Ion Mihai Pacepa served as a general in the USSR’s intelligence service before defecting to the United States in the late 70’s. He recently gave an interview to the Catholic News Agency in which he claimed that the Liberation Theology that has been so prevalent in Latin America for the last generation was a disinformation campaign that had its genesis at the highest levels of the Kremlin.
So what is Liberation Theology? Picture Karl Marx skipping around in priestly robes, sprinkling holy water all willy nilly, while calling for the oppressed poor to honor God by slaughtering those who have a dime more than they do. It’s what you hear out of Obama and HRC and Pelosi when they decide to wax Christianly. Communism in its Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes.
Pacepa’s claims are fascinating, if not easily verifiable. Some of the takeaway thoughts from the interview include:
- Krushchev believed that Liberation Theology would be the vehicle that allowed him to go down in history as the man who successfully exported Communism to Central and South America.
- The KGB was enamored with the word “liberation,” and that’s how it came to be in the forefront of the National Liberation Army of Columbia (FARC), the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)–all of which had their origins in KGB headquarters and whose leaders were all KGB puppets (Fidel Castor, Che Guevera, and Yassar Arrafat, respectively).
- The ecumenical, international church organizations known back then as the Christian Peace Council and the World Peace Council were pure KGB inventions. The plan for exporting Liberation Theology also involved taking over the World Council of Churches (WCC).
As interesting and historically important as I find this to be, it must be said that none of it represents something new under the Sun. It is a common mark of all governmental tyrannies that they have seen religion as a double-edged sword: dangerous to their own dominance on the one hand, but a very useful tool for their purposes on the other.
Most of us are familiar with the stories about Hitler’s attempt, not merely to silence the churches in Germany, but to actually change Christian theology altogether. We are also familiar with the stories of the Nazi practice of sending agents in to church services to monitor the sermons. I have heard recently, from an organization working on behalf of persecuted Christians in North Korea, that the believers there have a darkly humorous saying amongst themselves: “Wherever two or more are gathered in His Name…one of them is a government agent.”
Will we see this in America? Hear me out with my answer here. I say, no we won’t, not in any systematic fashion.
And the reason that we won’t is because the federal government in America needs no program, needs to send out no agents, needs to develop no disinformation campaigns…because our churches routinely do what the tyrants are hoping for, with no government prodding at all.
A recent survey among Evangelical pastors showed that ninety percent of them know full well that the Bible speaks to every problem we now face in America, including economics, domestic politics, education, foreign policy, etc. But out of those pastors, who represent nine out of every ten, eight of the nine purposely decide not to speak or teach about any of those things.
Instead, they focus on things like Three Steps to a Great Marriage, or Five Point Strategies for Getting Ahead. Or, on the more “serious” side, they preach the Gospel to the saved week after week, and focus purely on the condition of your trembling little heart before the Lord. For these, the whole point of the Bible is you and Jesus off in your own corner somewhere, sharing warm fuzzies together over the Psalms.
The feds don’t need to invent a subversive theology and smuggle it into your church. They don’t need a disinformation campaign to get your pulpits to tell you to bend over and take whatever the government wants to give you. That theology is being preached voluntarily already, as I show in my book, Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers.
You will not hear from these pulpit-puppets about men of faith, like the rogue, bastard, gang-leader Jephthah, who slaughtered the enemies of God, including a king and queen, and counted it a measure of his zeal for the Lord to do so; whose name is eternally enshrined in the Hall of Fame of Faith in Hebrews 11. Mr. Obama would be worried about Jephthah. He’d send agents to watch him. He doesn’t need to send agents to watch your pastor. Strained peas look at your pastor and say, “Dude, congrats. You’ve taken bland to a whole new level.”
They don’t need to scheme to take our inheritance. We’ve sold it already for a mess of pottage in the form of popularity, convenience, big crowds, and bigger paychecks.
Are there faithful pastors still? Sure. One in ten, if the numbers bear out. Which means that for every Christian reading these lines, there is a ninety percent chance that your pastor is one of the useful, duped sheeple the government loves. “Not my guy!” you say. “My guy is great. I love my guy!”
Has your guy ever stood in the pulpit and pointed out that both abortion and sodomy ought to be capital crimes? Even more telling, has he ever made any public waves about these things? Has he ever given you Biblical reasons why socialism is wrong? You love your guy, and that’s a good thing. But if the answers are honestly “No” to those questions, the government loves him too. They don’t need to worry about him.