a cold drizzly day in early 1998 [long before the NSA
raised fear of a rising Police State], I took a sobering tour through the Holocaust
Museum in Washington DC. A picture of a Gestapo officer brought back memories
of the Nazi soldiers that guarded our neighborhood in Norway during World War
II. Young as I was (I was born in Oslo shortly before Hitler's invasion of
Norway), I will never
forget the piercing air raids, the thundering war planes, our hiding place in
the basement, and the sounds of exploding bombs and fires around us.
My young father was a leader in "Hjemme Fronten"
(the Home Front) -- an
underground army of loyal Norwegians who would risk death than submit to Nazi
tyranny. Caught helping other brave soldiers escape into neutral Sweden, he
endured hunger, torment, and the threat of death in Oslo's main Nazi concentration camp before his release at the end of the war.
The Norwegian people didn't known
until the Nazi warships sailed up the Oslofjord on April 9, 1940. Overnight,
Hitler's fascism replaced liberty and trusted friends became foes. Resistance
to the new ideology would be costly. But for most Norwegians, the choice
was clear. Unlike Hitler's masses, we hadn't been weakened by years of
ceaseless propaganda, slogans, service, and celebrations dedicated to the
triumph of National Socialism.
Decades later, Andy and I visited the Holocaust museum
in Auschwitz, Poland. Our journey through dark memories of WW2 began
in the section dedicated to Nazi propaganda. Pausing by each display, I was
startled by words that could so easily describe America today. The quotes
brought stark reminders that, apart from God, human nature doesn't change with
time. Nor do the aims of the spiritual mastermind behind the scenes who has
always sought ways to stir hatred toward God's people. One tactic was simply
to provide nice-sounding alternatives to biblical faith and service.
"Individuals were urged to sacrifice
themselves for a greater 'People's Community,'" announced one of the displays.
Such slogans must have sounded good to the masses, for few saw the cruel
manipulation behind the noble words.I thought of President Clinton's calls for
"sacrifice", "service, "unity", "common values", "civil society," and "safe"
communities. How many people today see the ominous meanings behind such
Another display stated that:
"elementary schools became forums of
"The Gestapo gathered much of its information
from private citizens. Even children were taught to report on their parents.
The Gestapo's main sources, however, were Nazi party officials. who
constantly monitored the activities of all citizens [and] used such
information to track political opponents."
If you have read our articles on
Education and Mind Control you know that
America's leaders are using intrusive surveys, assessments, and classroom
encounter groups to persuade children to divulge private information about
their family's faith, values, disciplines, and church attendance. As in Nazi
Germany, socialization, not academic learning, has become the primary goal of
education. Children are learning the group thinking and socialist values
needed for the envisioned 21st century communities and global workforce.
Do you find this hard to believe? Many do.
That's why we urge you to read some of our articles that document the
"paradigm shift" from American individualism and freedom to collectivism and
control. The following reports should
will help you and your loved ones understand and prepare for the growing
hostility toward biblical Christianity:
Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots
From Parental Rights to Global Control, Part 1: The UN Seizure of
From Freedom to Servitude - Part 2: "Service Learning" through Soviet
From Freedom to Servitude - Part 3: Deceit, Delusion and the Destruction
Assaults on Faith and Family - Part 3: The Ominous "Success" of
The Nazi Model For Outcome-Based
Workforce Development Means Life-Long
Faith-Based Partnerships ban Truth and Freedom
Why "Hate crime" laws would ban Biblical Christianity
The UN Plan For Global Control: A Report
on Habitat II
Local Agenda 21 - The U.N. Plan for Your
The new set of global values are based
on a blend of earth-centered beliefs, socialist ideology, and globalist goals.
They rule out biblical boundaries and absolutes. Genuine Christianity simply won't
Our political, legal and education systems
have been infiltrated by leaders who have betrayed America for a hollow vision
of a global village. Hollywood has taught our children to laugh at evil,
while schools immerse them in "fun" pagan rituals to other gods. Meanwhile,
many church leaders
are ashamed to mention sin and the cross, and casual "Christians" are drifting
with the trends -- too distracted to know or care.
We shouldn't be surprised. Again and again,
the Old Testament shows our natural inclination to drift toward
apathy, compromise, rebellion, and paganism -- anything but God Himself. It's
happening in America, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 tells us that we are not
immune to consequences like those that destroyed ancient Israel. Did we
forget?God told us repeatedly what would happen to a
nation that that refuses to follow its Shepherd. Listen to this warning and
see how it fits our times:
you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for
the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the
Lord your God by not keeping His commandments... lest—when you
have eaten and are full... when your heart is lifted up, and you forget
the Lord your God... then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might
of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ ...
"Then it shall
be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other
gods... I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish."
Having left their Father's protection, God's
beloved Israel faced famine, war, slavery, and oppression. When they cried out
to God, He restored them, but their peace and prosperity didn't last long.
Soon the cycle of apathy, compromise, rebellion and oppression began once
God may withdraw His protection from a nation
that turns to other gods, but He never fails to guard and guide those who
remain faithful to Him. He doesn't promise to save us from pain and
persecution, but in the midst of suffering we can count on His strength and
world is under the control of the evil one" (1 John 5:19). Satan's subjects
will always despise our King, twist His truth, and hate His people. Why should
we not expect opposition?
Jesus described the normal Christian life:
"If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..."
He told His disciples,
"because they know not Him
who sent me." John 15:20-21
We need to take His warnings to heart, count
the cost of discipleship, and pray that our Shepherd will prepare us for inevitable battles
Prayerfully consider these steps -- as a family or as an individual believer:
Learn from those who suffered persecution
because of their faith. (See "victory" at the
Memorize His Word, the victorious "Sword
of the Spirit" in every battle we face. (See
Clothed with Truth)
hymns and songs that enable you to keep praising Him and affirming
Silently practice singing to Him in the
midst of all kinds of distractions.
giving thanks in all
By His wonderful grace, "love your enemies, bless those
who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
"...let us run with
patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the
author and finisher of our faith, who for the
joy that was set before Him endured the cross.... For consider Him who endured
such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be weary and
faint in your minds."
Those who choose uncompromising discipleship
will find an unspeakable joy in the nearness of our Lord. Stephen did. (Read Acts 6:8-7:60)
Remember how his face shone as his persecutors hurled the stones that crushed
his body. Like him, we called to demonstrate to a needy world the overcoming power
of our majestic, heavenly King who reaches down to this darkening world to
guide us along His way.
When I was little, I loved our Norwegian
king. Like him, I wanted to be brave enough to die rather than surrender.
Years later I learned that this beloved human leader was nothing compared to my
heavenly King. Yet my earthly king and the years of war, danger, and
deprivation gave me a vision of genuine Christianity that I continue to
treasure. I saw that we, His bride and Church, are like a nation of loyal
who love and obey their King
who discover in their common devotion and warfare a fellowship that can
rarely be found apart from persecution
who refuse to compromise, and
who persevere until death -- or until the war is won.
To sustain us through the battles ahead, our
King has given us many precious promises. Few bring more delight than the
following words from our Master. May they fill you with joy at the unspeakable
privilege of serving our sovereign King, following in His footsteps, and
sharing His resurrection life for all eternity.
"Blessed are ye, when men
shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and
shall reproach you, and cast out your name
as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day and leap for joy;
for, behold, your reward is great in heaven..."