Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Coveting the Wealth of the Wealthy

What is the true definition of covet? The 10th Commandment warns us against coveting. This commandment is not necessarily warning us to avoid wanting to have nice things similar to what our neighbor may have.  The most severe form of coveting is to want something that is not yours that already belongs to someone else. It is wanting something your neighbor has and wanting them to not have it at the same time. To me the perfect example of coveting (and the example that I believe is the most common occurrence of coveting) is to want the wealth of the wealthy. In order to have their wealth, they cannot have it. They must be taxed, and then this wealth must be taken away from them in order to be given to you in one of the various forms of entitlements/welfare. And then this is justified away in the thinking that the wealthy don't need it/I need it more/they have enough/they don't deserve it. I would argue that to want taxes raised so that you can benefit more financially from welfare programs is coveting. Furthermore, I believe that even to be pleased or feel justified at the "soaking of the rich" while you partake of welfare programs is coveting.

This then leads me to three questions.

1) Why do politicians want to raise taxes? Obama would like to end the Bush tax cuts, and through his poorly named jobs bill has attempted to raise taxes.

Politicians want power. They want to be able to forcibly take your money through taxes and be able to give it to who they want to. They use tax money to buy votes as they give that money to people through entitlements and welfare or other dealmaking. Now the people receiving welfare must continue to vote for the politician so they can continue to receive their free money. But now these same people are enslaved to the politicians/government. Taxpayers are enslaved as they are forced to hand over their money that they earned, but welfare recipients also become enslaved. Now their livelihood is dependent upon government. They can not receive money to live on unless it is approved by the government. And then taken from someone else.  And the amount that is received is out of their control. If they can subsist upon the welfare doled out to them, they are much less likely to ever get a job or a better job and become a productive citizen/person. For a personal example, please see my post On the Dole Again.  Their growth as a person will be stunted. As entitlements/welfare handouts increase, the number of people dependent on the government increases. Now as the fish gets allotted to them, they never learn how to fish, as the saying goes. How does this help them in the long run? It holds them back endlessly and thus hurts them. We can then turn our backs on the poor because we have already “helped” them through government welfare which in actuality has trapped them in a life of dependence on the government that is hard to rise from. And then isn’t this in a way the same as turning our backs on them as it says in verse 39 as follows?

Helaman 6:

38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up [the Gadianton robbers] and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.

40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction.

For further explanation of the previous verses, please see my post Who Are The Modern Day Gadianton Robbers.

2) Why do the poor want to raise taxes?

They covet the wealthy's wealth. They want free money. They may even feel entitled to it and that the wealthy don't deserve it.

3) Why do the wealthy want to tax more?

This one has been the most confusing for me to understand. The answer is that they do want to help the poor but only inasmuch as everyone else has to. They want the poor to be helped, but they don't want to do more than their fair share. Instead of true charitable giving, they want to give charitably along with everyone else being forced to do the same through taxes. There have actually been studies done that show that liberals have significantly less charitable giving than conservatives, and that blue states have less charitable giving. Liberals are more likely to believe that their taxes paid is their charitable giving.  Also, many wealthy people/corporations that are well connected or know how to play the system are recipients of this tax money.

General authority Marion G. Romney had this to say of the dangers of government welfare programs:

“The practice of coveting and receiving unearned benefits has now become so fixed in our society that even men of great wealth, and possessing the means to produce more wealth, are expecting the government to guarantee them a profit. Elections often turn on what the candidates promise to do for voters from government funds. This practice, if universally accepted and implemented in any society, will make slaves of its citizen.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Defense of Glenn Beck

I first heard about Glenn Beck from my father-in-law many years ago. I did not think much about him until he launched his news program on Fox News. Even then, I only started listening to him regularly about a year ago. I was initially pulled into the idea that he advanced crazy ideas. I had my disagreements with him. But then I actually listened to him. And the more I listened, the more I realized that the ideas he was advancing were grounded in fact. It is now my belief that Beck is uncovering secret combinations and bringing their secrets to light. Beck is not simply spouting conspiracy theories, but is bringing to light the very secret combinations we have been warned about in The Book of Mormon.

Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the ‘keystone of our religion’ and the ‘most correct’ book on earth. This most correct book on earth states that the downfall of two great American civilizations came as a result of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people. ‘And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking,’ says Moroni, ‘and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.’ Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon — it is a conspiracy fact.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints, Ensign, p 59. July 1972.)

In the book of Alma in The Book of Mormon, Alma went to Ammonihah to preach the gospel. The people there rejected the gospel, and so Alma left the city. After he left, an angel came to Alma, and the following verses contain what the angel said to Alma:

Alma 8:16-17

16 And behold, I am sent to command thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah, and preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them. Yea, say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.

17 For behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people, (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments, and commandments which he has given unto his people.

We must ask ourselves, why was this passage included in the Book of Mormon? What relevance does it have to our day? Back in the days of Alma, if people were studying to destroy the liberty of the people, and we believe in the Book of Mormon, and we believe the Book of Mormon was written for our day, then why is it so hard to believe that people today would be studying and actively working to destroy our liberty? Why would this be labeled a conspiracy theory today instead of truth?

Any Christian constitutionalist who retreats from this battle jeopardizes his life here and hereafter. Seldom has so much responsibility hung on so few, so heavily; but our numbers are increasing, and we who have been warned have a responsibility to warn our neighbor.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 591.)

It is my belief that Glenn Beck is fulfilling his responsibility to warn his neighbor. Glenn Beck is constantly labeled a conspiracy theorist for the ideas that he teaches. However, this label holds no merit. This label is given to dissuade others from listening to the ideas he presents. The ideas Beck presents are grounded in fact, and these facts are not disputed by Beck’s opposition other than to say generically that they are not true.

Just as in the days of Alma of The Book of Mormon, many here on earth today are actively studying to destroy our liberty. We must not stand idly by and watch it happen. Thomas Sowell is a conservative economist whose works I have spent a lot of time studying. He went to Columbia and Harvard, and he works at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. At 80 years old, he has a lifetime of experience of studying economics and politics and writing about it. He is well respected and knows what he is talking about. Recently he was interviewed on National Review’s Uncommon Knowledge. He said that our liberty has been so destroyed that he is not optimistic about our future. If it were not for the Tea Party movement, he would say that our country is already done and over and our freedom is gone, but that maybe it is done and over already anyway. So here we have this guy who has been studying economics and politics and fighting for freedom for a lifetime, and he is almost ready to say that the fight is over and we have lost. And yet there are countless Americans who have not even joined the fight and who have not even chosen their side (moderates). I am pleading for you to join the fight and choose the side of free agency (freedom). I listen to Rush Limbaugh, and he says the fight is not over and there is still time for freedom to win. So I will continue my fight in this war of ideas; I will continue on in the side I have chosen in this War in Heaven being waged here on earth.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fidel Castro: Community Organizer

Fidel Castro launched his first attempt to gain power at the University of Havana.  His goal was to become president of the studentbody and then agitate the students into a revolutionary force.  His idea was to then use this force to make him the leader of Cuba.  He never did become studentbody president.

Castro then agitated the Colombian people and led them in an insurrection.  This also failed.

During a very vulnerable time in the history of Cuba in the 1950's, then leader Batista was preparing the country for their first free elections.  He was going to step down as their dictator and help the citizens set up a free country with a leader of their choice.  Batista was just waiting to step down until the people of Cuba were first prepared for this transition.  It was at this point that Castro agitated the people into demanding freedom now!  He was even aided by fellow agitator Ernesto "Che" Guevara.  Castro and Che's efforts at agitating the Cubans into protesting for their free elections now instead of waiting were successful.  The chaos that followed resulted in Castro's violent takeover of power as the new communist leader of Cuba.

In the early 1900's in Russia, the Russian people were on the edge of revolution against Tsar Nicholas II.  The people did not like the policies of the tsar as their economy was not doing well.  The Russian people protested for the tsar to set up a limited monarchy.  They wanted to be more like England.  Tsar Nicholas II finally consented to the people's demands for this limited monarchy by accepting "The October Manifesto" which outlined freedoms for the Russian people.  Just right when the Russian people had freedom almost in their hands, Lenin and Trotsky agitated the people into further revolution instead of accepting their chance at freedom.  This of course would end up leading the violent start to Russian communism with Lenin as their new communist dictator.

Agitating people and angering them into rising up against their government, sometimes in violent ways, has long been a useful tool of communists.  The goal is to anger the people into taking action over an issue they wouldn't have taken action over on their own.  The people feel like they are empowered and are working toward their own goals, but of course they are being used to work toward the goal that was actually the goal of the agitator.

Saul Alinsky wrote a book "Rules For Radicals" that outlines some ways that radicals today can harness this power of agitating people that was used by Castro, Lenin, and Guevara.  There is a long list of revolutionaries from the past that have been agitators.  I call them disciples of communism.  Barack Obama followed this tradition during his days of agitating in Chicago.  Of course, now we call it community organizing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Party Fringe

Bill Maher has said that the Tea Party movement is a cult. Many others have called it a fringe group. So what does the Tea Party movement stand for? The Tea part of it stands for “taxed enough already”. It is less a party and more a sentiment; a growing sentiment that stands for less taxes and less government intrusion in our lives. The movement is against statism and stands for freedom. It is not a fringe movement by any means. 71% of Republicans now support the Tea Party movement. I am a supporter of the movement.

We mainly have two parties: Republicans and Democrats. Until recently, these two parties have both been more moderate. The Republicans, as a party, leaned right, and the Democrats leaned left, but in recent times, both parties have actually moved the country toward socialism. One of the most recent examples of Republican socialism includes the Medicare Part D that George W. Bush signed into law. Conservatives may not have liked many of the socialist policies, but they put up with it because it was gradual and it felt like they didn’t have other options. Then along came Barack Obama. He has taken the country to the extreme left with his policies that follow socialism and even Marxism. The more extreme “right” of the Tea Party movement has come along because of the more extreme “left” of the presidency of Obama. With the two extremes before us, we are increasingly coming to a point where we are being forced to choose between the two. It is becoming harder and harder to be moderate in your views. President Ezra Taft Benson had some things to say about being moderate in your beliefs.

“But our civilization and our people are seemingly afraid to be revolutionary. We are too ‘broadminded’ to challenge what we do not believe in. We are afraid of being thought intolerant, uncouth, ungentlemanly. We have become lukewarm in our beliefs. And for that we perhaps merit the bitter condemnation stated in Revelation 3:16: ‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’

“This is a sad commentary on a civilization which has given to mankind the greatest achievements and progress ever known. But it is an even sadder commentary on those of us who call ourselves Christians, who thus betray the ideals given to us by the Son of God himself.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1960.)

I believe that this lukewarm belief can be encapsulated by those who choose to describe themselves politically as a moderate. This is refusing to take a stand on the issues.

I must note here that people may have different ideas of what a moderate is. I am speaking of a moderate as someone who is not partisan. This would include those who have not made up their mind, do not subscribe to any ideologies, or believe in centrism and “reaching across the aisle”.

I would never vote for a moderate for political office. To me this means that the person running for office does not stand for anything except power. They simply want power and will follow which way the wind of public opinion blows issue by issue to keep power.

To consider oneself a moderate is to be a fence sitter during the War in Heaven we are still waging here on earth. To not choose a side is to by default choose the side of statism (socialism/communism). As I said earlier, the country has been moving toward socialism regardless of the political party in power. In this manner, when you don’t make a choice to stand up against statism, then you by default choose the side of statism. To buy into the notion that Tea Party candidates are all “kooky” is to vote for Obama’s agenda. Moderate politicians, even moderate Republicans, may even say they do not favor Obamacare and Obama’s agenda, but most will not act to stop it. Only a vote for the most conservative candidate will help to stop the march of socialism and communism in this country; a candidate who will openly say they will do everything in their power to stop Obama. This is why we need Tea Party candidates. We cannot get caught up in the disparaging of the Tea Party candidates that is going on by the media. We are waging the raging War in Heaven, and the time to choose a side is now. A Tea Party candidate who will actively work to repeal Obamacare and stop Obama’s agenda is the only way to save our country. Rush Limbaugh has said that if Mickey Mouse were running for office and were able to make Rush believe he would work to stop Obama, then Mickey Mouse would be the right person to vote for, no matter any other baggage Mickey Mouse would bring along with him. Because even a vote for a moderate Republican will not do what it takes to stop Obama’s agenda and to save our country. To vote for a moderate then is actually a vote for Obama. And in this manner, a vote for a moderate or to be a moderate or to not choose a side or to be a fence sitter is then actually a vote for Obama and along with it a vote for statism. If you don’t choose your side, the choice is made for you.

“This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it. But it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves-including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom—God will interject himself, and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those complacent people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decisions. To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.” (Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 62.)

“The scriptures make clear that there was a great war in heaven, a struggle over the principle of freedom the right of choice. In the war in heaven, what would have been your reaction if someone had told you just to do what is right—there's no need to get involved in the fight for freedom? Of course, the war in heaven over free agency is now being waged here on earth, and there are those today who are saying ‘Look, don't get involved in the fight for freedom. Just live the gospel.’ That counsel is dangerous, self-contradictory, unsound.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1966.)

We are increasingly reaching a point in time where here on earth we are being forced to choose. We must choose statism or freedom. The extreme of Obama on the one hand and the Tea Party movement on the other portray this choice. We must actively stand up and fight for and vote for freedom before it is gone.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Messiah Obama

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan when speaking about Barack Obama said, “When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” Barack Obama has been called a Messiah by many. I wanted to explore this idea.

In a recent poll it was discovered that 1 in 5 Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Only 1 in 3 believe him to be a Christian which is what he professes to be. I do not believe Obama is a Muslim, but I also do not consider him to be a Christian. I believe that his religion is that of the United Trinity Church of Christ, the church that was led by Reverend Wright that Obama attended for 20 years. This church follows black liberation theology and teaches collectivism, an idea that Obama has confirmed that he believes in multiple speeches. Collectivism is the idea that the group (world) is more important than the individual. Each individual has worth only insomuch as they help the group. This would mean that any oppressors (in America this can loosely be defined under their ideology as white people) must cease oppressing immediately (give all their wealth to) the oppressed (black people). It is not, however, as simple as black vs. white. This is an ideology of the oppressors vs. the oppressed. The father of this idea is the ideology of the haves vs. the have nots, or communism.  A belief in this ideology would lead Obama to sympathy for Muslims as they are considered to be the oppressed (America is always the oppressor in this ideology).

The United Trinity Church of Christ teaches that Jesus Christ did indeed live on the earth, but He is not the Son of God. He was simply a good man and teacher (Cone). This is not Christianity.

James H. Cone, the founder of black liberation theology, has said the following. “What need have we for a white Jesus when we are not white but black? If Jesus Christ is white and not black, he is an oppressor, and we must kill him. The appearance of black theology means that the black community is now ready to do something about the white Jesus, so that he cannot get in the way of our revolution.” This is not Christianity.

Under this ideology of black liberation theology, Obama can figuratively be a Messiah for the world. He has the potential to be the man to finally restore equality between the haves and the have-nots, and as he does this, he (and not Jesus Christ) will bring collective redemption for everybody. Under this theology, there is no need for the atonement of Jesus Christ – Christ’s atonement in which individuals can be saved is meaningless when black liberation theology believes individuals can only be saved collectively with everyone else. Obama is attempting to restore the equality between the haves and the have-nots through “spreading the wealth”, or wealth redistribution. This is accomplished through “soak the rich” strategies of heavier taxes on the wealthy as well as Obamacare in the which the health care is equalized for the wealthy and the poor as the wealthy are taxed to pay for the healthcare of the poor. This is the theory behind it, but in practice in other countries it has worked more by bringing down the quality of health care for everyone.

Black liberation theology has communism at its roots. From this we can see that Obama can be considered to be a Messiah to those who do not necessarily believe in black liberation theology but are instead statists. Statists do not believe in God. (I believe that Obama does not believe in God.) They instead worship mankind as their God. They may even feel that they themselves are God.

Statist George Soros has said, “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.”

The communist goal is to create utopia or heaven on earth. Their plan to accomplish this is initially for the have-nots to become in charge of the haves. This involves spreading or redistributing the wealth and making all things owned in common amongst all. Although they acknowledge that this will take violence to reach this place of common ownership, their goal is that once this is achieved there will be heaven on earth, and they will be the ones to have brought this about. They do not believe in God. They are acting as God themselves. They do not necessarily believe in an after life, and so this is the life for them to grab the reins and act as the gods they believe that they are. Of course this utopia has never been achieved in the history of the world during the many times that communism has been tried. The belief is that it has never been tried correctly or by the right people. Keep in mind that the communist goal is for worldwide communism. Communists actually believe that America is the key to finally make it work correctly. If they can only turn America to communism then all of the other pieces (countries) will fall into line. In this way, if America turns to communism, then this age old dream of worldwide communist utopia will finally be realized. If Obama then is the one to finally bring communism to America, he will have finally brought to fruition the age old plan to create a heaven on earth. If Obama is the one to do this, then Obama is figuratively a Messiah for the world. There is no need for Jesus Christ’s atonement for individuals if there is no after life and if Obama can be the Messiah for the world (or the one who brought heaven to earth).

In communism (of which black liberation theology is a subset), there is no need for Jesus Christ and there is no God. You can see then how this ideology is a replacement for God and religion, and that it is very evil. Ezra Taft Benson has said that socialism is essentially and fundamentally communism. They share the same fundamentals. Any type of statism derives from communism and from Karl Marx and is designed to take away our freedom and free agency as well as our belief in God. Whether it is labeled as socialism, communism, Fabian socialism, progressivism, or the like, when it involves forced redistribution of wealth, we are on the path to supporting the Gadianton Robbers. Please keep this in mind when you must choose whether or not to vote for those who support redistributionist policies. These policies are designed to lead us to utopia, a journey that necessarily results in failure and violence and murders. Just look at Greece and Europe. They have been living with socialism for many decades. It is currently collapsing in failure and violence that can be seen by all of the street rioting by those protesting the austerity packages. As their socialism fails them, where will they turn to next? Something worse than socialism? And where will the collapse of our socialist programs here in America lead us next?

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Had A Dream

I recently had a dream that I was in a big mansion. [My belief is that the mansion represented the world.] It was filled with vast rooms. In each room, there were hundreds of people. In each room, most of these people were gathered together in a huddle against one wall of the room. The people in these huddles were waiting for their government handouts; their “spoils” of the Gadianton robbers. The remainder of the people in each room was walking about throughout the rest of the room being industrious. I was running from room to room trying to get people to listen to me. No one would listen, so I began yelling, “Can’t you see that this is socialism? That this is communism?” Every once in a while someone would listen to me and leave the huddle, but for the most part no one would listen to me. [My belief is that my running around the mansion trying to warn others of socialism represented what I have been doing with my blog.] I was so upset I began crying. I decided to change my tactics. I began looking for people that I know now or have known in the past in hopes that they might take the time to at least hear me out since they knew me. [My belief is that this reflected what I have been doing through social networking sites and other means – telling people I know or have known about my blog.] The final person I approached was a friend from the past. I grabbed her by the arms and I said, “This is socialism! This is communism! Will you hear me? Will you listen to me?” It was then that I noticed that her eyes were glazed over as if she was under the influence of some sort of drug. I looked at the people huddled up waiting for their “spoils” and realized that they all had the same look in their eyes. I realized that they were intoxicated by statism and addicted to the “spoils”. After I asked my friend if she would listen to me, if she realized she was supporting and partaking in socialism, she said, “But I like it” and walked away back with the rest of the masses.

That was the end of my dream. In sharing my dream with my husband, he reminded me that it was communist Karl Marx who said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. My dream would indicate that statism is the true opiate of the masses. This makes sense to me since statism is the opposite of religion and an alternative to religion. Statism is an opiate. You can become addicted to the government handouts. It requires little effort on your part to attain that promise that you will be taken care of. You don’t do anything for it. You stand in your huddle and wait for instruction and to be given what you need. Statism and the welfare state also numbs you to life and exalts you from having to work hard and make it on your own merit.  But then it also stunts your eternal progression.

Religion, on the other hand, requires you to do something. You must search it out and learn about it. You must take an active leap of faith to believe it. You must work hard to live the commandments and to try to be Christlike.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Who Are The Modern Day Gadianton Robbers?

Just like the statist Gadianton robbers infiltrated the government, today we also have the socialists/statists infiltrating our government through the Obama administration. Helaman 6 leaves us with a warning:

38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up [the Gadianton robbers] and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.

40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction.

From my personal studies, I would like to share with you what I believe is the correct interpretation and application to our lives here in the latter days of these verses.

Starting with verse 38, the Gadianton robbers of today are the socialists and communists in a secret combination that have spread over the land of America today. They have filled the government through the Obama administration. Examples of this include Van Jones who was appointed “Green Jobs Czar” until it was brought to light that he was a self-described communist and revolutionary; Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, found preaching to high school children that her “favorite political philosopher” is communist leader Mao Tse Tung; and Donald Berwick who is now in charge of Obamacare supports a health care plan which will “redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer”. These are just some of the examples of those in the Obama administration who have socialist or communist leanings. Obama himself favors “spreading the wealth”.

It is powerful and devastating to learn that the more part of the righteous in the day of the Nephites had been seduced by the Gadianton robbers. While I can’t know if the more part of the righteous have been seduced today, the people that have been seduced today would include those who support and/or share in the spoils and the works of socialism. This would include people who vote for Obama and people who vote for and/or support socialist policies. These policies specifically include social security, Medicare/Medicaid, Obamacare, etc. Now of course many of these Americans do not realize they are supporting socialism. The Nephites were so seduced by the socialist policies of the Gadianton robbers that they even partook of the spoils of the Gadianton robbers. The Gadianton robbers took money from the “undeserved” (perhaps the “wealthy”) often through use of the government, and this money became their “spoils” for them to redistribute as they deemed appropriate. People today that are partaking of the spoils of the Gadianton robbers would be those partaking of the spoils of socialism. This would include those people receiving Medicare/Medicaid, social security, Obamacare, food stamps, WIC, unemployment insurance (Rush Limbaugh has explained that extending unemployment insurance to 99 weeks and beyond has turned this program into just another welfare entitlement), grants for a college education, farm subsidies, Cash for Clunkers, a mortgage relief bill that may be passed in the future to help those who are upside down on their mortgages, and any of a myriad of welfare programs. In the Nephite times, when the people were informed that their wonderful welfare programs were the desires of the Gadianton Robbers, they must have been shocked. In today’s time, many people would likewise be shocked to learn that our “benevolent” welfare programs are the brainchild of communists, and thus by extension the devil. As an example of this, “the father of the concept of national health care” (Rush) was Vladimir Lenin who said, "medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism”.

All of these programs take wealth from American citizens by the force of the government to redistribute this wealth to those the government deems more worthy of this wealth. The Lord’s way is for those with wealth to have their free agency that they may give their wealth to those in need, but they are never forced (as in the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

“Having been commanded by the Lord to do so, Nephi boldly told the people that they had united themselves to this band of robbers:

Yea wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you; and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea to that secret band which was established by Gadianton! (Helaman 7:25)

“One can only imagine that those righteous Nephites who had been seduced into upholding, supporting, and partaking of the spoils of the Robbers were profoundly shocked when charged with having united with a criminal conspiracy. People in our nation today are ofttimes startled and angered when told that the welfare state practices they favor are the identical political programs proposed by the Communists to bring about socialism….The record is clear that the reason the conspiracy had succeeded in capturing control of the government was that the Nephites had been seduced into partaking of its spoils. (Helaman 6:38–39)” (H. Verlan Andersen, Many are Called But Few are Chosen)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie has stated as follows.

“False Christs! False Redeemers, false Saviors! Will there actually be men who will claim to fulfill the Messianic prophecies and who will step forth to offer their blood for the sins of the world? Is it possible that some will say, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; come unto me and be ye saved’? Or that others will profess to return in glory bearing the wounds with which the true Christ was wounded in the house of his friends?

“True, there may be those deranged persons who suppose they are God, or Christ, or the Holy Ghost, or almost anything. None but the lunatic fringe among men, however, will give them a second serious thought. The promise of false Christs who will deceive, if it were possible, even the very elect, who will lead astray those who have made eternal covenant with the Lord, is a far more subtle and insidious evil.

“A false Christ is not a person. It is a false system of worship, a false church, a false cult that says: ‘Lo, here is salvation; here is the doctrine of Christ. Come and believe thus and so, and ye shall be saved.’ It is any concept or philosophy that says that redemption, salvation, sanctification, justification, and all of the promised rewards can be gained in any way except that set forth by the apostles and prophets” ( The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [1982], 47–48).

Communism/socialism is truly a false system of worship and a false church. I must leave a more thorough explanation of this for a future post.

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22 . “If Possible, They Shall Deceive the Very Elect”

After quoting Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22 , President Harold B. Lee defined the elect as “members of this Church” ( Stand Ye in Holy Places, 384). Similarly, Elder Marion G. Romney, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Now, those ‘who are the elect according to the covenant’ are members of the Church, so we ourselves are on notice to beware” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1956, 70; see also D&C 29:7–9 ).

It is so important to be aware of what is going on in the world today. We must know and recognize the imposition of communist policies on our country. Even some of the very elect (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) have been deceived into unknowingly supporting communism/socialism and the plan of the devil. In the days of the Nephites, those elect that had been deceived became the majority of them.

I do not believe that those who currently receive money from welfare programs are bad people, want to follow the devil, or necessarily want socialism/communism. But this is partaking in the spoils of THE great secret combination. President Ezra Taft Benson spoke of secret combinations. Of these there are many. But he said that there is one big one that dwarfs them all. And this is socialism/communism.

"Satan argued that men given their freedom would not choose correctly; therefore he would compel them to do right and save us all. Today Satan argues that men given their freedom do not choose wisely; therefore a so-called brilliant, benevolent few must establish the welfare government and force us into a greater socialistic society." - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

“We must ever keep in mind that collectivized socialism is part of the communist strategy. Communism is fundamentally socialism.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

“Truly, we are surrounded by many forms of organized crime and subversion: drug rings, terrorists, the various Mafias, and disease profiteers(1)--to name a few. However, referring to our day, Moroni spoke of a ‘secret combination’--singular—‘which shall be among you....’ (Ether 8:24.) This suggests that he saw a combination of such magnificent proportions as to dwarf all others because of its broad penetration and its effectiveness in advancing evil.

Modern prophets, especially Ezra Taft Benson and David O. McKay, have spoken out clearly, fervently, and frequently concerning this secret combination prophesied to come in our day.(4) They identified it as the Communist/Socialist conspiracy. They remarked that the greatest threat came from within our very own country. They warned that this subversive movement was deceiving even the very elect.” (www.greaterthings.com)

The final part of verse 38 says the Nephites joined with the Gadianton Robbers in their secret murders and combinations. Now I can’t be sure how this would directly apply to the current latter days. But abortion is definitely secret murder (done in the secrecy of a doctor’s office). And abortion is something that communists support (communists support the decline of all family values and morals). Obama supports abortion. He even supports partial birth abortion and infanticide. Infanticide is when a baby who survived an abortion attempt is then just left to die. I believe that any person who supports abortion is supporting secret murders of the Gadianton Robbers. Even if you do not or would not have an abortion yourself, if you support it as the law of the land, you support secret murders of secret combinations. Abortion has become a power issue in that those politicians who favor abortion as a policy use this as a tool to gain power by gaining votes from voters who want abortion to remain legal. Favoring these secret murders of abortion thus can become a means to attaining and keeping power.

Supporting communism in other countries has of course led to the death of millions as in the days of Lenin and Mao. Many secret murders continue to this day in communist countries.

Please look for an explanation of verse 39 in a future post.  This post is a follow-up to the post The Gadianton Robbers Were Statists.

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