Author:Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
Publish date:Apr 21, 2010
Summary:The main goal of the Jesuit order is to counter the work of the Reformation, which is the establishment of Protestantism.
Protestantism is not based on reasoning, human judgment, and natural law, but on moral absolutes given by God through His Word (See John 14:6). Reverend J. A. Wylie tells us this in his book The History of Protestantism:
Protestantism is not solely the outcome of human progress; it is no mere principle of perfectibility inherent in humanity...It is neither the product of the individual reason, nor the result of the joint thought and energies of the species. Protestantism is a principle which has its origin outside human society: it is a Divine graft on the intellectual and moral nature of man, whereby new vitalities and forces are introduced into it, and the human stem yields henceforth a nobler fruit...In a word, Protestantism is revived Christianity.
According to G. B. Nicolini, the aim of the Jesuits was to counter the Reformation's work by destroying Protestantism (see our article on St. Ignatius and Martin Luther):
I cannot too much impress upon the minds of my readers that the Jesuits by their very calling, by the very essence of their institution, are bound to seek, by every means, right or wrong, the destruction of Protestantism. This is the condition of their existence, the duty they must fulfill, or cease to be Jesuits.
Accordingly, we find them in this evil dilemma. Either the Jesuits fulfill the duties of their calling, or not. In the first instance, they must be considered as the the biggest enemies of the Protestant faith; in the second, as bad and unworthy priests; and in both cases, therefore, to be equally regarded with aversion and distrust.
One way the Jesuits worked to reverse the result of the Reformation—that is, Protestantism—was to replace the moral absolutes of Protestantism with relativism. The Jesuits sowed this relativism throughout history using new doctrines, ecumenism, and the Pentecostal movement. Most recently the Hippie and rock movements, and even the trend toward Christian psychology, have also been tools for the spread of relativism:
Jesuits and the Hippie Movement
The main goal of the Jesuit order is to counter Protestantism. One way this was accomplished in the 20th century was the hippie movement.
The hippie movement was led by Jesuits such as Father Richard McSorley of Georgetown University (1914-2002). McSorley was known as a peace activist and even "Marxist priest." He was a trusted adviser and tutor to the Kennedy presidential family,iand was also associated with Bill Clinton, who studied at Georgetown in the early 1960s.
In an interview with Rick Martin of SPECTRUM magazine, one controversial author and talk-show host claims that "the Beatles were Jesuit-controlled" and that the drug world is controlled by Rome via the Mafia—which is Jesuit controlled. Sir George Martin, the Beatles' producer, attended a Jesuit college.
This hippie movement twisted the true understanding of Christ. Instead of God and Saviour, Jesus was seen as a political activist. It was taught that Jesus fulfilled the needs of all cultures, creeds, and aspirations—Christian or not. This new culture—rife with drugs, fictional entertainment, and rock music—effectively distracted Protestants around the world from true spirituality, which was exactly what the Jesuits were striving to do.
New Age theology and Earth-worship also spread in this era, partially through the work of scientist James Lovelock and his Gaia hypothesis.
Today, powerful organizations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Global Recycling Network, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue what was started in the 1960s, worshiping the earth as something more important than human life. While some groups may have good intentions, all of these initiatives are supporting the regime of papal domination.
Ahead to "Caring" and a New Morality
This article is adapted from Walter Veith's Rekindling the Reformation DVD The Jesuits and the Counter Reformation Part 1.
"Caring" and a New Morality
The work of Richard McBrien and Martin Heidegger increased the popularity of the needs-based social Gospel in Christian circles.
German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) taught that life’s answers lie within the self. Heidegger taught that the soul authenticates itself by showing concern for others or "caring." Heidegger’s "care" (German Sorge) has no place for God, but is based on the religion of self:
Being-with-others, having concern for others, and taking care of the world are modes by which Da-sein (there-being) becomes attuned to being-in-the-world. Thus, the being of Da-sein reveals a care and concern by which Da-sein understands and transcends itself.
Heidegger's philosophies were also found in the Church, which set up a system of "spiritual growth" that functions without God. In this system, the Church sets the standard and educates the masses through Christian psychology and spiritual directors, all of which leads to spiritual formation.
Father Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, is an influential Catholic and key proponent of the social Gospel—that is, the belief that the Church's mission is to right social wrongs. Father McBrien says in his book Catholicism that "the Church's involvement in, and commitment to, the struggle for social justice, peace, and human rights is an essential, or 'constitutive,' part of its mission."
According to DePauw University, McBrien "has served as an on-air commentator on Catholic events for CBS television and continues to offer regular commentary on all the major television networks. Father McBrien writes a syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press and is the general editor of the HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism."
In Catholicism, McBrien quotes Anne Carr, who says this:
The mission of the Church is one of service to the people, especially the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. Although structures of authority are necessary for this mission, those structures are always subordinate to it and are to be judged by their capacity to enable the Church to fulfill the mission.
We learn in Catholicism, courtesy of the theologizing of Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, that the Church in Latin America "must take a clear stand against social injustice and in favor of the revolutionary process," and via Leonardo Boff that "the Church must be defined in terms of energy, charism, and the progress of the world."
Father McBrien also discusses what he calls the feminist view of the Church as "an exodus community...called to abandon the established social order and its religious agents of sacralization and to witness an alternative social order." He says these ideas belong to the "change-agent" or "servant" model of the Church, which stresses proclamation and practice of the Gospel "by application of the Gospel to the struggle for social justice, peace, and human rights."
Missing the Point
While it is true that the Church is called to bring freedom to the oppressed and care for the poor, what Father McBrien's new morality misses is the reliance on God for freedom and peace.
As long as we see caring for others as a way to save ourselves through our righteousness, we miss the point. And when we spend all our efforts demanding human rights, we forget that as sinners we have no rights—except the right to death.
Jesus offers us the gift of salvation and calls us to live out the principles of His Kingdom on this Earth (see John 15:19 and 17:11, and Philippians 2:15). But as long as Satan and his evil angels continue to operate on this planet, we shall never see true peace. Too much of the world is led by false theories originating from the father of lies—the devil.
We are told to preach the Gospel to the world, but we know from Bible prophecy that all of the world will not choose Christ and His Word. In fact, the Bible is very clear that at the end of time, a very small percentage will be faithful to God's principles. This has been evident even in history. When Israel was still God's chosen people, the majority wavered in their faithful obedience to God and worshiped idols, but there was always a small remnant that kept the commandments of God.
During the Dark Ages, the same situation occurred: the majority followed popular teaching and the minority sought God's truth in His Word. Those that seek God with all their heart and mind and soul have always been the minority. This is how it will be will be until a final end has been made to Satan and his host.
True social justice and peace lie in obedience to God's truth as found in His Word—the Bible. This Book was written for "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
If the Bible's principles of love were followed, inequality and social injustice would not exist. Our world is so full of abuse and injustice because we have refused to acknowledge the relevance of God's commandments. When we focus on God and obedience to His will as revealed in His Word and His law, peace and social justice can prevail. But when we pick and choose what we want to believe and reject God's rule over our lives, we see anarchy and chaos.
Heidegger, McBrien, and other proponents of justice and peace miss the focus on honoring God's laws. Instead, they believe that social justice and peace will be achieved through human cooperation, human unity, and human hard work. But the Bible tells us that our hearts are deceitful and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Only with the Holy Spirit in hearts that are submitted to God's will and ways and that are praying for God's strength through our weakness can we hope to make any impact for good on this planet.
We do not need a "new morality" based on good works and relativism. What we need is to return to God's absolute morality.
Ellen White tells us this:
While they claimed to be very jealous for the honor of the law, self-glory was the real object which they sought; and Christ would make it manifest to them that the lover of self is a transgressor of the law (Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 79.1).
This article is adapted from Walter Veith's Rekindling the Reformation DVDThe Jesuits and the Counter Reformation Part 1.