I confess to having a stridently ambivalent estimation of books like this anymore; books written by evangelical Christians whose overall moral message is meritorious, but when it comes to American history they are still stuck in idolatrous, patriotic, hero-worship mode. I too used to suffer from this delusional thinking, so I know fairly accurately from whence stuff like this comes. Indeed, this book, and this author, represent for me a sort of microcosm of nearly all my erstwhile “patriotic” evangelical friends–but that’s another story. Well, where do I start with a mixed bag like this?
Ok, it was written in 1995 by a pastor of a California church, and there can be little to no doubt that this man and his church have signed ungodly, unequally-yoked, worldly contracts with the Caesarian, secular government in the form of State Incorporation and 501c3 Tax Exempt Status papers. Since about 99% of churches in the U.S. have now swallowed this poison pill, it is rather safe to assume that this is the case here too, especially given how this man writes about history and where he gets his sources. But let us now cut to the chase: What, according to David T. Moore, are the “Five Lies of the Century”? These are, in the order listed in the book:
1. America Never Was a Christian Nation
2. The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant
3. Evolution Is an Established Fact
4. The Sexual Revolution Has Set Humanity Free
5. Entertainment Is Harmless
Now, this reader has very few problems whatsoever with Mr. Moore’s message for Lies numbers 2 through 5, with the exception that, in outlining Lie #2, though Moore rightfully emphasizes the importance and sanctity of the family unit–father, mother, children–like nearly all modern evangelicals, he does not sufficiently stress how comprehensively besieged and symbolically castrated are fathers and husbands in our culture, though he does try to do so. Predictably, this results in a message that places upon Christian men in our society all of the RESPONSIBILITY God gave to them in Scripture, but which nowhere decries the fact that our society has stripped men of nearly all legal AUTHORITY to carry out those responsibilities. This is a huge, shameful, misandric blindspot for nearly all evangelicals today, though they themselves would probably deny it up and down and be in total ignorance about it.
I do also have a minor criticism of Moore’s delineation of Lie #3. Though he does do a fairly brilliant and succinct job of exposing the hoax of Darwinism, he does make the mistake of using the vague, slippery word “evolution.” He should not let his opponents dictate the language he uses. This is a rhetorical mistake.
In Lie #4, that the “sexual revolution” is in fact dangerous and destructive to the fabric of society, I can only agree with the author. He is correct on all points, from the true, scriptural view of sex, to the dangers of wantonness, to the holocaust of the modern abortion industry, to the myth that homosexuals are “born that way.” Again, though, Moore does make the mistake of letting his ideological opponents dictate his language to him, this time when he refers to homosexuals as “gay.” (Note: Anyone who thinks that this is nit-picking does not appreciate the crucial importance of language in relation to thought and needs to read much more of George Orwell’s writings!)
In Lie #5, Moore does a worthy job of demonstrating that cultural entertainment does not happen in a vacuum; that violent and licentious motion pictures and programs, etc., DO have a most deleterious affect on society. So I can only concur with the author here.
But now, let us get back to Moore’s “Lie #1.” He thinks the “Founding Fathers” were “Christian”; he thinks that “America was founded as a Christian nation.” This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to pull all of my hair out, or else hit myself on the head with a hammer, or both. I am ashamed that I used to believe this outrageous nonsense myself. But I did grow out of it. I stopped buying my history books from Barnes and Noble and other bookstore chains that only sell books from major, mainstream, big corporation-controlled book publishers; I stopped getting my news from TV at all times. I started seeking out old, out-of-print, suppressed history books, and the newer and fewer independently published history books. And while my belief in the God of the Scriptures came through unscathed, I had all of that baggage, that idolatrous hero-worship of the “Founding Fathers” and all that patriotic crap burned out of me. David T. Moore, like so many other well meaning modern American evangelicals, is herein still feeding out of the slop trough of the god of this world when it comes to understanding the real, factual history of the United States.
Moore provides many of the patriotic stock-and-trade quotations from the “Founding Fathers” which supposedly prove that they were “Christian.” One obvious problem here, though, is that nearly all of these quotations are conspicuously bereft of specific references to Jesus Christ, but instead refer more generally to a “Lord of the Universe” or some other such vagary. Question: Why can’t evangelicals like this author be wise-as-a-serpent enough to recognize that such vague references to a “Universal Deity” or a “Divine Providence” or a “Grand Architect,” etc., are the kind of references that FREEMASONS make, NOT CHRISTIANS?! Or does this author and others like him not appreciate the fact that Freemasonry is in fact a Satanic cult?
But even the scant references that this author can provide wherein some or other “Founding Father” supposedly made mention of the name Jesus Christ in some or other private correspondence prove almost nothing, for the Scriptures tell us to judge a man by his fruit, not by his words. And so what good does it do to quote a godly quotation from Andrew Jackson, as this author does, when Andrew Jackson committed atrocious genocide against the Native Americans (Source: Ward Churchill: A Little Matter of Genocide)? And what good does it do to quote a godly quotation from George Washington himself, when in Washington, once the idolatrous, patriot-propaganda is brushed away, we find a man who became the richest man in the country by way of lying, despotism, and insider secret deals (Source: Ibid Ward Churchill, and also Gustavus Myers: The History of the Supreme Court of the United States, and also Whiskey Rebellion by Wythe Holt)? Moore also quotes James Wilson for a nice, platitudinous, godly quotation. Wilson was nominated to the Supreme Court by Washington. Trouble is, Wilson was an elitist crook (Source: Ibid Gustavus Myers). Moore then quotes First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Jay as having uttered another moral, godly platitude. Trouble is, Jay too was an elitist crook (Source: Ibid Gustavus Myers). And when the UNelected “Founding Fathers” MET IN SECRET at the “Constitutional Convention” and then LIED to the public about what they were doing behind closed doors, how then was that “Christian?” (Source: America is Still a British Colony by James Montgomery; Hologram of Liberty by Kenneth Royce)
Be advised that my sources are spectacularly more footnoted and citationed forms of reference than anything Moore provides or draws upon. My sources may be out-of-print, they may be suppressed, they may be unpopular, and Moore and his evangelical ilk may and must be completely ignorant of them, but that does not change their factual nature. Later on, Moore even–gulp–cites Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren for a godly quotation. Ugh. Really? He actually went there? For Heaven’s sake, are there still Americans left–evangelicals or otherwise–who do not realize that (33rd degree freemason) Earl Warren and his “investigatory commission” into the assassination of JFK brazenly LIED to the American public??!!
I am just getting going. The Christians have always been here, Mr. Moore, but just like every other Satanic construct called a nation upon this Earth, they have had to hide in nooks and crannies and they are not who you think they are.
I would have some more pointed questions for this author. Namely:
1) Why does he habitually refer to Roman Catholics when trotting out more contemporary sources for moralizing quotations?–Pat Buchanan, William Bennett, Mother Theresa, Daniel Moynihan?–and why does Moore refer to Jesuit-controlled Fordham University as a moral authority?? Since when did the one institution on Earth which has mass-murdered more Bible-believing Christians than any other institution, or any of its minions, become authoritative “Christian” sources of morality??
2) When the Bible tells us that no man is good, that men’s hearts are endlessly wicked, that all man’s best works are but filthy rags unto the Lord, then why does Moore and so many evangelicals like him continue to revere the “Founding Fathers”? And, speaking of this, when the Bible warns to “call no man Father,” why then do patriotic evangelicals like this man still refer to the founding lawyers, freemasons, and land speculators and stealers of the U.S. as “Fathers”?
3) Oh, and exactly what is it, Mr. Moore, about the centuries-long, systematic, officially approved policy of genocide and grand theft committed against the Native Americans by the government of the United States that you consider as having been emblematic of a “Christian nation”?? Was it the American settlers who exterminated the Native Americans who had been in the process of being converted to Christ by the Moravian missionaries from Europe (Source: Ibid, Ward Churchill, and also A History of the Moravian Church by JE Hutton)? Was that Christian? Was it when the English colonists and later American settlers taught the Indians how to scalp heads (Source: Ibid Ward Churchill)? Was it when the U.S. Cavalry and American “God-fearing” vigilantes alike massacred scores upon scores of Indian women, children, and old men on numerous occasions? Was it when super-rich-and-respected American oligarchs like Gould and Vanderbilt and Astor plied the Indians with alcohol in order to steal from them and decimate them (Source: Gustavus Myers, The History of the Great American Fortunes)? Was it when the U.S. Army conducted the world’s first recorded incident of germ warfare, which was perpetrated against the Indians in the form of smallpox-infected blankets given as gifts? Was that “Christian,” Mr. Moore? Or was it when George Washington himself and others of his class knowingly committed falsehood and theft upon the Indians by knowingly offering treaty upon treaty to the Indians, even though Washington himself and others knew beforehand that these treaties were going to be violated, each and every one (Source: Ibid Ward Churchill)?
I could go on and on. That’s what happens when a person leaves off trusting and reading and listening to mainstream propaganda, and then encounters a book like this, written by an author like this, who still suffers from being under its influence, manifesting sins like patriotism and hero worship, which has led and always will lead inevitably to unchristian war mongering.
On another note, Mr. Moore, later on in the book, did you really have to refer to Janet Reno for a moralizing quotation? Do you not know that that woman was already corrupt even before her massacre of children at Waco? Yes, it happens to be true: When she was the attorney general of the State of Florida, she was corrupt even then (Source: James and Kenneth Collier, Votescam). And you use her??
And did you really have to rely on Lee Iacocca for a moralizing quotation?? Mr. Moore, do you not know that Lee Iacocca was the high-degree Freemason who was in charge of seeing to it that the bullet-ridden limousine that carried JFK through Dallas was quickly whisked away and refurbished to remove all incriminating evidence of the grand conspiracy to assassinate the president before any potential investigation (Source: Eric Phelps, Vatican Assassins; also many others)? Why do you also not know this, Mr. Moore? Is it because you are getting your news from FoxNews? Is it because you trust the mainstream sources of information that the “god of the air(waves)” provides for you?
I had better stop. It is too maddening. What I think I am identifying here is nothing less than a believer in Jesus Christ who, at least in his “Lie #1,” is calling evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
And needless to say, Mr. Moore is also evidently ignorant of the Antiochan vs. Alexandrian Bible manuscript controversy, for the few times he quotes from “the Bible” he does indeed quote from one of the modern paraphrase “Bible versions.”
Rating: Δ Δ