In his magisterial work "The City of God," Church Father Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430) contrasts the godless City of Man with the City of God. The Body of Christ is the City of God on pilgrimage through the City of Man to the Eternal City, the divine commonwealth ruled by the only true God.
Augustine writes of the City of God:
"For if we inquire whence it is, God created it; or whence its wisdom, God illumined it; or whence its blessedness, God is its bliss. It has its form by subsisting in Him; its enlightenment by contemplating Him; its joy by abiding in Him. It is; it sees; it loves. In God's eternity is its life; in God's truth is its light; in God's goodness is its joy."
In stark contrast, the City of Man is under the control and influence of Apollyon, the angel of the bottomless pit and Beelzebul, the prince of demons. Thus it is the dark kingdom of rebellious, unrepentant, maddened, self-serving men and women set apart from the Holy Triune Creator.
The City of Man is characterized by its ultimate appointment with Apollyon and its bondage to Beelzebul and his legions of evil spirits. These Evil Ones have relieved men of the onerous tasks of having to think for themselves and make decisions in return for permission to sin freely without the burden of either guilt or shame. Thus the City of Man is characterized by idolatry, sexual depravity, lying, brutality, human sacrifice and slavery since its' citizens are unregenerate natural men (1 Cor. 2:14) who despise the Lord, His statutes, Commands, and covenants and instead are allowed by Beelzebul and Apollyon to rule for their own earthly gain using their own relativistic rules. Above all, said Augustine, the City of Man "is itself ruled by the lust of rule."
On an individual level, the lust of rule is a powerful craving for control, advantage, self-glorification and self-gratification that drives men to obliterate knowledge of their sin through rationalization until the point is reached where evil is occurring constantly and for whatever rationalization.
Rationalization is a form of self-deception that compromises, befouls, and sears the conscience so as to make tolerable and acceptable thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and motives that would otherwise be unacceptable. In this way forbidden thoughts of theft, rape, murder, envy, gross sexual fantasies, fantasies of sadistic infliction of pain and other perverse desires and actions are permissible. According to orthodox Christian writer Robert Reilly:
"We advance the reality of the desires over the reality of the moral order to which the desires should be subordinated. In our minds we replace the reality of moral order with something more congenial to the activity we are excusing. In short, we assert that bad is good." (Culture of Vice, Robert Reilly, Orthodoxy Today)
The lust for power first appeared in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:4-6) and unleashed all of the subsequent evil, suffering and death in the world. After the Fall, an unrepentant, envy-bitten Cain brutally murdered his brother Abel and afterwards he and his sons established the first pre-flood City of Man.
In the post-flood world Babylon was the first City of Man. Established by Ham and his sons and symbolized by its Tower, an astral temple, it has the distinction of being the mother of the first 'God is dead' rebellion. Moreover, the Babylonian Enuma Elish is the original evolutionary cosmogony based on the idea that the universe and life evolved into existence under its' own powers. Babylon thus serves as the source and model for all ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies, Mysteries, gnosis, secret initiations, nature religions, occult science, exalted transgender priesthood, sexual perversions, slavery, human sacrifice and evolutionary philosophy around the world.
In keeping with contemporary Cain's, that is, Western progressive, New Age and Trans-humanist political and social leaders, apostatizing Christian ministers, intellectuals and rank and file Americans, Old Testament Jewish religious and cultural leaders were far more interested in accommodating themselves to Ba'al/Hadad (dying and rising Sun God), Asteroth (Gaia) and the Babylonian (Canaanite) City of Man and its world system than to the only true God.
In his book, "Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust," pastor R. Mark Musser writes that the adoption of Canaanite nature worship with its evolutionary cosmogony and contradictory lifestyle of sexual license and human sacrifice was "foisted upon the people by the cultivated crowd, the elites of society." (p. 49)
Even so, most commoners enjoyed nature worship,
"...as much as their leaders, leaving prophets of the Old Testament sometimes comparing themselves to jackals (Micah 1:8), or roaming the streets of Jerusalem looking for at least one righteous man (Jeremiah 5:1-14). As such the population at large was completely oblivious to the approaching doom which the Old Testament prophets foresaw. The fact that this downhill process was over 200 years in the making only contributed further to their false sense of security." (Musser, pp. 50-51)
Isaiah 57 records the loss of spiritual leadership that like its' modern apostate counterpart throughout the West and here in the American City of Man, contributes to the suicidal demise of the nation where the righteous man perishes,
"....and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil."
Isaiah is saying that while good men die off and are taken away to paradise, in the earthly City of Man no good men replace them. Left behind are the self-loving, evolution and nature worshipping rebels:
"Against whom do you jest? Against who do you open wide your mouth and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of rebellion, offspring of deceit, who inflame yourselves among the oaks, under every luxuriant tree, who slaughter the children in ravines, under the clefts of crags?" (Isaiah 57:4-5)
Musser's summary of Isaiah 57 bears a chilling similarity to the American City of Man:
"Here is seen nature worship, sexual abandon, and child sacrifice all rolled up into one outdoor whore house of death." (p. 49)
Thousands of years after the fall of Babylon the second post-flood ‘death of God’ and Tower building project was set in motion by rebellious, unrepentant contemporaries of Cain under the banner of 'science' and Darwin's dehumanizing evolutionary theory. The location of the second Tower was Russia and it was the apocalyptic prophet Fyodor Dostoevsky who foretold its' catastrophic rise in the form of genocidal totalitarian socialism (murderous hatred and lust of rule writ large). More than 40 years before the Bolshevik Revolution, Dostoevsky declared "a second tower of Babel stands in place of the high ideals created by Christ." Through 'scientific' application of Darwinian principles to mankind,
" The sublime view of human nature sinks down to the view of an animal herd and, under the banner of social love, shows entirely unconcealed its contempt for mankind." (Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Ellis Sandoz)
Describing God-hating rebels as devilish Gnostic irreligionists Dostoevsky went on to predict the ultimate collapse of the second Tower. Despite its’ collapse, the rebellion against God will continue to deepen and spread and future rebels will finally succeed in raising the 3rd and final Tower with the help of Beelzebul.
Yet even before the collapse of the Russian Tower America's Christian-based religious and socio-political society was undergoing a stealthy transformational process under the guiding hands of Progressives, the devilish adherents of an evolutionary neo-Gnostic pagan spiritual ideology. This spiritual ideology is a historical and worldwide movement of enormous economic and cultural power that for centuries has sought to dominate and transform our world into a globally socialist New World Order--- a totalitarian City of Man on a global scale.
Already it is the case in the American Babylon, that a mark of sophistication among the scientifically enlightened is to parrot the question of the worldly Pontius Pilate, "What is truth?" while their useful idiot followers proudly reject the American flag in favor of Sharia and the sickle and hammer of the former Soviet Union, a godless totalitarian criminal regime responsible for the murder of more than 130,000,000 men, women, and children. (Soviet Flags Fly Proudly at DNC Convention March in Philly, Gateway Pundit, July 25, 2016)
Greek sophists and Pilate were forerunners of America's elite pagan sophists, modern Cains who for the most part, are our progressive socialist politicians, jurists, entertainers, news media, apostate theologians, and other so-called 'scientifically enlightened sophisticates,' the self-anointed superior pagan snobs who dominate both political parties, academe, media, Hollywood, science, the economy, military and all culture shaping and information disseminating institutions. These modern Cains have infiltrated seminaries, preach heresy from pulpits, run our schools and big business and imagine themselves entitled to reshape an America they regard as composed of un-evolved hominids--- backward, bitter clingers of Bibles, guns, and Constitutional rights.
America is rapidly transforming into an unholy City of Man formed by unrepentant sinners and their unholy loves: of self and self-glorification, of control, power, perversion, and contempt of God and the Body of Christ. Currently, the most obvious example of its unholy love is the imperious demand that society accept and conform to the idea of gender fluidity and transgenderism. What this madness is really all about is a legal ban on sex distinctions leading to the criminalization of "He made them male and female." Following the triumph of that evil comes the criminalization of the traditional one-man, one-woman family ending in state regulation of personal relationships resulting in consolidation of power as never before.
No matter how promising a civilization appears at its start, in this fallen world it inevitably collapses into the City of Man. This is being so the faithful must hold fast to our Lords promise in the last book of the Bible:
"Look, I am coming soon! Says the Lord. My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Rev. 22:12-16)