AN OMINOUS NEW
This then brings us to one of the most important considerations before
us. There has been a spate of books - both Christian and secular - which
have appeared recently and which attribute Nazism and fascism to the
intrusion of eastern mysticism and Hinduism into the West in the latter
half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, an aberration
having little or nothing to do with the mainstream of Western Civilization
and the Christian tradition. Nothing could be further from the truth!
The plain fact of the matter is, mythologies which have defined
the West for well over a millennium and a half were responsible - mythologies
which no doubt were taken to the extreme, but mythologies which nonetheless
can clearly be found in the Western Tradition without any recourse to
the traditions of the East. 1 The great
danger in passing Nazism off as merely a cultural aberration - an anomaly
which can be guarded against merely by expunging the influence of eastern
mysticism and Hinduism from Christianity - is that in doing so, Christians
have left themselves unguarded for the reappearance of fascism in the
guise of a Euro-based, Christian-centered "civilization identity."
the movement of Western Civilization back to its mythological (i.e.,
religious) roots (as opposed to its Biblical roots) under the impress
of a multiculturalism gone mad is today producing throughout the West
- and in the United States in particular - an Angst very similar
to the Angst which sixty years ago produced Hitler and the Third
Reich; a West which is today, however, many times more powerful than
was the Germany of 1939. 2
GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS: THE ARTHURIAN LEGENDS
C. Warren Hollister 3 of the University
of California traces the primary source of Western mythology to the
Germanic tradition. He writes that the core essence of Western Civilization
is built -
"... upon a synthesis of three cultures: Classical, Christian, and
Germanic" - and that only with the final fusion of the classical
and Christian traditions to the Germanic tradition "... can it be
said that Western Civilization was born." 4
It is this fusion of the German element with the older Graeco-Roman
and Christian traditions which gave us what we today call "Western Civilization;"
it is also that which has given Christianity "heterodoxy" - the mixture
of Western traditions with the Christian religion. What all this has
essentially accomplished is to tie Christianity - which should have
been, by any fair reading of the New Testament, universal - to a single
civilization: the Western.
Five elements of Germanic tradition have proved to be of special endurance
in the mythology of the West, traditions which predate Christianity
but which today have become so intertwined in the mythos which surrounds
the West that most people seem hardly aware of their ancient origin;
and while it may be true that many people would not be able to make
the scholastic connection between these elements and their own situations
today, each of these elements - when placed in their modern contexts
- would be easily identifiable to them - as we demonstrated earlier
with the Alamo, "Old South" and Custer myths. These elements are:
- The Grail Quest: the Search for Inner Purity.
- Brotherhoods: Comitatus or Gemeinschaft Prinzip
- Siege Paranoia: Angst Prinzip
- The Germanic tradition of Leadership: Fuhrer5
- Elitism: Obermensch Prinzip
Finally, it should be noted that each of these elements, both in
combination and standing alone, approximate - at least on the surface
- Christian ideals, although they arrive at these ideals as a result
of occultism rather than from any Christian perspective; together,
these ideals aim at the creation of an earthly kingdom not unlike Plato's
Republic, and a ruling class not unlike Plato's "philosopher
kings." 6 And this is why so many
Christians - especially Christians who have been enraged by the direction
that secular-humanism has taken the country over the last twenty years
- find it so easy to "connect" with Nazis and fascists like Willis
Carto and Roger Pearson - people who have really no interest at all
in the gentle Carpenter of Nazareth and the faith He bequeathed to the
world, but who find common cause with Christians in their similar political
THE GRAIL QUEST: THE SEARCH FOR MORAL PERFECTION
Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe write that the Grail Quest
"... represented the fusion of ... (Germanic traditions involving
Valhalla and Camelot) with sacred history." 7
Quest recounts the progress of the "Grail Seekers" - Perceval (Parsifal),
Gauvain (Gwain), Galahad and others - for moral perfection. The goal
of the Quest was a vision of God; the means of achieving the goal was
moral perfection. The failure of the Quest meant destruction.
Interwoven into the Quest by the Grail Searchers is the effort to
heal a mysterious, Arthurian, Christ-like figure known as the "Fisher
King" 8 (sometimes known as the "Grail
King") who has been wounded by a spear or lance. It is said that when
this mysterious king is healed, he will rise and restore the earth's
fallen estate to perfection. He is the Restitutor Orbis or World
Restorer - "The Once and Future King."
In the Grail Quest, spiritual vision is the index of spiritual progress.
At the apex of all human visions is the "Vision of God." It is this
hoped for climax that impels the Grail Seeker's struggle towards perfection
- the "mystic understanding through an intensity of feeling" expressed
as vision. 9 Carolly Erickson
"Vision (i.e., the "mystic understanding of God through an intensity
of feeling") ... determined each being's likeness to God. It was man's
visual capabilities, Macrobius 10
wrote, that determined the degree of his participation in the divine
mind" 11 - his likeness and closeness
to God - in other words, his spirituality." 12
The stories involving both the Grail Quest and the Fisher King were
introduced to the world first as pagan Germanic folklore, but over the
years were transformed into Christian myths pregnant with meaning. And
here it should be clearly understood that the mythology which undergirds
the Grail Quest has little or nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.
Indeed, it's the antithesis of this kind of Christianity. In Biblical
Christianity, perfection is imparted to the believer through Christ's
work on the cross, 13 not on anything
the believer has done (or can do). In the Grail Quest, the exact opposite
is true - nonetheless, this kind of thinking has seeped deeply into
today's Christianity and into the Western Tradition - so much so that
most people accept this mythology as a vehicle which imparts Christian
truth - and the degree of its acceptance can be measured by the degree
to which Grail terminology [i.e., "Vision of God," "Seeker of Truth,"
"The Quest," (e.g., "my quest," "your quest," "his quest," "her quest,")
etc.] has crept into "Christian-speak" today.
The plain fact of the matter is, such terminology is seldom used in
the Bible; moreover, the inordinate emphasis on "other worldliness"
and "hyper-spirituality" in many so-called "Christians" is more often
than not the result of "Grail Christianity" and Grail concepts than
it is of Biblical Christianity. And the same is true with regard to
the over emphasis on extraordinary visions and dreams. This is not to
say that visions and dreams are not legitimate Christian experiences;
it is only to say that all too often such experiences are not Biblical
experiences at all, but result from a Grail mentality - for example,
the experiences alluded to by devotees of the so-called "Kansas City
Prophets," a Protestant group associated at one time or another with
such mainline charismatic groups as John Wimber's Vineyards and the
Foursquare Church; and the Word of God communities [a Catholic group
connected to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)] and other Catholic
groups like Opus Dei and the Jesuits.
THE GERMANIC CONCEPT OF COMITATUS
The myth of the Grail Quest takes on added meaning when linked to
the tradition of Western militarism and "civilization expansion" - Comitatus.
and Ashe write that the Comitatus 15
was a kind of medieval military brotherhood based on honor, fidelity,
courage, and mutual respect between leader and men; in warfare, the
leader was expected to excel his men in courage and prowess and should
the leader be killed, his men were honor-bound to fight to the death
even if their cause should appear hopeless. 16
The tradition of Comitatus has always existed in Western armies
- and continues to this day. The term Comitatus was a word used by the
Romans to describe certain fierce (some would even say "fanatical")
German military organizations which fought Rome's intrusions into their
homeland from about 100 B.C to 300 A.D. Tacitus first used the word
to describe those specific German "military brotherhoods" which
required their adherents to submit to a highly ritualized religious
initiation in which the initiate was required to swear a "blood oath"
of enduring loyalty first to the leader of the brotherhood and
then to the organization and membership in general (i.e., the Posse).
John Toland, in describing the relationship of Comitatus between
leader and men which existed in the German Army in both World War I
and World War II, writes,
"Life at the ... (front) brought officers and men closer together
in a brotherhood of suffering and blood. The men worshipped
the one who led them into desperate hand-to-hand combat. 'To them
he was not their commanding officer; he was their Fuhrer! And
they were his comrades! They trusted him blindly and would have followed
him into hell itself if it were necessary'. Together they formed a
frontline relationship of democracy ... The miles of trenches were
isolated from the rest of the world and became, in effect, a 'monastery
with walls of flame'." 17
The concept of Comitatus served as the backdrop to the legends
which came to surround Valhalla and later Camelot. 18
In addition, the concept of Comitatus came to undergird the entire
system of feudal knighthood and the various military brotherhoods of
"Crusader Knights" which supported Christian "civilization expansion"
- the Teutonic Knights, the Templars, the Hospitalers, the Knights of
St. John, etc.
Again - like the Grail Quest - it should be clearly understood that
the concept of a "military brotherhood" was totally foreign to Biblical
Christianity; its origins lay not in the Bible (i.e., the New Testament),
but in Germanic mythology. But so thoroughly did these concepts come
to enshroud Christianity, Lacy and Ashe write, that the ideals and codes
of conduct which prevailed at Camelot - and even Valhalla after its
"Christianization" - continue to inspire ordinary people today.
Lacy and Ashe continue,
"At the risk of oversimplifying we may say that these knights were
expected to serve God, king, justice, and morality, their ladies,
and the cause of persons in need. They were expected to develop
their military skills, perfect their moral state, and exhibit
appropriate social behavior." 19
The tradition of the Grail Quest, when combined with the tradition
of Comitatus, produced the concept of "civilization expansion" using
military force as a MORAL IMPERATIVE. When combined with Christianity,
it justified the expansion of God's kingdom on earth through the force
of arms which a simple resort to Biblical Christianity could never
justify; but when Christianity was combined with the German
traditions of the Grail Quest and Comitatus, such thinking was
easily justified and almost effortlessly sustained, not only as a civilization
imperative, but as an individual imperative capable of producing moral
perfection and a vision of God in the individual warrior or Crusader.
The taking up of arms and the dedication of one's life to a crusade
or a church sanctioned military expedition, therefore, became one of
the quickest and surest ways to achieve inner spirituality and heavenly
vision. Thus, when Hitler and Mussolini spoke of the ennobling effect
of warfare on both the individual and the civilization, they were not
necessarily drawing from eastern mysticism and/or "New Age" sources,
but from metaphysical reservoirs which were deeply embedded in Christian
and Western traditions. Indeed, it is this kind of thinking which impelled
Spain's conquest of the Moors - and the consequent development of the
El Cid mythology, Spain's counterpart to Germany's Parsifal and
England's Arthur - and its expansion into Central and South America;
and not only Spain's expansion, but England's expansion into North America,
India and Africa; Germany's expansion eastward, etc. But, again, this
is heterodoxy, pure and simple - and has little or nothing to do with
Biblical Christianity. And again, one makes a great mistake in believing
that the kind of thinking which produces "military brotherhoods" is
dead and gone. On the contrary, it's alive and well.
GORDON WENDALL KAHL & THE POSSE COMITATUS
Posse Comitatus is the term Gordon Wendall Kahl, a North Dakota
farmer, gave to his far-right militia organization of local farmers
and ranchers which he founded in North Dakota in the early 1970s to
fight further federal and state encroachments into their local affairs.
Kahl (63) was killed on June 3, 1983 by federal law enforcement officers
in a confrontation at a farmhouse in the Arkansas Ozarks.
Kahl and those who followed him saw themselves as "freedom fighters"
waging war against what they considered to be the "illegal encroachment"
of "outside" authorities (i.e., federal and state bureaucrats) into
their private (and local) affairs. Kahl viewed himself and his organization
in the same light as that of the old Germanic warlords in their longago
battle against the imperial (i.e., extralocal) pretensions of ancient
Rome. Kahl's Posse Comitatus was a forerunner of today's widespread
"militia movement." Indeed, Kahl is hailed today as an early hero and
martyr among radical right militia activists who see his death as evidence
of a federal government conspiracy to deny Americans their rights. Books
and songs saluting him have been written, and shirts and bumper stickers
eulogizing him have become collector's items. Kahl, in keeping with
Posse Comitatus doctrines recognizing no government authority
above the county (i.e., local) level, had refused to renew his state
driver's license in 1974. In 1977 he was charged with tax evasion on
his 1972-'74 taxes and was placed on five years probation. An arrest
warrant was issued for him in March 1981 when Kahl failed to report
to a Bismarck probation officer. On February 13, 1983 Kahl killed two
U.S. marshals and wounded three others in an ambush which federal
authorities had set to capture him [some say "kill" (i.e., murder)
him] in Medina, North Dakota. Kahl escaped and a four-month search ensued.
In June 1983, Kahl was discovered hiding out in an Arkansas farmhouse
and was killed (Comitatus adherents say, "gunned-down") in the
shootout which followed with law enforcement officers. There are many
today who see Kahl's death as presaging the Ruby Ridge and Waco tragedies
some seven and fifteen years later.
The leadership principle inherent in Comitatus thinking, however,
is not necessarily unique to the radical fringe; indeed, it has undergirded
and sustained the fighting spirit of all Western armies for more than
a millennium - and it is this spirit of brotherhood - this "pact of
blood" - which more than anything else explains why combat veterans
in Western armies detest the thought of sharing their "brotherhood
of blood" with female soldiers. There is no room for women in such
brotherhoods - and it is precisely this kind of reasoning that is
behind the Catholic Church's loathing with regard to women in the priesthood.
Indeed, the refusal of the Catholic Church to admit women to the priesthood
has little or nothing to do with legitimate Biblical injunctions against
such a concept (after all, the Catholic Church has never allowed Scripture
to stand in its way in other matters); instead it flows out of the priesthood's
belief that it is a special brotherhood of spiritual warriors based
on the Germanic concept of Comitatus - a brotherhood of "blood
and iron" in which there is no place for women - and, indeed, a place
where women are held in utter contempt, despite the priesthood's sometimes
transparent efforts to maintain a front of gallantry and chivalry towards
them. And contrary to all the efforts of the multicultural elite to
promote the idea of "gender equality" in the military (which ultimately
must translate into the idea of "women in combat") - the macho concept
of Comitatus is still alive and well in the "mass culture" as
anyone who has taken the time to see movies like Rambo, etc.
and/or have followed what's happening in such male "brotherhoods" as
the "Bloods," the "Crips," the "Latin Kings," and the "Aryan Brotherhood;"
and these, after all, are the "manpower pools" from which our army would
have to be "manned" in case of real war (or does one really think
that the children of the "yuppie" and "multicultural" elite would man
(or "woman") these armies?).
It would, therefore, be a great mistake to think that the concept
of Comitatus is dead and gone - that the "Tailhook Scandal" and
the admission of women into Western armies has ended this kind of thinking.
War does strange things in reawakening old gods - and it does it in
ways that would be incomprehensible in more peaceful times. And although
few military officers would now be prepared to admit it, the fact is
that in the heat and barbarity of actual combat, few men would be willing
to follow a female officer - and that the likelihood of women living
more than a few minutes on the battlefield without being "fragged" by
their "men" is minimal - and only those who have never been in combat
could deny this fact. In the relaxation of a peacetime environment,
the luxury of believing that "women in combat" is a good thing can probably
be sustained. But should a REAL war break out, this kind
of luxury would be quickly thrown overboard in the drive to appease
the men who would have to bear the main brunt of battle. [Please see
Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe, The Arthurian Handbook (London:
Garland Publishing, Inc, 1988), pg. 81.]
MODERN-DAY TEMPLARS: NELSON BUNKER HUNT
Moreover, one doesn't need to resort to the use of "wild-eyed crazies"
- the kind that live up near Hayden Lake, Idaho - or even the more obvious
example of the new Militia Movement, which is spreading like wildfire
throughout North America (indeed, a new CNN/CBS poll indicates that
over 20 percent of the American electorate now support the new militias
to one degree or another): take the example of Nelson Bunker Hunt. In
his investigation of private spies, author Jim Hougan learned that Nelson
Bunker Hunt, the close confidant and fund raiser for such Religious
Right luminaries as Tim LaHaye and Pat Robertson, once organized a paramilitary
force called the "American Volunteer Group" which he intended to use
- death squad style - against political opponents. 20
Hunt, the CNP's 21 third president
after Tim LaHaye and Tom Ellis - and just before Pat Robertson - is
also a member of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus
of Jerusalem, a racist "brotherhood" modeled after the Hospitalers which
is based in Scotland and tied to Senator Jesse Helms. The Order has
been linked to Lady Malcolm Douglas Hamilton. She and her husband, Lord
Malcolm Douglas, were the hosts to Rudolf Hess, Hitler's third in command,
when - in 1940 - Hess made his secret flight to England. Hess was seeking
to meet with the British aristocratic and "High Church" circle known
as the "Cliveden Set." 22 Sympathetic
to Hitler's war aims - including his policies towards the Jews - the
"Cliveden Set" tried to get England out of the war it had declared against
Germany in September, 1939 - after Germany had invaded Poland. Hess
was arrested and imprisoned. 23
MORE LATTER-DAY TEMPLARS:
MARANATHA AND THE WORD OF GOD COMMUNITIES
Then there's Maranatha Ministries and the Word of God Communities
(the WOGs). Both are "Latter Rain" - one a Catholic group (the WOGs),
the other Protestant (Maranatha). Like most groups connected to the
theology (perhaps the better word is "World-View" or Weltanschauung)
known as "Latter Rain," the WOGs and Maranatha are charismatic, and
as such practice "speaking in tongues," receive "prophetic utterances,"
practice exorcism, are extremely authoritarian, hold to a hostile view
of modernity, and believe in a coming world holocaust which will pit
the church against the "secular-humanist" forces of Satan. The eschatology
(or doctrine of "end times") which the WOGs and Maranatha embrace is
a type of "post-millennialism" that has come to be known as "Dominionism"
24 - a militant theology which pictures
the seizure of earthly (temporal) power by the church as the only means
through which the world can be rescued; only after the world has been
thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule and reign." 25
It is in this context that the practice of "shepherding" and "discipleship"
26 inherent in many Latter Rain groups
must be understood; the practice is meant to "discipline" and train
the members for the coming war. The WOGs and Maranatha maintain a passion
for secrecy and are pledged to keep their aims hidden from the "enemy
and his agents."
Both groups have links to Morton Blackwell's 27
Leadership Institute which is largely dedicated to recruiting and training
young Christian conservatives in the methodologies of radical right-wing
politics. Blackwell has worked out a particularly close relationship
with Bob Weiner's Maranatha Ministries. Blackwell told the Wall Street
Journal that at any one given time, ten percent of his trainees
were from Maranatha. And just how dedicated Weiner's "Christian foot-soldiers"
are in pursuit of Blackwell's conservative dreams can perhaps best be
judged by a statement Weiner made in 1985:
"The Bible says we (i.e., Christians) are to ... rule. If you don't
rule and I don't rule, the atheists and the humanists and the agnostics
are going to rule. We should be the head of our school board. We should
be the head of our nation. We should be the Senators and the Congressmen.
We should be the editors of our newspapers. We should be taking over
every area of life." 28
Blackwell also works closely with Pat Robertson - and one of the Leadership
Institute's largest chapters is located at CBNU (now Regent University).
Blackwell claims that he is creating a "Delta Force" of students pledged
to go anywhere in 48 hours notice not necessarily to win souls to Christ,
but "to win a close Senate race, tackle the liberal dinosaurs on key
issues, mobilize and activate the student grassroots and win back the
battle for the mind of America" - all this from a man (Blackwell) who
at one time thought nothing of allying himself with the fascist, anti-Semitic
American Independent Party.
Now, let's pause for a moment and consider what we have here: a Secular
Right organization - with fascist and Nazi ties - which has at
its disposal what Blackwell has termed two "Delta Force units" of college
age students - one group Catholic, the other group Protestant - pledged
to go anywhere on 48 hours notice "to win a close Senate race, tackle
the liberal dinosaurs on key issues, mobilize and activate the student
grassroots and win back the battle for the mind of America." While it's
no doubt stretching the point a little, one cannot help but think of
Roehm's SA units (the infamous "Brownshirts" of Hitler's Millennial
Kingdom) who stood ready to carry out right-wing activity in another
place and at another time. They too wore slogans which read, "Gott mit
uns" - "God with us!" 29
On the surface, it seems mindboggling to think that Christians like
Nelson Bunker Hunt, Morton Blackwell, Bob Weiner, as well as legitimate
Protestant and Catholic groups like Maranatha and the Word of God Communities
could be thinking in such terms today - but maybe its not so difficult
when one begins to grasp what the darker side of "Western Civilization"
is all about, and the seductive allure this kind of thinking has for
many whites - not all of them "nuts."
People like Hunt - and even Pat Robertson and Tim LaHaye - have
come to sincerely believe that their civilization - Western Christendom
- is under siege by a godless "Secular Humanism" bent on its destruction;
they think of themselves as modernday "Crusader Knights" united together
in a "holy brotherhood" to confront this menace and that in doing so,
they are doing nothing more than what the Templars, 30
the Hospitalers and the Teutonic Knights did when confronting the Asian
and Islamic hordes which were hurling themselves against Christendom
a millennium ago.
magnetism of this kind of thinking should not be underestimated - and
it's spreading! And be clear here, it's precisely this kind of thinking
which produced the SS - Hitler's own Knight Templars.
And one should not think that the "Latter Rain" movement out from
which most groups like Maranatha and WOG emanate is a fringe movement.
That would be a grave mistake. In one way or another Franklin Hall,
William Branham, George Hawtin, Percy G. Hunt, Herrick Holt, George
Warnock, Bill Britton, Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, Ern Baxter, Don
Basham, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson, Derek Prince, Marilyn Hickey,
Demos Shakarian, Ralph Martin, Steve Clark, Kevin Ranaghan, John Wimber,
etc. have all been involved in "Latter Rain."
Moreover, secularists would be greatly underestimating the influence
of these men to write them off as disconnected "rednecks" and "country
hicks." On the contrary, they are all very well "connected;" take one
example, Demos Shakarian's Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International
(FGBMFI). FGBMFI includes within its membership Joseph Coors; former
Secretary of the Interior, James Watt; former assistant to the Attorney
General, Herbert Ellingwood; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff John Vessey; General Ralph E. Haines, former Commanding General
of the Continental Army Command; General Dick Shaefer, former Chief
of Staff of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, former Chief of Plans in Vietnam
and former Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the Joint Chiefs
of Staff. 31
CHRISTENDOM UNDER SIEGE:
THE GENESIS OF WESTERN PARANOIA OR ANGST
There is also within the Western tradition a recurring theme which
portrays Christendom under relentless pressure from godless forces which
have surrounded it and are seeking its destruction, and it is this tradition
that manifests itself in many of the millenarian belief systems which
are currently in vogue throughout Western Christianity - belief systems
which go far beyond Biblical Christianity and produce within their adherents
a paranoiac negativism that is more reminiscent of Valhalla's "Twilight
of the Gods" than it is of a confident looking forward to Christ's return.
And when such thinking goes beyond pre-millennialism to post-millennialism
- in other words, when it manifests itself in a paranoiac drive "to
set things right" not only in the "sweet bye and bye" but in the present
"here and now" - "Political Christianity" is the result, the drive by
Christians to confront the threat through the political process and/or
the force of arms (i.e., "Reconstructionism," "Latter Rain," "Charismatic
This tradition, however, was not created in a vacuum; it is not without
some basis in historic fact. Since 600 A.D., Europe has suffered under
the harsh press of Islamic expansion and Asian assaults.
In 711 the Muslims crossed Gibraltar and conquered Spain, driving
the Christians into the mountainous north of the Iberian Peninsula.
Next the Muslims transversed the Pyrenees and threatened Burgundy, Aquitaine,
and much of southern France. They were finally stopped at Tours by a
Crusader army led by Charles Martel. In the middle of the thirteenth
century the Mongols invaded Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary -
defeating three great Crusader armies before mysteriously pulling back
just as it seemed all of Europe lay open to them. In 1453 Constantinople
fell to the Turks, and the Balkans fell shortly thereafter. By the late
1400s, the Turks had reached the gates of Vienna, one of Europe's greatest
cities; they were finally repulsed after great loss of life and the
destruction of two more Crusader armies.
These three great invasions - two by the Muslims and one by the Mongols,
liberally interspersed by marauding bands of pagan Vikings from the
north, pirates from the Mediterranean, roving criminal bands which regularly
descended on Europe's farms and villages from their forest and mountain
sanctuaries - all bent on murder, rape and pillage - threw a fright
into Christian Europe from which it has never really recovered. The
fear produced by these invasions worked deeply into the European psyche,
producing a siege mentality - an Angst - which is never free
of menace and disaster, and an Angst which is being re-awakened
by what Europeans perceive as a never ending flow of migrants from the
Islamic countries of North Africa and the Middle East and the nations
of the Orthodox east as a result of the fall of communism and the rise
of Islamic Fundamentalism.
THE URGE TO SET THINGS RIGHT: DEFENDING CHRISTENDOM
FROM THE INFIDELS
When the first rumors of the Mongol invasion of Russia and Hungary
reached Europe early in the thirteenth century, Frederick II of Germany
wrote letters to his brother monarchs describing the imminent peril
to the West. The king wrote:
"Bursting forth from the abodes of Tartarus, the Horde is even now
battering like a sudden tempest at Germany, the 'door of Christendom'.
Yet the day will come when Christendom will rise victorious against
all her enemies, when Germany, rising with rage and zeal to battle,
and France, that mother and nurse of chivalry; the warlike and bold
Spain, with fertile England, valorous in its men, and protected by
its fleet; Almaine, full of impetuous warriors, the maritime Dacia;
untamable Italy; Burgundy, that never knows peace; restless Apulia,
with the piratical and unconquered islands of the Grecian, Adriatic
and Tyrrhene seas ... when bloody Ireland, with active Wales; Scotland,
abounding in lakes, icy Norway, and every noble and renowned country
lying under the royal star of the West, shall send forth
their chosen ornaments preceded by the symbol of the life-giving cross
One sees in this letter of a thousand years ago the manifestation
of the same paranoia that even today grips the Political and Religious
Right; and not only that, but the urge to "set things right" through
unified Christian military and political action. But one finds it difficult
to conceive of the gentle Carpenter of Nazareth confronting his enemies
in such a fashion, but the emperor of Germany was apparently under no
such restraint; and neither, so it seems, is the Religious Right.
THE MIRACULOUS POWER OF SANCTITY
When this paranoia was combined with the concepts of the Grail
Quest and Comitatus, a psychotic dimension was added to the Western
World which haunts it still, and this is especially true when combined
with certain elements inherent in the Grail Quest which implied that
disaster and failure were the results of sin - in this case, "civilization
sin." It is the lesson of Perceval, Lancelot, and Tristan applied
to an entire civilization - and it is this kind of thinking
which so intrigued Richard Wagner in Lohengrin, and Tristan
this kind of thinking, the kind which links "civilization success" to
individual purity within a community of believers - what Carolly Erickson
calls "the miraculous power of sanctity," a situation which approximates
Camelot - is re-awakening in the Christian World, phoenix-like from
the ashes of Valhalla. For example, take Rouses John (R.J.) Rushdoony.
Rushdoony makes the same linkage between "civilization failure" and
sin that Wagner makes in Parsifal - and even Gotterdammerung
and Die Walkure. Rushdoony believes that it is the primary responsibility
of government to maintain godly purity within a society; because Christians
have allowed their government to be usurped by atheists and humanists,
the role of government and the institutions of Western Christendom have
been perverted and will, as a result, experience God's judgment if the
situation is not quickly rectified. Moreover, not only will the atheists
and humanists be judged, but believers who have allowed this to happen
will likewise experience God's wrath. The penalty will fall on unbelievers
and believers alike. It is the Church's responsibility, therefore, to
place itself in the forefront of political and social action to take
back the reins of government from out of the hands of the ungodly. 33
To be sure, Rushdoony is applying "Old Testament Law" or theology
here - and what he is saying cannot be said to have been necessarily
derived from Germanic mythology as such. But very few people
are as steeped in this kind of theology as he is, and it's not too difficult
to believe that most people who seize upon Rushdoony's teachings will
be doing so more out of mythological motivations than any kind of theological
motivation - and Christians who believe otherwise are only kidding themselves.
Indeed, this is already happening in charismatic and "Latter Rain" circles
where many people are simply seizing upon anything which sounds scholarly
to justify their activity, whether they understand it or not. The
fact is that within Latter Rain and charismatic circles, it is not so
much the whispering of angels one hears as it is the shriek of Wagner's
Valkyries bestirring themselves and preparing to take flight again,
this time in the service of "Political Christianity."
Moreover, whether the motivation behind political Christianity is
theological or mythological, the goal is the same, and has little if
anything to do with Biblical Christianity, a Christianity which by its
very nature cannot be tied to political power.
THE LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: FUHRER PRINZIP
The word Fuhrer has developed a sinister and menacing aura
around it largely as a result of its connection to Hitler. But in its
original meaning, the word was meant to convey a most marvelous and
wonderful image which no comparable word in the English language is
capable of conveying. The word means leader - but it means much more
than just that. It conveys the thought of a man willing to lay down
his life for the welfare of his men; a person who enjoys their absolute
trust and confidence because of his inner virtue, character, selflessness
and love towards those who follow him; a man capable of eliciting his
men's willing obedience not necessarily because they have
to obey, but because they want to obey in order to please him.
He is their "elder brother," their "Father Confessor" who loves and
honors them more than life itself; who puts their welfare ahead of his
own; who would never ask them to do something that he was unwilling
to do; a man who will willingly lay down his own comforts and share
their misery; a man who would never think of bedding down in the comfort
of a house when his men have to sleep outside in the cold.
A German officer was never given the title of Fuhrer by the
state; he had to earn that title from the men whom he led.
Indeed - and contrary to the thinking of many in the United States -
the German Officer Code looked on those officers who had to resort to
the use of brute force and naked threats to lead as failures. And it
is precisely this kind of leadership that is at the heart of Western
mythology - the kind which has encompassed such Western leaders as Barbarossa,
Charlemagne, Martel, Wallace, El Cid, Nelson, Washington, Lincoln,
Custer, Jim Bowie, Col. Travis, etc. and enshrouds them in a mystical
and almost magical aura. It is the stuff out from which Western legends
are made and the ideal towards which Western leaders press. This is
the ideal of leadership which the German word Fuhrer is meant
"Since antiquity Western rulers had been set apart from ordinary
men by the mysteries of coronation and sacring (making sacred) ...
In the generations following the first crusade, the figure(s) of Charlemagne
(and Barbarossa) were so embellished by legend that their heroic dimensions
dwarfed their descendants ... In England, the Celtic chieftain Arthur
took on a similar aura ... The king (or leader) was (clearly) in the
circle of the miraculous." 34
THE IDEAL OF LEADERSHIP TOWARDS WHICH "POLITICAL
CHRISTIANITY" IS PRESSING
Lacy and Ashe write that the end towards which the concept of Western
leadership - at least in its highest form - presses envisions leadership
as a kind of messianic calling; the Western leader is patterned
after a longed-for "... messiah persistently imagined and hoped for
in ... antiquity, the Restitutor Orbis or World Restorer - 'the
Once and Future King' 35 - who would
end civil strife and usurpation, subdue the barbarians, defeat ... (Christendom's)
... enemies, and bring back peace and prosperity." 36
And, as we indicated earlier, it is an ominous fact that underneath
the facade of today's messy and corrupt Western democracies (the leaders
of which seem intent on only one thing: enriching themselves by "buying
and selling" privilege at the expense of their citizenry) lie all the
"old heroes" still - Arthur, Parsifal, Guinevere, Roland, Lancelot,
Barbarossa, Tristan and Isolde, etc. - and, yes, even Siegfried, Brunhilde,
Kriemhilde, Hagen, Wotan and the Valkyries, even the Nibelungen - all,
like Merlin, dressed up by the end of the Dark Ages in suitable "Christian
And - like the Grail Quest, Comitatus, and Angst - one
should not be too quick to dismiss this concept of leadership as one
which is no longer viable in the West. 37
That would be a great mistake! The ideal of the Fuhrer Prinzip
is - like all other Germanic ideals - far too deeply imbedded in our
collective memory to ever be rooted out by the fleeting fashions of
modernity. The fact is, it clearly persists today within Western religious
circles - after all, is this not the concept which surrounds the Papacy,
even today? And not only the Papacy, but - in one way or another, and
to a greater or lesser degree - most charismatic and Pentecostal leaders
as well? - extending even to non-charismatic fundamentalists? Clearly
it is! And is this not the concept of leadership that men like Reuven
Doren, Mike Bickle, Paul Cain, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, John Wimber,
William Branham, Bennie Hinn, Oral Roberts, Larry Lea, etc. would press
upon us now if they could? - i.e., a form of leadership which is predicated
on the "miraculous power of sanctity" and on the leader's ability to
successfully invoke God (and/or manipulate supernatural forces). Erickson
Erickson writes that the kind of leader for which many in the West
long is one which is free of the sordid and even scandalous "buying
and selling of privilege" which has become all too closely linked to
the Western democracies. Erickson believes that what the people long
for today is a leader which possesses "the aura of majesty," of "sanctity,"
and - most especially - the "power of the enchanted world."
38 He must be a "wonder worker!" (Mark
Moreover, if Huntington is right about the movement of Western Civilization
back to its religious (mythological) roots, then so much the more will
this leadership principle be restored to vogue within the political
realm - and should it proceed to its ultimate end, it could very well
lead to the same fusion that has occurred in the Islamic World. This,
at least, is certainly what some Religious Right circles are pressing
But as we indicated earlier, there is a dark and foreboding side to
all this that goes beyond the heroic to the demonic: first, it is the
product not of Biblical Christianity, but of heterodoxy; and second,
the particular leadership principle inherent in this kind of mysticism
- when taken to the extreme - is precisely that which produces
the David Koreshes and the Jim Joneses of our world, and it goes a long
way, as we have already said, in explaining the death-like embrace of
Hitler and the German people - one with the other - as they careened
towards their final destruction in the waning days of World War II.
ELITISM: OBERMENSCH PRINZIP
Carolly Erickson writes that the "enchanted world" of
Western Tradition -
"...was incorporated into the works of a chain of influential medieval
thinkers, from Augustine through the mystical theologians of the fourteenth
and fifteenth centuries. It was not a fringe doctrine but a part
of the mainstream of medieval (Western) culture. It encouraged
people to accept the existence of a wide range of (super)beings."
Moreover, it encouraged people to believe that supernatural power
was not beyond the grasp of those who were pure of heart and dedicated
to the Quest and the "Vision of God." The tradition of the Grail Quest
postulated that individual sanctity conferred to individuals miraculous
powers, what Erickson has called, "the miraculous power of sanctity."
Moreover, it created a whole class of super-beings dedicated to the
expansion of Christ's Kingdom on Earth - the Crusader Knights: the Templars,
the Hospitalers, the Teutons, etc. - military brotherhoods who, if their
hearts were pure, could not be vanquished.
The concept of a super-human brotherhood of believers, believers
characterized principally by their purity and sanctity, permeates Western
tradition. The myths which have come to surround the various Crusader
brotherhoods - and most especially the Crusader Order of Templars -
endowing them with miraculous power, epitomize this kind of thinking.
Countless numbers of people up through the centuries have been captivated
by the Templar Myth - a mystical, magical brotherhood of Christians
dedicated to purity of character, the Grail Quest, the Vision of God,
and the expansion of Christ's Kingdom on Earth. This is an extension
of the Comitatus concept - but one which propels the concept
of Comitatus from the mundane to the miraculous!
THE FASCIST OBERMENSCH
For example, take Jorge Lanz von Liebenfels, a former Cistercian monk
who lived in Vienna at the turn of the century, and his friend, Guido
von List. Both List and Lanz were devotees of the Grail Quest. Lanz
created The Order of the New Templars; List began Armanen. 40
The membership of both groups was to a large degree interlocking. As
a child, Lanz's greatest wish had been to become a Knight Templar. In
1893, at the age of nineteen, he entered the Cistercian monastery of
the Holy Cross. The following year he published a work about the meaning
of the Crusades. In 1899 he left the Cistercians and started his own
order, usurping the name and rituals of his beloved Templars. Lanz quickly
found people who were willing to believe - and some of the believers
were very wealthy men, ready to help Lanz make his wildest dreams come
With the help of these wealthy devotees, he acquired three castles
- one at Werfenstein in Lower Austria, one at Marienkamp near Ulm, and
the third at Rugen, an island in the Baltic - where he conducted elaborate
ceremonies based on the Grail Quest. Lanz taught the concept of "man-gods"
- a notion which taught that through dedication to individual purity,
man could progress to perfection - to the point where he could begin
to take on god-like dimensions. And what exactly is so important about
the concepts which List and Lanz were purveying? - according to John
Toland, the thinking of both men had a great and very profound impact
on Hitler. 41
And what a powerful dream it was - the dream to be gods - to reach
for the heavens; this dream permeates our legends and myths, and echoes
back down through the corridors of time to Camelot and Valhalla. Indeed,
for well over a millennium our poets, writers, priests and prophets
have been telling and re-telling the legends and myths which swirl like
ghostly apparitions around this dream: that there is within man a "divine
spark" which longs to be set free in order to ascend to its Originator,
God. Man is, therefore, divine and has a god's role in the universe.
Through knowledge of "secret ways" - as elaborated in such myths as
the Arthurian Legends, Excaliber, Tristan, and Parsifal - man has the
potential to ascend into divinity.
But the dream that man can become a god, that He can share with
God His divinity, is blasphamous. 42
It's the dream that Lucifer had - a dream for which he dearly paid:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I
will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be
like the most High." (Isa. 14:12-14)
This is the dream which is behind all false religions - that man is
a god and has a god's role to play in the universe. While this is certainly
not what Biblical Christianity teaches, it is what Grail Christianity
Lanz aimed at creating a brotherhood of believers dedicated to personal
purity, the acquisition of supernatural powers and the rescuing of Western
Christendom from destruction by the Unter-mensch - those which
divine providence had not destined to an election of grace, but had
instead consigned to a fate somewhat more earthy and mundane - and in
some cases, even hellish.
THE CHRISTIAN OBERMENSCH
Such concepts are still taught throughout the West, and are widely
accepted. And not just in obvious, straight forward occult circles,
as some would like us to believe, but in Christian circles as well.
Indeed, they are taught by many so-called "evangelical Christians" under
guises which, to be sure, seem more "Christian" than those which surrounded
the verbiage in Ostara - but concepts which nonetheless postulate
the myth of the Obermensch - the "god-man." A simple perusal
of the theologies taught by such well-known evangelicals as Kenneth
Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Bennie Hinn, etc; and in such movements as
Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God (MSG), Word-Faith, etc; and which
encompass ideas like "the "Continuation of the Incarnation," "Divine
Spark," "Overcomers," etc. - concepts which purvey the thought that
when man accepts Christ into his heart, he becomes a "little Jesus,"
a "man-god" - would confirm this.
For example, D.R. McConnell, an acknowledged authority on this subject,
writes that -
"Kenneth Hagin (one of today's most popular evangelical teachers)
clearly ... teaches ... the doctrine of human deification." 43
Indeed, Hagin makes no secret about what he is teaching. His pronouncements
on the subject are clear and unambiguous. For example, Hagin says that
"... there is a real incarnation in the new birth." 44
He goes on to say that in the new birth, God imparts -
"His very nature, substance, and being to our human spirits." 45
Hence, Hagin maintains -
"... every born again man is an incarnation" and that "the believer
is as much an incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth." 46
And lest the reader think that Hagin is only speaking metaphorically,
one has only to consider the following additional quotations:
"That's who we are; we're Jesus;" 47
He goes on,
"In fact, in the Epistles, the Church is called Christ. The Church
has not yet realized that we are Christ. When we do, we'll start doing
the work we're supposed to do" 48
- i.e., take over the world.
Charles Capps, another extremely popular evangelical, goes just as
far as Hagin. He writes,
"In August of 1973, the Word of the Lord came unto me saying, 'If
men would believe me, long prayers are not necessary. Just speaking
the Word will bring what you desire. My Creative power is given to
man in Word form. I have ceased for a time from my creative work and
have given man ... my creative power'." 49
William Branham believed that it was possible to achieve such complete
"oneness" and intrinsic unity with God that truly "holy men" - "Master's
of the Faith" - could create ex nihilo through the use of their
own words. These are the supermen of the "Manifest Sons of God," the
"Manchild Company," the "First Fruits," "Joel's Army," the "Overcomers,"
the "New Breed," etc. - and it's no coincidence that these supermen
of the "Christian Faith" bear a striking resemblance to the supermen
of Hitler's Third Reich. C. Douglas Weaver relates a story which Branham
frequently told; Branham, an avid hunter, said that God spoke to him
during a hunting trip in Arizona:
"And something said to me: 'Now this is the beginning of your new
ministry. Now ask what you will, and it shall be given to you'."
Branham asked for the creation of three squirrels, which he promptly
shot and killed. 50 And in this connection,
it should be noted that almost all the present Word-Faith teachers promote
the possibility of man attaining to "creative faith" (creatio ex
nihilo) through purity of life. This is the Grail Quest, not Biblical
"The ultimate end of ... (this kind of thinking) is deification
(man becomes God). Deification may be defined as the process whereby
men are transformed into gods ... man was created with the divine
nature (in Eden), sinned (through the Fall), and was filled with the
satanic nature; but through the new birth, he is again infused with
the divine nature. To be born again ... is to receive 'the nature
and life of God in one's spirit'." 51
Ralph Waldo Trine, a purveyor of deification in the late 1800s, explains
further: he says that as a person cultivates his "inner spiritual sense"
"... opened to the direct revelation and knowledge of God, the secrets
of nature and life ... and made to realize his own deific nature and
supremacy of being as the son of God ... The ultimate goal ... is
the transformation of man into a god." 52
Once again, this is Grail Christianity, pure and simple.
Moreover, this kind of thinking is not confined merely to the Word-Faith,
Latter Rain, and MSG movements; it has spread to other denominations
which cannot be so easily "typed." Take for example, Paul Cain, a one-time
associate of John Wimber of Vineyard International, one of the fastest
growing evangelical denominations in the country, and a leader in the
effort to bring conservative Protestants and Catholics together "to
take back the earth for Christ." Cain believes that it's possible for
"Overcoming Christians" - i.e., those Christians which have been sanctified
to God through purity of heart - to attain immortalization after coming
to perfection under the authority of a "super-brotherhood" known as
the latter-day "Apostles and Prophets." They will be able to move in
and out of the supernatural and natural realms, even walking through
walls. This is Paul Cain's interpretation:
"So my point is this, that there will be a manifestation of the
sons and daughters of God. And it won't be this baloney that we've
heard of in the past; I mean, there's been a few people tried to walk
through a wall like this over here and knocked their brains loose,
but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a manifested
son of God; if anyone walks through this wall over here, they're not
going to tell you about it - I mean, they're just going to do it.
And sons of God don't tell you they're sons of God, they'll just show
you! Amen." 53
According to this kind of thinking, Jesus was the "pattern" for what
God intended to do with men - to deposit a "spark" of the divine essence
into them, creating for Himself a whole race of "God-men" after the
pattern of Jesus - supermen ("Jesus Men" - the "First Fruits," the "Overcomers,"
etc.) who would conquer and subdue the world through the exercise of
divine power and authority, bringing it into subjection to God. Commenting
on this "God-Dream," McConnell writes,
"One of the more disturbing aspects (of this movement) ... is
its tendency to create a ... class ... of 'supermen', the 'miracle
class', ... 'god men'." 54
The "Faith" and "Latter Rain" supermen become "kings in life" and
the "bondage breakers" for the rest of the human race. Indeed, the claim
of the "Faith" and "Latter Rain" theology that God is intent on creating
a "master race" of "bondage breakers" is akin, sadly, to the claim's
of Himmler's SS - and one may be making a very grave mistake in thinking
that the "supermen" of this form of Christianity differ to any great
degree from Himmler's SS.
The fact of the matter is, there is a great deal of talk within certain
Christian circles - not all of them on the fringes of evangelicalism,
but some within groups thought to be well within the mainstream - of
the necessity of a "cleansing action" to heal the church of her "pollution"
and bring peace to the world through the destruction of secular-humanism.
For example, Jack Deere, another associate of John Wimber's, prophesying
on a predicted great "cleansing" - one which is to be carried out by
a supernatural brotherhood known as "Joel's Army," has said
"When this army (i.e., Joel's Army) comes, it will be large and
mighty. It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before
... 'begin the slaughter and begin it in the temple (i.e., the church)
and begin it with the elders, the leaders of my people'. And they
walk through the land and they start and they begin to slaughter ...
He has already started the slaughter ... and it is coming now among
the church. He'll start with the leaders, but he'll move out into
the church (and beyond)." 55
Of course, many will say that we are bending the truth too far in
drawing a parallel between what Jack Deere is saying here, and what
Hitler predicted in 1933. Of course, in 1933, people said the same thing
about those who tried to point out the fact that Hitler just might be
serious in what he was saying. Words are words, and more often than
not, they convey exactly the meaning they are meant to convey. It's
only those who don't want to hear what's being said that try to "water
down" the meaning of such words and say that people don't really mean
what they have so plainly said.
THE AGGREGATE RESULTS OF THE WESTERN TRADITION
When combined with Christianity, what then do all these concepts
in the aggregate produce? - a civilization which clearly sees itself
as the one unique bearer of Truth and genuine civilization to the rest
of the world; a civilization which does not shrink from the use of armed
force in order to carry out its "civilization mandate" - indeed, one
which sees in that armed struggle (Crusade) a vehicle through which
individuals and societies can achieve perfection; and a civilization
which, when individuals and societies within that civilization fail
to achieve success, attributes that failure to moral imperfection -
both individually and corporately; and finally, a civilization which,
when it faces defeat, is prone to look to a "Restorer" (an Arthur-like
figure) which will lead the people back to moral perfection, and from
there to final victory.
But - again - what do any of these concepts have to do with Biblical
Christianity? - the answer is obvious, nothing! These are all Germanic
concepts which predate Christianity. Like Valhalla, they have simply
been dressed up in Christian garb - Valhallas have been transformed
into Camelots; Valkyries and Nibelungen have been transformed into angels;
Siegfrieds, Brunhildes, Kriemhildes, Hagens, and Wotans have been civilized
(though not tamed), Christianized and transformed into Lancelots, Gwains,
Parsifals, Guineveres and Arthurs.
And just how effortlessly the Siegfrieds can meld into Lancelots,
the Valhallas into Camelots, the Nazis into Christians can readily be
demonstrated by measuring the ease that people from both groups can
pass back and forth from one community to the other without even causing
a ripple in today's Christian community. Take David Balsiger and Robert
Grant, for example; specifically, Balsiger's relationship with Anthony
Mazeika of the Baltic American Freedom League and Robert Grant's relationship
with the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations. Both Balsiger and Grant are
considered "big hitters" in the Christian Right and generally enjoy
close relations with others in the Christian community.
Balsiger's friend, Anthony Mazieka has been a long-time leader in
the effort to block U.S. Justice Department investigations of Nazi war
criminals. The Baltic American Freedom League draws much of its membership
from East European �igr� who were deeply associated with the Nazis
during the Second World War; they fled Europe in order to escape Soviet
wrath - a wrath which had fallen upon them not so much because of their
democratic proclivities, but because of their Nazi collaboration! As
a result, this organization and organizations like it have been at the
forefront of attempts to block all investigations aimed at uncovering
this rather unseemly aspect of their past. Unfortunately, they have
been largely successful in their efforts. 56
Balsiger runs an organization called the "Biblical News Service" out
of Southern California. He is intimately associated with Robert Grant,
Colonel Doner and Gary Jarmin all prominent leaders in the Christian
Robert Grant himself has also been associated with the Anti-Bolshevik
Bloc of Nations (ABN). In May 1988, Grant was invited as the keynote
speaker for the ABN's annual conference. The dominant leadership of
the ABN comes from the leadership of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Bandera
(OUN-B), an extremely right-wing group of Nazi collaborationists who
fought alongside Hitler in World War II. The ABN itself is a confederation
of fascist forces brought together from Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania,
the Ukraine, the Baltic states, Slovakia, and other nations. A booklet
published in 1960 by the ABN acknowledged its members' alliance with
Hitler and that it was justified because the Nazis were defending Western
Civilization and the Christian Religion from the atheistic forces of
communism: "That many of us fought on the German side ... can be
justified (on Christian grounds) ... " Russ Bellant writes:
"The ABN is the high council for the expatriate nationalist groups
that formed the police, military, and militia units that worked with
Hitler during World War II. Some were organized as mobile killing
teams that exterminated villages and sought to murder whole ethnic,
racial, and cultural groups." 57
Scott Anderson and Jon Lee Anderson describe the ABN as:
"the largest and most important umbrella for Nazi collaborators in
the world ... A prime criterion for membership appears to be fealty
to the cause of National Socialism; ABN officers constitute a virtual
Who's Who of those responsible for the massacre of millions of
civilians in the bloodiest war in history." 58
THE DANGER OF PASSING NAZISM OFF AS MERELY
THE INSANE RESULT OF OCCULTISM
As we indicated earlier, the great danger in passing Nazism off
as merely a cultural aberration - an anomaly which can be guarded against
merely by expunging the influence of eastern mysticism and Hinduism
from Christianity - is that in doing so we may be unwittingly insuring
that it will reoccur in some other form - and that we may be a part
of it! The plain fact of the matter is, the principles enumerated
above - all plainly part of the Western Tradition - are as capable of
producing an Adolph Hitler and a fascist state, albeit one with more
of a "Christian flavor," as that which was produced by Nazi Germany
in the 1930s. The Fuhrer Prinzip (the idolization of the leader,
the attribution to him of "magical" and "spiritual" qualities above
that of normal people, etc.), the desire to be swallowed up in a cause
greater than oneself (i.e., the corporate state or Comitatus),
the Western drive towards "civilization expansion" (the German Drang
nach Osten to bring "civilization" to the Slavs and other "lesser
peoples"), the feelings of racial and cultural superiority (e.g., Cecil
Rhodes and "Racial Christianity"), the emphasis on purity, etc. - all
of these are not foreign to Western concepts, or merely to be found
on the fringes of Western Civilization, but are clearly to be found
in its mainstream.
Moreover, while of late the occultic leanings of fascism have been
given a great deal of "play" throughout the Christian West, the plain
fact of the matter is, this occultism was never given such "play" in
Germany before or during the war. Only within the SS and other more
or less closed Nazi circles were the occultic tendencies of the Third
Reich given any great "play," and even here, Himmler was fond of saying
that he had patterned the SS after the "Crusader Knights" of Western
Indeed, Hitler took great pains to cloak his state in "Christian garb"
- at least insofar as the general public was concerned.
The over-emphasis on the Third Reich's occultism - as real as that
occultism was underneath the surface - makes it possible to write the
Third Reich off as an aberration - the result of eastern mysticism and
theosophy; absolves Christianity of its involvement; and allows fascism
to reappear in more of a "Christian garb" than it did in the 1930s.
Moreover, in absolving Christianity of any blame for the Holocaust,
and blaming the Holocaust on occultism, it removes the Holocaust as
a barrier to the reemergence of fascism from within conservative evangelical
and Catholic circles.
fascism to reappear along its old axis of advance, a Maginot Line has
been established against it using the shame of the Holocaust as the
main means of defense. But in doing so, we are in as much danger as
the French were in 1940 of being outflanked and blindsided by the Nazis
coming from another direction - a Christianity which has bought into
all the old Arthurian myths, moving down through the Ardennes singing
Crusader songs, dreaming of Camelot, and shouting out its love of the
Jews and the Jewish state - a love which is as prone to turn to hate
as Luther's initial love of the Jews did 400 years ago when the Jews
refused to convert.
Indeed, there are more "Merlins" loose in Christianity in this
day and age than most Christians care to admit - men like Reuvin Doren,
Mike Bickle, Paul Cain, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, John Wimber, William
Branham, Bennie Hinn, Oral Roberts, Larry Lea, etc. - all bent on calling
us back to a sinister, but very compelling past.
- And you perhaps thought that these concepts could
only be found in the occult? or in theosophy? or in Nietsche's insane
ramblings? but certainly not in the tradition of the West? - well
you may wish to reconsider your thinking.
- Please see inset entitled "West at Extraordinary
Peak of Power," this chapter.
- Warren Hollister is Professor of History at the
University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Historical Society, past Vice-President for Teaching of the American
Historical Association, former President of the Pacific Coast Conference
on British Studies and former Visiting Research Fellow of Merton College,
- G. Warren Hollister, Medieval Europe (New
York: John Wiley & Sons, 1978) pg. 16.
- The word Fuhrer has developed a sinister
and menacing aura around it largely as a result of its connection
to Hitler. But in its original meaning, the word was meant to convey
a most marvelous and wonderful image which no comparable word in the
English language is capable of conveying. [Please see "Fuhrer Prinzip."
- Please see inset entitled, "Plato and Western
Mythology" in this chapter.
- Op. Cit., Lacy and Ashe, pg. 89.
- Please see inset entitled "Perceval & the Fisher
King" in this chapter.
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pg. 45.
- Macrobius, in Somnium Scipionis. Somnium
Scipionis was a major medieval reference on dreams and visions;
it set out a graphic model of the "continuous act" of divine creation.
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pg. 11.
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pg. 45.
- And, of course, the power of the Holy Spirit
working through the believer to bring him to "God-likeness" (i.e.,
- C. Douglas Weaver, The Healer Prophet, pg.
- Please see inset entitled "Comitatus" in this
- Please see inset entitled "Comitatus" in this
- Please see inset entitled "Comitatus" in this
- Please see inset entitled "Comitatus" in this
- Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe, The Arthurian
Handbook (London: Garland Publishing, Inc, 1988), pg. 81.
- Please see Jim Hougan, Spooks (New York: Bantam,
1978), pgs. 55-56; also Christianity Today, July 18, 1980, pg. 67;
see also Sara Diamond, Spiritual Warfare, pg. 250, footnote
# 34, chapter 2.
- The CNP (Council on National Policy) is the
main coordinating agency between the Religious Right on the one hand,
and the Political and Business Right on the other hand.
- Please see "Widespread Popularity of Fascism,"
- Please see inset entitled "Rudolf Hess," this
- Al Dager, an acknowledged authority on this
subject, writes, "Some two decades before Pentecostalism found its
way into the (mainstream) denominations (i.e., the Episcopalians,
the Catholic Church, etc.) as the Charismatic Renewal, it experienced
a new surge of experience-oriented theology within its own ranks.
It was from this neo-Pentecostal experience - what came to be called
the "Latter Rain Movement" - that Charismatic Dominionism sprang.
The more prominent leaders of that movement blended Pentecostal fervor
with teachings that the Church was on the brink of a worldwide revival.
That revival would result in a victorious Church without spot or wrinkle
... (which) would inherit the earth and rule over the nations with
a rod of iron. In one way or another Franklin Hall, William Branham,
George Hawtin, Percy G. Hunt, Herrick Holt, George Warnock, Bill Britton,
Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, Ern Baxter, Don Basham, Bob Mumford,
Charles Simpson, Derek Prince, D. James Kennedy, William Banks, Marilyn
Hickey, Demos Shakarian, Ralph Martin, Steve Clark, Kevin Ranaghan,
etc. have all been involved in "Latter Rain." [Dager, Vengeance
Is Ours, pgs. 49-50.]
- Dager writes, "A basic premise of dominion theology
is that when Adam sinned, not only did man lose dominion over the
earth, but God also lost control of the earth to Satan, Since that
time, some say, God has been on the outside looking in, searching
for a 'covenant people' who will be His 'extension' or 'expression'
in the earth to take dominion back from Satan ... [Dager, Vengeance
Is Ours, pgs. 43-44. ]
- "Shepherding" and "discipleship," is a practice
begun by some "Latter Rain" groups in the 1970s that requires initiates
and members to "submit" themselves to "elders" which have been placed
over them. The entire scheme resembles a pyramid in which members
are submitted to a "shepherd" which has been placed above them; in
turn, they are placed as "shepherds" over others (usually two or three,
called "disciples"), who in turn act as "shepherds" to two or three
others and so on down to the base.
The control exercised by the "shepherd" extends well beyond theological
matters and involves such "life decisions" as the selection of a spouse,
where to live, the choice of cars, which schools their children should
attend, and even such mundane matters as one's weekly schedule of activities.
Moreover, the practice of linking people to others in the pyramid crosses
church and denominational boundaries, often bypassing - and in the process,
neutralizing - the (often) more moderating influence of local pastors
and other denominational authorities.
- Blackwell is also the founder and chairman of
the Conservative Leadership PAC and is the eastern state vice chairman
of the Virginia Republican Party; he was a former Special Assistant
to President Reagan for Public Liaison; a former staff member for
the Senate Republican Policy Committee; a former policy director for
US Senator Gordon J Humphrey; an overseer for the 1980 Youth for Reagan
effort; a member of the CNP; a former editor for The Right Report;
and a former contributing editor to the Conservative Digest.
He works closely with Paul Weyrich. Blackwell - like Weyrich -
is first and foremost a politico (a "card-carrying" member of the
Secular Right). Blackwell was one of the New Right activists who (with
Viguerie, Weyrich, Phillips, etc.) attempted to take over the neo-fascist
and anti-Semitic American Independent Party in 1976.
- Bob Weiner speaking on "The Forerunner" TV program
aired on Concord, California's KFCB, December 7, 1985.
- Please see "Fervent Faction: Maranatha Christians
Backing Rightist Ideas, Draw Fire Over Tactics," Wall Street Journal,
August 16, 1985.
- Please see inset entitled, "The Knight Templars,"
- Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 49-50.
- Matthew Paris, Matthew Paris' English History.
Fr. by J.A. Giles. 3 vols. (London: Bohn, 1852-54), vol. III,
- Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 173-174.
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pgs. 129, 130, 133
- Walter Cronkite, The Once and Future King
(1994), the Learning Channel)
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pg. 52.
- The fact is, it clearly persists today and is
easily discernible every four years during the presidential election
when candidates leave no rock unturned to prove their religious credentials.
Indeed, the more successful presidential candidates can be in establishing
an aura of "spirituality" around themselves - whether that aura embraces
the Camelot mystique of the Kennedy Administration or the effortless
religiosity of the Reagan Administration - the more successful the
leader. Garry Wills writes, "... candidates have intuited enough of
this truth to put in church time during their campaigns, even
the secular Michael Dukakis resuming his exiguous ties to the ...
church ... Yet his coolness in this area was in striking contrast
to the easy religiosity of Ronald Reagan - a contrast that, no doubt,
had something to do with their differing successes at election time
..." (Op. Cit., Wills, pg. 17.)
And the fact that Reagan was deeply and openly involved in astrology
did little to impinge upon his Christian credentials - all of which
tends to confirm the heterodoxy of today's Christianity.
- Ibid., pg. 129.
- Op. Cit., Erickson, pg. 13.
- List was much more the pagan than was Lanz;
he dedicated his fellowship to the German god, Wotan. List became
a pioneer in reviving Teutonic folklore and mythology; but even here,
it must be remembered that it's not such a long journey from Wotan's
Valhalla to Arthur's Camelot - not as far as some people might want
to believe. Indeed, Trevor Ravenscroft places List well in the mainstream
of what he calls "Grail Christianity." And List's willingness to work
with Lanz seems to bear Ravenscroft out on this matter. Together,
List and Lanz joined forces in creating the Germanen Orden.
- Please see Dusty Sklar, The Nazis and the
Occult (New York: Dorset Press, 1977).
- While God has indeed promised to make His home
within us (John 17:21; Rev. 3:20) and to establish oneness with us,
He has never promised to share His divinity intrinsically with
us; we will never acquire a divinity of our own. The glory that we
receive from Christ is a reflected glory (2 Cor. 3:18), not
a glory that flows out of us as if it belonged to us in itself. That
kind of oneness is an innate oneness - and is common only to
the oneness that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
share. The oneness that we share with Christ is the kind of a oneness
that a husband and wife share with one another - a oneness of fellowship;
it's not an intrinsic oneness. The husband and wife never merge into
one being. The husband is still the husband, and the wife is still
the wife. They remain separate entities. So it is in our relationship
with Christ. The Bible says:
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it ...
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall
be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one ...
"This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church."
(Eph. 5:25, 31, 32)
- Op. Cit., McConnell, pg. 122.
- Hagin, Zoc., pg. 42.
- Hagin, "Walking in the Light of Faith," Word
of Faith (January, 1978), pg. 3.
- Hagin, "The Virgin Birth," The Word of Faith
(December, 1977), pg. 8.
- Hagin, Zoc., pg. 41.
- Hagin, The Name of Jesus, pg. 105.
- Charles Capps, The Tongue: A Creative Force,
- Weaver, The Healer Prophet, pg. 137.
- Op. Cit., McConnell, pg. 121-122.
- Ralph Waldo Trine, In Tune with the Infinite
(New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1920), pg. 35.
- Paul Cain, "The New Breed," tape.
- D.R. McConnell, A Different Gospel (Peabody,
MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988), pg. 108.
- Jack Deere, Vineyard Ministry International,
"Joel's Army, "1990.
- Please see articles in the Washington Post,
March 23, 1985 and Aprils 6, 1985; see Sara Diamond, Spiritual
Warfare (Boston: South End Press, 1989).
- Russ Bellant, Old Nazis, the New Right, and
the Republican Party (Boston: South End Press, 1991), pgs. 73-77.
- Scott Anderson and Jon Lee Anderson, Inside
the League, pg. 35.