In 1907 Pope Pius X declared Modernism and its' principle doctrine evolution as heresies in his Encyclical, Pascendi Dominici Gregis. The Pope observed that according to the law of evolution everything is subject to change,
“…. and must in fact be changed (for to) the laws of evolution everything is subject ….” Modernists claim that, “… dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself affirmed that our most holy religion, in the man Christ as in us, emanated from nature spontaneously and of itself. Nothing assuredly could be more utterly destructive of the whole supernatural order.”
Even our Lord Jesus Christ God incarnate, must be subject to the laws of evolution:
“…..then Christ, according to what they call His real history, was not God and never did anything divine, and that as man He did and said only what they, judging from the time in which He lived, consider that He ought to have said or done.” (PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE MODERNISTS, ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X, SEPTEMBER 8, 1907)
Modernism and its’ primary doctrine evolution appeared in Western history in the heart of Christendom during the Renaissance. The Renaissance had reawakened a magical pagan view of the world closely connected with pagan Gnostic sectarianism, Greek Atomism (materialism) and its’ spiritualized counterpart, Eastern pantheism, as well as Hermetic magic and alchemical-scientism. Along with Eastern pantheism there was spiritual evolution, reincarnation, karma and occultism.
In this light Modernism represents man’s apostasy---his insurrection against and rejection of Jehovah God, His Revealed Word, Moral Law and offer of salvation in favor of nature worship, self-realization and self-salvation through control of the seething powers of evolution.
For example, Masonry initiate and occult magician Manly Hall says that when a Mason (evolutionary materialist) learns how to properly channel the evolutionary power of the serpent he has learned the mystery of his Craft that allows him to consciously evolve upward:
“The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy.” (New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies, William T. Still, p. 30)
It is possible for evolutionary pagans to consciously evolve upward because Jehovah God does not really exist but is rather a divine force within all of creation, therefore God is man’s unconscious:
“Since the unconscious is God all along, we may further define the goal of spiritual growth to be the attainment of godhood by the conscious self.” (A Different Drum, M. Scott Peck)
Early on C.S. Lewis understood that mystical pantheism (cosmic humanism) and atheist materialism (secular humanism) were merely two sides of the same revival of pagan monism. Thus he argued in “The Abolition of Man” (1947) that Cosmic and Secular Humanism are not enemies in principle but rather cooperating philosophies united in rebellion against the Creator God who exists outside of the time-space universe, His Revelation to mankind, creation ex nihilo, Christian theism, and Christian-based civilization.
Nature or matter worship, evolutionary conceptions, subjectivism unite both systems. Another very important way in which both philosophies are united is in the idea of humanity as deity. Though this idea is seldom avowed openly, it is expressed,
"....by ascribing to man attributes of God: sovereignty (or autonomy), complete rationality, and moral perfection." (Idols for Destruction, Herbert Schlossberg, p. 42)
The idea that man can become God was first whispered in Eve’s ear by the snake and in the original pre-flood paganism people believed that after death they would magically change into a god. Church Father Tertullian comments:
“….by magic, which is indeed only a second idolatry, wherein they pretend that after death they become demons, just as they were supposed in the first and literal idolatry to become gods.” Tertullian Treatise on the soul 57 (emphasis added)
In “Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery of Fallen Angels” Ken Johnson writes that Lucifer persuaded pre-flood people to believe that the original Creator God did not exist. All that had actually existed was a creative force that had emptied itself into creation making it possible for each person to evolve into god. This is the seedbed out of which eventually bloomed in the post-flood world the pagan lie (Romans 1:25), or antithesis of the Revealed Word and after passage of time, Modernism:
With minor variations, the antithesis of the Revealed Word remains substantially unchanged from what it was in Paul's time:
"Paul was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, "What would this idle babbler wish to say?" Others, "He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,"-- because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?… "(Acts 17:18-19)
The Stoics and Epicureans were the two most prominent schools of nature philosophy/nature science/nature religion of that time. Theirs was an atheistic scientific worldview predicated upon a one-dimensional universe (monism) of animated (evolving) physical matter or psychic energy (spiritualized matter). They were the physicists of their age.
We learn in the Ancient Book of Jasher, a 3,000 year old non-inspired history referenced in Joshua 10:13; 2 Sam. 1:18, and 2 Tim. 3:8, that the idea that God does not exist was Lucifer’s original lie:
“And they called to Noah, saying, Open for us that we may come to thee in the ark---and wherefore shall we die? And Noah, with a loud voice, answered them….saying, Have you not all rebelled against the Lord, and said that he does not exist?” Jasher 6:18-19 (emphasis added)
Like today’s evolutionary humanists, pre-flood people were not atheists but idolaters, meaning they preferred ‘self’ to God and brethren. They willfully chose to believe that the Creator God does not exist and that by various magic rituals which they had learned from the Watchers (Angels) they would change (evolve) into gods:
“And Cainan….went to seek for himself a place where he might seize for himself a city. And he found a writing which former generations had carved on the rock, and he read what was thereon, and he transcribed it and sinned owing to it; for it contained the teaching of the Watchers….And he wrote it down and said nothing regarding it; for he was afraid to speak to Noah about it lest he should be angry with him on account of it.” (Jubilees 8: 1-5, cited in Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery of the Fallen Angels, Ken Johnson, Th.D., p. 36, emphasis added)
From early Church Father Clement we learn that by the 14th generation pre-flood Canaanites were not only using blood sacrifices but had erected an altar to demons:
“In the twelfth generation…they received a commandment (from God) that they should not taste blood, for on account of this also the deluge had been sent….In the fourteenth generation one of the cursed progeny (Canaanites) first erected an altar to demons, for the purpose of magical arts, and offered their blood sacrifices.” Recognitions of Clement 1:30
God destroyed that world with a flood. Only Noah and his family were saved, but whereas Noah established the worship of God, his son Ham and his sons quickly fell back into pagan idolatry (the lie that man will change into god), sorcery, and blood sacrifices.
More than two thousand years ago, our Lord Jesus Christ said something mysterious to the church in Pergamos,
“I know….where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is.” (Rev. 2:13)
The Pergamos altar of Zeus had apparently become the focus of the blood-stained Satanist pagan cult of that time. In 1944 German archaeologists excavated it and took it to the Nazi capital during Hitler’s blood-stained pagan Satanist regime. But then, as the Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm) reported in 1927, after the conquest of Berlin the Soviet army transported the altar of Satan to the blood-stained Soviet Empire, the seat of pagan dialectical materialism, or scientific socialism.
Their war was against God and the world created by Him, as Karl Marx, father of the Communist Manifesto had declared some years before. In his poem, "The Pale Maiden" he admits that he has willfully opted for Hell:
"Thus heaven I've forfeited; I know it full well; My soul, once true to God; Is chosen for hell." (Marx & Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 22)
Marx’s anarchist comrade openly celebrates Satan:
"The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority....Socialists recognize each other by the words, "In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done....Satan (is) the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds." (Mikhail Bakunin, comrade of Marx, ibid, p. 27)
"We do not fight against believers (or) even clergymen....We fight against God to snatch believers from Him." (Vetchernaia Moskva, a Communist newspaper, ibid, p.77)
In “Marx & Satan” Richard Wurmbrand reveals that not only was Lenin’s mausoleum modeled after the altar of Satan but that top “echelons of the Soviet hierarchy practiced Satanist rituals.” (p. 111)
Why did Jesus single out the Pergamos altar? His words said Richard Wurmbrand, were prophetic. Two thousand years before the insurrection against Jehovah God that began during the Renaissance leading to a return to paganism eventuating in the proclamation of the death of God and cataclysmic eruptions of fire, brimstone and rivers of blood during the 20th century, in his revelation to St. John, Jesus was speaking about the two godless evolutionary pagan regimes, Nazism and Marxist Communism that were the Satanic engines of all of this evil. Not only did both regimes honor the altar of Satan but together spilled the blood of in excess of 160,000,000 men, woman and children.
It is also worth noting that in the autumn of 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche, the apostate Christian philosopher who called himself the antichrist, experienced the second of his mystical encounters with a spirit named Zarathustra. Speaking through Nietzsche’s writings done by way of automatic writing, Zarathustra said that because men had ‘killed’ Jehovah during the 19th century there would follow two terrible consequences beginning in the 20th century (Romans 1:18).
First, the 20th century would become one of the most evil centuries in history, and second, a universal madness (moral imbecility/reprobation) would break out and turn the once glorious but now apostate Western and American civilizations upside-down.
As in the days of Noah, modern Westerners and Americans, including large numbers of clergy are increasingly turning their backs on Jehovah God in favor of evolutionary paganism and it's Christianized counterparts, evolutionary theism and progressive creationism. Meanwhile, among the upper global echelons of the occult New Age pagan hierarchy men in their madness not only celebrate Lucifer as the angel of evolution but actively seek the Luciferian initiation.