A philosopher is supposed to have said, “Let me write the songs of a people, and I care not who makes their laws.” Most of the songs of the people of today are inspired of the devil. With his songs so popular, what does he care about “their laws?” They are completely his captives. Suppose the above quotation had been made by Pete Seeger, folk singer, identified as a member of the Communist Party by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Annual Report for the Year 1961, p. 43. We would in that event have no trouble getting his drift. No “brother” could smother his meaning. For he is known for his “striking and at times vicious commentary on the American way of life” (Easton, Pa., Express, 6-17-63). Suppose, however, that David, the sweet singer of Israel, had said this, explaining, “I care not who makes their laws, whether Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar.” The people of God would, nevertheless, stand immovable on Christ the Rock. Now suppose this was said by one of those in our government pushing legislation for “general and complete disarmament.” He and the pacifist would probably mean by it, “Let me direct the thoughts of a people, and I care not who dictates to their military forces.” The way things are going in this direction, we almost expect to hear soon the news that our armed forces, if not entirely withdrawn and disbanded, refuse any longer to fight in Vietnam or to stand by in Europe. All this only proves that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” and, “out of the heart are the issues of life.”
What a man is also depends on what is his answer to the question, “What think ye of Christ?” A Christian man once said, “Tell me what a man thinks of Christ, and I will tell you how he treats his wife.” Some men have depicted Christ as a clown. Would they not then make miserable husbands and incompetent ecclesiastics? Since they have such a strong influence on these very ecclesiastics, what do the Communists think of Christ? Back in 1932 a “National Religion and Labor Foundation” was organized to spread Communist propaganda within Jewish, Catholic and Protestant churches. Its bulletin, “Economic Justice,” with names of its staff including those of Toyohiko Kagawa, Mahatma Gandhi and W.A. Visser ‘t Hooft, published a “wanted” poster portraying Christ as guilty of “sedition, anarchy, vagrancy and conspiracy to overthrow the government,” describing Him as an “alien, a Jew, a professional agitator, having a Red (sic) beard, marks on hands and feet the result of injuries inflicted by an angry mob led by respectable citizens and legal authorities.” It is plain from the Communist Manifesto that Red propaganda foments hate, brutality and violence. The ecclesiastical liberals seem to have been blind to this fact, or were foolish enough to be misled to believe that the principles of revolution, social, political, economic and religious, could be put into effect by a gradualism free of those self-destructive evils.
Modern liberalism has its philosophical background in Darwinian evolutionism, which is godless, naturalistic, materialistic; in the Nietzschean philosophy of Hitler, and in the Hegelian thought of Marx. It lauds the latter. Marx himself said of Darwin’s Natural Selection, “this is the book which contains the basis in natural science for our view.” Out of this thought comes the view that man is essentially an animal. Man is a product, not of nature’s God, but of nature. God and nature are identified. Man and nature are also identified. The inference is that Man is the only god, and he is principally a brute beast. He therefore is to be treated as such. It is the strategy of those who love most to direct the masses to appeal to hatred as an incitement to violence. Give the people an object of hate and they can be steamed into seething action. The Marxian principle acts on the assumption that the mob is bestial, will always behave like a beast, must be goaded as a beast, controlled and rewarded as a beast.
But this is not true of all men, certainly not of the new man in Christ, yet is true enough of the natural man. Peter throws light on this when he says, “But these, as natural brute beasts, made (born) to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of (blaspheme) the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption” (II Pet. 2:12, AV). This, put a little more clearly, may be expressed, “These men are like brute beasts, born in the course of nature to be caught and killed. They pour abuse upon things they do not understand; like the beasts, they will perish, suffering hurt for the hurt they have inflicted” (NEB). The whole human race seems on the verge of a full-fledged massive revolt. Such a movement has been long in widespread preparation. The philosophy of evolution has contributed to this philosophy of revolution, with its degrading and dehumanizing of man. Thus together with the effects of the atheistic philosophies there results a brutalizing of men in a self-centered materialistic life motivated by self-centered materialistic thought. What has happened to man has been well expressed by a farmer and teacher* in Oregon, who asked,
“Who made him dead to rapture and despair,
A thing that grieves not and that never hopes,
Stolid and stunned a brother to the ox?
“Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
. . . Whose breath blew out the light within his brain?
This monstrous thing distorted and soul-quenched?”
Who made man dead to God and good? Who made him incapable of any good and prone to all evil? Who made him despise knowledge and righteousness? Who made him insensitive to love for God and love to the neighbor? Who made him a prey to the agitators for strife? Who led him down the road to anarchy where he deludes himself into thinking that he can do as he pleases, burn, rob, steal or kill? Who but those who corrupted him with the doubt, “Yea, hath God said?” Who but those who oil him with the perversion, “God is dead”! Who but those who whisper to him the lie, “there is no God”! Who but those who worm into his brain the suggestion that Christianity is “out” and the New Morality “in,” that the church is a failure, that it died in its sleep! Who but those who embolden him to scoff at God and scorn His Word!
Judging from both the evolutionism of Communism’s dialectical materialism and that of America’s public schools, colleges and universities, the god of naturalism is a “super brute” with a heart of a gorilla and the brain of a mammoth computer, which as Nietzsche taught, would come out of the earth, a “superman,” the antichrist. He would operate the world George Orwell Ihshion like a giant animal farm, controlled by beasts “with the brains of engineers.” This, it is maintained, follows from the fact that nature is governed and controlled by physical force. The universe is sustained by physical powers. Evolution is a continuous progressive change, according to the laws of nature, by means of resident forces. It is only natural that the ruling power of human society should be physical force. Law must be an expression of force. It takes force to execute the law. Man by law must be made to love his neighbor. Love and brotherhood must be legislated and enforced if they are to be realities. If a man cannot integrate with society and contribute to making civilization one great “love in,” the law must banish him to the American “Siberia,” Alaska.
The Beast will come to do these and worse things to men. His power shall be great, but not by force of arms. He shall cause fearful destruction; he shall make monstrous claims and shall succeed in his policy, destroying his powerful enemies; His designs shall be directed against the saints, and he shall ply his intrigues successfully. By proud plans of peace he shall plot the ruin of many. He shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, but by a stroke from no human hand he shall be shattered. He shall be one on whom the royal honor has not been conferred, but he shall come in peaceably and gain the kingdom by flatteries. Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and devastated. As soon as anyone becomes his ally, he begins to deceive and outwit him, for he rises to power only by the aid of a small power. This king shall do as he pleases; he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, uttering amazing boasts against the God of gods. He shall succeed until the divine wrath has run its course. (For what has been decreed must be fulfilled). He shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall exalt himself above all. (Dan. 8:23-25; Dan. 11:21-24, 36, 37).
Then heathen Gog and Magog will break from his antichristian world empire in havoc-making revolt. “When whirlwinds of rebellion shake ail shores . . . When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world!”*
“For God has put it into their heads to carry out His purpose by making common cause and conferring their sovereignty upon the Beast until all that God has spoken is fulfilled.” Then “they together with the Beast will come to hate the great city, the mighty city of Babylon; with violence shall Babylon be thrown down, and they will strip her naked and leave her desolate, and they will batten on her flesh and burn her to ashes! They will wage war upon the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and His victory will be shared by His followers, called and chosen and faithful.” (Rev. 17:17, 16; Rev. 18:10; Rev. 17:14, NEB). Then “violence shall no more be heard in thy land.” (Is. 60:18) But “of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end. . . The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this!” (Is. 8:7).
* Edwin Markham, in his poem, The Man with the Hoe.