|By Clyde Lewis
"An invariable rule of humanity is that man is his own worst enemy. Under me this rule will change for I will restrain man"—Colossus: The Forbin Project
I have been a radio personality for about 20 years now and there are so many things that you learn when you are behind the microphone. First of all it isn’t what you do say, it’s what you imply. People have always asked about a cuss word here and there on the air and whether or not it is forbidden and I say that it isn’t as forbidden as attacking those things that are sacred.
Blasphemy still manages to get under the skins of many people.
I can recall Salmon Rushdie’s "Satanic Verses" and the furor it sparked for orthodox Muslims. The anger was so overwhelming that Muslims laid a price on Rushdie’s head. "Satanic Verses" was banned in India in 1988 as a result of protest from some members of the Indian Muslim community. Rushdie once commented that the new millenial struggle would be over feeling secure and terrorism. His visions of the future were prophetic where he saw the relinquishing of liberties to what he describes as shadow warriors of a secret order.
After September 11th Rushdie said that in order for our safety to be insured our rights would undoubtedly be compromised. He also railed against the Muslim Fundamentalism in a column published in the New York Times:
"The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings. Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women's rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex. These are tyrants, not Muslims. Islam is tough on suicides, who are doomed to repeat their deaths through all eternity. However, there needs to be a thorough examination, by Muslims everywhere, of why it is that the faith they love breeds so many violent mutant strains. If the West needs to understand its Unabombers and McVeighs, Islam needs to face up to its bin Ladens."—Salman Rushdie "Fighting the forces of invisibility"
He mentions the fanatics that caused harm in the United States before the September 11th tragedy, both the Unabomber and the militant Timothy Mcveigh. Let me also give the names of other fanatics that have met with horrible ends namely David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite and Jim Jones.
I once postulated that the events of Heaven’s gate, Mt. Caramel and Jonestown should serve as a warning to anyone who falls into the cultish web of fanaticism whether it is religious, governmental, or political.
"Take a society of people who feel they are happy and free. Give them leaders they trust. Then introduce drugs into the society. Take from them that, which they hold dear, give them a reason to start feeling paranoid, demonize those who rebel, watch the breakdown begin. The final solution is deadly. Revolt, mass murder, chaos, and a final mop up slaughter. — From the Ground Zero Article "What Happened in Jones Town" ©1998 Clyde Lewis
Why would I write such a thing in 1998? What was I seeing in my world that others couldn’t see? I saw the beginnings of Luciferian Dominionism.
I also saw these cults as cell models for social engineering based in religious reconstructionism run amok.
For those who are unfamiliar with reconstructionism you have to learn about it and what it represents. It has an agenda that reeks of Luciferian Dominionism that removes freedom of choice. Especially when it comes to religious beliefs and the separation of church and state.
Reconstructionism is a theological term that from what I can see is an eschatology that seems to have taken hold in these uncertain times.
It’s history comes from conservative Presbyterianism which proclaims that in order to reach a utopian society one must apply "Biblical Law" taken from the laws of Old Testament Israel. When these contemporary doctrines are applied to a society it will reconstruct it and prepare it for the Kingdom of God on earth.
This means that under Recontructionism the Bible is to be the governing text for all areas of life, In fact most conservative Christians believe that this ideology was the very ideology that the founding fathers were trying to push when they established the United States.
I have had many callers to my shows telling me that our laws and many of the tenants in our society are based on "biblical laws" and that we have strayed from these basic building blocks and that is why society is breaking down.
Reconstructionists are hard at work in these times because there are many of them who also have adopted dispensationalist viewpoints and fanatical viewpoints regarding the mission of Christianity today and the application biblical principles in all things like law, education, and government.
The "Biblical World View" has been the driving force behind the shutting down of theatres that show pornography. The harassment of homosexuals, and the bombing of abortion clinics.
"The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics, in which every area of life is redeemed and placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rule of God's law."—Christian Theologian David Chilton
"The Institutes of Biblical Law," by R.J.Rushdoony explains in detail how Gods laws can be applied in everyday life and how through the establishment of God’s laws in government all other governments are evil and antichrist.
"The only true order is founded on Biblical Law. All law is religious in nature, and every non-Biblical law-order represents an anti-Christian religion. In brief, Every law-order is a state of war against the enemies of that order, and all law is a form of warfare." -- R.J.Rushdoony
The laws are sure and swift and many of the ideals have crept into mainstream Americana. What were once extreme beliefs are now being used as absolutes and are becoming solutions to problems facing the country.
Many people in the United States share these extreme views.
Those with extreme Dominionist views believe in the death penalty for a wide range of crimes. Many have said that the death penalty should be carried out in cases of rape, kidnapping and murder.
There are many people in the general public who believe that punishment is too soft for criminals and may even believe that these would be adequate punishments for these crimes.
But do you believe that death should be used as the punishment for apostasy?
How about heresy?
They also believe that if you practice witchcraft or believe in aliens you should be publicly executed.
Back in 1999 when Senator Bob Barr tried unsuccessfully to attach a witchcraft-banning amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill keeping soldiers at Ft. hood from practicing Wicca. The Reverend Jack Harvey, pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Killeen, just outside Fort Hood was quick to point out that Witchcraft was a sin and that the people who practice it fall under the condemnation of God and his laws.
"There are 112 verses where God calls this not just sin but ... abomination, Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. God detests this, this is like homosexuality, which God also says is an abomination." –Reverend Jack Harvey
Pat Robertson made this famous quote about those who believe in alien beings:
" If such things (aliens) exist, they are simply demons trying to lead people away from Christ. People who believe in space aliens should be put to death by stoning -- according to "God's word." The Bible says the Earth belongs to man, but the heavens belong to the Lord He has given us the Earth. He also warned, way back when Moses was writing down not only what is the Ten Commandments, but Deuteronomy, which is almost the Second Law. —Pat Robertson
If you believe in astrology, or commit adultery if you participate in sodomy or homosexuality, or incest you dominionists believe that you should be executed. If you strike a parent, or are an incorrigible juvenile delinquent, or if you are woman who has sex before marriage most prominent Reconstructionists believe you should face the death penalty.
The frightening thing is that Reconstructionists are saying that there is no other way than the Christian God’s way of living and that if anyone chooses a different path they are antichrist. This means that they are a liability to the kingdom of god and therefore there must be a course set for world conquest or Christian dominion that will most certainly be victorious because according to the bible their victory is inevitable.
The significance of the Reconstructionist is the power of its ideology and the surprisingly rapid acceptance of their ideas and philosophies. While many Christians would not admit to some of the core beliefs, many would sooner accept them now because there are many who are frightened of the Muslim menace. Still, there are others who are fearful that the Second Coming is near and that perhaps it is time to go back to the "biblical law."
Many on the Christian Right are unaware that they hold Reconstructionist ideas. There are many that do not recognize the Luciferian Dominionism rising from our very own government.
I can cite several examples of how our very own government is showing signs of crumbling at the hands of this Dominionism.
First we must stop and analyze quotes from some of our elected officials with regard to their positions. They are leaders who have been appointed to look out for all citizens. They have been appointed not to judge others with regards to their religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. They are to treat women with equality, and care for the children and the future of the world.
Soon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George Bush declared a 'crusade' against Islamic terrorism.
While at the time it wasn’t popular to criticize a President especially after he showed leadership and calm after the brutal attacks on the country several news agencies reported that Secretary of State, Colin Powell, had to spend most of September 18, 2001, repairing the damage caused by the president when he said that the response to the terrorist attacks was a "crusade."
The biggest task was trying to convince an already irritated Muslim world that this phrasing wasn’t equivalent to an American fatwa.
Meanwhile John Ashcroft of course has been busily setting the stage for dominionism in the United States. As the Attorney General under President Bush Ashcroft has demonstrated where his philosophies are.
He has been quoted several times using the reconstructionist rhetoric that on the surface looks godly but deep down is Luciferian and controlling.
"Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus."—John Ashcroft
Ashcroft thinks gays are "abnormal" and that homosexuality "is a condition from which relief should be sought." Ashcroft opposed including sexual orientation in already-existing federal hate crime laws. Ashcroft led the opposition against America's first gay ambassador, James Hormel, simply because Hormel is gay.
There will be some who argue that John Ashcroft receives his criticism because he is a Christian. However it must be pointed out that intolerance and bold statements made by officials with messianic complexes can become a liability to the cause of freedom of any kind.
As the Muslims have learned fanatics that carry out acts of aggression in the name of their God often tarnish the reputations of those who believe in peace and the well being of the human race.
"Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly matters. The time of fun and waste has gone. The time of judgment has arrived. Hence we need to utilize those few hours to ask God for forgiveness. You have to be convinced that those few hours that are left you in your life are very few. From there you will begin to live the happy life, the infinite paradise. Be optimistic. The prophet was always optimistic". -- Mohamed Atta
Compare Atta’s statements with those of President Bush and ask yourself if this continuing war isn’t a war with its roots firmly planted in Armageddon obsession and Luciferian Dominionism.
"To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil we will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation." –Attributed to George Bush in the book "Bush at War" by Bob Woodward.
The Four Corners of the earth statement comes from the book of revelation. It is in reference to Gog and Magog.
"When the thousand years have expired , Satan will be loose from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever." –Book of the Apocalypse
The words struck a chord in me because this scripture was a well-known scripture in my household and in my Christian home. My friends and other members of my church constantly read the book of Revelation. We were dispensationalists a term that I was unaware of.
The Second Coming or millennium was something that we were told would happen during our lifetimes and times would be so harsh that it would turn brother against brother.
We were Armageddon obsessed then, and things seem to be more Armageddon obsessed now.
Especially in our government.
I have been telling people that we need to understand that we have elected a president and not a prophet, however the President will lead you to think otherwise.
He obviously subscribes to an apocalyptic world view as do many Americans.
It seems that he has a messianic complex and if he isn’t the embodiment of God on earth he sure wants to convince us that if God arrives, he will be the first to shake his hand and welcome him to world without evil doers and non believers.
Dr. Tony Evans, who is the pastor of a Dallas Church and founder of the "Promise Keepers" movement, had a hand in shaping Bush’s political attitudes with regards to being a possible apocalyptic president.
The promise keepers also believe in Dominionism.
They have socially engineered the idea that the earth and the country need to be rescued, and the only way to do so is through the application of biblical laws.
Bush sees himself as a good man trying to do good things, but far more troubling is that it appears that he is gradually and stridently speaking as if he thinks that he is an agent of God who has been sent to restore all things and reconstruct God’s kingdom.
I've heard the call. I believe God wants me to run for president. —George Bush
When Bush was inaugurated his first step act was to defy the constitution with regards to the separation of Church and state. Bush appointed Billy Graham’s son to open the ceremony and officially dedicate the Presidency to serve Jesus Christ, who he declared to be our lord and savior.
The message was sent loud and clear to the tens of millions of Americans who are Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Shintoists, Scientologists, Wiccans, Pagans, Unitarians, Satanists agnostics and atheists.
The message that was implied was that the United States has now officially declared Jesus as the official God and what we do here in the name of that God is none of the concern of other religious groups who appear to be guests here, as long as they accept the fact that they are a tolerated minority in a country that is about to wage war on others who do not believe in the official God of the United States.
I am thinking that with all of these ceremonial exercises, we are slowly allowing ourselves to be caught up into some sort Christian mysticism that is far from Christianity. Many will argue that there is nothing wrong with the ceremonies and of course they are harmless fundamentally. However in the larger picture it sends a very loud message to others who do not necessarily want to be a part of an exercise that includes using God, especially the Christian God as a murderer and slayer of those that are not Christians.
We have seen the Satanic Panic of the seventies and eighties and now the panic has escaped the bounds of labeling what appears to be evil to corralling and persecuting those who do not follow the ways of our compassionate and conservative reconstructionist leaders.
Those reconstructionists leaders that say they are Christian but practice a different philosophy entirely.
The Satanic Panic that existed before was filled with fantasies and fears that were quoted and propagated with an incredible zeal, and ideas and memes were planted into the minds of children and the gullible by councilors, the clergy and in some cases law enforcement officers, and leaders of Government.
The Satanic Panic has been replaced with Muslim Panic, and patriotic guilt, that usually is remedied by placing an American flag somewhere prominently in the window of your home or business.
It is the equivalent of garlic to keep Vampires away, or lambs blood to keep the angel of death from knocking on your door.
We are placing ourselves in very precarious position as Americans, and Christians will suffer a rude awakening when they realize that not all Christians have an eye single to the glory of God and the edifying of the body of Christ.
I want to acquaint you with a new term that I never thought would be an issue in a country where freedom of speech is supposed to be granted by a constitution.
The term is called "civil blasphemy."
The word combination is frightening because of what it implies.
It is an idea that I believe will be the norm if we allow the fanatics to remain inching their ideologies slowly into the realms of our government. The idea of civil blasphemy to me is that if you decide to burn a flag, or speak out in dissent of a government policy or action, if you question authority, or demean or otherwise point out hypocrisy in government you will be arrested for civil blasphemy.
Civil blasphemy will be determined by the lawmakers as anything that the state deems sacred, so sacred that it will be protected from any form of irreverence and challenge.
I am beginning to see some unhealthy attitudes being expressed about our leaders. People are having difficulty differentiating between mortal leaders who are elected to govern, and prophets.
"If the President says so, then it must be the truth"--Ari Fliescher
Christianity now has something now that it never had before, political support, and civil sanctification.
We are beginning to see fringe views with the Judeo Christian Islamic tradition being embraced by conservative; Armageddon obsessed leaders who will speedily drag us kicking and screaming into the abyss. Unless of course those in power can convince you that the end of the world is at hand.
Then we will see the groups willing to march single file into hell all for the promise of heaven.
We as Americans are swift to point out that Extreme Islam is also in the business of eliminating those who do not follow Allah. Many Islamic scholars and average ordinary Muslims have pointed out that their Islam has nothing to do plowing planes into buildings.
I always get letters telling me that I fail to overlook that Muslims coincidentally are involved in most of the terror operations in the world and that I overlook their religious fundamentalism and the violence that it brings.
I don’t choose to overlook it, I think that we are all aware of it. It is shown to us in living color on the nightly news. I think that if we look closely at all scriptures whether it be Muslim, Christian, or Hebrew we will see that each of the people that it mentions will be victorious in their battles against those who wish to thwart the progress of their ideology.
I have given equal time to the idea of a violent Islam. I have talked with guests like Adam Parfrey who explains in his book Extreme Islam that there are more dark and disturbing aspects of Islam that seem to be ignored by those with a more liberal agenda.
Media outlets cloud the issues that are hidden in the Koran and the Bible where both seem to preach the idea of mass murder and war for the victories of each individual God.
It needs to be considered that if only 10 percent of a certain religious organization are fanatics we need to put that into real numbers which could total in the millions.
God moves in mysterious ways, but not so mysterious as his mortal believers.
Copyright 1998-2007 Ground Zero Media, Clyde Lewis, and John Hart. All Rights Reserved.