And again when he said:
And again, He said:
Christopher Caldwell, a prominent neo-conservative ideologue and a columnist for the Financial Times and the Weekly Standard, says that Europe is in danger of losing its white, Euro-centric Christian" culture because of a multiculturalism that has run amuck and that has opened the way for an Islamic onslaught on the continent. Like Edmund Burke before him, Caldwell sees European society being dissolved and replaced by a world of monsters. The monstrosities Caldwell parades before us include honor killings, "menacing North African slums," anti-Semitic outrages, European police who "are petrified of Muslim men," vandals rampaging through the banlieues [i.e., those areas of low-income apartments that surround French cities], and young zealots marching through European streets with signs reading "Death to anyone who insults Islam!" [We URGE you to see our article, "The Neo-Conservatives."]
Now stop and think what is being said here: Caldwell is saying that Europe's intolerance of "lesser peoples" - the kind of intolerance that led to the domination of the world by European powers during the age of colonialism - sprang from Christianity, AND HE APPROVES OF THIS INTOLERANCE.
THE GREAT SHAME IN ALL THIS - AT LEAST IN THE EYES OF THOSE OUTSIDE WESTERN CIVILIZATION - IS THAT IT PLACES CHRIST ON THE SIDE OF THE WEST'S BLOODY AND INHUMANE RAMPAGE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING A PROFIT.
Holmes continues in his assessment of Caldwell's teaching:
Now, again, think about what is being said here: According to Caldwell, Christianity - rightly understood - is the guardian of the West's right to pillage the world.
Holmes goes on to say:
This, of course, is EXACTLY what Francis Schaeffer postulated - though not in these stark terms. Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto was published in 1981. The intent of the book was to involve Christians in the effort to re-conquer Europe politically, and re-establish Christianity as the undergirding of European society. The name of the book was intended to position its thesis as a Christian answer to The Communist Manifesto of 1848 and the Humanist Manifesto documents of 1933 and 1973.
Schaeffer's diagnosis aligns itself pretty much with Caldwell's diagnosis - that is to say, that the decline of European Civilization is due to society having become increasingly pluralistic, resulting in a shift "away from a world view that was Christian toward something completely different." Schaeffer argues that there is a philosophical struggle between the people of God and the secular humanists. Schaeffer defined secular humanism as the worldview where "man is the measure of all things." He described the conflict with secular humanism as a battle in which "these two religions, Christianity and humanism, stand over against each other as totalities." He writes that the decline of objective values in Western society is "not because of a conspiracy, but because the church has forsaken its duty to be the salt of the culture."
This led Schaeffer to embrace the concept of WORLD EVANGELIZATION by 2000: by "re-Christianizing" Europe, the West could be saved. To this end, Schaeffer joined Billy Graham in founding the LAUSANNE MOVEMENT: "The Whole Church taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole World. "
In doing so, Graham and Schaeffer developed a passion to "unite all evangelicals in the common task of the total evangelization of the world" - WHICH IN THEIR MINDSET MEANT TAKING NOT ONLY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD, BUT ALSO THE INSTITUIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. In Schaeffer's mind, the two went hand-in-hand.
In July 1974 - seven years before the publication of A Christian Manifesto - some 2,700 participants and guests from over 150 nations gathered at Schaeffer's headquarters in the Swiss Alps for ten days of discussion, fellowship, worship and prayer regarding the ideas that were just then beginning to percolate in Schaeffer's mind. Time Magazine described the Lausanne Congress as "a formidable forum, possibly the widest-ranging meeting of Christians ever held."
While both Schaeffer and Caldwell would have never said so, what they were (are) postulating here is that Christianity has value only insofar as it provides the ideological undergirding for the continued domination of Western Civilization - meaning the continued domination of a white, Euro-centric "Christian" Civilization - AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE NEO-CONSERVATIVES HAVE PICKED UP ON INSOFAR AS THEIR ALLIANCE WITH THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH IS CONCERNED. [Again, we URGE you to see our article, "The Neo-Conservatives;" also, please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]
ONCE EUROPEANS LOST
The Europeans: Promiscuous, wanton and without souls.
Near the beginning of his book, attempting to explain why Europeans have lost faith in their traditions, Caldwell quotes a remarkable passage from the French sociologist Raymond Aron: 'Europeans would like to exit from history, from la grande histoire, FROM THE HISTORY THAT IS WRITTEN IN LETTERS OF BLOOD'. This brings us to the heart of the matter. Unlike the post-nationalist Europeans, AMERICANS REMAIN WILLING TO WRITE HISTORY IN THE LETTERS OF BLOOD. NOT CHRIST-LIKE CONCERN FOR THE WEAK AND THE MARGINALIZED BUT READINESS FOR ORGANIZED VIOLENCE is presumably why America's culture strikes the editors of the Weekly Standard as less drab than Europe's. AMERICA SHARES BELLICOSITY WITH SOME PARTS OF THE MUSLIM WORLD, AND THIS IS A GOOD THING. EUROPEAN MUSLIMS, HE INFORMS US, HAVE 'KEPT ALIVE DREAMS OF CULTURAL, NATIONAL, AND EVEN RACIAL GLORY THAT ARE BEYOND THE REACH OF EUROPEANS' UNIVERSALISM BECAUSE THEY ARE BEYOND THE REACH OF EUROPEAN UNDERSTANDING'. BUT THANKS TO AMERICA, EQUIVALENT DREAMS OF PATRIOTIC (EVEN RACIAL) GLORY HAVE NOT VANISHED FROM THE WEST. Despite its sometimes-tawdry consumerism, AMERICA IS PUMPED FOR WAR AND IS THEREFORE WELL-POSITIONED TO TAKE ON THE ISLAMIC THREAT.
"Caldwell raises one possibility insofar as dealing with the Islamic threat; he raises it in a parable about the fate awaiting guests who overstay their welcome: 'The most spectacular illustration history offers of the kinship of hospitality and mistrust is that of Captain Cook, who was feted, flattered, and worshipped for a month by the Hawaiian islanders in Kealakekua Bay in 1779. When he and his crew returned on an emergency visit to repair a broken mast, they were massacred'."
Captain Cook being killed by the Hawaiians.
Caldwell and his neo-conservative allies believe that the only way that a backbone can be re-inserted into the European body politik is by infusing Europe with the kind of "racial Christianity" (so-called) that undergirded Europe's colonial empires a century ago - a kind of Christianity that is not afraid of using the gun to get its way.
To this end, the neo-conservatives are sparing no effort at re-introducing this kind of BLOODY Christianity into Europe. It's a movement that they are attempting to export from America onto the European continent using something called the NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION (NAR) as its battering ram. And exactly what is NAR? It is a very muscular form of Christianity that does not shy away from the use of force to get its way. One NAR pamphlet describes the New Apostolic Reformation in this way:
"There is a new and strong reformation on the way raised and moved by a revival of the Word and of the Spirit. It will not bring us back to the Reformation, but back to the Acts of the Apostles... its dynamics, foundation and building-patterns. This sovereign work of God will have the power to clean up and re-align God's House ... They don't play after other rules and agendas than the ones God himself dictates. Because now... He is in charge and will stay in charge!"
The God-men of America's New World Order System.
Rachel Tabachnick describes the movement this way:
"IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT THAT A LARGE BLOCK OF THE EVANGELICAL WORLD DECIDED TO RE-ORGANIZE THEMSELVES IN A HIERARCHY RESEMBLING THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, with leaders in authority over each nation and region. Imagine that every person—from the congregants to the top leaders—has someone to whom they are accountable."
Emblem of the Papacy
"Imagine for a moment that a large block of the evangelical world decided to re-organize themselves in a hierarchy resembling the Roman Catholic Church." [Please see our article, "Liberation Theology, the Vatican, and the CIA: Ghosts and Phantoms."]
NOTE: The leaders of the NAR describe their effort in this direction as "postdenominational;" but it is "postdenominational" only insofar as they are replacing a myriad of denominations with one giant denomination, and in the process making "denominationalism" that much worse.
"The Apostles and Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation view their postdenominational movement as the future face of the Protestant church and the end of denominations as we know them. Their ideology and 'relational networks' have taken root in the block of 400 million independent Charismatics, sometimes referred to as neo-charismatics or neo-Pentecostals. This is an often overlooked mega-block of Christianity that is larger than all Protestant denominations combined, according to world missions statisticians."
"Church growth is the key concept [that NAR is promulgating to the world] ..."
The concept itself is an ideology popularized by C. Peter Wagner.
C. Peter Wagner & Fuller Theological Seminary
Tabachnick explains Wagner's involvement:
"Wagner, who will be 80 this year, was a professor of church growth for 30 years at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has mainstreamed cell church ideology, a strategy which began in Asia and South America and has resulted in congregations of tens of thousands. Cell churches are organized like a pyramid marketing scheme with small groups, usually with no more than 12, tasked with spinning off new cell groups and growing the church. THIS ALSO RESEMBLES A MILITARY STRUCTURE - EACH CELL HAS A LEADER AND LOWER LEVEL LEADERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR SUPERIORS ON UP THE CHAIN.
"SUCH SCHEMES USED TO BE CALLED SHEPHERDING, BUT BECAUSE OF BAD PRESS AND REPORTS OF COERCIVE AND ABUSIVE PRACTICES, THEY HAVE BEEN RE-NAMED "DISCIPLING." Laypeople in cells perform many of the functions that would normally be carried out by pastors—and pastors then become like corporate CEOs. The New Apostolics are now trying to apply shepherding to entire communities and even nations." [Please see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians."]
NOTE: Shepherding/Discipleship teaching emphasizes the necessity of each "sheep," or Christian disciple, submitting to a "shepherd," or church elder charged by God with responsibility for the spiritual development of the sheep. The shepherd is in turn submitted to another spiritual elder, and so on up the chain of submissions to the "apostles" at the apex of the characteristic pyramidal structure that links both individuals and groups within the movement.
The Ponzi Pyramid: the pyramid-like structure that is the blueprint for today's cell church movement; LEFT: Charles Ponzi; RIGHT: The Ponzi Pyramid
TABACHNICK SAYS THAT IF IT SEEMS THAT THE STRUCTURE CREATED LOOKS LIKE THE SAME BUSINESS MODEL THAT GOVERNS MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING SCHEMES, THE REASON IS, THERE IS VERY LITTLE TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE TWO. [Please see our article on Ponzi schemes and multi-level marketing, "The Crash of Today's Real Estate and Stock Markets and What It Will Mean Politically."]
Cells infiltrating other cells and forming cancers. This is EXACTLY how the NAR movement operates.
NOTE: There are a number of different cell group structures; the classic structure is the so-called "Jethro Structure." Its major user is David Yonggi Cho, who has built the largest Church in the world in South Korea, NOT NECESSARILY THROUGH EVANGELIZATION OF THE LOST, BUT THROUGH INFILTRATING SMALLER CHURCHES AND TAKING THEM OVER. The Cell groups in the Jethro structure never grow larger than 15 members and will multiply when they reach that figure. When the group reaches about 7-8 believers, they start training up members in the Cell for ministry. Usually one of the members is identified as an intern (potential Cell Leader). This Intern completes the leadership training and is given opportunities to lead different parts of the Cell e.g. week 1- the Welcome section, week 2- the Worship section of the Cell meeting. Soon afterwards the intern Cell leader will lead the whole Cell meeting under the supervision of his Cell leader. Once the maximum size of the Cell has been reached, the Cell multiplies into two Cells of 7 and 8 members. The Intern leads the new Cell that has multiplied from the existing Cell. These 2 new Cells begin the process again and evangelize their social contacts to grow their Cell Group to 15 members, and then repeat the cycle.
NOW IN ALL OF THIS IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THESE CELLS ARE FORMED WITHOUT ANY CONCERN FOR THE LOCAL CHURCHES FROM WHICH THEIR MEMBERS ARE "CULLED." THIS IS WHAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT CELL GROWTH MEAN WHEN THEY CALL THEMSELVES "POST-DENOMINATIONAL" - THAT IS TO SAY, THEY HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE INTERNAL INTEGRITY OF CHURCHES OUTSIDE THE CELL CHURCH MOVEMENT. THOSE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF EACH CELL ARE INFORMED THAT THEIR LOYALITY MUST BE TO THE CELL, RATHER THAN TO THE CHURCH THEY ATTEND - WHICH MEANS THAT ULTIMATELY THEY MUST WITHDRAW FROM THEIR OLD CHURCH; EITHER THAT OR THE "OLD CHURCH" MUST BE SUBSUMED IN THE PROCESS. [We URGE you to see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians" for a vivid example of how NAR affiliated groups take over already established churches and ministries; in this instance, how C. Peter Wagner took control of John Kelly's "Antioch Churches and Ministries."]
There can be now question that cell groups produce ONENESS: but the question is, What kind of oneness? - it's certainly not the kind of oneness that is produced by a living, loving relationship with Christ, but the kind the SS produced among its ranks in Nazi Germany where blind obedience to one's superior is required (see CORE PRINCIPLES below).
When there are 5 Cell groups, a successful Cell Leader is promoted to become a Zone Supervisor. This Zone Supervisor serves these 5 Cell leaders. The size of a Sub Zone is approximately 50 - 70 people. These Sub Zones are usually formed GEOGRAPHICALLY, i.e. the Cell Groups are all from the same geographical area. It is important to maintain no more than 5 Cell groups per Zone Supervisor. If this standard is not maintained then the lack of supervision and mentoring can cause serious problems. The Zone Supervisors are usually not paid workers and volunteer their services.
A Zone is formed when 5 Sub-Zones are grouped together. A successful Zone Supervisor is promoted to become a Zone Pastor. This Zone Pastor serves these 5 Zone Supervisors and their 25 Cell Groups. A Zone averages about 250 people. At this level most Jethro structured Churches hire the Zone Pastors full time.
A district is formed when 5 Zones are grouped together. A successful Zone Pastor is promoted to become a District Pastor. A District Pastor serves 5 Zone Pastors, 25 Zone Supervisors and 125 Cell Groups. An average District is at least 1000 people.
David Barrett, editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia reports that there are 1,000 apostolic networks on record in his global database. These networks are found on six continents and account, by his estimate, for some 100 million believers worldwide. Dr. Wagner estimates that in the US alone there are as many NAR churches as there are Southern Baptist congregations - something approaching 40,000.
NOTE: Very obviously, there is very little room for any kind of individuality in the cell group movement; indeed, the term "individualism" - like the term "doctrine" - has been anathematized, and so much so that it has become a term of scorn and shame. Each cell is to be a carbon copy of the next cell. Any distinction that might distinguish one cell from another is looked upon with suspicion. CONFORMITY IS WHAT MATTERS - the kind of conformity that a cookie cutter produces.
The kind of conformity that a cookie cutter produces.
Again, what the cell church movement produces is a hierarchy which promotes the kind of authority one would find in a business establishment, or worse, a political movement where the leaders of the church are made LORD'S OVER GOD'S HERITAGE in direct contradiction to 1 Peter 5:3, to say nothing of Matthew 20:
As a lord over God's heritage
"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
"But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant ..." (Matthew 20:25-27)
John Rowell cites a number of "core principles" that govern relationships in the NAR, among which are -
There is a need NOT to be dogmatic insofar as the TRUTH of the Scriptures are concerned.
Authority flows from relationships
Accountability should be relational not institutional.
Senior leaders cast vision and others follow.
It is assumed that Holy Spirit anointed leaders can be trusted.
Eschatology is optimistic, not something that is negative
To be called "doctrinaire" is a slander in today's church.
Relationships trump the truth; that is to say, one should not separate from one's brethren over doctrinal matters, but should find a way to "compromise" differences. This inevitably means reducing doctrine to its lowest common denominator, or to easily-swallowed pabulum - AND SO SUCCESSFUL HAS THIS EFFORT BEEN THAT THE WORD "DOCTRINE" HAS BECOME A SLANDER AMONG MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY - AN OPPROBRIUM TO BE CAST AT ONE'S ENEMIES.
But the Word of God says:
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and DOCTRINE.
"FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
"AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND SHALL BE TURNED UNTO FABLES." (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
Once one shunts doctrine off as being irrelevant - OR, worse, the enemy of Christian unity - one can see how easily #2 and #3 (see above) follow, and they follow as easily and naturally as the day follows the night. One's personal charisma is what counts; one's outward piety. But the Word of God says:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:24)
And there is something more: If one were to judge simply on the basis of personal appearance, then certainly Mohandas Gandhi was a Christian, to say nothing about Mother Teresa. BUT NEITHER ONE WAS A CHRISTIAN!!
Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Teresa
They were, no doubt, very good people - but they were NOT Christians.
The Bible says that a Christian leader must be one who -
"Holds fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound DOCTRINE both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." (Titus 1:9)
But how is that possible when RELATIONSHIPS are held in higher esteem than SOUND DOCTRINE?
It is, of course, not possible - and so much so that Jesus warned His disciples that in the "last days" those who hold to the TRUTH will be -
"... put ... out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." (John 16:2)
"... I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life ..." (John 14:6)
And again, the Bible says:
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in TRUTH." (John 4:24)
If one does not hold on to the truth - even at the expense of severing relationships - it is impossible to hold on to Christ.
And this brings us to the 4th principle that NAR adheres to: Senior leaders cast vision and others follow. But one must ask himself, what kind of vision do these leaders "cast" if they refuse to HOLD to the TRUTH? - which then brings us to the 5th principle - the "sheep" are to trust their leaders because it is assumed that "anointed leaders" can be trusted. Assumed? - that's quite an assumption - an assumption not that much different from the assumption that Catholics hold to insofar as the Pope is concerned.
The Bible says:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
And exactly how are we to "measure" or "try" them? - by the Word of God; but how is that possible when "sound doctrine" has been relegated to the level of an OPPROBRIUM?
In order to create the kind of MILITARY discipline in Christian circles that is necessary to "seize the earth for Christ," ordinary Christians must be made to unquestionably obey the authorities over them, and to doubt the dictates of their own individual consciences; and they must concomitantly be convinced THAT WHAT THEY MIGHT PLAINLY SEE WITH THEIR OWN EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR OWN EARS; AND WHAT "COMMON SENSE" MIGHT TELL THEM IS FACT; AND WHAT THE BIBLE SEEMS TO SO PLAINLY TEACH AS TRUTH IS NOT TRUTH, BUT A LIE - AND THAT THE ONLY TRUTH IS WHAT THEIR APOSTLES AND PROPHETS SAY IS TRUTH. To this end, Christians must be brought to the place where they can say with Bill McCartney, the founder of the Promise Keepers, "We the laity (i.e., the 'empty-headed bumpkins') cannot rightly divide the word of truth (i.e., the Bible). We need you (i.e., the 'enlightened leaders') to teach us."
These are the people about whom Jesus said:
"They be blind leaders of the blind." (Matthew 15:14)
Blind leaders of the Blind by Jan Luyken
Finally, we come to the 6th CORE PRINCIPLE: Eschatology is optimistic, not something that is negative - it's an eschatology that pictures the Lord (a) bringing revival to the church, (b) instituting the rule of the "apostles and the prophets, and (c) bringing an end of the church's divisions. Jewel van der Merwe of Discernment Magazine, elaborates; she writes that ... [NAR] is pushing a belief system which prophesies that " ...
The greatest revival the church has ever known is about to occur;
The greatest baptism of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced will shortly happen;
A great Christian army will be raised up - one that is distinguished by invincibility, immortality and divinity;
The greatest purging in the history of the church will shortly begin;
The greatest ministry - the Prize of all Ages is about to break forth;
The greatest miracles, supernatural signs and wonders far exceeding that of the Apostles and Prophets of old will shortly take place.
The Gospel is preached to the whole earth which leads to the conversion of Israel, the conquest of the world, and the judgment of those who refuse to convert.
The Lord returns.
NOTE: This model, however, is at total variance with what the Bible teaches:
The world is plunged into a time of spiritual and political crisis;
The church is apostatized;
The apostatized church unites with the anti-Christ and seizes control of the world;
A great tribulation breaks out against those Christians who refuse to become a part of the apostatized church, resulting in their persecution and finally their destruction - after which the anti-Christ, who had at first appeared as the champion of Israel, turns on Israel to destroy her;
The rapture occurs for those Christians who "remain," and Christ returns to bring judgment on those who had destroyed Israel and persecuted those Christians who had refused to be apostatized.
Needless to say, NAR's eschatology can only be sustained by putting blinders on with regard to what the Scripture's teach; hence, the effort by NAR to de-emphasize doctrine and reinforce the "visions" of the so-called apostles and prophets; to create a mindset in Christians where they can say with Bill McCartney,
"We the laity (i.e., the 'empty-headed bumpkins') cannot rightly divide the word of truth (i.e., the Bible). We need you (i.e., the 'enlightened leaders') to teach us."
But what a terrible mindset this is - when one subverts the primacy of the Scriptures for the "visions of men;" it invariably results in turning men into BEASTS, which is exactly what happened to the people of Germany.
Concerning this terrible outcome, Stanley Milgram, an American social psychologist, conducted a series of experiments which suggested that most people who are not anchored by a set of RIGID core principles can be easily transformed into MONSTERS when they are subjected to the authority of any given hierarchy. Christopher R. Browning - in his book, Ordinary Men - writes:
"In a series of now famous experiments, Milgram tested the individual's ability to resist authority that was not backed up by any external coercive threat. Naïve volunteer subjects were instructed by a "scientific authority" in an alleged learning experiment to inflict an escalating series of fake electric shocks upon an actor/victim, who responded with carefully programmed 'voice feedback' - an escalating series of complaints, cries of pain, calls for help, and finally fateful silence. In the standard voice feedback experiment, two-thirds of Milgram's subjects were 'obedient' to the point of inflicting extreme pain."
Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments in the early 1960s are some of the most famous in all of psychology. In them, Milgram tested how far people would go in delivering painful shocks to a peer, when instructed to do so by an authority figure -- the experimenter, or scientist. The scientist told the volunteers they were participating in a learning experiment, to test how shocks might improve recall of word associations; and he encouraged them to continue raising the voltage of the shocks when the learner gave wrong answers. The "learner" was in fact an actor, giving many wrong answers, and pretending to be receiving shocks. Most of the study participants went to what they thought was the maximum shock level -- 450 volts on the machine -- despite loud protests and shouts of pain from the learner. Other academicians have conducted similar experiments with women involving sadism. The women involved had never before been involved in bondage or sado-masochism, but when they were instructed by an authority figure to inflict pain on actor/victims most did so without any hesitation - so much for the thought that women are not as compliant as men in such circumstances.
"What this proves is that a seemingly voluntary entry into an authority system 'perceived' as legitimate creates a strong sense of obligation. Those within the hierarchy adopt the authority's perspective or definition of the situation' (in this case, as an important scientific experiment rather than the infliction of physical torture). The notions of 'loyalty, duty, discipline', requiring competent performance in the eyes of authority, become moral imperatives overriding any identification with the victim. Normal individuals enter an 'agentic state' in which they are the instrument of another's will. In such a state, they no longer feel personally responsible for the content of their action, but only for who well they perform.
"Once entangled, people encounter a series of 'binding factors' or 'cementing mechanisms' that make disobedience or refusal even more difficult. The momentum of the process discourages any new or contrary initiative. The 'situational obligation' or etiquette makes refusal appear improper, rude, or even an immoral breach of obligation ...
"Milgram made direct reference to the similarities between human behavior in his experiments and under the Nazi regime. He concluded, 'Men are led to kill with little difficulty'."
"Men are led to kill with little difficulty."
All of this cannot help but breathe ominous life into John 16:2-3"
"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
"AND THESE THINGS WILL THEY DO UNTO YOU, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN THE FATHER, NOT ME." (John 16:2-3)
THIS IS THE KIND OF HELP FOR WHICH GEERT WILDERS IS EVIDENTLY HOPING WHEN HE SAYS:
"THE UNITED STATES IS THE LAST BASTION OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION FACING AN ISLAMIC EUROPE."
GOD HELP RIGHT-THINKING EUROPEANS TO OPPOSE THIS INVASION OF AMERICA'S TWISTED FORM OF CHRISTIANITY.
PAT ROBERTSON HAS DENOUNCED ISLAM AS A MOVEMENT -
"WORSE THAN THE NAZI MOVEMENT."
BUT IN THE END, WHAT HE AND OTHERS ARE CREATING IS EXACTLY THAT WHICH HE SAYS THE MUSLIMS HAVE CREATED; A MOVEMENT -
"WORSE THAN THE NAZI MOVEMENT."
The apostate American church is on the march, and it intends to subsume all of Europe by taking advantage of the economic catastrophe that is presently taking hold of Europe - a catastrophe that will inevitably plunge Europe into chaos, destroy the European Union as we know it today, and lead to the emergence of a FASCIST-LIKE ten-nation confederation that will slavishly give its power "for one short hour" to an eleventh nation - Prophetic Babylon. This time, however, the "whipping boy" for the new fascism in Europe will not be the Jews (at least initially), but the Muslims in their midst. [Please see our articles, "The Rise of Fascism in Europe," "Something Strange Is Afoot" and "In Search of Babylon."]
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom [is] not from hence." (John 18:36)
And again He said:
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)
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