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How the Devil Gets His Way |
URING the post-WWII years, when Communism
was spreading through Latin America, the dictator of a Caribbean island made
an astute decision. He realized that to ensure his success in imposing a
Communist government on a predominantly Catholic culture, he had to undermine
the authority of the Church. Yes, he couldand didpersecute the
Church, but he devised a cunning, long-term plan as well: he attacked the
minds of the children.
His henchmen went into the schools
and, with feigned compassion for the children,
said to them, Wouldnt you like some ice cream right now? Well,
why dont you pray to your God for ice cream?
The children, like innocent lambs,
closed their eyes and obediently prayed.
The henchmen told the children
to open their eyes. Did your God give you ice cream?
No, the children
Well, then, children,
the dictators henchmen said with a sly smile, pray now to Mr.
[dictator]. Ask him for ice cream.
Again, the children closed their
eyes and prayednot to God, but to Mr. [dictator].
Meanwhile, the dictators
henchmen wheeled ice cream carts into the classroom. They told the children
to open their eyes, and they gave out the ice cream, telling the children,
You see? Your God can do nothing for you, but Mr. [dictator] knows
how to take care of you!
ABOVE STORY is a perfect illustration of how the devil gets his way.
The procedure is simple. To undermine resistance to his nefarious desires,
he attacks the very root of the resistance: the children. By bypassing the
adults and brainwashing their children, he creates a host of new, pliant
converts to his ideology.
The same thing is happening
throughout the world today. In order to propagate their liberal, atheistic
hedonism, and to undermine Christian beliefs, activists
are brainwashing children through television (and the subversive commercial
advertising that goes with it), movies, music, sports, video games,
andeven more brazenlythrough advocacy programs in public
But do not be surprised. This
is all happening for a reason. Under the pernicious influence of
Protestantism, Christians have become accustomed
to take the Faith for granted. They have come to
believe that they can coast into Heaven. They have
come to believe that they can resort to politics
rather than personally witness the Faith. They
have grown morally lax, and they have grown lax in teaching their children.
They have become lukewarm. And Christ knew it would happen. Now we
are paying the price.
I know your works;
I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or
hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you
out of My mouth. For you say, I am rich and affluent and have no
need of anything, and yet do not realize that you are
wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I
advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and
white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I
love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and
Will we repent? The devil is
brainwashing our children right under our noses because, in our laziness,
we have opened the door to him. Will we close the
Yes, will we close the door?
Thats a good question, because to close the door requires a huge
spiritual battle and tremendous work. To close
the door means that Christian parents must be involved in the education of
their children. The parents must either begin home schooling or they
must send their children to trusted private schools or they must spend hours
every night at home with their children teaching the truth and correcting
the lies that were planted in the childrens minds during the day in
To send children
to a public school is like condemning them to hell. They will be brainwashed
into the ways of evil, their morals will be corrupted, and their faith will
But note this well: children
will not listen to their parents unless their parents live the faith
devoutly from their hearts, as a true
holy lifestyle. If the parents spend their
evenings passively entertaining themselves
with the insidious influence of television, movies, music, sports, and video
games, the children will smell the stench of this
hypocrisy and will say to themselves, Why
listen to these losers? Mr. [dictator] can do more for me than they
How can those
who reject the mandate of Christianity teach their
children to love and to fear God and to keep
His commandments? Well, they cant. They cant give their children
a proper education in anything but
Such is the chastisement inflicted
on the lukewarm. I will spit you out of My
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our children see a mother and a father both living in contemplative love for
God with a constant awareness of His presence and engaged in an all-out battle
with the evil of the world? More often than not our children donít see living
faith. They donít see protection from evil. They donít see genuine, fruitful
devotion. They donít see genuine love for God. Instead, they see our external
acts of devotion as meaningless because they see all the other things we do that
contradict the true faith. Thus we lose credibilityóand when parents lose credibility,
children become cynical and angry and turn to the social world around them for
identity and acceptance. They are children who have more concern for social approval
than for loving God. They are fallen children. Letís bring them back.