Along Came a Spider - Pete Garcia - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8140
From the 6th century through the 16th, most of the Western world labored and toiled under the heavy handed and legalistic machinations of the Roman Catholic Church. The Popes, supposed successors to the Apostle Peter in their apostleship and bearers of the 'keys of the kingdom', pompously bore the title as the 'Vicar of Christ' here on the earth. The 16th century Protestant Reformation proved to be the death knell in the Vatican's almost total control over the kings and kingdoms throughout Europe.
This reaction to Pope's waning influence in Europe, allowed for the birthing of a new veritable 'age of reason' which was supposed to liberate man from the archaic notion that God governed in the affairs of man. [In the aforementioned case, God being represented by a Pope]. Absent the God of the Bible as the source of all creation, secular humanists and Deists began pointing to advancements in science and technology as evidence of their own superiority, thus negating the need for God, all the while rediscovering and then regurgitating ancient pagan philosophies to fill in the gaps. Put a bow on it and call it 'enlightenment'.
Note: Not to be completely unfair, there were great Christian thinkers, preachers, writers, artists, scientists, and teachers also during this time who made great and lasting contributions to the advancement of the Gospel and the human race. The context of this article is speaking specifically to the godless fools who have introduced much damage upon mankind.
Man sought the answers outside of Holy Scripture for the unanswerable questions of how existence came into being, and why we are here. Men in this age proposed untested and theoretical philosophies without thought or care as to the ramifications of what they could lead too. Men such as Karl Marx and Charles Darwin would come to impact hundreds of millions of people in a disastrous way. The former would put forth an economic model that has led to the imprisonment, torture, starvation, and death of millions in places like Russia and China. The latter's influence was equally devastating, influencing generations primarily in the west that we were just advanced animals and mankind's existence was accidental. Thus, with no moral authority and nothing to look forward to, ideas like 'survival of the fittest' and nihilism began to take root.
Decades later, secular humanists like Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, Margaret Sanger, John Dewey, H.L. Mencken, and Jean Paul Sartre promoted secular humanism as a philosophy by which God is removed from even the equation of existence with equally disastrous results. By taking Jesus Christ out of the equation, man was left with no hope of redemption. Man then either had to try to find the unanswered questions from within himself (Jer. 17:9), or by turning to false religions or empty philosophies.
Whether we call it leftism, socialism, secular humanism, Satanism, progressivism, or whatever, these vain and vapid philosophies of men, are really doctrines of demons which have existed in every age. Every one of them seek to redefine the questions and obfuscate the answers, and ultimately, make man himself the ultimate arbitrator of right and wrong. This reasoning then was used as justification for events like the Eugenics movement, the Nazi's Final Solution, Planned Parenthood, and the Cambodian 'Killing Fields'. (The Nazi's were big fans of Nietzsche, Margaret Sanger, and Darwin) Taking their cues from earlier atheists like Ludwig Feuerbach and Voltaire, these skeptical 'thinkers' continued to spread their poisonous influence over the decades primarily through schools, seminaries, and universities to those of our generation, who get spoon-fed this socialist propaganda from cradle to grave. From an earthly perspective, it truly is a no-win situation.
The end result of centuries of leftism being promoted relentlessly through every facet of our society is, we are more confused than we have ever been. We now in the 21st century, are an amalgamation of ultra-materialistic, post-modern, post-Christian, post-American global citizens that neither acknowledges God, nor affirms a viable alternative to fill the empty soul of a nation. Absent moral absolutes in a multi-cultural society, not only can we not answer why we are here and where we came from, but we can't even get the simple things right. We have become a society who can't even define;
1. When life begins
2. What marriage is
3. What sex a man or woman really is
But somehow we are the smartest generation?
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Luke 4:5-6
When we think about the world today, we have to understand one underlying and concrete fact about the way things are; Satan is currently running this world. (1 John 5:19) Satan is the master of what we would call, the Hegelian Dialectic because he invented it. The Hegelian Dialectic is a constantly evolving tool used by leftists that acts as a manipulative framework designed specifically to work the masses into a frenzied, already predetermined position.
*Antithesis-Identification and aggravation of said problem (this causes the masses to demand change)
Think about it in more modern terms;
*Thesis-The Constitution is standing in the way of the New World Order
*Antithesis-President Bush and the Republicans are the reason why everything is going wrong in the world. (Carried out by the drive-by media and socialist politicians)
*Synthesis-Change you can believe in, vote Obama. (ßWho?)
The draw of leftism is that it offers total control to those in power in the guise of 'what's best for the people'. Like cult tactics, it uses the same language normal people do, but it redefines the meaning so that it either means something completely different, or it is designed to introduce confusion into said situation. Remember, it was Satan who asked Eve "Yeah hath God said?"
*Thesis-Satan hated the idea that Man was created to have dominion over the earth
*Antithesis-Satan introduces the idea to Eve that it wasn't fair that God was holding back divinity from her and Adam
*Synthesis-Satan encourages Eve to break the one commandment God gave them in the promise of spiritual enlightenment, thus introducing sin, death and the fall of the human race
And we know the rest of the story.
But that is only half of the story.
If Satan is controlling the narrative here on Earth, then he not only controls what leftists say and believe, but what the right also says and believes, and everything in between. In fact, Satan has so many schemes, dialectics, false religions and vain philosophies, that no mortal man is a match for his clever schemes and guises. If you remember back to all the exposes that Glenn Beck on his show about George Soros and his ties to ACORN, SEIU, Tides Foundation, etc....all of which were used to fuel his socialist agenda...multiply that by a million, and that is a mere fraction of what Satan has at his disposal, to fuel his agenda, which is aimed squarely at upending God's redemptive plan for mankind, and for Israel.
We are now living at the tail end of human history, where every ancient heresy, pagan philosophy, anti-Christ spirit, and lawless doctrine of men and demon have bottle-necked at this juncture in time. It is why so many see and sense the convergence of so many prophetic signs all coming to a head in our own day. It is why we see so many churches apostatizing into the Emergent, ecumenical, and Hebrew Roots movements, buying into Replacement, Dominion, and Prosperity theologies. It is why the line between Orthodox and Unorthodox Christianity have been blurred to the point that most people assume that Roman Catholicism and Mormonism are as Christian as Baptists are.
This is why God now indwells the believer through the Holy Spirit, and seals us until the day of redemption as a guarantee. (Eph. 1:11-14) This is also why I believe God kept it simple for us mere mortals.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31
This is what distinguishes Christianity from every other form of belief, philosophy, religion, or ideological framework in the universe. It is the fundamental truth, that man in and of himself, cannot save himself, nor advance his own salvation or redemption by one iota.
It is the truth, that God, who before Creation, set a plan in motion that would require Him to become a Man (through the Son-Jesus Christ), to redeem His own creation from their fallen state. The Gospel then, is simply the Good News that Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (as prophesied) had come to pass exactly as was predetermined by God. This is the ONLY way man can be redeemed, and that is by placing our trust in what Christ did for us. We cannot add one righteous work towards this to add to our salvation, nor can we commit one act that would detract from our salvation. (Eph. 1:4; 1 Cor. 15:1-5; John 10:28-30)
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7
Satan has been busy since the Garden of Eden. He has spun intricate webs of deceit, upon which layer by layer, line by line, in which both recorded and unrecorded history, has seemingly vomited up to the forefront of our day and age through the advancements in technology and instant communication. The Remnant Church (those born again believers who are holding true to His promises and His Word), are quickly becoming the minority. It is in times like these, that though we are inundated with all the lies, violence, deceit, corruption, and filth that the world keeps putting in our faces, we hold fast.
It is in times like these, that when the world is seemingly turned on its head, and wrong is right, down is up, and everything seems so backwards, so much so, that it feels very surreal, that we hold fast. It is why things so much darker than they have to be, so much more confusing than they should be, and so much more complicated than they ought to be, that we hold fast. I promise you, according to God's word, that what we are enduring now, will pale in comparison, to what is about to come upon the earth. God knows how to deliver the righteous before the Day of Judgment comes. (Matt. 24:21-22; 2 Peter 2:9-17)
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Rev. 3:10