fellow had been and how much he had transformed.
Beyond preachers, he did not trust politicians, the government, or the media much either. He was wary of university professors. In sum, he had identified every institution and profession that would fall to absurd ideology and betray the notion of American exceptionalism. He was brilliant in his common-sense observations. (You can add to that list land developers, those people that buy up beautiful farms and convert them to dreary subdivisions – he loathed those parasites.)
In the 1980s when evangelical Christianity was facing one of its apostasy moments (events that lead to all the subsequent errors) many of his friends fell in with television preachers. Some bought vacation spots at places such as Jim and Tammy’s PTL in Charlotte. He never thought much of television preachers with slick words and slicker suits. To him, if you could not know the man preaching personally and judge his whole life, he had little business telling you about the spiritual.
Many of their friends watched anything and everything the local ‘Christian’ television station would display. I recall him saying that not everything called ‘Christian’ was. He was pretty open-minded about the books I read but scrutinized books by ‘religious’ authors, he did well to do that – just because something is in a book does not make it correct. All the ‘greatest’ bad ideas in the world are in a book someplace; I learned that later in life. But he was not small in his conception of God, nor was he close-minded to the mysteries of the Divine that we cannot know. His theology was simple and complex. He was my C.S. Lewis before I discovered Lewis.
At home, he made up work for me to do, and then fussed at me for breaking the plow, tractor, or mower. He also provided me with motorcycles, dogs, a pool, and everything else I needed to entertain myself.
He was incredibly profound and surprisingly open-minded in ways it took me years to understand. Small things he said to me, about the world, the universe, and theology took me years to grasp. He was not a man that explained a lot. His way of explaining was that you ought to get an idea and then to laugh at your folly for not and move on. It was a pretty effective teaching technique, it forced me often to go ask him what he meant, only to receive a snippet of more information. And the cycle continued.
In late 1992 I was at a decision point that would determine my life. Take one of the jobs locally that were on the table that would set me on a trajectory or head off to the Army. My father had always been accepting and supportive of me being in the National Guard, but leaving for the Army – that was different. He thought it a very bad idea. On a fundamental level, he was correct, he foresaw things I could not.
An acquaintance of mine, an older gentleman that spent his life in academia and taught at several major universities told me recently, “if I had known how important it is for sons to be near their paternal grandfather, I would likely have chosen a different profession”. My father had a brother that spent a career in the Air Force, he and his family left and never really returned. I think my father knew all of these things when he was sad about my career choice. Raising a son to be part of the traditions of manhood within a family requires the help of other manly figures in the family. A man’s father is an important part of raising sons to carry on the traditions and culture of the family.
Later in life, as he became ill with ALS, and my little family could only fly in occasionally on leave, my father became quieter. I suspect there was some sadness there. My decisions had robbed him of something he was entitled to – he had provided me a good life and great opportunities, the least I could have done was live closer to allow him time to be a granddad. I regret all of that in many ways, it makes me a bit sad. I did what I thought I was created to do in life, but decisions have consequences.
I told my cousin recently, when the last of my father’s brothers died, ‘when a man loses his father, life gets too real, and it is perhaps one of the hardest things to face.’ When your father dies you are alone in the world – there is nobody to come save you. Growing up, and as a man even, I always knew that if anything in life got too tough, my father would be there, at my side, fighting whatever was in front of us. That sense of security fades when one’s own father passes.
My father and many of his generation saw the turmoil in our world coming – they knew of Marxists at home and abroad. He was in that in-between generation. Just a bit too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam. After serving in the Marines he wore a flat-top, rode a Triumph motorcycle, and sported a leather jacket until he met my mother and then spent some time at Bob Jones University. Later, he scowled at and scorned the Boomer hippies – with good reason, their ideas and ideology were corrupt and wrong. He could smell a never-do-well ideologue a mile away.
He did not come from privilege; he grew up with seven siblings in a three-room house. He worked hard for what he achieved and acquired in life. He would not give two seconds credence to some girly-man standing up in front of a church claiming that ‘hard work is not enough’ to solve almost all of life's problems (that plus the Word). He would feel that way for many reasons, the least of which the entire concept is rather unbiblical and contrary to common-sense.
If he were alive today, he would show love and kindness to those confused by the lies many are telling in the world – for a brief time. If they failed to hear, he would turn from them in scorn and rebuke. That is biblical kids, as the Ramen guy so famously said on Tik-Tok recently, you just have to look it up (1Timothy 5:20). Just as he rebuked and scorned false teachers in the church in his life, he would do so now.
It is a blessing of sorts he does not have to live now, to see entire institutions fall and so many lemmings fall with them, led like rats by charlatan pied pipers. He lived a good and honest life. He was kind, stalwart, and just in his dealings with others and always lived according to principles that were tried and true. He never followed the crowd or cared much for what everyone else was doing. He was a man, a real, honest to God, man – there are so few of those around anymore. I was lucky to know him. He was my mentor, guide, and ultimately, my friend.
If I were older, if my strength had begun to fail, if there were still not people on this earth that I a have a duty to protect, if I did not hear the clarion call of noblesse oblige to stand on truth – I might wish my time in this world was at an end also. Yet there is duty to do still and battles to be fought and monsters driven from the door. ‘Duty is the sublimest word in the language’ after all.
My father had a good life, he worked hard and stood for truth even in the face of the crowd. We have but only our duty in this life and he did his. For me and those that choose to follow him and men like him, we will do the same. Protect our families, stand for truth, scorn those that lie or believe liars, and face down the growing sentiment of evil and hate that spreads through the land.
The wife, dogs and I took a stroll today, down by Riverfront, along the river and back through the Brick Pond. Here is an amazing thing. Just 150 miles to the northwest parts of Atlanta are filled with strife and burning buildings. Along our walk today we encountered dozens of people, of all ages and races. Every single one of them was friendly, looked us in the eye, and spoke (all except two 30-year-old couples that were too enthralled in a conversation about painting a kitchen to be friendly).
Our world may have many have problems, people may be mad about a lot of things, some justified and others overblown and others misunderstood, but not all of the world is the same. I wonder, what will June the 14th of 2021 look like when we take the same walk? Will North Augusta still be a friendly, reasonable, calm, and welcoming place? Will we have succumbed to destructive passions and hateful divides? Is that inevitable?
Last week a company I do some work for called and mentioned that they heard there were some protests in downtown Augusta and asked if they should do anything about some items they have at the Cyber Center. I told them protest had been occurring every day for the last few days and that Augusta was not like places on the news, not to worry. Augusta proved me correct.
There are differences in Augusta and North Augusta, sure. They are bigger, they have more crime, more poverty, a more haggard and aggressive police force but North Augusta and Augusta are still much more alike than many places in the United States.
Last year I heard some talk here about changing our Public Safety to a police department. I said then that was foolish. People coming in with big ideas about how things were done elsewhere are sometimes dangerous. Public safety is about as close as you can come to call it a department of peace (which sounds weird, so public safety it is), i.e. peace officers with guns. That is the sort of place we ought to want to live in, one where people smile and say hello and we call the folks with uniforms ‘public safety’. I have only had one odd encounter with any of the NAPS, once I pulled up and jumped out of my truck too fast to ask the dog catcher a question about my wife’s missing fluffy dog – he was jumpy. I want peace officers and public safety here! – we are good here thank you.
I hear talk again now of the Merriweather monument and Hamburg. I wrote about that last year. I see what people are saying online now. Most, almost all, are getting it wrong. The entire issue was complex, much of what went into making the situation so volatile in the first place was the actions of others that did not even live here, people that wanted to use political power for profit. There was some manipulation and using of people going on. All of the events that happened were tragic, some wrong on both sides occurred. A more complete and balanced version of the story that covers all sides needs to be told publicly.
Complex issues are never settled well in a rush or through emotions
We don’t need to tear stuff down to represent history – it is better to ADD to rather than tear down. We should put up another monument that reflects the whole story and the complexity of it – let the old one stand to be a lesson of how wrong it is to tell half a story. It is not hard folks, we don’t have to act like a bunch of Jacobites to make things right – we are not like other places.
I hope my walk next year is just a pleasant as the one today!
Antonio Gramsci conceived of the need for long-march through Western institution in order to facilitate Marxist revolutions. The church was one such institution that had to be infiltrated. This happened log ago with the UMC, PC (USA) Episcopalian and others. It began in earst with the SBC a few years ago. The megachurch, is unique in that is was built upon communitarian ideology that will eventual man these churches fall lock-step into compliance and support of Marxism and away from Christianity.
I challenge you, spend time watching the videos below, and follow some of the links. Follow the facts yourself, check the sources, and question the conclusions of the folks below. The men below are both qualified to speak, by education and experience, and they speak quality as determined by measuring their words through discernment and reason. They are not speaking from new and ‘interesting’ ideologies or currently popular ideas, they speak truths based upon the Bible, history, and ideas long tested by many reasonable and intelligent people.
Do not follow the world (Romans 12:2), even if it comes in the form of a church. If a church is following the world – it is probably wrong.
Follow the links below long before you read a list of ‘recommended books’. Books often are written by people that quote people that cite ideas that are unproven and unsound. No matter how ‘recommended’ many of these books may be by the crowd, you have to evaluate the intent before the content – you have to understand the ideas the books are based upon and where they come from and what the real purpose of the book has. If you fail to do this, if you read these books and follow the crowd without rightly applying Biblical principles you will be made a fool. If you blindly follow leaders that tell you how to think and tell you not to question but just to ‘act and serve’ you will become nothing more than a Menshevik (a useful idiot to the Marxist – their term, not mine.)
Late addition to list, look at the The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. Read the statement, argue from Biblical principles that the statement is wrong. Would your pastor sign this based upon what he has been saying from the pulpit? If not, ask yourself what he is using to justify his words if not the Bible. If you doubt the assertions, look at the resources on the SJ&G site. Why do these real, authentic and concerned Christians disagree so firmly with what progressive churches are saying? Look at the site, read the statement, look at the resources below, check the facts, read you Bible, pray – You already know what right looks like, you are just so far in to your social group you are unwilling to see it.
Watch Dr. Thomas Sowell, the brightest economist of our day explain why all the troubles on the street that people are rioting and protesting about are really public policy and economic problems, not racism.
2. John MacArthur and an expository review of the Biblical explanation for the current troubles.
6. If you do not believe or understand that the bad and dangerous ideologies of Postmodernism and Cultural Marxism have infected the church, watch the Founder’s Ministries presentation below.
7. If you are confused as to why your megachurch pastor is not saying anything like the pastors above and why they have told you to stop having opinions and just listen to the leaders and act, watch Chris Rosebrough’s presentation below (open up the PowerPoint that goes with the lecture first).
8. (Optional) If you do not believe Chris I suggest you check his work. Begin at the Leadership Network ( the organization that was foundational in the creation of your church) read what they say of Peter Drucker. Google and read Druker’s own words about social change and why he got involved with churches (hint: it was not about Christ). Google “Peter Drucker Cult’, there are numerous books papers and articles about leadership cult etc, even people that applied his management theories realize the cult-like elements. Look at these , , , , , , , , ,  for some examples of this in the church, there are many more. Think about how preachers in these churches place themselves in every sermon, other preachers do not do this – that is part of the cult of leadership, it is intentional. Go find where your Bible says that ‘truth can only be found in community’ (in context and in agreement with the whole Scripture), ignoring the Biblical principles of the authority of conscience. Ask why preachers in these churches are so fast to follow the WORLD in this time instead of rightly applying the Bible – where are they leading you? Are these false teachers? (Matthew 24:24)
9. See Dr. Stephen Hicks explain Postmodernism (the stuff that fills up those books on that recommended list you are provided continually)
10. (Optional) a discussion of America’s New Religion…and How To Stay Christian.
11. Read deeply about China’s Cultural Revolution, dig for facts, not just Wikipedia, and much of the muted stories that appear high in Google searches – go deeper to find the true and horrible story. Read how 100 million people died and countless others were tortured and imprisoned and an entire nation impoverished because of the same sorts of radical ideas and ideologies at play in our world right now. See below for one example.
12. A description of the Marxist plan from 1966
13. I know nothing about the folks that produced the video, but I have been familiar with the lecturer Yuri for years, he is the real deal – the video would be much better without the commentary.
If you watch and read all of the above and more, from folks that apply a Biblical understanding of these issues in a way that is tried and true and tested over the generations you will come to understand a few things about the world. You will see that some folks you have come to trust are wrong and have led you astray.
Don’t listen to me – but also don’t let others tell you how you are supposed to see all of this. There are fools and charlatans out there and many bad ideologies. If you listen to them you forfeit your inheritance to a good future and damn your children to suffer under the mess you went along with the crowd in creating.
Be a true man and woman of God,Be brave, seek truth, think for yourself, don’t follow the crowd, don’t follow charlatans!
I mentioned in a recent piece that over the last few weeks I have gleaned much of my information not from the major news organizations, nor my headline updates on my phone and not even from the various news aggregator sites but rather from Twitter. So much has been occurring, in so many places, it seems that even the major news outlets cannot be everywhere at once and show everything – even if they each did not have their own particular bias and worldview that might prevent them from showing raw, unadulterated truth.
Twitter has provided me access to various live streams from events as they occur. You see and hear the voices of people at the events. I also track several folks that practice open-source intelligence (OSINT). Some of these have been on the scene at various events with their own drones and folks on the ground. Sometimes there are numerous live streams and videos of the same event, from different perspectives. When I see something particularly interesting, I always flip through the various news channels to see what they are covering. Often, they are not there and not showing what is happening; this is true of all seven major outlets that I monitor.
When a particularly disturbing or telling event occurs, I capture that on another screen and go back and look and listen over the next twenty-four hours to see if anyone covers it, and if so how and from what perspective. I have the luxury of taking the time to do this. My ‘work’ at this point is something I control. I am fortunate enough to have multiple screens and numerous feeds active at the same time in my office; it is configured much like a mini- command center. Many Americans neither have the time, nor the inclination to see all of these events in their totality. I can and do, thus, I wanted to share.
All of that is what it is – I do not have much more to observe relative to that at this point other than with the narratives being spun on the major media outlets and so many Americans being unable or unwilling to engage in truth-seeking (combined with other institutions they trust lying to them), the West is Lost.
Let me be clear – I have nothing to gain and a little bit to lose from making that statement about our situation. I am not Rod Dreher trying to drum up panic to sell a new book. Every book I have written was intended to stop this; those books are worthless now. I am convinced that this will manifest in such a way that everyone is aware it is going on by 2022. I believe we will spend most of the next decade in chaos and crisis. If my assessment is wrong and 2022 rolls around and the world looks like it did in 2019, some people will remember me as the fool that said all of this. If on the other hand, I am right, nobody will have the time to pat me on the back. When everyone realizes what is happening because it has gotten worse they will be too terrified to find me and say I was right. I do not want to be right, I do not need vindication, there is some risk in saying how I see this play out. I say this because there is some small chance we can stop it, and if not there is the chance that somebody will heed my words and prepare to weather it.
Other recent random observations:
First, an item that will anger some people and amuse others. “Q” or ‘QAnnon’ was and is a hoax.I hinted at this last year, but I had no proof. Proof came last week (although Q still drops and people still buy into it). Like any good hoax, Q had some facts rights, and undoubtedly the effort hit on some of the right cylinders – hoaxes do not work unless they have some truth in them. There is no plan to trust, there will be no sweeping arrests and no military tribunals. I have tried as best I could to dissuade folks from buying into this, but I did it gently; people really wanted to believe. Nobody is coming to save us, Trump is not playing 4d chess and Clinton and company are not at home shaking when the pizza guy arrives thinking it might be ‘the big raid’. Nothing will come of any of that but pointless ‘hearings’. Washington simply does not work the way Q portrayed it. I do not doubt there is a lot of ‘there there’ but it will never come to the surface. If this angers you, I understand, but don’t focus that on me. I am just telling you the truth.
As I have been monitoring Twitter, I have sometimes been inclined to engage. Honestly, people are absolute trash behind their keyboards. Twitter allows 149 characters for a tweet. Most of the issues we face are complex and cannot be reduced to such. People will troll and attack, assume, presume, and jump to all sorts of assumptions and conclusions without ever seeking to actually understand what one says. If this is our public square – God help us.
I do not need to observe this so closely any longer – the trajectory is clear.
I have tried to engage with people on Facebook with people that know me or know of me. I do not post memes, I really do not say anything radical. I am simply trying to start a real dialogue. About a hundred people ‘unfriended me’, 90 new folks joined me and I suspect (based upon engagement numbers) about 98% of those that remained ‘friends’ simply muted me. I am seldom inclined toward emotions, so on that level – I do not care. On the level of civic duty and reasonable human behavior, this perplexes me. People are strange and many of them are going to be shocked by their future.
I read today on a local group that essentially ‘everybody is muting everybody’ on their FB feed so perhaps my observations above have little to do with me and a lot to do with people just not wanting the issues in front of them. I mention the numbers, only as an observation. The “So long, and thanks for the Fish” has a double meaning, Google it. I did not mean it as an insult to anyone.
Also —I did not know, not fully, that preachers exercise ‘professional courtesy’ toward one another. Yes, I know a Christian is supposed to be wary of calling out someone else that professes Christ – but when they are clearly on the wrong side and preaching untruths it seems to me Paul would not have spoken in a roundabout way. Some of the pastors I follow and engage with have observed the flaws in modern evangelicalism and many of the churches therein. I hear these men speak out about what is wrong – just up to the point of dropping the hammer. The time has already come to separate the wheat from the chaff and speak the hard truth. Some do, others need to do it more forcefully and directly. No more talking about these nebulous ‘progressive social gospel churches’ in a vacuum. There are Christians in those churches that need to hear the unabashed truth. Bad preachers and churches are bad and they are helping destroy America.
I thought the other day of the protection we all enjoy as part of God’s general grace and Providential protection. It is his restraining hand that that has allowed us to come so far, it is his protection that keeps society from turning into rape gangs and murder squads. Watching the raw feed of events over the last few weeks has reminded me of that and how dreadful our world would be without his common Grace.
And maybe that is the point. We have been protected by Divine grace for a long time, yet we have become as sinful as Sodom and Gomorrah; heresy, error, abominations, false teachers, hate, murder… Perhaps it is time that we fall, perhaps in twenty years missionaries from Africa will evangelize my grandchildren or their children.Honestly, how long did we think we could continue a freak parade and infanticide without ramifications?
Some perhaps have taken my ‘dire’ warnings of impending doom and gloom as the crazed rantings of an unhinged 50something man and assume I must be frantic, depressed, or worried about the events I see unfolding. The latter part is certainly untrue – this all saddens me, but it does not depress me nor does it even worry me. To those that perhaps believe I chose 2020 to join the doom and gloom bandwagon, I would merely point out that I have said often and for a long time, since the late 1990s, that this was coming. I did not know when, nor the exact shape, but it has never been difficult to compare the events of history with the published plans of the Marxists and radicals. Many still doubt what comes next, but that is their own peril.
I tried to make some YouTube videos. I basically suck at speaking. I think ahead of myself, leave out entire sentences in my train of thought, I muddle words. Speaking is not my thing. I thought somebody might make use of some of my words, so I tried, it was enjoyable and I don’t put a lot of stock in what people think of me, I don’t really take myself that seriously.
Back when Coronavirus began I told folks on a video that what we were doing was so strange that it was dangerous and that when people are lied to, controlled, and scared they become dangerous. I suggested that people stop taking on debt and spending stupid money and maybe plant a garden – I was ‘crazy’ back then, not so much now.
I write now mostly just to get my ideas out of my head. The wife does not want to (or need to hear negativity), my dog Cooper is a good listener but he is so easily distracted and the VFW has not opened back up yet…what to do. The things we face have reasons, and those reasons are evil and laziness. We let this happen and many are still too stupid or willfully ignorant to understand the true nature of things now. What can you do?…There is not much more to say.
Soon, there will be brief periods where the calamitous din of chaos recedes. Foolish and feckless men will pound their chest and say, ‘we knew it was but a moment’. False teachers will resume their lies. These interludes will be mere respites for the enemies of America; a time to plan, reset and wait. Like the calm winds in the midst of a hurricane, the absence of chaos for some brief moments does not mean danger does not circle about. This is the story of our time, it is the nature of the fight traditional Americans of all races face and many fail to see. All Americans of all races that hold to hope, believe in truth, freedom, and civility and the ideal of what America can be are imperiled. It is a fight for the very essence of what the future will be. For some, this is our Alamo.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
‘The Second Coming’, William Yeats
In the warfare of a bygone age, victory was often achieved by turning a flank of the enemy whilst your center held. If the center of an army collapsed defeat was assured. It is true of culture as well. And indeed, our center cannot hold it seems. To anyone that has been really paying attention over the last several years, that has read the writings of radical leaders and socialist and studied history it is indeed true that the center cannot hold at present.
Many it seems have likely avoided much of the evidence that what is occurring in America is anything more than a ‘moment’. I am continually amazed at the utter lack of honesty in almost all of the major media outlets. I do not say that in a partisan sense. I mean, many of these institutions repeatedly either underreport or distort readily available facts. So much is going on, in tandem, it is probably impossible for a mere mortal with a regular job to absorb and process all that is going on. CNN, MSNBC, and others of their ilk spend an enormous amount of time telling their viewers how they ought to perceive events. Fox spends entirely too much time rehashing testimony and evidence of trials that will never occur. Facebook is filled with memes and pontificating. My ‘news digest’ on my phone seldom reflects the actual reality of events occurring or portrays facts in headlines accurately.
Twitter has been invaluable in this period. It is not perfect, Twitter has attempted to influence the narrative through direct actions, but if you follow the right people you gain access to the whole of a story in ways otherwise impossible. Not mere opinion or pontificating, by live feeds and videos of events as they occur. Videos of protest and protestors, riots and rioters in their own voices, at the scene of events. You find stories and facts, buried deeply in algorithms. You find intelligent, bright, and principled voices that otherwise are not heard. Twitter is not perfect, but without it, I would not fully grasp what is truly occurring. Without these facts, I too may be under the impression that this is just a ‘moment.’
I must admit my own bias. I believe evil exists and I believe that evil has become increasingly bold in its actions. I believe evil can coalesce and leverage events, movements, and ideologies. I also believe there has been a plan since the mid-19th century to supplant all the governments in the West with Marxist forms. This is not a half-baked conspiracy theory, this is what Marxist, socialist, and progressives have written about for a century and a half. I understand that within that camp they may argue about what is Marxism and who belongs, but I also know that the most prominent among them has always included the lesser forms of Marxism (socialism and progressivism) in their camp as preparatory stages. You do not have to believe me or my assessment, you can read Gramsci or Alinsky yourself.
The plan to transform the world in a Marxist image may not always have been guided by an international central committee but the ideology and the plan always remained. The tenets of that plan have remained unchanged; take over the institutions, subvert the family, control the language and the media, erase history, and rewrite history. Since the 1970s we have seen universities almost completely taken over by progressives and socialist and become welcoming of Marxist. Public education was finally captured through Common Core and the inclusion of such items as Howard Zinn’s history. The family has been assaulted on numerous fronts; through legislation that makes divorce easy and painless and provide no incentive for mothers (often those that earn less) to maintain fidelity, through government programs that encourage absent fathers, and through many of our churches that attempt to replace the family with “the community’. Through all of that, evil has had its way, our families are in shambles. Beginning in the 1990s we saw the rise of ‘political correct speech’, something that has morphed into mobs attacking individuals online and ruining their careers for merely posting facts and opinions. Recently we have seen museums attacked and artifacts destroyed, actions that remind one of the attacks on the Four Olds in China. In December of 2019, we saw a major newspaper publish the 1619 project, an attempt to rewrite all of American history through the lens of Marxist Critical Theory. One has to be a denier, just returning from an Antarctic expedition, mentally deficient, or dishonest not to see and recognize that the stated objectives of Marxism are occurring. Yet, many would and do deny these facts.
What proof do they offer in their denial? Some argue this is all just conspiracy – ignoring the words of socialist themselves. Others that the cause of the day is just, it says good words. Of course, it does, deceptions say many words that most reasonable people could agree on, that is the lie and a key part of the propaganda. Or perhaps that things will get better, this is just a phase – this of course ignores the fact that Marxist have steadily been checking off every item on their to-do list.
Those that are too ‘busy’ to be bothered, to bought into corrupted institutions and social groups to look behind the curtain or to taken with propaganda behind ‘issues’ used to advance the Marxist objective are at this point beyond help. They will someday see. When churches are told what they can and cannot preach and the pastor that led them to this point goes along cheerfully (to stay relevant), many will see. When their primary identified group is targeted, much to their shock because they were either apolitical or ‘progressive’, they will come to understand. When friends and neighbors turn on one another and join ‘denouncements’ for wrongthink of others, they will understand. Many that have joined the current ‘allyship’ movement, posted repentance on social media, taken a knee, donated to causes, and marched in the street will come to understand once the alliance breaks down and some groups are found to not be revolutionary enough. None of that is hyperbole, that is how these things happen – over and over, in every instance where a cultural revolution quickly shifted the dynamic and installed Marxism.
At this point, I might give some accolades to three of my socialist friends. They know full well how things go when they change at the head of a mob. They also have long believed America would become a socialist nation. They thought, wrongly, if it happened slowly and in a controlled way the nasty cultural revolution part could be avoided. They were wrong on both counts, right to know this was coming – their hearts were in the right place if their heads were tragically wrong.
Who are Our Allies?
Recently retired generals have signaled that the military ought not support the orders of a sitting President using his power, powers previous presidents have used in lesser situations. This is treason – I am no Trump fan but any reasonable person can see the problem with these words and actions. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs apologized today on CNN for doing what the President told him. Looting continues unchecked in some parts of the country and an entire portion of Seattle has been taken over by anti-government folks, with guns. Whether Trump should or should not act is not the question. What is clear, it seems, is that nefarious ideas and loyalties have even infiltrated the institution of the military. Trump is now impotent, our government has returned to hearings ‘to get to the bottom’ of various acts of maleficence by both sides. Our government is ill-equipped to stand up and defend America, many within the government now give open aid and comfort to those that would destroy us.
Our churches are of little help. Many of the 5 million Americans that attend Druckerite megachurches were told openly this past weekend that the Bible is not sufficient and their church supports social gospel based upon Marxist ideology. The words used were still subtle, enough for the foolish not to hear and understand, but this was the clearest message yet of the apostasy in those churches. These now join the UMC, PC-USA, and many progressive and liberal SBC churches as well as many Lutheran and Catholics in error and apostasy. These ‘Christian’ churches have come out in full support of an organization and an ideology that states on their website their desire to destroy the nuclear family, support abortion, and a host of other definitively anti-Biblical positions.
Because Peter Drucker got involved with churches to effect social change the concept of ‘community’ in many of these churches has been perverted from its Biblical intent to one that fosters social control. Many will find it difficult and painful to leave such a place, they will be shunned, their sins touted in front of them and they made to feel sinful. Truth is only found in the community in these places, there is no role for individual conscience or reason. Most of Christianity in America fell years ago and retains only some of the traditions and words – it is of no help now and actually allies with the agents of our destruction.
Working Americans are coming to realize they cannot say anything contrary to the approved narrative at work, to a friend or online. In fact, many are coming to realize they will have no choice but to go along and say something supportive of the approved narrative just to remain employed. Contrary to the words we heard for years related to sexual assault, we are now told ‘silence is consent’.
Our infatuation with things has caused many of us to move from the land of our raising to seek employment. We often live as neighbors among strangers. We have given up one of the last vestiges of stability, real and authentic community among neighbors based upon trust, respect, civility, and shared values.
Almost every single corporation has yielded to insanity, donating money, promising jobs, and changing products. This has gone far beyond racial injustice, and to the Marxist, it was never about that anyway.
What Can We Do?
It is easy for me to pontificate on taking a stand, speaking the truth and opposing this wave of absurdity and future tyranny we face. I am retired from the military with a pension. I will be ok until these radicals completely tank the economy or get full control and reorder all public spending. I acknowledge my ‘privilege’ in this regard. I cannot in good conscious tell another what he ought to do. I, as well as you, can judge cowardly actions for what they are, aiding agents of destruction. I cannot judge what is brave and not brave in another in standing against such actions.
However, we have to fight. We may not win. The radicals control the narrative. Despite their own actions, despite the death and destruction in the wake of those actions, they still hold the ‘moral high ground’ in the media. As Rod Sterling said in the monologue to ‘Obsolete Man’, “logic is an enemy and truth is a menace”. Facts and truth no longer matter to anyone but those that respect reason and objective truth – there are so few left in that camp.
But we have to fight. Mentally, using reason and truth, spiritually, through faith, wisdom, and love and perhaps physically. Internment camps are real in China, the Killing fields in Cambodia occurred, one-hundred million people did die in the Chinese cultural revolution. These are facts and real possibilities. Those that wish to impose this tyranny upon us may control many institutions and may be loud and vocal, but they are not yet a powerful majority and they do not yet fully control the military and the police. If our government would recognize the existential threat and face it, the fight would be tragic but winnable at this point. If it does not, our fight will become individual, in our homes, one by one against the power of a new state and a mob.
We are in the midst of a cultural revolution. The culture of traditional America is being replaced by something else, read Gramsci. The objectives, erase history, replace history, the lie becomes the truth, ‘control the past you control the future’, power and control, impose new culture on top of old
Nobody, even the organizers of various extremist groups can control everything nor everyone. It is possible a lone wolf could act. It is possible one of the domestic extremist groups may decide to act in some profound way. It is even possible (but unlikely) a foreign actor could coordinate such an event.
The assassination of one of the presidential candidates, a mass shooting in a church (black or white) some other mass death/shooting type event – any of that has the potential to make all the assessment below pointless. Such an event, that drives the right emotions to escalate violence and counter-violence to levels thus far unseen. I will leave such events there, catastrophic events that would completely upset the current dynamic.
Across Europe, in Britain specifically, we see protests that are increasingly turning violent. Much of Europe was already sitting on a demographic powder keg. If this escalates, Europe is on its own and will likely not fare well. The economic impact of a tumultuous and disintegrating Europe will only serve to exacerbate problems elsewhere.
China has taken firm steps since February to advance its strategic objectives. The Basic Law in Hong Kong is suspended and no more, autonomy is gone forever. All of the dissenters in Hong Kong that lead protests and spoke out have been systematically rounded up and arrested. China is now free from all talk about Uighurs concentration camps, religious prosecution, and the origin of COVID-19. The US has no moral high ground to stand on when our own preachers and celebrities claim that the US government is conducting racial genocide.
China, a nation that often acts like a 20th-century great power, invaded Indian territory high in the Himalayans last week, in an effort to straighten lines and regress past differences of opinion.
Chinese application of soft power (Belt and Road, port upgrades, etc.) continues unabated and are aided by American weakness. It is likely, I suspect that in the near-term China will apply more pressure in the South China Sea, likely against the Philippines and fishing rights. Nothing overt but definitely something more aggressive.
It is unlikely, for many reasons, that Chinese foreign intelligence services will take anything more than a back-seat approach to current troubles in the US. The mosaic of chaos is not well developed enough for them to act much at all without detection.
However, if one of the outliers above pressed the mosaic passed a tipping point, it is very likely Chinese foreign service agents would act quickly to leverage the situation. Such an event would escalate quickly, with Foreign agents supporting extremists on all sides of the spectrum to engulf the US in violence.
Famine is almost a certainty in Africa this year. Given the locust storms earlier this year and a dry spring organic food production was already low and required international assistance. That assistance may not be as forthcoming this year. Famine often breeds crises and many areas in Africa are already poised to blow up. The West will likely be unprepared/unable to mount any major assistance efforts (humanitarian or military). Africa is on its own this year. (actually, this situation might greatly benefit China and allow them greater in-roads to the continent)
Likely Enemy Objectives: Pressure points [efforts by organizations behind the effort, BLM etc.]
(Most Likely) Maintain momentum, carry-through to the election, build allies, identify resisters, dismantle power structures. (Least Likely) Increase the mosaic of chaos, force a counter-reaction, leverage counterreaction into an insurgency.
Knowns (Assumed): organized efforts toward protest will continue only insofar as it is necessary to maintain momentum.
Unknowns: No organization controls the crowd or the emotion of crowds, not all is controllable.
Short-term efforts will now be focused on 1) solidifying relationships with new ‘allies’ 2) building momentum toward elections (elections remain a source of progressive advance) 3) leveraging events as they occur to maintain momentum.
COVID-19: If it turns out that COVID-19 is as deadly and contagious as we are told we should expect a tremendous spike in cases in a couple of weeks. Will that drive more shutdowns of businesses? Will Americans submit and comply this time? If so can the economy sustain that?
Conventions and election: Both the Democratic and Republican conventions present enormous targets of opportunity for an outlier event/attack. Such an event would imperil the conduct of an election and result in confabulation.
The 2020 election will be devastating for conservatism. No Republican that stands for any conservative principle is safe. Many non-conservative Republicans are not safe, I suspect many luke-warm progressives are also in peril of losing their seats. Donald Trump will not be reelected.
In the aftermath of the election legislation related to police, reform will certainly pass in many areas, probably even on a national level. This will not be ‘defunding of the police’, it will be reorganizing the police, in a reactionary and poorly considered manner. Think back to the formation of the TSA, the requirement to hire people by preferred characteristics. Think of police departments given mandates to have zero incidents of behavior termed abusive. Think of the impossibility of crafting an organization that deals with violent people that is authorized to use violence and is restricted in its hiring process being capable of doing its job in any manner approaching competence.
(Highly Likely) Donald Trump loses in a landslide, the Senate flips and the Democratic majority in the House expands.
(Highly Unlikely) Trump is re-elected: Results in riots, looting, and violence will commence immediately.
Culturally: Expect to see an increase in the frequency, velocity, and voracity of persons and careers for nonconformity.
The election of Biden equates to Year Zero – the masses and the organizations behind the angst on the street will expect that the destructions of the institutions, power structures, and culture will exponentially accelerate. The Democratic core, as progressive and liberal as it is, does not seek that radical of a solution. Frustration and more angst will build soon after Biden’s election, particularly because now the radicals will lose all hope in any democratic solution. Their anger toward old Democrats will eclipse that toward Trump and there will be nothing that old folks like Biden and Pelosi can do to stem it.
Geopolitics: The election of Biden will represent a restoration of the status quo, internationally. Chinese overt acts in the South China Sea in the few months following November and will revert back to soft power efforts. The demise of the power of the West will appear to have returned to the slow-roll demise. This will appear to be a return to stability, soon to disappear, and the radical turn on Biden and take to the streets.
Police reform: As it will likely occur, will not have the effect either conservatives or liberals predict. Many large cities, gutted of their current force, one replaced with different faces and different priorities will not, as conservatives predict, force the residents to ‘see the light’. Small business owners and hard-working Americans will be forced to choose, stay in a city that will not protect them or leave. For many, those that perceive less police oppression, will not bemoan the fact that jobs have left and crime has increased. The tribalism of the sort that marked territory and forms alliances will prevail. Rising crime will only be perceived as a problem for those that do not affiliate. The lack of jobs and opportunity will remain a problem attached to “the government”. This reform will ultimately satisfy nobody, those focused on power politics will still rail against the fact that people in the suburbs are happy.
No Later Than 2022: Impatience and angst over the failure of the government to meet the expectations of the revolution. Monuments have not come down fast enough, ‘hateful’ books are not repressed enough, too many ‘hateful’ people still find a way to have a voice, too much inequity in property still exists, dangerous racist still has guns.
We do not make it out of 2022 without:
The current government being replaced in form and structure by a radical Marxist regime make up of a coalition of extreme elements in a tenuous alliance that is bound to unravel into violence. This could occur much easier than we imagine, pressure and violence in the street could result in Biden simply conceding power to a new “Committee”. (Most Likely)
States and regions resisting such a move by the Federal government, resulting in a combination of regional and civil war. (Likely [the success of some states in pulling this off is moderate])
If Trump wins re-election the nation will face immediate chaos and violence in the street. The only way the U.S. remains intact then involves fighting an insurrection and piecing things back together in some Lincolnian sort of way. (Unlikely)
Patriots rise up and take the country back amidst the chaos. (Highly Unlikely [There may be such an effort but the likelihood of success is slim for many reasons])
Those of us that fought the culture war for the last two decades never truly believed that the entire structure of our societal system would fall, essentially without a shot being fired. Many of us made analogies to a slow decline, akin to the fall of Rome. When things began to accelerate in the mid-2000s and institutions, Permanent Things, began to fall one after another and a real opposition began to form around various groups we made analogies to the French Revolution. When we observed retired general officers openly call for defiance of the President’s orders we envisioned something like the Russian Revolution, where anarchy and mobs raged in the streets and the military disintegrated.
All of those analogies have merit, even still. Power never exists in a vacuum and great empires rarely fall without a fight. Some or all of the analogous elements from those revolutions may still apply to what we face.
What seems increasingly likely is something akin to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. We very likely may fall as a culture without any active and vigorous resistance. We already see the voracity and effectiveness of the radicals on social media. They are no longer radicals – they are the majority. People supporting approved causes and approved messages are allowed to advocate violence and hate, those that hold contrary opinions, those outside of the ideological umbrella of preferred causes, face censorship, canceling, and termination of accounts. It is happening frequently.
The narrative of racial division, a narrative that denies American exceptionalism and the fact that America, almost alone in history, has provided more opportunity and progress for its people (all people) than any other nation is accepted by some of our most mainstream institutions. Progressive mainline Christian churches and independent Druckerite megachurches are parroting this narrative as social gospel. (The Megachurch’s Role in the Cultural Revolution)
Middle-class America (Black/White/Asian/Latino) likely have very little understanding of the full scope of the defeat of traditional America and the hope and optimism of American exceptionalism. It is not the crazy, wild-eyed, goth-looking 22 yo girl screaming on the street, it has come home. If you do not look behind the curtain very far, you have no idea what many people around you are thinking right now.
Saul Alinsky, writing the template for the future revolution in 1971 wrote;
“[a]ny revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”
Rules for Radicals
Alinsky’s Rules have been used, transcribed, and adopted into almost every left-liberal and radical organization in America. The tactics of the SJW foot-soldiers are precisely what Alinsky recommended. None of this is or has been secret, their book of tactics has been publically available for years. Yet, few Americans are aware that every crisis and every push in the streets over the last 40 years has been part of a bigger plan (monuments, marriage, riots, protests – all related)
Our universities were lost years ago. Public education was fully taken over with the adoption of common core and Howard Zinn’s version of our history. The public square is firmly in the hands of the radicals (and they believe traditionalists to be the radicals). They own the newspapers, social media and entertainment.
We already see examples of ‘struggle sessions’ occurring online. Ordinary people that define words traditionally (and opposed to radical orthodoxy) are cajoled into submission.
Ordinary Americans that have lived long enough to understand what oppression is and is not, those that know that hard work is a real prescription for almost all problems, those that know the world is not perfect but would chose our imperfection over the uncertainty of a Marxist future are in an increasingly small minority. Decent people are losing their livelihoods and employment for using ‘unorthodox and unapproved words’ – not hateful words, just unapproved words and expressing reasonable opinions. Real Americans of all races that have lived long enough to have witnessed the progress America has made on racial issues. These people are in peril. They have lost their neighbors, their coworkers and sometimes family members to an irrational and absurd ideology – one that denies real truth and real principles.
Many of these are confused, saddened and some afraid. Some foolishly take to social media to brandish their weaponry and ‘say come loot here’ – they are not reading the tea leaves. If the entire system crumbles and submits to a flawed and dangerous ideology, you will become nothing more than an enemy of the people.
It was the avarice and stupidity of ordinary Americans that enabled this. Every hill over the last 40 years was a hill to ‘die on’. The radicals realized this, they never stopped pressing the agenda. Most of us failed to realize the cultural war was an existential fight. We failed to realize that while America was exceptional, it required conservative and principled solutions to keep it that way. Solutions that dealt with poverty, crime and government power. It was always about a lot more than ‘voting Republican’ and most of us failed to understand that. It was about standing for the principles that made us exceptional.
Why did authentic Christianity and real conservatism and real American values fail to appeal to an entire generation and why were they left so open to false ideas? How did we fail to tell the story of truth and hope?
The riots, looting, and violence occurring in conjunction with George Floyd’s death seem to be receding and this seems logical. According to Alinsky’s own Rules the radicals no longer need the rioting to advance their cause, it has come straight home to the church down the street. Middle-class America, your neighbors will now foolishly and unwittingly openly support Marxist organizations and agendas is the name of ‘love and relevance’.
Make no mistake, this is merely another phase in the revolution. As organizations and institutions fully sell their soul to Marxism the rhetoric of the most radical elements will not cease. No amount of kowtowing will suffice. Words and language will become further dominated. Those that resist or fail to comply will the ‘outed’, doxxed and canceled, fired from jobs and ostracized from social circles. That is not theory, it is already happening – it will increase.
Gulags may not be in our immediate future in this cultural revolution, and they may not be necessary. Obstinate dinosaurs that fail to comply will increasingly find themselves alone, poor, and silenced. Family and friends will abandon them, they will have no candidates to vote for from either major party that represent anything of traditional American values. Institutions, landmarks, traditions – all will be stripped away and there will be nobody to oppose it.
This will not stop when people leave the streets and most of them forget about George Floyd (for most it was never about George), this was just a phase. The organizers merely moved the ball forward and gained new allies. Many of these new allies will be enemies tomorrow, so few people read history and understand how these movements tend to eat their own.
I will stand, as long as I have breath for truth and against this insidious ideological infestation that has polluted the minds of so many – but one or a few voices will not matter. Without intervention by God himself, our path is set.
God save our grandchildren! And God forgive us for letting this occur.
I have written about the megachurch movement often. I have family members that attend one, therefore I tried to mute my words to some degree. However, I have been watching this movement since at least 2011. I sensed something was wrong about it from my first encounter. With each fact and observation, I have come to know that my original observation was correct.
How are they wrong you ask, in one important way they twist and pervert the scriptural meaning of the community of believers and keeping one another accountable into social control communitarianism, there are more but that is their first and primary form of error, it was intended by Drucker when he helped start the movement.
I hold two things to be undeniable at this point. 1) America is in the midst of a revolution and 2) the megachurch movement has had and is having some impact on making that possible. There are many other factors of course. However, what is happening and is about to happen would simply be impossible if there were not hundreds of thousands of middle-class Americans, and importantly their kids, sitting in communitarian churches. If that offends you or seems too far fetched I suggest you are simply not paying attention.
I spent a portion of yesterday drilling down into the social media accounts of a leader at one of these churches. I had seen the edges of the ‘ally’ movement but I had not looked closely. The individual in question is one of this church’s ‘middle-manager’ leaders, they have lead and shepherded others since they were a pre-teen (she is about 25 yo now). Here online actions are straight-up social justice warrior (SJW) tactics, the softer gentler sort.
find a conversation where one of her followers are “talking about the issues”
Subtly correct others when they misuse words
Call in (tag) black folks into conversations with folks that are not willing to give ground on the meanings of words – to shame them into seeing a different perspective
Shutting down conversations that are not going her way after calling for help and almost shaming fellow Christians
Actively engaging with and encouraging others that repost her narrative, especially those that include hashtags and “confess and repent”
That is all a kind and gentle version of a struggle session, it ends with people accepting new truth about definitions and confessing their ‘sins’. All of this from a person a mega-church that I track has entrusted over and over to ‘shepherd’ others just a few years younger than her.
All the available evidence suggests she is not just a lone wolf – people like here never are. She is executing the will and intent of this church.
Yes, I have a problem with the megachurch, and it has nothing to do with worship style.
Summary of why I know this movement is a problem (very short version): The big brain (Peter Drucker) behind the megachurch movement was a man that grew up in Austria exposed to thinkers and philosophers of or influenced by a the branch of philosophy that gave the world nihilism, fascism, communism, nihilism, and socialism. In his own writing, he expressed his belief that mankind needed a new way, that both communism and capitalism were insufficient. His concept to achieve this was communities of communities, lead by a leader and who lead leaders, all following a plan. He believed the community was more important than the individual. He believed essentially that fascism went wrong when it failed to account for the spiritual.
After attempting to implement his plan in American industry through ‘plant communities’ he focused his efforts on the churches. Drucker was key in the formation and growth of the dominant organization that helps megachurches grow and provides templates and plans to megachurch pastors.
At the heart of all of this is the notion that the individual is less important than the community, that leaders must be followed, that the community must be served. (Read the full version here)
Many of those megachurches you see around all started in the mid-1990s yet they use the same lexicon and new words (intentional, relational, authentic) have the same sorts of services and the same vibe. This is because no matter what ‘origin’ story they publish on their website they all started with a few folks that attended some Leadership Conference events, bought the material and the mailing list and used the plan; Peter Drucker’s plan. None of this is authentic no matter what they and the marketing material tell you.
Watch Chris Rosebrough’s video (long but worth it) – open the PowerPont presentation here. This lays out the Druckerite foundations of the megachurch movement and its alignment with failed ideology.
The megachurches encouraged and nurtured by Drucker and the Leadership Network are not acquiesce to bad ideology. Social gospel has infiltrated all the mainline denominations. See Founder’s Ministries presentation on Critical Theory.
Most that attend these sorts of churches have no idea of how deeply Marxist and communitarian ideology has entered their church – most Americans are not aware of the lexicon (do you know what intersectionality really means and where it comes from). Most of their sermons do not tell the whole story – the real focus of these churches is in the small group – that is where the real indoctrination and social control occurs – see the example of the communistista small group leader above.
Obviously, churches are not the primary cause of the cultural zeitgeist and the increase in ideological absurdity. Universities and schools have been usurped for years. Tucker Carlson did a recent piece on how this cult of communitarianism has become normal.
We, middle-class Americans, have made this possible. The notion that America, a land that has made more progress than any other nation at any other time, is simply wrong and evil is absurd. Every group that has arrived here, up until the late 20th century, has progressed and improved. Repeating a narrative continually that we oppress and commit genocide is wrong, it can only lead to division and hate. Building a communitarian organization that indoctrinates and controls the thoughts of it members and then peddling such nonsense is evil; it is not Christ-like.
The megachurch, in order to be relevant, cool and hip, is now fully bought into. I watched a video tonight of the senior pastor of the church the SJW communista mentioned above. He “preached” for almost 30 minutes without referencing the Bible. Finally, he referred to Ephesians 2:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
A church with leaders that are actively, and in coordination, promoting ‘blackness’ have significantly misread and misinterpreted this verse. Christ creates a new man among Christians, a new creation in Christ. Quoting this verse, while promoting divisiveness is hypocrisy. Twisting the notion of a new creation into the support of division is simply wrong. (preaching a sermon without really using the Bible is also the sign of a false teacher)
This from a Church that has been fairly silent on the issue of abortion, the sanctity of the family and other sins that are tearing the culture apart. Picking a sin that is ‘relevant’ to champion is error.
America needs a new Great Awakening and it needs to begin with Christian Americans abandoning these social gospel ‘churches’ for real authentic Christian churches. Justice, love, and mercy will come to us through Christ – not Marxist communitarian social control.