Dr. Stanley Monteith died this week. Despite some important disagreements, particularly in eschatology and outlook, I used to listen to “Dr. Stan” regularly back in the day. His shows were always filled with conspiracy theory—some verifiable, some conjecture—and his guests were usually from the fringe, though not always. But anyone with a decent filter could learn a tremendous amount of important and insightful information, most of which they could not find in very many other places. Again, despite certain disagreements, I always enjoyed his show.
Dr. Stan was a tireless fighter against encroaching government, government cover-ups, and the like. His work centered mostly upon exposing the effort of a global elite to create a one-world-order, which is true. The best of his efforts are recorded in his book Brotherhood of Darkness. It is a quick read and is worth reading even if you disagree with parts of it.
Our most serious disagreement would have been over eschatology. There is no denying many of the facts Dr. Stan and his guests uncovered, and I believe there is in fact a tremendous move on the part of many world leaders to form a one-world-order, and I believe it has been inspired in part, or has at least been coopted in part, by New Age teaching. When people of this nature join forces with success, it can seem disconcerting. But if you are of a dispensational or premillennial understanding of the future, it can be downright frightening and disconcerting.
It is here that many of Dr. Stan’s guests over the years were difficult for me to endure. To hear them talk, the conspiracy becomes all-consuming and really all-powerful. The demonic conspiracy in the push for one-world government and one-world religion takes on the attributes of divinity: it is unstoppable, inevitable, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. I’ll never forget hearing one of them once begin a presentation with these words: “I trust you are aware that we’re being controlled in every area of our lives. . . .” By “being controlled” he meant by the global elite. But for me, this type of rhetoric—even if it were just rhetoric—places far too much credit into the hands of men, and even gives too much to Satan. The correct view is this: yes, we are being controlled in every area of life—by the hand of God Himself. This control includes total control over the plans and conspiracies of the worst of sinful men, yea, even of Satan himself, not to mention the New Age nutcases.
I will never forget reading through Calvin’s Institutes for the first time as a young Pentecostal-becoming-Reformed. Calvin’s treatment of Satan was phenomenally inspiring to me (and still is):
With regard to the strife and war which Satan is said to wage with God, it must be understood with this qualification, that Satan cannot possibly do anything against the will and consent of God. . . . Satan is under the power of God, and is so ruled by his authority, that he must yield obedience to it. . . . [A]s God holds him bound and fettered by the curb of his power, he executes those things only for which permission has been given him, and thus, however unwilling, obeys his Creator, being forced, whenever he is required, to do Him service. . . . God thus turning the unclean spirits hither and thither at his pleasure, employs them in exercising believers by warring against them, assailing them with wiles, urging them with solicitations, pressing close upon them, disturbing, alarming, and occasionally wounding, but never conquering or oppressing them. (Institutes 1.14.17–18.)
Satan and his minions are so fully under God’s thumb that even the slightest pretense to power and dominion on their part is a joke. They will go where God wills and nowhere else. They will do what God wills and nothing more or less. They cannot pull off the kind of “control” that so many Christians fear, and so we ought to stop speaking of them as if they do.
I had breakfast with a state representative the other morning. He’s a good Christian man and we talked about good Christian stuff. One of the questions he had for me regarded a documentary he had just seen on YouTube called Aquarius: The Age of Evil. The general thrust of that film is to expose several modern groups, personalities, trends, and other things as New Age exponents underlying a move toward one-word government. Some of the experts in that 2 1/2-hour expose were people I remember hearing on Dr. Stan’s show years ago. I remember at least one as a recurring guest.
My problem with the film and with the whole enterprise of these conspiracy groups is that the unifying message of the whole: the conspiracy will succeed, will dominate the whole world, and will lead to the appearance of “The Antichrist.” Indeed, some already have a bead on just who that figure is: a New Age leader who has been on the earth now for some time. It’s depressing to hear the helpless tone of voice and the despondency before the face of the veritably awe-inspiring conspiracy; for these people, there is no chink in Smaug’s armor, and he has no overlord in our time. It is here that Gary North’s book, Conspiracy: A Biblical View, is a must-read. Christians beset by the union of conspiracy theory and end times madness need to step back and put the whole complex of things—history, Scripture, and the prophetic future—into proper perspective.
One of the good passing facts, however, in that film was the acknowledgement that the faddish documentary Zeitgeist was nothing more than one more New Age swipe at Christianity, rooted in hundred-year-old theosophical hooey and the likes of Madame Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled. I was the first person to publish a refutation of Zietgeist’s farcical nonsense; and my very first book in 2006 was also a response the Jesus “mystery religion” thesis that gained some popularity after The DaVinci Code (but had been around for decades prior in the sewers of long-forgotten pseudo-scholarship that was later replaced by even more fanatic pseudo-scholarship).
That first book, Manifested in the Flesh, sold out last year. We may possibly reprint it, but for now it is available as an eBook. BUT, we would like to extend it to you for a short time at basement prices. My discussion with this congressman made me realize that even well-educated and sincere Christians many times simply don’t come across this stuff very often, but when they do it can seem shocking and perhaps even persuasive.
End-times prognosticators have always had the gift of persuasion. They also have all had in common one thing: they have all to date been wrong. But in a culture of conservative Christians trained—even if only implicitly—by Left Behind theology, such one-world conspiracy theories easily prey upon their fears, especially when they hear them for the first time. The categories created by the dispensational thesis (and others) define the narrative of whatever future events come along, and if the categories are frightful and negative, the interpretation of historical events must necessarily be so, too—even if they were actually positive in certain ways. Whether they are or not, I want Christians to see the greater importance of things like the doctrine of the Incarnation, God’s absolute sovereignty over His creation, and His promises of victory in time and history—all juxtaposed against the futile and ridiculous mythologies of the New Age movement and its pitiful attempts to take over the world.
I want people to see the likes of Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled for the ridiculous bloviating it really is. I want you to know that Isis has indeed been unveiled, and she ain’t pretty. She’s a downright dog. And all Christians need to do is return to the fullness of the Great Commission God has given us uncompromisingly, preach who really has total control over every area of life, and preach what He has taught us about how to live in each of those areas. Quit preaching like Satan has total control of history, and start preach and living like God has commanded us, and like we truly know and worship the great God that He is.
When I look back on the career of the Dr. Stans and others like him, I will remember the great, tireless, fearless fighter for freedom and liberty that he was. That part was as faithful a champion for God as anyone can be and we all should be. I will choose to look past the eschatology, and remember the fight—because it’s in the fight that we see the true eschatology unveiled. Let’s follow that example.