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Attacks on Christianity from the 1960 and 1970s
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Attacks on Christianity from the 1960 and 1970s
  • Christianity is under attack today from many
    forces on many fronts
  • We are commanded to go ye therefore and teach
    all nations (Matt. 2819-20, KJV)
  • We are to put on the whole armor of God
  • If you are engaged in spiritual warfare, you must
    know your enemy and be prepared for battle
  • The church of Jesus Christ is under assault and
    many people merely sit in the pews and seats and
    never do anything, virtually denying Christ
    almost as badly as Peter did and more than 3 times

3
The God is Dead Movement
  • Late 1960s attack on the Church and the US
    beginning with the God is dead movement
  • The concept of God is dead originally came from
    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who spoke
    in his parable of The Madman who is searching
    for God. Nietzsche is quoted from his work, The
    Gay Science
  • He accused all people of being murderers of God,
    in saying Wither is God? he cried I will
    tell you. We have killed him you and I. All
    of us are his murderers
  • He also said Gods, too, decompose. God is dead.
    He remains dead. And we have killed him

4
Even Christians Pushed the God is Dead
Movement
  • Time Magazine came out with an article about a
    new movement even in supposed Christian circles
    and churches in October 22, 1965.
  • Thomas J.J. Altizer, 38, Associate Professor of
    Religion from at Emory University in Atlanta, a
    Methodist school, said We must recognize that
    the death of God is a historical event God has
    died in our time, in our history, in our
    existence.

5
Is God Dead?
  • Time Magazine put the following cover story and
    cover in their April 8, 1996 issue saying Is God
    Dead?
  • Later on in time, the counter-culture movement
    taught that God is dead and took God out of the
    schools, public life
  • We are paying the price for it now

6
Attack with Drugs on Youth
  • Time, in the September 26, 1969 issue, talked
    about drugs and the young who were using
    marijuana, heroin and major hallucinogens such as
    LSD
  • LSD especially was pushed by Harvard professor
    Timothy Leary to students and others he
    said My advice to people today is as follows
    If you take the game of life seriously, if you
    take your nervous system seriously, if you take
    your sense organs seriously, if you take the
    energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune
    in, and drop out.

7
Timothy Leary and Drugs/Religion
  • On September 19, 1966, Leary tried unsuccessfully
    to main legal status for LSD by creating a new
    religion called the League for Spiritual
    Discovery
  • Another group related but not started by Leary
    was the Brotherhood of Eternal Love that said
    smoking marijuana and acid (LSD) were
    sacraments of their church they started a
    distribution network and especially created the
    legendary Orange Sunshine (LSD)
  • He published a pamphlet in 1967 called Start
    Your Own Religion to encourage people to do so

8
Timothy Leary and Drugs/Religion
  • About the group, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love,
    Leary said the following The whole concept of
    the Brotherhood of Eternal Love is like a
    bogeyman invented by the narcs. The brotherhood
    was about eight surfer kids from Southern
    California, Laguna Beach, who took the LSD, and
    they practiced the religion of the worship of
    nature, and theyd go into the mountains. But
    they were not bigshots at all. None of them ever
    drove anything better than a VM bus. They were
    just in it for the spiritual thrill.

9
Timothy Leary and Drugs/Religion
  • On January 14, 1967, Leary spoke at the Human
    Be-In, 30,000 hippies gathering at Golden Gate
    Park in San Francisco
  • Leary wrote an essay called The Seven Tongues of
    God that claimed the human mind and nervous
    system consisted of seven circuits that produce
    seven levels of consciousness, but then was
    expanded to an eight circuit.
  • Leary said that to get to the top four circuits,
    or gears you need to do yoga or LSD
  • His ideas in part were developed with a Hindu
    holy man or guru (similar to gnostic teacher)

10
Albert Hoffman Inventor of LSD
  • On his 100th birthday, Albert Hoffman met at a
    conference entitled LSD Problem Child and
    Wonder Drug at an International Symposium
  • Hoffman said at his birthday, SD wanted to tell
    me something. It gave me an inner joy, an open
    mindedness, a gratefulness open eyes and an
    internal sensitivity for the miracles of
    creation.
  • He also said, When you study natural science and
    the miracles of creation, if you dont turn into
    a mystic, you are not a natural scientist.

11
Attacks through Music/Drug Culture on Christianity
  • Jimi Hendrix first album was Are You
    Experienced?
  • Acid rock guitarist Hendrix, was originally part
    of a group called The Doors in honor of Aldous
    Huxleys essay The Doors of Perception that
    said that mescalin and lysergic acid were drugs
    with unique distinction that were to be
    exploited for their supernaturally brilliant
    visionary experience
  • In Voodoo Chile, the lyrics of the song say
    He (an eagle) took me past to the outskirts of
    infinity, and when he brought me back, he gave me
    a Venus witchs ring and he said fly on, fly on,
    because Im in a voodoo chile . . .

12
Aldous Huxley Influence on Drug Counter-Culture
  • Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World and was the
    grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley who was called
    Darwins bulldog
  • Huxley was to appear on the sleeve of the
    Beatles Sergeant Pepper Album
  • Aldous Huxley who associated with Hollywood movie
    stars, said, All gods are homemade, and it is we
    who pull their strings, and so, give them the
    power to pull ours.
  • Huxley was pushed the usage of drugs and LSD as
    part of his religion

13
Jimi Hendrix and Others Died from Drug Overdose
  • Hendrix burned his guitar after a concert and
    said it was like a sacrifice. . . You sacrifice
    the things you love
  • Famous acid rockers Brian Jones, Janis Joplin,
    and Jim Morrison all died at age 27
  • They died within months of each other
  • All of them including Jimi Hendrix died of drug
    overdose, leading to a rash of major music and
    entertainment stars since then dying from drugs
  • Jimi Hendrix second album, Bold as Love, displays
    Jimi as two Vedic gods with the multiple hands of
    Durga and his band as avatars of Vishnu

14
The Beatles, Drugs and Eastern Religions
  • More attacks came from the movement towards
    Eastern religions, especially as pushed by the
    Beatles and other rock groups.
  • John Lennon offered his infamous opinion that
    Christianity was dying and that the Beatles were
    more popular than Jesus
  • The Beatles encouraged the seeking of gurus
    (similar to the gnostic teachers), Transcendental
    Meditation (opened mind to evil spirits), and
    Eastern philosophies, even mocking Jesus Christ

15
The Beatles, Drugs and Eastern Religions
  • The Beatles opening pushed drugs including in
    many of their songs
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was LSD
  • Bridge over Troubled Waters talks about silver
    girl street slang for a drug needle
  • Strawberry Fields Forever is about a drug trip
  • With a Little Help from My Friends I get high
    with a little help from my friends
  • Hey Jude is street slang for heroin the minute
    you let it under your skin, then you begin to
    make it feel better
  • The Beatles studied TM in 1968 with a guru in
    India

16
Aleister Crowley
  • Aleister Crowley was a British occult writer and
    drug experimenter
  • At his wifes instruction he performed an
    invocation to the Egyptian god Horus (child of
    Isis and Osiris) on March 20, 1904 that he said
    he did with great success
  • A god told him that a new magical Aeon had
    begun and that Crowley would serve as its prophet
  • One of his precepts from Thelema was the
    sovereignty of will Do what thou wilt shall be
    the whole of the Law
  • Before WW II he said, before Hitler was, I am

17
Aleister Crowley and Rock Music
  • Aleister Crowley was a major influence on many
    bands including
  • Jim Morrison Members of the Doors pose with a
    bust of Aleister Crowley
  • The Beatles his photo is on the cover of the
    Sergeant Pepper album cover
  • Ozzie Osborne song lyrics to Mr. Crowley You
    fooled all the people with magic, you waited on
    Satans call
  • Rolling Stones
  • Led Zepellin their song Stairway to Heaven
    was about a Satanic occult ritual service
  • And many, many others including Iron Maiden,
    David Bowie, Sting, Daryl Hall, Marilyn Manson

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Timothy Leary and Aleister Crowley
  • Timothy Leary aid about Aleister Crowley
  • Ive been an admirer of Aleister Crowley. I
    think that Im carrying on much of the work that
    he started over a hundred years ago. He was in
    favor of finding yourself, and Do what thou
    whilt shall be the whole of the law under love.
    It was a very powerful statement. Im sorry he
    isnt around now to appreciate the glories he
    started (Late Night America, Public Broadcasting
    Network)

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Origins of the Peace Sign with a Broken Cross
  • Neronic cross based on Peters crucifixion by
    Nero upside down also called the broken cross
  • Used by Nazis on German death notices
  • One former witch said that the broken cross is
    an ancient and powerful symbol of the Antichrist.
    During the dark ages it was used in Druid
    Witchcraft and by Satanists of all sorts
  • Anton LaVey used the peace symbol as the backdrop
    for his altar
  • The outer circle represents earth (waste and void
    in Gen. 12) and the inner circle represents
    witches/crows feet, designating God reaches
    down which blasphemes the Holy Spirit

20
Attack on Public Schools
  • Attacks in the public schools
  • Teaching of evolution as a fact in the early
    1970s rather than as a theory
  • No references to creation
  • Not allowing God or Jesus to be spoken in public
    schools due to the separation of church and
    state Time Magazine cover, Dec. 9, 1991
  • No singing of Christmas carols or talking about
    what Christmas means

21
Separation of Church and State
  • Separation of church and state is NOT in the
    Constitution
  • Thomas Jefferson who was NOT a signer of the
    Constitution wrote a letter to the Danbury
    Baptist Church in Connecticut
  • The concern was over there being only one
    denomination controlling the US government
  • However due to the fact that the first amendment
    of the Bill of Rights protects freedom of
    religion and freedom from religious oppression,
    there is a movement to remove all Christian
    symbols from work, from the public square and
    from government buildings, especially led by the
    ACLU

22
The Attacks in the 60s and 70s Affect Us Today
  • Many people still are influenced by the
    religion established in the late 1960s by
    Leary, Huxley and various rock and movie stars
  • The religion teaches the Me generation that
    other how we feel is important rather than being
    selfless and thinking of others
  • The focus is on obtaining higher levels of
    drug-induced states which ultimately destroys
    your mind instead of expanding your mind

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What can we do against the attacks on the church?
  • Share your faith with others
  • Support Christian organizations that are fighting
    for our rights as Christians against the forces
    that want to take Christianity out of the public
    square, out of schools, and out of government
  • Voice your beliefs to many others
  • Exercise your right to vote for issues based on
    your faith in God and on principles in the Bible
  • Write and call your elected officials and others
    to let them know where you stand
  • Be aware of issues in the world and in your
    community today and take a stand for Jesus
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