by Al Benson Jr
I’ve mentioned the Illuminati and Illuminism in several recent articles so it occurred to me I should let folks who may not know see what those people believed and their spiritual progeny still believe to this day.
William Norman Grigg, in his book Freedom On The Alter told us that: “Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who has written: ‘The story of the 18th and 19th century secret societies can never be fully reconstructed, but it has been badly neglected–even avoided, one suspects–because the evidence that is available leads us into territory equally uncongenial to modern historians in the East and in the West.’ Billington has documented that is is from ‘romantic occultism in general, and Bavarian Illuminism in particular’ that ‘the modern revolutionary tradition as it came to be internationalized under Napoleon and the ‘Restoration’ descends.”
He noted Adam Weishaupt as the original founder, and said: “The Illuminati’s platform called for–among other things–the abolition of private property, patriotism, the family, and religion.” And he noted one commentator’s viewpoint regarding the Illuminati. The commentator observed: “The teachings of the Illuminati hold that all is material, that all religions are of human invention, that God is man, and man is God, and the world is his (that is man’s) kingdom.” “Thus man’s perfection would be supervised by other men–‘the illuminated ones’ who are supposedly destined to preside over human evolution.’ At the time of the Illuminati’s founding its doctrines had been well established and expounded by anti-Christian intellectuals such as Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire, d’Alembert, and others who are known collectively in history as illumines, philosophes, and encyclopedists. Although they were given to quarrels among themselves…this group of elitists shared a common goal–the destruction of Christian society and the creation of a new society under the direction of the enlightened–that is illuminated–despots.” I don’t know about others, but this sounds like a future I’d not want any part of.
If you want a good idea of how man, with his fallen sin nature is sovereign, just take a look at how “illuminated” men are running Washington while the Democrats are in control and this will give you some idea of how life under the control of the Illuminati would be. We’ve got a sneak preview right here in our own country. If I asked the majority of those on my mailing list “How’s that working out for you?” I’d get a resounding reply of “It ain’t” from them!
Mr. Grigg also observed that: “First, the effort to subvert Christian society was directed from above, by the elite; it was not a spontaneous uprising from the struggling proletarian masses below. Second, Weishaupt’s conspiracy included many who were genuinely unaware of the movement’s ultimate objectives, people who had joined for social reasons or perhaps out of a misplaced idealism. Although the Bavarian Illuminati organized by Weishaupt was outlawed in 1784, it survived in the form of ‘reading societies’ and other front groups.” In other words it didn’t really die. It just went underground and changed its name. I’ve read somewhere where it split into three different groups, one of which was the League of the Just–the people that hired Karl Marx to write the Communist Manifesto. Another ploy that has survived down into our age is the tactic of the communists of using non-communist hands to do much of their dirty work by involving them in organizations with beneficial-sounding names but which, in reality, were formed to promote some aspect of the communist agenda.
Grigg has told us that the Illuminati, with its anti-Christian agenda, was ultimately responsible for the French Revolution. If the League of the Just hired Marx to write “his” manifesto and to get it published in 1847, just ahead of the 1848 socialist/communist revolts in Europe, that means some form of the Illuminati was active then. And, if then, why not in 1861 in this country? But then, that’s a rhetorical question, because lots of you already know the answer to it. Illuminist thinking was prevalent in this country in the 1800s and, if the truth be known, it still is today. Oh, the original Illuminati may be gone, dissolved into a whole batch of front groups, but due to those front groups, even today, the mindset of the Illuminati is alive, well, and surviving in some form. Maybe we should just call it the Conspiracy of anti-Christ because that’s ultimately what it really is. And for that reason, if for no other, Christians should be willing to expose it for what it is. Read Ephesians 5:11.