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Marx: He’s Baaaack!

Posted by admin in March 5th, 2020
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Today, March 5, is Karl Marx’s birthday. He was born 202 years ago. Marx was evil. He created one of the most destructive and demonic ideologies in human history. Through communism and socialism (just look at Venezuela) Marxism is responsible for over 200 million deaths across time and continents.

Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Ze Deng, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Min–all imbibed Marx’s theory and destroyed their nations and human lives because of it. History proves that Marxism in practice simply doesn’t work, in fact, it only destroys.

Marxist-inspired communist regimes produced the greatest ideological carnage in human history, killing hundreds of millions of people–people made in God’s image. To say capitalism has a dark side, and that Marxism is its antidote is beyond my comprehension. Facts don’t back that up. Ever.

Capitalism has never left in its wake this kind of carnage or this kind of dictatorial insanity. While some Marxist apologists claim it is unfair to Marx to blame him for all of the death and destruction done in his name, reality tells us that the very seeds of tyranny were in Marx’s theory from the start and history proves this out. Marx is to blame. Marx is the catalyst.

No Christian, for whatever reason, should ever quote Marx or use his theories in a positive light. It’s antithetical to everything Jesus and the New Testament writers have taught us. It goes against everything we know of a Holy God and how He designed us.

Charity, Mercy, and Benevolence are commanded in Scripture, but we do them out of an abundance of love for God and a desire to honor Jesus and express His love for the lost and hurting of our world. It is not out of a sense of justice that we do good works, it’s out of our deep love for God and a desire to share Him with others.

Marx wrote in The Communist Manifesto, “I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above. The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization; it must be destroyed. My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism,” (1848).

Well guess what? Marx is dead and Jesus isn’t. Marx is dead and capitalism isn’t.  Marx is dead and I wish his ideology would die too. Sadly, Tim Keller quotes him so often and extensively that it legitimizes Marx’s demonic ideas  and keeps the horrible stuff alive and viable for a new generation of Christians unaware of how bad Marxism really is!

Once I had a discussion with a young man who was explaining to me the evils of capitalism and the beauty of Marxism. He was sitting in a beautifully refurbished expensive chair his capitalist parents had purchased for him in a beautifully refurbished home purchased for him by his parents who were hardworking, business owners who provided for him regularly. He was literally mocking the system that gave him a comfortable and easy life.

I said, “You know, you’re a lot like Karl Marx. You are living a life very similar to his.”

Karl Marx never had a job. Karl Marx wrote scathing letters to his parents criticizing them and mocking them and yet in his closing remarks, he always asked for money! And they always sent him more.

Marx’s Father, Heinrich Marx, took part in developing a constitution and political reforms in Prussia, which at the time was governed by an absolute monarchy. In 1815, Heinrich Marx began work as an attorney, and moved his family, Karl was a child, into a ten-room, luxury property near the Roman Porta Nigra Archway, Trier, Prussia. It was a very wealthy neighborhood. Heinrich provided for his family.

Marx’s Mother, Henriette Pressburg, belonged to a prosperous Jewish business family from the Netherlands. Henriette’s sister, Sophie Pressburg, Karl Marx’s aunt, married Lion Philips, a wealthy Dutch tobacco manufacturer and industrialist. Karl and Jenny Marx relied heavily on loans from Uncle Lion while they lived in London–loans Karl never repaid and which caused a terrible rift in the family that was never resolved.

You might know Sophie, she was the grandmother of Anton and Gerard Philips who later founded the Philips Electronics Company. You know, because of capitalism. So, as Karl waxed eloquently against capitalism, he never could live without the financial support of wealthy capitalist relatives. What a role model!

Marx lost all of his friendships too because of his taking advantage of their finances. In the end, fewer than 10 people attended Marx’s funeral.

Karl Marx was self-centered, lazy, and egotistical. He writes, “I’m having sleepless nights following the start of the American Civil War.” Marx wasn’t troubled about the fate of America or the splitting of our union; he wasn’t concerned about the slaves or the fight for their freedom. No. Karl Marx was concerned by the loss of freelance income that trickled in from The New York Tribune, (which is now The New York Times), that had purchased a few of his “progressive” essays. With the War, they were now consumed by matters close to home and no longer interested in any of his revolutionary economic ideas. For that he was up at nights.

That was Marx! A real revolutionary thinker who lived with his wife and children in squalor, never providing for them and constantly taking advantage of family and friends for any money he could guilt them in to giving him. Marx had to regularly change his name to hide from all of his creditors. All he had to do was get a job and work for a living, but he was too important for that.

When Marx died he was broke and his influence was waning—only 10 people attended his funeral on March 17, 1883. Sadly, Marx’s work would have faded into obscurity had it not influenced a young Russian revolutionary named Vladimir Lenin. After reading Das Kapital, Lenin declared himself a Marxist and went on to become founder of the Russian Communist Party, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, and architect and first head of the USSR.

Tim Keller describes Marx as a man who fought for the “alienated worker.” Keller says, “Marx had a lot to say about England’s industrialized economy and the poor plight of the industrialized worker,” (pg. 151, Every Good Endeavor).

Apparently Marx wasn’t interested enough to step foot on an industry floor nor visited a single factory – though owners invited him on many occasions so that they could show him their working conditions were excellent and not what he described in his critical essays.

In fact, scores of books and articles have been written about the many factories in England owned by Quakers and Methodists –all of whom had good working conditions for their employees, provided literacy classes (called Sunday schools), and provided many of the social needs of their employees including daily hot lunches. They believed Scripture commanded that of them.

Marx’s criticism of the Industrial Revolution had nothing to do with personal experience. He’d never seen it firsthand and he’d never held down a job, though he was father to five children from his marriage and one from an out of wedlock relationship with a housekeeper.

Marx had seven children all together, but because of the poor living conditions he provided for his family, only three survived to adulthood; one died at birth and was never named.

Keller writes, “Plato saw our main problem as being the physical body and its weakness; for Marx it was unjust economic systems; for Freud it was inner unconscious conflicts between desire and conscience; for Sartre it was not realizing we are completely free since there are no objective values; for B.F. Skinner it was not realizing we are completely determined by our environment; and for Konrad Lorenz it was our innate aggression because of our evolutionary past.

“Each of these theories is really a story —of what is wrong with us and what we can do about it. And each of these views of reality has been enormously powerful, influencing societies and fields of inquiry and work. When any one of these worldviews grips the imagination of a culture, it has a profound influence on how life is lived, even for those who do not accept that worldview,” (Every Good Endeavor, Kindle ed pgs 194 and 195).

No Tim, they’re not. They’re not stories. They are false narratives. They are lies and everyone of your readers, Tim, needs to know that. And the fact that you quote these guys and say, “each of these theories is really a story of what is wrong with us and what we can do about it,” you are choosing a lie over Truth. These men not only cannot fix what is wrong with us, but they actually contribute to death, heresy, and the demise of the human race. I’d say shame on you, but I’m not sure you know what that is.

An old friend posted on my Facebook timeline chastising me for saying bad things about Tim Keller, “Stop trying to demonize Tim Keller and other strong Christian people. Mercy. Grace. Forgiveness. That’s the way of Jesus, not arguing about those who follow Him wholeheartedly. Take a look at WHY you need to denigrate those who are really doing a strong work of God – insecurity, jealousy, a desire to make a name for yourself (pride)? C’mon Teri – Who do you think is following Christ and His ways? Celebrate those!”

Why was my old friend so angry at me and not angry that Keller quotes Marx?

The Bereans were commended for holding leaders accountable and searching Scripture to see if what is being taught is true or not. In Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller quotes Karl Marx 12 + times and all in a positive light!

I wish I could just sit idly by and not say anything when I read a book that is described as a Christian book for spiritual formation. I wish I could look the other way and act as if this is not happening. But I cannot. Truth matters. And we have an obligation as the Church to seek truth and to test the spirits to see if they are of God. We must pay attention to what we are reading and hearing in the name of Christianity – does it line up with Scripture? Who are the writers’ heroes? What are their sources and who are they quoting? It matters and for me, it’s a fight worth fighting! Peace.

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54092. Greg Will said,
March 6th, 2020 at 10:46 am

Wow, thank u Teri so much,,, Needs to be said so badly and you have such an Informative way Of telling it. Thank for your discernment and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide your mind, heart and hand. I am going to share this with some friends,,God bless

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