Monday, January 24, 2011
Through the years I have made a study of Marxism. I have read several books about this subject, including a study of Marx himself. I have also read the writings of the followers of Marx and have studied their movements which are: socialism, humanism, progressivism, environmentalism, communism, etc. Their objective is threefold. 1: Destroy our belief in God, 2: Destroy the Family and 3: Destroy Capitalism.
If we believe that Marxism doesn't exist in America or our lives today we are wrong, dead wrong. Christ warns us in the last days, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt 24:4-5, see JS-M 1) Later in verses 11-12 He teaches, "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." And finally in verses 23-24 He testifies that "If any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." We are the elect. He is talking about His covenant people.
With these thoughts perhaps in mind it would behoove us to study just where these false Christs and false prophets are going to come from. I challenge you to make a study of Marxism and all the evil 'isms' associated with it, for I believe that is where many of these wolves are.
Several years ago I read a book called "The Naked Communist" by Cleon Skousen. This was a powerful book that was part of my studies. The book was written many years ago. I wished at the time that I could have this book republished for our time right now. I wished Mr. Skousen could show us what the realities are TODAY. I have finally found part two! I am very pleased! However, it is sad to see just how much farther down the path we have gone since the time Mr. Skousen's book was written.
The part two that I am speaking of is not written by Mr. Skousen, but this message of communism can be found in a new documentary called, "Agenda" by Curtis Bowers. I have heard many good reviews about this movie. By happen chance we came across the opportunity to buy this DVD. We also met the man responsible for its production as a sheer coincidence. It is an amazing message that I challenge you to hear. I have the video if some of you close to me would like to watch it. It will change how you think about many things. Here is the trailer to the documentary:
Today in my studies I came across a scripture that I thought was most fitting, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and
fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." Romans 16:17-18
I hope that we are gaining strong testimonies. I hope that we are learning who is masquerading around us in sheep's' clothing set to destroy the "very elect." I hope that we will not have our hearts deceived by fair speeches.
Below I've pasted the review I wrote on Goodreads for "The Naked Communist" a couple of years ago. Perhaps you will find it interesting.
The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I LOVED this book! I took my sweet time reading it and soaked up every word. This book reviews the history of communism from its rise with Marx until 1960. The only bad thing is that I would love to read "the rest of the story," meaning through to the present.
This book was extremely eye opening in regard to how communism was spread. It was frustrating reading about the lackadaisical attitude of government officials world wide who had blinders on and let the USSR run wild at the close of WWII. They never believed that the Russians were really "that bad." It was also interesting that while the world sat back and watched LDS church leaders like President Benson, J. Rueben Clark and David O. McKay were declaring from the pulpits for all to realize that communism was seeking to destroy our liberty. I wonder how many were listening? Is my family listening now?
Here are some quotes just so you know...
“The paths we are following, if we move forward thereon, will inevitably lead us to socialism or communism, and these two are as like as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon our liberties......We may first observe that communism and socialism—which we shall hereafter group together and dub Satanism—cannot live with Christianity nor with any religion that postulates a creator.” J. Rueben Clark Deseret News—September 25, 1949
"During the first half of the twentieth century we have traveled far into the soul-destroying land of socialism." Pres. McKay, Deseret News Oct. 18, 1952
“The aim and purpose...was then and is now world socialism, which communism seeks to achieve through revolution and which socialists seek to achieve through evolution.” Pres. Benson Oct. 1961-General Conference
Anyway...My edition was published in 1961. Here are a sampling of some of the communist goals at that time that I thought were still interesting nearly 50 years later... (see "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers also these lists are found from pages 259-262 in the book).
*Capture one or both of the political parties in the US.
*Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
*Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
*Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
*Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
*Break down cultural standards of morality be promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
*Present homo-sexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
*Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
*Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture-education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics,etc
*Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
*Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
Okay, so that was only about 1/3 of them. I realize there may be some anti-communist propaganda involved with this book. However, with LDS church leaders crying out against communism I guess that's okay.
I believe that our nation is in jeopardy of being over ran with socialism. Socialism is just another face to communism. I believe that it is important to study these things so you can recognize fallacy in the political machines of our age.
The reason I read this book was because it was suggested by then President of the Church, David O. McKay, during General Conference of Oct. 1959. (I couldn't find this talk on line, but I did find numerous! on-line references to the talk Pres. McKay gave calling church members to read the book).
Here's a link to an article about Skousen writing the book. http://www.latterdayconservative.com/w.-cleon-skousen/w-cleon-skousen-is-asked-to-write-the-naked-communist.html
It was interesting to learn that Pres. Monson was actually involved in the initial publishing of this book...
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