The fundamental errors of Neo-marxism which our country faces are nothing new. We are in a battle with a political movement that is totally in line with the goals and strategies of our great enemy Satan. Long before Karl Marx ever penned the Communist Manifesto and before man’s barbarism in World War I, we see the very same reasoning hissed out of the mouth of a serpent in the garden which God planted in Eden. It is since the very beginning of man’s story that he has had to contend with such ideas. They have always brought about a downfall.

Satan asked the newly-formed woman, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Our parents were duped—drawn in hook, line, and sinker! Of special note is the idea that the tree would make one wise. This appealed to Eve, but at the core there was a greater issue concerning the allure of supposed wisdom. Eve doubted the truthfulness and wisdom of God; she entertained that she could be smarter than her Heavenly Father and allowed a liar to turn her from the excellent way! Marxism: communism and socialism in all their forms, are sold to our children today with a similar appeal.

Historians, patriots, parents, and conscientious teachers have tried to warn of the evils of socialist totalitarianism in the prior century. We’ve seen the results of mass genocide, failed administration of agricultural reforms leading to famine and death, the suppression of ideas and speech, and a host of other serious problems. But there is the retort given by the advocates of Marxism in various institutions something like this: “That wasn’t true Marxism. Your parents don’t know what they’re talking about. They are uneducated yokels, hicks, idiots. They are holding you back from your potential and pleasure. We’ll teach you the true way to think! No generation is smarter than your own. You should forge ahead and make your own destiny and truth, and we’ll bring about a socialist Utopia! Further still, there is no God!” What blasphemy!

How very like the serpent’s subtil deceit, “Ye shall not surely die…”

We must show our young people the cunning and craftiness and deceit of our enemies; if we do not arm them with a critical mind we will all fall as the generations who have gone on before us. That is why study of doctrine and apologetics is vital, else it will be as God describes in Ecclesiastes 1:9:

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Is that the future you want for your children? What will you do about it?

-Matthew Travis, TBC Graduate Assistant