If you have been watching the news recently, you know the American Left has brazenly rallied itself under the banner of socialism. To put it plainly, socialism rejects the value and rights of the individual in favor of centralized government power. At the heart of this philosophy is a belief in humanity’s innate goodness and claims that man is naturally kind, fair-minded and compassionate to the poor. The Bible teaches this is false (cf. Psa. 14:1 – 3; 143:2; Isa. 64:6; Jer. 17:9; Mic. 7:2 – 4). Socialists call for citizens to entrust their money and freedom to the state, through heavy taxation and debt, with the mirage that every need will be taken care of. Since mankind is inherently good, they say, government can and should be trusted to follow through with its equitable treatment of all.
Some Christians are persuaded to endorse socialism, not understanding what it is they are really endorsing. They note the Bible’s teaching to pursue brotherly kindness, mercy and compassion, and think that socialism also promotes these things. They don’t realize that it is a system built upon lies and socialists use the culture of victim-hood and political correctness to incur sympathy and silence those who disagree. Socialism is not about loving others or “social justice”. It is all about control. Like the fish that bites the worm with the false expectation of a wholesome snack, many are convinced by the false promises of socialism and the hook of deception is set. Others are afraid to speak out against the evils of socialism, though they see the trap for what it is. If they openly reject it, they know they will be ostracized, labelled cold-hearted and, even worse, racist.
Socialism has come out of the woodwork. What was once a fringe ideology in the U.S. has become very popular, especially among millennials (people born between the years 1981 and 1996), “educated” in left-wing colleges and universities. In 2016, they came out in droves to cast their vote for a “democratic socialist” named Bernie Sanders. In 2018, these young sheeple elected self-avowed socialists, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley (known collectively as, “the Squad”) to Congress. Why on earth would they do this? The answer is simple: Just as the serpent promised Eve the freedom to be like God, socialism also promises “freedom”, but it replaces the freedom of godliness with freedom from godliness. It replaces freedom from sin with freedom to sin, as the state permits and condones. For socialists, there is freedom to live in a homosexual relationship, but not to reproduce in a family setting. Socialists in China enacted a “one-child policy” to drive down population. Socialists in our country call for a “carbon tax”, to punish large families for having too many children. Ultimately, socialism seeks to eradicate the family unit and replace it with the state. The dissolution of the traditional home makes it much easier to indoctrinate children with the government’s chosen value system and remove any belief in God and the Bible. An absentee father and a welfare-dependent mother is the perfect cocktail for absolute control over the lives of citizens. Prevalence of “gay marriages” is even better for their agenda because it drives down population and mocks God’s first and most basic institution, the home.
For socialists, citizens have no right to decide who is a worthy recipient of charity. Your idea of doing good may not be the state’s idea of “good” but you are forced to trust the state’s discretion with your money. The government will distribute your taxes to fund abortions, sex-change surgeries, teaching children to embrace transgenderism and any other perversion it sees fit to promote. Socialism is so cherished by the devil because it uses the power of government to force Christians to fund evil against their will. It is also the most successful form of government to use the power of the state to indoctrinate children with lies. Socialism thrives on disinformation (media propaganda), the suppression of free speech, dumbing down public education and robbing citizens via exorbitant taxes to accomplish its wicked ends.
Social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, have been effective technological tools of the Left, used to silence dissenting voices, defame Christians, sway elections and push a socialist agenda in countries all over the world. This is accomplished through what is called, “shadow banning”, outright censorship and by providing an unhindered platform for Leftist indoctrination.
To be clear, paying taxes to government is not the problem and is never condemned in Scripture. In fact, Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul clearly commanded believers to pay taxes (Mk. 12:7; Rom. 13:6). Jesus himself paid taxes to avoid causing offense (Matt. 17:27). However, respect and honor are never to be paid to that which is unworthy of our respect and honor (Rom. 13:7). We do not honor socialism because it erases God and substitutes him with the all-powerful state. It is a repressive invention of sinful man. Socialism is of the devil and it embodies the confusion coming from him.
Paul wrote, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:21, 22). Like the ancient logicians Paul wrote about, socialists glorify the achievements of sinful man rather than the holiness of the perfect Lawgiver. They honor the world’s wisdom which knows nothing of God and godliness (1 Cor. 1:21). It should not surprise us that “God-haters”, having “no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy,” would oppress God’s people with heavy taxation to fund the most insidious acts of this generation (Rom. 1:30, 31). Satan will always manipulate what is good and use it for his evil purposes. In the process, he always presents evil as something good and praiseworthy.
We are told that many in the last days will be “brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous” and they will have a “form” of godliness but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:4, 5). What could be a better description of the socialism we know from the 20th Century and the present day? Millions have been slaughtered by socialist dictators around the world. Millions more have been forced to live in abject poverty after socialists took power. In every instance, they spread their message of “love and compassion”, gaining control through suppression of the truth. They grandstand, flaunting their purported goodness and decency (known as, “virtue signaling”). At the same time, they deceptively enact policies which oppress the poor. God hates it and he calls it “robbery” (Prov. 14:31; Ezek. 19:12). Every time, the poor get poorer and the middle class disappears while the media propaganda paints another picture.
Socialists praise man as a god who achieved his own supremacy through Darwinian evolution. As Paul said, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:25). Socialists teach that man evolved by his own prowess, over millions of years, in a process known as “Natural Selection” but the Bible tells us, “It is he that has made us and not we ourselves” (Psa. 100:3). The Theory of Evolution is a convenient fable they use to explain away a God who is not needed or wanted by socialists. His existence stands at odds with their humanistic worldview because it means the individual is independent to serve him, rather than be a slave of the state. Their solution? Remove God from hearts and minds or misrepresent him as someone he is not. While promising freedom from God, they enslave the masses in hopelessness.
Mikhail Gorbachev claimed, “Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind”. What could be a greater lie? Unlike socialists, Jesus never taught that Christians help the poor by means of taxation. Christian charity is in accordance with “cheerful giving” from the heart and not by coercion (Lk. 21:1 – 4; 2 Cor. 9:6, 7). Jesus came to give us the truth and set us free by it (Jn. 8:32). Leftists hide the truth because knowledge is power and any power you have will frustrate their ability to deceive and control your life. They serve the father of lies who was a murderer from the beginning (Jn. 8:44; 1 Pet. 5:8). Socialists are the spokesmen and spokeswomen for Satan’s platform of deception and destruction.
Modern-day socialists are laying the groundwork for the coming world ruler, known in Scripture as Antichrist (1 Jn. 2:18; 4:3). Their increasing ruses and wide-spread popularity show the nearness of Antichrist’s revealing. When he comes, he will rise to power by his skill in “intrigue” and sway the world through his mysterious ability to persuade (Dan. 8:23 – 25). There can be no mistake that his purpose is to “conquer” the world and “take peace from the earth”, using both diplomacy and military might (Rev. 6:1 – 8). Being a vain tyrant, the adoration of Europe will not satisfy his ego. World-wide conquest over every “tribe, people, nation and tongue” will be his goal (Rev. 13:7). This is something no prior despot has ever accomplished in world history.
He will “speak monstrous things against the God of gods”, including “arrogant words and blasphemies” (Dan. 7:8; 11:36). Like many ungodly leaders before him, he will be a homosexual (Dan. 11:37). He will probably promote the “gay” agenda and other sexual perversions as modern socialists have done. His power will be great, not originating in himself (Dan. 8:24). Satan is his lord, but he will publicly exalt himself as the true god and seek to prove it by the performance of lying wonders (2 Thess. 2:9). Like socialists of our time, Antichrist will demand absolute submission to the state (Rev. 13:11 – 18). There will be no congress or opposition party to protest his tyranny – no “checks and balances”. He will be everything that Hitler, Stalin and Mao aspired to become. He will be this evil world’s most successful and last dictator, but with a short-lived reign. The Bible tells us that he is to be destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ at his coming (2 Thess. 2:8).
We can go to sleep at night knowing Antichrist will not be revealed until after the Lord rescues his Bride, which is the Church (2 Thess. 2:1 – 3; Rev. 3:10). While the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, the activity of Satan is being restrained (2 Thess. 2:7). Right now, Satan is prevented from unveiling his “man of the hour”. However, when the Church is taken up to be with the Lord, the world will see terror and destruction like it never has in all human history (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21). Thankfully, we will be spared from that time of tribulation (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16, 17; 5:9). In the meanwhile, as agents of God’s righteousness, let us speak against the evils of socialism and remain shining lights in a world of dark deception. – MAH