It is not a mystery that this world is in confusion. The political parties, financial competition and the many religious denominations all are in confusion. Unity is only a goal and an impossible idea which is never reached. Why is this? What has caused this state of things to exist? Everything in life can be traced to cause and effect. We are who we are taught to be and we are taught to be what we want. The human being is capable of being taught to believe many opposing ideas at the same time. We may believe in unity one moment and then believe in competition the next. We can believe in evolution and creation at the same time. We can give assent to opposing ideas depending on our company. We can believe in saving life, yet prepare for war and death.
Humans cannot but follow their teacher and the teacher they follow only echoes the desires of their own hearts, but it does not seem to occur to them that their own ideas are in conflict. We are creators of what we place before us and if our own thoughts are in conflict, then it stands to reason that our environment will reflect that back to us.
From our earliest years we are taught that almost everyone outside of ourselves is an enemy. We start to think this way when our sibling takes our rattle away. We begin to believe that life is about competition and taking what one can get by force. As we grow older and enter school we are taught to compete for grades. In times of recreation and play we are put into game situations which teach us to compete again. We must fight to win the game. The winner may get a prize and the loser is disgraced to a degree.
When the student graduates, he may join a business firm competing for the market share. His whole focus is to sell his product at the expense of the competition. In sales and political races it all boils down to making one's self or product look better than the competition so one can win the customer or race.
To the world today this all looks nice, fair and right. The truth of the matter is that it is corrupt, wicked and wrong. Men are taught to view others as enemies. All an enemy is, is someone seeking to take what you think belongs to you or someone who you think might hurt you. When men are turned into enemies, then general confusion and war is the result. Cause creates effect. We have been trained from our earliest years to compete with others and that has been one of the causes for the condition our society is now in. There is no hope for such a society, for it has as a foundation the principle that it is against itself and every society against itself cannot maintain its form and cohesion.
See the political conventions. See the Congress and its actions in the halls of government. Listen to the political candidates accuse and abuse each other and then when one is elected he does the same things as his predecessors before him. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that the political parties will not change, neither will they change things. Indeed, they cannot change nor can they change things. Change is only a story concocted to make the electorate believe that they are bringing about a new order of things. This simply never occurs. There is never a new order. There is only a constant degradation. Each man and woman is energetically involved in the world of competing with other individuals to build their own kingdom and for the sake of money. No man is motivated unselfishly to better his constituents, except that he is rewarded for it in some way. The Scriptures read: "For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion." Isa. 41:28-29.
Politicians have waged wars, set upon man the atom bomb, caused financial collapse, burdened the poor and those in need, stripped and burned the innocent, raided their homes and compounds, and taxed until there could not be another cent drained from the population. They have bludgeoned, accused, abused and demoralized the nation, all for the sake of personal gain. "They bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord." Jer. 9:3.
Modern politicians say, "We want to protect the children." After seeing what happened with the gassing of the Branch Davidians this statement seems incredible. The politicians say, "We want to send in peace keepers;" then go about sending in men with weapons such as tanks and long range guns. Of course, these tanks are painted white and the army wears little blue hats to create a picture of peace, but it is an army of war just the same. Men say, "We must fight for peace." Whoever heard of such a ridiculous proposition? It is like saying, "Starve for fullness. Lay in filth for cleanness." The politicians say, "We should cut taxes," then go about to raise taxes. The politicians say, "We want to preserve life," then they go about providing for millions of abortions.
Has it never occurred to some the hypocrisy of modern day politics? Abortions have been declared legal according to the Constitution of the United States because a woman should have control over her own body. That is the argument. If that be so, why is it that so many people are thrown into prison for taking drugs? Do they not have the same right over their own body? I can kill my unborn child, but I cannot take a drug. Partial birth abortions describe the murder of a young child mostly born. The brain is then sucked out of the skull. Should not that young child have control over his or her own body? You hypocrites, Jesus spoke well of you. You strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.
It is probable that the religions of the world are most responsible for the state of things that exist. The most guilty would be the religions that condone competition and support war efforts.
It is no secret how in religious circles the moral state of things is at the bottom. As a minister, I have personally sat in ministerial meetings where ministers were rebuked by the president of the conference for their adultery and for sneaking in to watch x-rated videos while their family was sleeping. I knew one young man right out of college who became a pastor and the ink was hardly dry on his diploma when he had seduced one of the women in the church right on the church pew. (I am not saying that seducing her somewhere else would have been right either).
I personally approached the conference president in charge of my district to handle a child molestation situation in the church and was told to leave it alone since the molester might sue the church. The so-called "Christian" denominations of this country are so far from Christian it is not even worth mentioning. Most people, however, already know this. Today, ministers fake being good and pretend to pray for the sake of gain and advantage.
The denominations have wonderful financial systems all set up to lift up their poor, corrupt institutions. Millions of tithe dollars are used to support corrupt, self-centered, political ministers in their positions of authority. They are paid thousands of dollars a month and they do almost nothing in labor for it. Does it take all those many hours to write a sermon? When a lay person gives a sermon does he get paid? Do the ministers visit the sheep? Don't the lay members visit the sheep? What does a minister do that the members of his congregation should not be able to do? The ministers certainly do not know any more about God than their congregations do.
The payment of the ministry was designed for the purpose of evangelism. This was meant to help men take care of their families when they had to travel long distances and had little time to hold a job at the same time. God did not intend for churches to have high paid baby sitters to hover over their congregations. He intended that the people of God would be mature enough to take care of the local church themselves.
As with the pharisees of Jesus' day, so it is today. He said, "All their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments." Matt. 23:4-5. Jesus also said of them, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." Matt. 23:15. Busy church folk compass the globe to make converts for their churches but what good is it when they are made to be just like those pretenders who convert them? Some church members boast of how many converts they are making but if they could see as God does, they would turn away from themselves in shame. In religion it never occurs to some folk that killing is wrong. The Ten Commandments say, Thou shalt not kill. Jesus told us to turn the other cheek. He told us to resist not evil, so bold, pious preachers send their young men off to a Desert Storm or some other United Nations' conquest with their blessings. "Go and kill and God be with you." After that the wolves and their sheep tie yellow ribbons to trees. What a grand mockery of the Word of God is religion today. What a total waste of a good man's time. Man's so-called "Christian" religion today is for the spiritually ignorant who have no mind for truth.
Compromise is the byword of the professed children of God. The Scriptures say, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Lev. 18:22. Today's ministry ordains those who practice these things.
On the other hand, it may be heard today in many professed Christian circles, "we must do away with homosexuals in the military and stop abortions." I ask why? Have not professed Christians for years been proclaiming from their polluted pulpits that the law has been done away with. When one mentions the Sabbath as the fourth commandment this often evokes that decree. "The law is done away with." Then might I ask, what is wrong with someone breaking a law that does not exist? If the law of the Sabbath has been done away, is not also the law against homosexual activity done away?
Why is there all the fuss about abortions? If the law is done away, then what could be wrong with abortion? I say that modern day Christians are only getting the fruits of their own sowing. Now modern day preachers can get a good look at what they have done to the world, for the responsibility is largely lying at their door.
The Scriptures say, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Ex. 20:8. Modern day ministers say, "Go to church on Sunday instead." Modern religion has made up its own way and there will always be a price to pay when mankind does that. That price is even now being paid. "And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore (modern religion), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." Rev. 17:16. There is a strange touch of irony in that so many churches are being burned these days.
Medicine is another profession that merchandises people. It is not a secret that large numbers who are admitted into hospitals die from accidents while there. These individuals are either given wrong drugs, the wrong dosage or they catch a disease which they did not have when they went in. Modern medicine having many wonderful scientific abilities is largely a business for getting money. The medical profession has virtually been given a blank check and they use this check quite readily. They administer drugs, the names of which they alone understand. Hospitals freely add costs to paying patients to cover those who cannot pay. There is a science to increase costs so that the grand money machine can continue its process of gain. Many of the operations of today's modern medicine are simply extortion and if some medical professionals were candid and would share their true heart's knowledge, that is what they would have to say.
If a family practices medicine at home and refuses the regular medical care and their family member dies, they may be fined or imprisoned even if their practice is according to their religious faith. But let a man, woman or child die in the hospital and it is accepted as alright-even if the hospital causes the death through some accident.
If a religious cult practices medicine and a member dies, there will be a great show of force against such a group, but let a hospital practice medicine and it does not matter how many people are dead, the world still sings their praises. It seems as though it is illegal to die anywhere but in a hospital. Who is this grand and noble personage who made this decree? Yes, it is true that some good things take place in modern medicine, but there are so many more evil things present within it that one would need many volumes to describe them all.
If an individual happens upon an herbal remedy that can cure cancer and he sells this remedy, he may be fined or imprisoned for "practicing medicine" even if his remedy works. But let a hospital "practice medicine" and try many things that don't work and that is considered acceptable. At least they made many thousands of dollars practicing.
Take your automobile to a mechanic. He will fix it. If he does not fix it, he does not get paid. Take your body to a doctor. If he does not fix it or even breaks it, he is still paid handsomely.
It should be noted that many physicians believe they are doing the right thing in promoting the modern methods of healing. Many of them may very well have good motives, but the system is not that hard to discern if one will only take a candid look.
The legal profession is composed largely of a multitude of paid liars and extortioners. They use what they call "legal language" that no one can understand but themselves. Why is it that they do not speak plainly as other men? As with all professions, there may be an honest man here or there, but I propose that if a man were always totally honest in every transaction, he could not be in any one of the aforementioned professions for long. Tell the truth at all times and you are put out of this world's affairs. Instead of simply following law and truth, lawyers work to distort and change the meaning of things so that those who pay them might get the advantage they desire.
One can hire a lawyer at great expense and if he can outmaneuver the adversary, it is possible to receive a monetary reward. Honesty and truth are not the prime goal, but, instead, financial reward.
This document is not intended to deride any single man or profession. The intention here is to show that all men, in any profession, who are not governed by the Holy Spirit of God will corrupt themselves and are corrupted. It can be shown that our world is well nigh empty of God's Spirit and ripe for judgment. These few things mentioned are still in the realm of effects. The primary causes are almost unseen. We will now look at some of these causes.
Daniel the prophet warns of a power which is to arise. "In his place shall arise a contemptible person on whom royal majesty had not been conferred; he shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom through intrigue. Armies shall be utterly swept away and broken before him, and the prince of the covenant as well. And after an alliance is made with him, he shall act deceitfully and become strong with a small party. Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province and do what none of his predecessors had ever done, lavishing plunder, spoil, and wealth on them. He shall devise plans against strongholds. ...He shall have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. ...They shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries. ...And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god. ...In his estate shall he honor the God of forces. ...But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt." Dan. 11.
These are the facts mentioned. (1) A contemptible person shall arise who has not been voted in. (2) He shall have power to sweep armies away and even destroy the prince of the covenant (true religious faith). (3) He shall work with deceit and become powerful with just a few individuals. (4) He is rich and can lavish wealth on whomever he likes. (5) He shall place the abomination that makes everything desolate. (6) He works through flattery. (7) He will use force to get what he wants. (8) He will have power over the treasures of money.
If a mystery is what you like, this is a very elementary one. There is only one power that can fulfill all of these things mentioned. It is the power that now rules over the earth. There is a power which involves a few men. It controls all of the financial powers and secrets of intrigue. The armies of the world and the United Nations are at its command. It works secretly through political parties and financial institutions. It is not voted in, but, instead, actually designs who will be voted in. It can sweep armies away such as in Desert Storm. It has had power over the religious faith by providing for laws which make it virtually impossible to speak true righteousness without fear of lawsuit or some other media attack. This power can lavish wealth on whomever it likes. It uses flattery in the form of prizes, awards or grants to reward those who serve it. The force of the state or states is used to subdue its enemies. It controls all the money. It has set up an abomination that has made our nation and world morally and spiritually desolate. According to Revelation 17, the great whore, which is modern apostate religion, rides on its back. "Let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be (the coming of Christ), except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed (exposed) the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thes. 2:3-12, ASV).
There is a little book which was printed about 100 years ago which is the expression of this new lawless power. In the following chapter are excerpts from that little book.