My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord: Words fail me in telling you how we who have left the United States in answer to God's call in Revelation 18:4 to "Come out of her" (meaning the United States) have suffered over the last two years from the defamations and calumnies of many of those whom we left behind. And it's not just those we left behind in the states, but many who came with us in the beginning, but who - finding life as an "ex-pat" too difficult to bear - returned home again breathing insults, abuse and aspersions against those of us who remained, AS IF DEFAMING US WOULD GIVE THEM SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION TO RETURN TO THE STATES.
And be clear here, it isn't so much that we have been attacked on theological or ideological grounds, as it is that the attack that has been directed against us has been highly PERSONAL and extremely DEFAMATORY on a moral basis. IT'S AS THOUGH - FAILING TO FIND ANY THEOLOGICAL OR IDEOLOGICAL GROUNDS ON WHICH TO ATTACK US - OUR ENEMIES HAVE RESORTED TO CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IN ORDER TO DEFAME THE MINISTRY AND THE MESSAGE THAT THE MINISTRY PROCLAIMS.
The list of charges against us ranges from accusations of moral turpitude (which stem largely from us having given a dear sister in the Lord sanctuary against an abusive and highly misogynist husband) to failing to control our children (a charge made by a person who is in the habit of BULLYING and DOMINEERING his own wife and children and treating them more as "OBJECTS OF DISCIPLINE" than as objects of love.
In addition, we have been accused of a lack of order in our daily lives [which, under normal circumstances, should nullify the charge that I am a "Jim Jones" (but, of course, that's not the case here)], of being lazy, of being sloppy, and of not showing love - this from brothers and sisters who, after taking many, many months of unconstrained and boundless "hospitality" at the ranch, turned against the ministry and were subsequently asked to leave. For this we were charged with being "unloving." But what does one do with people who falsely accuse you of moral turpitude, "covering up sin" in your home, and not adequately "controlling the ministry?" What does one do when "proofs against the charges" have been offered and rejected? What does one do when people you invited into your home treat you as if you were a leper?
Never did cunning, hypocrisy and deception make greater use of SANCTIMONIOUS contentions than did our accusers use against us. Their object was to discredit us by impugning our PERSONAL integrity. From there it would be but a short jump for them to discredit the ministry as a whole and - ipso facto - the message that had been entrusted to the ministry - giving them leave to return home, or justifying their refusal to leave in the first place. [It should be noted in this respect that ALL those American brothers and sisters who attacked us after leaving the ranch, have returned to the United States, exposing them for the frauds they actually are; after all, if they had truly believed that the United States was "Babylon the Great," why would their difficulties with us cause them to leave? Clearly it says that what they were really after was "a free ride" at the ranch - or, worse, that they had "... no root in themselves, and so endured but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they were offended." (Mark 4:17)]
I must tell you, however, that I am not sure that those who participated in these attacks were totally aware of what they were doing: that they were being used as DUPES by forces far greater than they knew; forces which - taken occasion perhaps of some slight offense that we may have unwittingly committed against them - allowed themselves to be used as instruments of the enemy. We must always bear in mind that -
WHAT MAKES PEOPLE SUSCEPTIBLE TO
Now this does not mean that when you see a brother in "harm's way" (so to speak) - and I have reference here to REAL harm, not imagined harm - you should leave the matter alone. But when you go to such a brother (or sister) you must go with an attitude of humility and compassion, remembering all the while that with "what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again" (Matt. 7:2). God HATES a self-righteous person. Jesus -
Moreover, when we go to our brother, we must go believing the very best of him ["love hopeth all things" (I Cor. 13:7)]. In addition, we must go PRIVATELY; we must speak to no one else; we must NEVER talk behind our brother's back. (cf. Matthew 18:15) ["Love suffereth long, and is KIND; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, THINKETH NO EVIL ..." (I Cor. 13:4-5)]
In connection with this, we would do well to remember the KINDNESS of Joseph toward Mary when she "was found with child:" The Bible says:
Oh, I tell you the truth, what a wonderful thing to be called a "JUST MAN" by God! And why was Joseph called "JUST?" - because he had compassion on Mary, even though he believed she had been unfaithful to him sexually. He did not want to make her a "public example" - as so many of our brothers in Christ like to do when - as they see it - they "confront evil in the church." These are those people who would have felt quite at home with Torquemada during the Spanish Inquisition.
So I say to you, when you go to your brother or sister in Christ, you must go with the mind that was in Joseph; you must NEVER go as God's "HOLINESS POLICEMAN" like the scribes and Pharisees who brought unto Jesus -
Brothers and sisters, I SAY AGAIN: We have NOT been called to be God's "HOLINESS POLICEMEN" - and the Bible says that those who think so are HYPOCRITES; they -
"... are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, TWICE DEAD, plucked up by the roots;
"Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever." (Jude 1: 12-13)
Now think about what is being said here: People who set themselves up as God's "HOLINESS POLICEMEN" (like those who have attacked us at the ranch) are -
And there is something more! - When you "RAGE" against your brothers and sisters in Christ, when YOU attack their character (as those who have "RAGED" against us have done) you identify yourself with Satan. Why? - because he is called -
"... the accuser of the brethren." (Revelation 12:10)
And if that's so, whose side are YOU really on when you accuse your brothers and sisters in the Lord? Christ's or the devil's? When you bring such accusations against them, you reveal the fact that you have no idea what SALVATION is all about; you have no real comprehension of what Christ did for you on the cross - which is a pretty serious matter insofar as your Christianity is concerned.
The sad fact of the matter is, people who bring PERSONAL accusations against their brothers and sisters in Christ - or anyone for that matter - and judge them according to how they measure up against some kind of "holiness ruler" they carry about in their pocket, prove that they are not living IN Christ (or by His life), but rather OUTSIDE of Him and by their own carnal strength. These are those about whom the Bible says are -
"... ignorant of God's righteousness, and who go about to establish their own righteousness ..." (Romans 10:3)
The Bible continues:
"For Christ is the end of the law [i.e., all external standards] ... to every one that believeth.
"For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them." (Romans 10:4-5)
Christ is "the end of the law!" - that's what the Bible says. And when one goes about "measuring" his brothers and sisters in Christ by some external standard he has in mind, he puts himself in great danger, for the Bible says -
"With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:2)
Are you able to bear the judgment you mete out to others? - because the Law says that "the man which doeth those things [i.e., who judges others according to the Law] shall live by them [i.e., all the "jots and tittles" of the Law]?" (Romans 10:5) Are you able to do that? Are you able to live by the law? The great Bible expositor J.N. Darby writes:
"To rest upon Christian ordinances (and force others to live by them as well) is exactly to deny the precious and solemn truth which says ... that there is no longer any righteousness after the flesh ..."
This is what those in the church in Galatia were doing - going about to "establish their own righteousness" by ordering their lives to conform to an external standard of what they thought "righteousness" was supposed to look like; this is precisely what those who were asked to leave the ranch were doing also - and, AGAIN, this is what elicited Paul to exclaim to the Galatian brethren:
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
"This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
"Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:1-3)
"We live by faith of the Son of God, who has loved us, and given Himself for us ... If [our] righteousness were established on the principle of the law, Christ died in vain, since it would be by keeping the law ourselves that we should in our own persons acquire righteousness. What a loss, dreadful and irreparable, to lose such a Christ, as we, under grace, have known Him; such a righteousness; such a love; the Son of God devoted for us, and to us! It is indeed this which awakens the strong feelings of the apostle: "O foolish Galatians ... who hath bewitched you?"
This is PRECISELY what our accusers at the ranch were trying to do - to ROB us, as Darby says, of "such a Christ, as we, UNDER GRACE, have known Him ... the Son of God devoted for us, and to us!" The Bible says that we must be on guard against such people -
"... FALSE BRETHREN unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our LIBERTY which we have in Christ Jesus, THAT THEY MIGHT BRING US INTO BONDAGE. (Galatians 2:4)
Now think about what the Bible is saying here! - it's saying that those who seek to impose their "standard of righteousness" on us are "FALSE BRETHREN;" and when we submit ourselves to their standards we are being BEWITCHED (Galatians 3:1). Now, that's a strong word! It means that we are being brought under the influence of witchcraft! That's pretty heavy! - and, once again, it is precisely this that causes Paul to exclaim, "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"(Galatians 3:1-3)
And there is something more that should be remarked upon here: The Bible says that when we try to live by the standards of such people, we are doing so in order to please them and win their approval. But the Word of God says that we are NOT to conduct our lives -
"... as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God FROM THE HEART." (Eph. 6:6)
What that means is that we recognize FROM THE HEART that we are -
"... crucified with Christ: nevertheless we live; yet not we but Christ liveth in us: and the life which we now live in the flesh we live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us." (Galatians 2:20)
Moreover, as we live "by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us," and as we abide in His life, we -
"... grow ... up unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. (Eph. 4:13)
This is called the "growth in life" - Christ's life in us. Jesus said:
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)
Now if you do not understand what we are talking about here, the chances are, you are not really a Christian, and Christ does not really dwell in your heart. If that's your case, then we URGE you to make this matter right - and if you need help in this matter, we URGE you to call us here at the ranch. If you get no one, leave a message and we will get back to you. Our number is (250) 397-2560; or email us at email@example.com The Bible says:
"The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
"FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED." (Romans 10:8-13)
Up till now we have confined our discussion insofar as the "PSYCHOLOGY OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS" is concerned to what I would call the "micro-level." But there is a "macro-level" that we have left untouched - and it is at this level that we encounter what's really going on, especially as this evil psychology impacts -
Insofar as the church is concerned, the PSYCHOLOGY OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS rips apart the church; it can do nothing else. Indeed, Darby says that those who act under the influence of this psychology (as it were) -
"... act only to do evil."
"... whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, SHALL BE IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE." (Matthew 5:22)
And why is that? - because when we criticize our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we "bring them down" because they fail to "measure up" to our standard of righteousness, we tear apart the Body of Christ, and that is something that the Lord will NOT tolerate!
Our testimony to the world is our ONENESS. Jesus prayed:
"THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME. (John 17:21)
But when we tear each other apart by our incessant criticism, we destroy that oneness. The fact is, no matter how hard we strive, no matter how much we try to please others and demonstrate our worthiness to them, there will always be some whom we cannot please, and their ceaseless criticism will eventually wear us down and destroy us. This is what invariably happens when we are forced to "live up" to someone else's standard of what holiness is all about. I say again, it is NOT rules and regulations that produce unity in the church; this is how corporations achieve oneness - but this kind of oneness is of the flesh, and will only bring us misery and failure as anyone who has been subsumed in a "corporate culture" knows.
But it is NOT how the church produces oneness. The church's oneness is not based on rules and regulations, but on the life of Christ, and that life is not something that can be forced or coerced. The unity which Christ gives is ours as a natural by-product of our "abiding in Christ:" As we abide in Christ, and as we -
"... behold ... the Lord [daily in our lives] as in a mirror ... [we] are changed into the same image [i.e., Christ's image] from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor. 3:18)
In other words, as we are changed into the likeness of the Lord, we reflect His glory, and His glory brings oneness among the brothers and sisters; then THIS ONENESS PRODUCES THE CHURCH, and THE CHURCH PRODUCES CHRIST'S TESTIMONY IN THE EARTH and answers the Lord's prayer when He prayed -
"That they all may be ONE ... THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME.” (John 17:21)
This is the first great danger on a MACRO-level: When we allow ourselves to be subsumed by the PSYCHOLOGY OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS, we are acting to DESTROY the church, which means we are acting to DESTROY God's testimony on the earth.
But beyond the matter of the church, there is something else: And that is when we involve ourselves in the PSYCHOLOGY OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS, we act to set the COURSE OF NATURE ON FIRE - and this is true not only insofar as our criticism of our brothers and sisters in Christ, but of unbelievers as well. We must always bear in mind that -
"God sent NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
Consider, for example, what the German people did to the Jews - and in doing so, there is no reason that we have to "limit" ourselves to the Bible (as it were) to see the results of what can happen; even the world recognizes the dynamic that was at work here.
Again we turn to Dr. Simmel, and as we do so, bear in mind that we are describing the same dynamic that was let loose on us up here at the ranch, only now on a MACRO-LEVEL: More than sixty years ago, Dr. Simmel asked the question in connection to what the German people did to the Jews during the Holocaust, What is it in man that causes him to see demons in other people (as it were) and creates in him the need to coalesce with others to fight them - even if it means dragging the world into a holocaust of fear and hate that in the end destroys not only those against whom the holocaust is directed, but himself and all those who joined him in his demoniac frenzy as well?
At the time, as we just indicated, Simmel had in mind Adolf Hitler, the German people and the victims of Germany's irrational and fiendish rage, the Jews. But what was really gnawing at Simmel and his close colleague, Dr. Gordon Allport of Harvard University, was whether or not such a rage could take on another form other than the one that manifested itself in Germany (i.e., anti-Semitism), and another people other than the German people? Perhaps the American people?
In other words, could something similar to the loathsome "ILLUSIONS" (Simmel's word) that the German people had with regard to the Jews prior to the Hitler era fixate themselves in another country on a different target, and transform themselves as they did during the Hitler era into the same kind of irrational "DELUSION" (again, Simmel's word) that destroyed the Jews of Germany as an "ENEMY ABSOLUTE" (again, Simmel's words). Could a similar "MASS PSYCHOSIS" (once again, Simmel's words) take place in a country such as the United States - again, maybe not under the guise of anti-Semitism per se, but something close to it?
Simmel thought so. He wrote in the Autumn of 1946:
"It would be a fatal error, as well as a form of psychological isolationism, to assume that only in Germany could ... [such a "mass psychosis"] have descended to such depths."
He continued ominously,
"What would happen to the United States and to civilization itself, should ... [a similar "mass psychosis"] become a leading ideology here [i.e., in the United States]? Such a ... ["mass psychosis"] is irrational and since it dethrones reason as the regulating power in human interrelationships, it is bound to have a disintegrating effect on community life."
Simmel, of course, would have been unaware of the fact that the Bible speaks of just such a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" (as it were) in the "end of days" - a psychosis similar to the one directed by Hitler against the Jews; one that would fulfill all of Simmel's nightmarish forebodings with regard to the United States; and one that would be aimed at the enemies of an American New World Order System that Simmel would scarcely recognize as well as the enemies of a church Simmel would have never anticipated in his wildest dreams - a church that would actually be in league with that system: Specifically the apostate church of Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Tim and Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]
While Simmel was not aware of what the Bible had to say on this matter, he plainly saw "through a glass darkly" (I Cor. 13:12) more truth than what most Christians see today regarding the dynamic that undergirds the psychology of false accusations, proving once again that -
"The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)
The fact of the matter is, had Simmel been conversant with the holy Scriptures, he would have clearly recognized the demonic and "accusatory" frenzy that the people listed above have against those whom they deem their enemies (e.g., the gay and lesbian community, the militant feminists, liberals, the so-called "Hollywood community," socialists, communists, labor activists, members of the Islamic community, etc.), and he would have had no problem tying them all to the coming "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that the Bible describes in Matthew 24:9:
"THEY [meaning those Christians (so-called) who support the American New World Order System] shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and SHALL KILL YOU: and YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL NATIONS for my name's sake." (Matthew 24: 9)
We would be well advised, then, to examine what Simmel and his colleagues discovered about the "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that overtook Germany and destroyed the Jews as an "ENEMY ABSOLUTE."
To explore this question further, Allport and Simmel gathered around themselves a number of other eminent men and women in the field of psychoanalysis:
Once again, the question before all these men (and women) was this? - Could the "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that took hold on Germany and which led to the Holocaust be reproduced in another land and among another people? - and could the "ENEMY ABSOLUTE" be some other group other than the Jews? Could such a phenomenon take place in the United States? Could the American people - like the German people before them - fall victim to such a "MASS PSYCHOSIS?" - OR, MORE TO THE POINT, COULD THE HATE-FILLED DYNAMIC THAT OVERTOOK US HERE AT THE RANCH BE EXPANDED TO THE LEVEL DESCRIBED ABOVE?
To begin with, we should understand what Simmel and his colleagues meant when they spoke of "ILLUSIONS," "DELUSIONS," "ENEMIES ABSOLUTE" and "MASS PSYCHOSIS."
According to Simmel et. al., there is a difference between an illusion and a delusion. An illusion has some reference to reality, and - as a result - can be dealt with by recourse to actions which fall short of the kind of "Final Solution" of the "Jewish Problem" to which Hitler and his followers ultimately resorted. For example, so long as the defamation of the Jews in Germany had some reference to reality - no matter how tenuous (for example, the Jews did not love their country, or they possessed all the money in the land, or they aspired to all the top positions in the learned professions, and the like) - the anti-Semitism of the German people could be held in check by measures that fell short of Hitler's "Final Solution." German anti-Semites could derive some measure of satisfaction from the fact that the Jews were denied government positions and excluded from university professorships; that they were prohibited from becoming army officers and that their businesses were boycotted, etc. Simmel wrote:
"In other words, as long as anti-Semitism could be rationalized on a political-economic basis, the Jews were not attacked physically - they were not killed."
"It was only when such rationalizations were no longer tenable, WHEN ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENTS HAD BECOME DIVORCED FROM ALL SENSE OF REALITY, that merciless and complete destruction of the Jews followed."
Simmel described the kind of irrationaliism about which he was speaking:
"The irrationality in the Nazi concept of anti-Semitism first manifested itself in the accusation that THE JEWS WERE GUILTY OF TWO MUTUALLY CONTRADICTORY CRIMES:
- "On the one hand, the Jews formed the golden capitalistic and plutocratic international [i.e., confederacy] aimed at robbing all the peoples of the world;
- "On the other, they formed the red anti-capitalist communistic international [i.e., confederacy], in order to take away all the money from capitalists throughout the world."
This is EXACTLY the kind of IRRATIONAL dynamic that overtook us here at the ranch where our accusers have condemned us for being (1) too lenient, and (2) too harsh.
Such "mutually contradictory" thinking has no rational basis; it can't even be remotely supposed. How is it possible for one to condemn his "antagonist" as both a communist and an anti-communist at the same time (or as in our case, being both too lenient and too harsh)? It's not reasonable! - but that's the point. Such thinking is IRRATIONAL. Simmel continued:
"The concept of the Jew as an enemy lost all realistic meaning. President Roosevelt [a capitalist] became a Jew and the English leaders of the war [also capitalists] likewise became Jews [even Stalin (a communist) became a Jew]; in other words, the Jew was omnipresent, secreted in everyone inimical to Hitler's Germany. The Jew became the 'ENEMY ABSOLUTE'."
Simmel went on:
"The progress of Nazi anti-Semitism toward complete irrationality manifested itself in Hitler's statement:
'The Jew's baseness becomes so gigantic that no one need wonder that among our people the PERSONIFICATION OF THE DEVIL, as the symbol of all evil, ASSUMES THE LIVING APPEARANCE OF THE JEW'."
And believe me when I say that today this is how our enemies are characterizing us: as the personification of the devil.]
Simmel continued: That's what a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" is all about; it occurs when -
"... an illusion [the people have] loses all reference to reality, and transforms itself into a [mass] DELUSION, and that DELUSION discharges itself in UNRESTRICTED, DESTRUCTIVE energy [by the people]." [In other words, it manifests itself in the physical annihilation of the "ENEMY ABSOLUTE."]
Our accusers, of course, have not yet reached this point with us; but if they continue in their IRRATIONAL rage against us, they may eventually be found "on the other side" of the coming "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that will be directed at all the enemies of America's New World Order System.
Referring to what happened in Germany, Simmel summed up:
"The clinical syndrome: unrestricted aggressive destructiveness under the spell of a delusion, in complete denial of reality, is well known to us as a PSYCHOSIS ... Thus, anti-Semitism as a mass phenomenon ... is a MASS psychosis ... The degree to which the ideational manifestation of, for example, the anti-Semitic complex, loses reference to reality - ITS GRADUAL TRANSFORMATION FROM AN IILLUSION INTO A DELUSION - determines the eventual discharge of unrestricted, destructive instinct energies."
This is precisely the kind of "STRONG DELUSION" (i.e., the kind that leads to a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" similar to the one that befell the German people during the Second World War) that the Bible is talking about in 2 Thess. 2:11:
"... God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE ..." (2 Thess. 2:11) [A delusion that will create in the recipient's mind a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that will discharge itself in the physical annihilation of the target population (i.e., the "ENEMY ABSOLUTE") that the psychosis has fixated itself upon.]
Now it should be noted that this particular verse (i.e., 2 Thess. 2:11) has specific reference to those Christians who support or are in any way linked to the American New World Order System in the "end of days" - and in this connection, wouldn't all this apply to our accusers as a result of their PURPOSEFUL return to the United States? Of course it would.
The association of 2 Thess. 2:11 to the "end of the age" is made clear in the three verses that precede verse 11:
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth ..." (2 Thess. 2:8-10)
Plainly, these verses refer to the revelation of the anti-Christ (i.e., "him whose coming is after the working of Satan"); and, obviously, that person shall not be "revealed" until the "end of days." Clearly, then, the "strong delusion" spoken of in 2 Thess. 2:11 occurs in the "end of days." There will, then, be a time after the "Wicked" (i.e., "him whose coming is after the working of Satan") shall be "revealed" that a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" similar to the one that overtook the German people shall manifest itself "UNDER THE SPELL OF A DELUSION" among the so-called "Christian" supporters of the American New World Order System in "UNRESTRICTED," "AGGRESSIVE," "DESTRUCTIVE" activity against the "people of God:"
"They shall put you out of the synagogues [in other words, you shall be excommunicated from the church]: yea, the time cometh, THAT WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE." (John 16:2)
Sadly, by returning to the United States breathing fire against us, our accusers have practically guaranteed that they will eventually tie themselves to the coming "MASS PSYCHOSIS" if only because their RAGE against us will drive them - against all reason - to join forces with those who hate us, specifically people like Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Charles Stanley, et. al. They, of course, would deny this; but it will happen! It will happen! Indeed, some of our accusers have already threatened PHYSICAL violence against us.
Moreover, it should be noted that when Simmel says "mass" (as in "mass psychosis"), he means just that. He is not talking about the cast-offs and crazies that inhabit the margins of every society: the wackos, the dingbats and the screwballs. No! - he is talking about society's "every-day" citizens. This psychosis shall take hold on EVERYONE who supports or is in any way connected to the American New World Order System just as it did in Germany seventy years ago. This is what happens when a RAGE or a FURY overtakes a people. And believe me when I say that it is RAGE that drives the people who are caught up in this DELUSION.
What is particularly tragic about all this is the fact that those who are caught up in this DELUSION (i.e., this "MASS PSYCHOSIS") will NOT be forgiven; they will suffer the same fate as the unbelievers. (cf. Rev. 18:4) [And one would do well to remember in this respect that while Christ forgave the woman taken in adultery (cf. John 8:4); he did not forgive the Pharisees (cf. Matthew 23:33) - the kind of people who possess the self-righteous "mindset" (the same "mindset" that possesses our accusers) that would allow them to participate in a "MASS PSYCHOSIS."]
In this regard, Simmel was very careful to differentiate between a psychosis and a neurosis. A neurosis affects an individual and renders him to one degree or another (depending on the severity of the neurosis) incapable of "normal" behavior; it renders the victim of the neurosis incapable of interacting with other people on a group level. To diagnose the anti-Semitic behavior of the German people (or the conduct of our accusers) as a neurosis would, therefore, be inaccurate. Thus, the conclusion that what happened in Germany (or what happened at the ranch) was the result of the actions of a GROUP OF CRAZED INDIVIDUALS is wrong. Why? - because, as Simmel explained:
"NEUROTIC INDIVIDUALS CAN NEVER FORM A GROUP. The very essence of a neurosis is that it afflicts the individual with inhibitions and makes him anti-social, an outsider to the group ... Neurotics can neither create nor sustain ... A PSYCHOPATHOLOGICAL PHENOMENON OF THE MASSES."
Participants, therefore, in a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" (for example, the followers of Hitler) are NOT neurotics; they are not what we would call "crazed individuals." Speaking specifically about those Germans who participated in Germany's mass, "unrestricted" and "destructive" rage against the Jews, Simmel wrote:
"The average individual follower of Hitler appeared to be a relatively normal, well-adapted person. He went about his business, took care of his family, and so forth ... The individual anti-Semite, the participant in the anti-Semitic delusion, was, by and large, a relatively normal, well-adjusted person."
His individual life did not necessarily betray his hatred of the Jews or reveal his potential to participate in their slaughter. That potential revealed itself only when he was present "IN THE GROUP." It was only then that his hatred of the Jews translated itself into aggressive and destructive activity. Take, for example, Colonel Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkanau; he was by all accounts a loving husband and father; he was well-liked by his men; he attended church whenever he could, he was well educated, and even gentle in his demeanor. THERE WAS NOTHING NEUROTIC OR CRAZED ABOUT THE MAN.
Nonetheless, he participated in (indeed, he commanded) the slaughter of millions and millions of men, women and little children at the death camp in Auschwitz-Birkanau without blinking an eye because he was under the influence of a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that led him to believe - against all reason - that the Jews he was killing were Germany's "ENEMY ABSOLUTE."
This dichotomy between a man's individual behavior and his ability to participate in mass slaughter sent shivers up Simmel's spine. It was a mystery, a very troubling conundrum! - how a delusional disorder of the mass mind can manifest itself in a given society but still leave the individual mind intact - which is exactly what happened to Hoess (above).
In a study of this phenomenon at the Institute for Social Research in San Francisco (which is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley), Dr. Nevitt Sanford and Dr. T.W. Adorno confirmed the strange dichotomy between one's individual behavior and one's "group behavior" that's inherent in those who fall victim to a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" - the kind that befell the German people regarding the Jews during the Hitler era.
They discovered - like Simmel before them - that those caught up in a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" appear to be composed and untroubled on an individual basis. They seem to be satisfied with themselves and with their situation generally. Their behavior is appropriately conventional, and they painstakingly "externalize themselves" in order to make their lives appear so. How they appear to their peers is of great importance to them: APPEARANCE TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER SUBSTANCE.
In a questionnaire prepared by Sanford and Adorno, the subjects of the study all subscribed to the statement: "No sane, normal, decent person could ever think of hurting a close friend or relative." Likewise they tended to agree with the statement: "He is indeed contemptible who does not feel an undying love, gratitude, and respect for his parents." The subjects of Adorno's and Sanford's questionnaire also readily subscribed to the statement: "Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn" - AND ALL THIS "CONVENTIONALITY," "NORMALCY" AND "RIGHT-THINKING" FROM THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO HAD GIVEN THEMSELVES OVER TO A "MASS PSYCHOSIS" THAT EXPRESSED ITSELF IN THE MURDER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
It was, then, the NORMAL people of Germany, the kind that we would label "conventional" and "right-minded," that annihilated the Jewish people - AND SO ALSO WITH US! Do not think even for a moment that your enemies will turn out to be the "crazies" and "nuts" of this world; and do NOT think that you will be persecuted for what you stand for in Christ. This will NEVER happen. Instead, like us - and like the Jews before us - you will be persecuted as dishonorable scum, as human trash, as moral degenerates. There will be no honor insofar as this world is concerned that will attach itself to you as a result of your association with us and the message that we proclaim. You are forewarned!
None of this bodes well for us - at least insofar as the world is concerned. Indeed, what ALL of us are facing - AND WHAT SOME OF US ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING - is a RAGE and a FURY that will someday overtake us and KILL us, OR do you doubt the words of Christ when He said:
"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever KILLETH you will think that he doeth God service." (John 16:2)
This is where all such RAGE eventually leads: the annihilation of those against whom the RAGE is directed. This kind of RAGE cannot be contained by reason. It knows no boundaries, no limits. And it is precisely for this reason that the Bible says:
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." (Eph. 6:13-18)
And this is why I say, like Paul before me:
"Pray for me [and all of us up here on the ranch], that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
"For which I am an ambassador ... [under heavy and unremitting persecution and slander]: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." (Eph. 6:14-15)
Finally, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I implore you - stay away from the kind of RAGE and FURY that we have been talking about here. It is, as Simmel described it, like an INFECTIOUS DISEASE, and once it takes hold on you, it will DESTROY you.
Get away from it as quickly as you can. Do not attempt to reason with it; it does NOT answer to reason. Indeed, as Simmel suggests, it "dethrones reason as the regulating power in human interrelationships." I solemnly warn you that if you allow yourself to be connected to this RAGE for any reason, you will someday find yourself "fighting against God" and participating in a "MASS PSYCHOSIS" that will bring upon your head the same kind of SHAME that swallowed up the German people - the kind that even all eternity will be unable to erase from your soul.
God bless you all,
P.S. We ask you to remember the word of Scripture which says -
"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal (material) things?" (1Cor. 9:11)
If you have benefited from this ministry, then we ask that you return the favor by ministering to us of your material things. We need your continued financial support for this ministry - which is moment by moment under very heavy spiritual and physical attack - if we are to go forward.
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]
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