Gary Swisher

Glossing Over Paganism

In Chrisitan Right, Christianity, evangelical on January 29, 2011 at 4:07 am

The History Channel’s “Decoded” series has been rather intriguing I admit, but I’ve wondered if, perhaps, they have their own secret agenda. I’ve watched the better part of four installments of this series, which have addressed hidden symbols in the statue of Liberty, Masonic influence in U.S. government and what happened to the real John Wilkes Booth. Most recently I watched an episode on the Bohemian Grove, a secret retreat of the rich and powerful.

The Decoded team always seems eager to lift the curtain on hidden secrets within American institutions, but I get a feeling they are only entertaining these radical ideas in order to appear to be objective investigators. There seems to be a pattern of glossing over some of the more alarming aspects of their investigations. First, they bait the viewer by raising suspicions of conspiracy and intrigue. But through their investigative process (which seems quite staged) they land on conclusions which rebut the most serious suspicions. By the end of the program they appear to have taken us down a conspiracy theory trail only to debunk the myths and relieve any major concerns. Conspiracy theories aside, there have been some major loose ends left dangling after the team has finished vetting their sources.

My lingering suspicions are not about the points that seem to be based on conjecture, but about facts that are easily verified. One example comes from the episode on the Statue of Liberty. Our famous Lady Liberty has numerous occurrences of number patterns seeming to link it, and its architects, to Free Masonry. The statue itself also has a stark resemblance to some ancient pagan goddesses.

This text appears in the program description on the History Channel website:

“…America’s most powerful icon of freedom might actually be loaded with secret symbols put there by a sinister group bent on world domination. They investigate claims that the Illuminati, a secret European society loosely affiliated with the freemasons, turned every inch of the statue into a coded message, from the torch Liberty holds high, to the rays emanating from the crown, even to the precise height of the statue itself.

The Illuminati became the point of contention in this episode, and a bit of a straw man argument. When the connection between the Illuminati and Lady Liberty was shot down, the Decoded team decided to give her a pass on all the evidence that point to her pagan roots as well.

A very similar situation occurred when the team investigated the Bohemian Grove in Northern California, where it’s long been suspected that powerful private sector and government leaders in the highest positions broker deals and influence the policies of our nation. At the conclusion of this episode, the team decided that it was the right of a private club to hold private meetings, although Brad Meltzer, the show’s host, objected, saying national decisions and policies should not be made in an exclusionary way.

But once again, what they all glossed over is the most bizarre aspect of this annual retreat. It seems well documented, through photographs, literature and video, that the Bohemians engage in a paganish ritual involving the burning of a human form, a child-like doll, on an altar before a towering owl-shaped figure. The ritual ceremony comes complete with priests and pyrotechnics. Interesting point: the horned owl is similar in form to the Canaanite god, Moloch, who was also treated to child sacrifices. Scary… Oddly, none of the Decoded investigators made a big deal about the reference to human sacrifice or a colossal horned owl.

The pagan symbols that adorn the architecture of our government buildings, along with the secret societies and practices that span American history is very unsettling. In my view, that alone, is the story. Whether Lady Liberty is the result of a secret conspiracy, an overt pagan symbol meant to offend Christianity or just a remnant of the pagan culture that reaches into the ancient past, we should sit up and take notice. No matter how you slice it, Satan has marked his territory.

Yet, many Christians come just short of worshiping the USA as God’s holy land. To hear some speak of the birth of our nation you would think it was the immaculate conception. It’s not that I don’t see God’s grace shed on us, but we should be very careful we don’t take on the same attitude of the ancient nation of Israel who claimed God’s favor, based solely on their nationality.

We can make the best of the benefits of this country as sojourners in America, and thank God for our blessings without creating an unholy union between Christ’s church and a worldly kingdom. Yes, we should vote, pay Caesar his due and act as good stewards of this exceptional opportunity, but we should never give our faith the task of providing a political platform to moralize or proselytize, or use governmental power as the vehicle to Christianize. For this reason I would like to get as far away from the Christian Right as possible, even if by coincidence I might frequently vote in accord with them.

Yes, pray for leaders, expose darkness and hope the good elements in our land prevail against evil. But let’s not be surprised or act so naive when a worldly nation, founded in a mixture of Christian precepts and pagan influences shows its dark, deceitful and ugly nature in the policies values and Godless behavior that is just the nature of this world.

Patriotism is not requisite to faith in Christ. The United States is not the Promised Land. It is an earthly kingdom, a world system, every bit as much as Babylon the Great. Our participation in God’s kingdom is no more tied to the United States than it was tied to the pagan Roman Empire of the first century.

© 2011 Gary Swisher. All Rights Reserved

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  1. Amen and Amen! I couldn’t agree with you more. Keep it up.

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