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 , 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.