SADE THUS IS THE MOST MODERN OF MEN. HE IS AHEAD OF THESE LIBERATED PEOPLE IN THAT HE OPENLY VINDICATED MURDER AND ALL OTHER OFFENSES. IF THERE BE NO GOD AND NO FALL, THEN NATURE IS NORMATIVE, SADE HELD, AND NOTHING CAN BE CALLED A SIN OR A CRIME, AND ALL THINGS ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT CHRISTIANITY. THE WORLD WILL SOON CATCH UP WITH SADE, UNLESS IT ABANDONS ITS HUMANISTIC FOUNDATIONS.1
The world is catching up with the Marquis de Sade. Published perversion now pervades both the airwaves and the “information superhighway” as cable television and high-end Web services provide immorality on demand. We have not abandoned our humanistic foundations, and the culture of perversion is helping to make formerly perverted lifestyles appear acceptable. This will be part of our undoing as a nation.
We are experiencing the next phase of world revolution. This is not merely another political coup. It is spiritual in nature because it seeks to overturn the Western sense of morality—a morality informed by Biblical law. The Anglophile “Establishment”2 that manipulates the apparatus of the state is seeking nothing short of an overturning of Christian civilization in order to erect the humanistic metropolis of Plato’s vision:
The modern state has a moral foundation, but it is not a Christian one. Rather it is emphatically humanistic. As Quigley noted of the English and American establishment, “[T]heir roots were to be found in ancient Athens rather than in modern Manchester.” In other words, the roots of the humanistic order were not in economic reality, i.e., in Manchester, nor in the free market. Neither were they in Biblical faith. These statists saw themselves in terms of Plato’s Republic. Their hostility was reserved for “the darkness of theocratic law,” i.e., Biblical law.3
Christianity stands as the opposing system to all who desire a humanistic utopia. Biblical law abides as the governing moral standard in both believer (Heb. 8:10) and unbeliever (Rom. 2:14–15); it is an inescapable concept—an indelible mark on the heart of man.
Humanistic man’s attempts at eradicating the witness of God’s law will not prevail, but his commitment is to the death. He hates God, and therefore loves death (Prov. 8:36). His drive is relentless, and his dedication to revolution only demonstrates his impatience in dismantling the Christian social order. His tactics are varied, and often political as well as economic. Yet, at base it is a spiritual revolution—the ultimate tool for erasing the moral reign of orthodox Christianity:
For the final goal of world-revolution is not Socialism or even Communism, it is not a change in the existing economic system, it’s not the destruction of civilization in a material sense; the revolution desired by the leaders is a moral and spiritual revolution, an anarchy of ideas by which all standards set up throughout nineteen centuries shall be reversed, all honoured traditions trampled under foot, and above all the Christian ideal finally obliterated.4
And because the revolution is spiritual, it seeks to align itself with a branch of Christianity that is easily compromised. By securing the aid of the Christian leadership, the establishment hopes to render ineffective the orthodox Christian testimony. The spiritual capacity of the compromised Christian leadership will serve as a necessary element in steering society further into the humanistic era:
If the Christian Intelligentsia can be destroyed or won over and the nation deprived of all its natural leaders, the world-revolutionaries reckon that they will be able to mould the proletariat according to their desires.5
This is the strategy of subversion that Rushdoony so often referred to—a point often missed by even his most devout readers. For all too many, Rushdoony was simply a more astute voice of Christian conservatism railing against left-leaning secularists. This is too reductionistic. Rushdoony’s great offense is that he rails against the long-standing undermining of a godly social order by the seed of Satan. Although the players may change, the strategy is the same. So is the solution. Only a return to faithfulness and obedience can undo the machinations of sin and Satan.
1. R. J. Rushdoony, Noble Savages: Exposing the Worldview of Pornographers and Their War Against Christian Civilization (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2005), 5.
2. Carroll Quigley, The Anglo-American Establishment (San Pedro, CA: GSG &
3. R. J. Rushdoony, Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1986), 33.
4. Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements (Brooklyn, NY: A&B Publishers, 1924), 337.
5. Ibid., 342–343.
- Christopher J. Ortiz
Christopher J. Ortiz is a freelance writer and independent communications specialist servicing churches, ministries, and publishers.