In a commentary entitled, "Liberal vs. Conservative: A Spiritual Battle," Lloyd Marcus writes, "I believe the battle being fought in America today goes beyond politics; right vs. left. It is a spiritual battle; good vs. evil." Marcus goes on to note that the prevailing mindset of America "is a spirit of Antichrist which is man making himself God." In summation, Marcus writes that the spirit of Antichrist always caters "to man's lowest base instincts (it hates) standards for behavior (and it labels) all rebuke of bad behavior as being intolerant and judgemental." Paul sets the regenerate man of Christ over and against the unregenerate man in Ephesians 4: 17-32. The mind of the unregenerate man is dark; all powers of the mind are corrupted and given over to vanity. The senses are likewise corrupted and the affections accustomed to wickedness. Being utterly destitute of moral judgement and right knowledge they run headlong into uncleanness. (1599 Geneva Bible, reformers notes, p. 1220)
The unregenerate man is the natural man of Scripture. Using contemporary terminology, he is the nihilistic barbarbarian whose rise was foretold by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the dark prophet who called himself the Antichrist and declared the death of the Triune God. With the death of the Triune God said Nietzsche, comes the death of unchanging truth, moral absolutes, the two sexes male and female, and in sum, the foundations of the Western civilized world. With passage of time, the regenerate man of Christendom will disappear. In his stead will be masses of unregenerate men, nihilistic barbarians; sophists who know only self and what self wants.
The soul of unregenerate man is materialized (turned inward), thus he is a prisoner of his own cosmically-inflated ego, out-of-control envy, lusts, perversions, greed, gluttony, and wrath as well as of afflictions of the mind-â€”paranoia, fear of the void, anxiety dreams, evil fantasies, and peculiar ideas.
Believing in nothing higher than â€œself,â€ he therefore knows only envy, greed, hatred, vengeance, and violence. His conscience is depraved and his reason (intellectual power) has degenerated into sophistry. He is a revolutionary of the void, a living manifestation of the spirit of Antichrist.
Though unregenerate men view themselves as faultless, in reality their conscience is depraved, and a depraved conscience is the most destructive force in spiritual, political, social, economic, and cultural life. This is because though the intellect remains intact, reason is warped and peculiarly inverted, thus useless for pursuit of the good, the just and the true. In short, guided by a depraved conscience, reason is used in pursuit of the preservation of self-image at any cost. This is sophistry.
In a penetrating analysis of sophistry, J. Budziszewski observes that the sophistsâ€™ view of reality is paradoxical because it ultimately denies reality. Sophists are shock troopers of evil says Budziszewski, and according to their satanically-inverted view of reality:
â€œMan is the measure of all things, but man has no fixed nature. Man measures all things by his words, but words have no fixed meanings. Language is not an instrument for finding truth, but for changing it. Those who can master it, master all. It is a good creed for rogues, and commends itself to tyrants in every age.â€ (What We Canâ€™t Not Know, Budziszewski, p. 167)
In other words, unregenerate man is a double-thinker. What he says is not what he believes for the spirit of Antichrist works through unregenerate men. Tolkien's character Gollom is the quintessential spirit of Antichrist. Though a fading light yet glows but very dimly in a small recess of his soul, in the main his soul is materialized, that is, overthrown by darkness and he has fallen into solipsism, the spoken form of egotism. In sum, Gollom is a psychopath....he is spiritually disordered, hates God the Father and is alienated from reality yet nevertheless sees himself as the measure of all things, a circularity that always throws unregenerate man back onto himself as the purported criterion of "truth." As the "fount of truth," Gollom knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Frodo and Samwise Gamgee are, "... thieves! They're thieves! Filthy, dirty thieves!" With murder in his heart, the double-thinking Gollom does not say what he thinks, rather he speaks words of deception meant to disarm and entrap: "Nice Gollom will help Hobbits! Trust nice Gollom!"
Nietzsche foresaw that with passage of time God the Father would die in the hearts of contemporary Westerners. This being the case, sophistry is all the rage in contemporary America. Sophistry is the religion of America's depraved Progressive Ruling Class. While many Americans still pray to God the Father Almighty Who created all men in His spiritual image, Americasâ€™ amoral Progressive golloms:
â€œ...prays to themselves as saviors of the planet and as shapers of mankind in their own image,â€ observes Angelo M. Codevilla in his insightful essay, â€œThe Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.â€ (cited in Calling Evil By Its' Name)
Daniel Greenfield provides us with another snapshot of America's "elite" ruling class Golloms. In his article, "Sink To the Bottom With Me," he writes:
"Our governments are being run by a cult that makes Harold Camping seem positively rational. An apocalyptic elite that proudly celebrates its disdain for the common man. Mediocre politicians guided by a science they don't understand, allowing themselves to be weaponized into tools of mass regulation in the name of a philosophy that sees the human race as one giant waste product. Plastic cups of Kool Aid with instructions to drink in atonment to Gaia haven't come in the mail yet, but at the rate we're going it's only a matter of time."
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While we weren't looking; while we have been busy with our own lives, engrossed by entertainments, drugs, unfettered sex, and other mindless pursuits, a spirit of Antichrist has arisen and now operates within and influences the minds of the unregenerate masses and spiritually undiscerning contemporary, emergent, and interfaith Christians.
The Triune God is Spirit. So too is the mind of man. Jesus Christ uses the words soul and spirit interchangeably, yet spirit most generally refers to mind, the citadel of the soul. Whereas the material brain can be seen and itsâ€™ processes studied and measured, mind cannot be seen. Intellect and will are powers of the mind, thus of the unseen or spiritual dimension. This means that the mind is open to the spiritual dimension, hence the minds of both the unregenerate natural man and spiritually undiscerning Christian are open to suggestion, influence, and ultimately control by the spirit of Antichrist.
The favorite Scripture of the dread spirit is â€œjudge not.â€ It says that the only judgment allowed is the judgment against moral judgment. It defines sin as the idea that sin exists. It says the only truth is the idea that truth does not exist and that evil is the idea that evil exists. And in the most abominably inverted spiritual teachings, the spirit of Antichrist teaches that man is god and love is love of sin. Speaking through the mouth of an unregenerate man who wrote to me, the spirit of Antichrist said:
"in the final analysis, it is all about the self. We define the world as we see it, according to our experience."
And to all of these inverted spiritual teachings, all of contemporary America's Golloms are as one with America's spiritually undiscerning Christians, for all of them bend the knee to the spirit of Antichrist and offer up a giant "Amen!"