“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
"Barbarism is that which prevailed from the days of Adam down through ten generations to the time of Noah. It is called barbarism because of the fact that in those times men had no ruling authority or mutual accord, but every man was independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will." (John of Damascus, "The Fount of Knowledge," cited in Political Apocalypse, Ellis Sandoz, p. 131)
In "Against the Heathen," early Church Father Athanasius briefly outlines the predictable pattern of man’s fall from the time of Adam to our own. Because man is naturally self-centered and pleasure-seeking, his fall begins with pride and haughtiness resulting in idolatry (preference for self rather than God and brethren), rebellion against authority and the casting off of moral restraints and sexual ethics eventuating in barbarism and nature and/or state worship.
It was a haughty, rebellious, willful spirit that led the people of Noah’s day to make light of the unchanging higher things of God, to criticize, ridicule and scoff God and everything true, good, natural and real away. Deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true they began seeking in preference things in the worldly or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things.
The pattern outlined by Athanasius is similar to the one delineated by Benjamin Wiker in his book,“Worshipping the State: How Liberalism became Our State Worship.” Wiker writes that as far back as the Renaissance the strong impulse to throw off the restraints of God and Christianity was already at work in certain Churchmen and intellectuals, hence their eventual embrace of materialism (naturalism):
“The desire to be liberated from the constraints of Christianity was the original reason for modern liberalism’s embrace of a world defined entirely by materialism—the view that there are no immaterial entities like God of the soul, but only physical entities. This embrace of materialism began as far back as the Renaissance. And the same impulse was behind the nineteenth-century enthusiasm for scientific materialism, and it remains a staple of liberalism today." ("Worshipping the State: How Liberalism became Our State Religion," Benjamin Wiker)
Wiker painstakingly traces the development of what he defines as contemporary secular liberalism (also science-magic and evolution or neo-pantheist Modernism and its primary doctrine evolution) to its roots, thereby revealing that the liberals in ascendancy in America today are,
"....the intellectual heirs of a way of thinking that from the beginning has been characterized by a desire to be free from the burden of Christianity...As a rebellion against Christianity, its negative goal defined its positive form: the desire to remove the church and replace it with the state gave liberalism its structure, beliefs, and goals." (ibid)
So from the start, the desire to be liberated from God and Christianity has been a war against God as Karl Marx, father of the Communist Manifesto makes clear in his poem, "The Pale Maiden" when 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)
Our rebellion is a satanic revolt against God, said Marx’s anarchist comrade Bakunin:
"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)
The Satanic revolt, like authentic Christian faith, is a movement of spirit having its taproot and energy in Satan, the father of lies, heresy and envy, the author of blasphemy and rebellion, and the revelator of secrets.
Satanic revolt is war against the Holy Trinity which in Bakunin's words is the "cursed and fatal principle of authority." Thus it proclaims the reign of nothingness (nihilist materialism) though nothingness nevertheless pregnant with the expectation of fulfillment in the revelation, and finally the actual presence, of evil personified....the dark Lord of this world.
The sentiment of the revolt is Satanic pride:
" …which spurns subjection to any master whatever, whether of divine or human origin." (Bakunin, Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 63)
The nature of the Satanic revolt is the antithesis of the authentic Christian faith. Whereas Christian faith is joy, patience, love, truth, humbleness, perseverance, submission in all things to the Will of God and blessed eternal life, the Satanic counterfeit is full of skepticism, scoffing, cruel criticism and ridicule, lies, sophistry, revulsion, burning envy, impatience, seething hatred, jealousy, rebelliousness, blasphemy, and eternal life in Hell.
Just as it was a haughty, rebellious, willful spirit that led the antediluvians of Noah’s day to make light of the unchanging higher things of God, to criticize, ridicule and scoff God and everything true, good, natural and real away, so it is the case with modern rebels against God. Where antediluvians deliberately disregarded what they knew to be true and began seeking in preference things in the worldly or natural dimension, so too have moderns. Thus they, antediluvians and moderns, fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things.
Writing at the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, St. Augustine writes in the “City of God” that the good man (i.e., authentic Christians and good, decent Westerners and Americans), even if he has become a slave to wicked men is actually the free man, but the wicked man, though a king, is the slave. For he serves not one man alone, but what is worse, as many masters as he has vices.
The Spirit of the Lord has departed from rebels and turned them over to other spirits as He did with the wicked people of Noah’s day. Thus wicked men are not only the slaves of their unfettered libidos and madness but the demons who influence their moral imbecility and inflame their passions, as was the case with King Saul.
As a society is comprised of men and women, it is when a majority have fallen into idolatry, libido dominandi, madness and demonic subjection that a tyranny of evil prevails. Common features of evil societies include but are not limited to the following:
1. Warped, distorted, freakish characters; narcissism, hard egoism, uncongenial dark natures, scoffing, mocking, cruel criticism, contempt and ridicule
2. Extreme, uncontrollable passions resulting in abnormal, compulsive sexuality, sodomy, bestiality, pederasty, androgyny (transgender); meanness, spite, hate, violence, wrath, explosive rage, belligerence, theft, rape, murder, killing of babies, beatings, terrorism
3. Compulsive dark thoughts of suicide and murder; hideous nightmares, the sensation of standing atop an abyss, anxiety states, persecution complexes
4. Sexualization of culture: sexualized women, teens, boys, girls, babies and animals; love of nudity and titillation, addiction to pornography and drugs
5. Automatic rebellion against any vestige of authority
6. Moral relativism: the depraved insistence that there is no essential difference between good and evil, natural and unnatural, truth and lie. All ‘truth’ and ‘values’ are subject to each whining, demanding narcissist’s personal likes (whatever is coveted) and dislikes (whoever is hated and envied) since each narcissist is independent “and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will…”
5. Naturalism: all that exists is nature or cosmos (matter), hence there can be no relevance in anything beyond our senses; there is nothing above us and no hell below
6. Madness or moral imbecility: all sense suddenly seems like nonsense, nothing is ever right, natural, good and true
7. Demonic subjection: confusion, psychosis, psychopathy, blasphemous thoughts, words and acts against Jesus Christ and Christian symbols, Holy Days, and prayer
Even though rebels against God deny their own personal responsibility for the wicked choices they make, the truth as to evil said Athanasius,
"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods, " and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition, "whereby"they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)
Believing themselves free and intellectually enlightened, rebels against God are in reality the spiritually blind slaves of their unfettered libidos and the demons who influence their moral imbecility and inflame their passions, causing them to publicly shame themselves with their outrageous words and actions, scar and mutilate their bodies, prostitute themselves to dictators, publicly confess their own hypocrisy and stupidity, torment them with frightening nightmares and fantasies, and compel them to dwell on thoughts of suicide and murder.
If you will not submit your will to our Lord who does not want any of His sheep to be lost, then you must say hello to the demons. You will submit to them.