If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me, and that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham; and I will remember the land (Leviticus 26:40-42).
The will to resist is the second stage. Satan and his host, both supernatural and earthly, have a strategy based on a myth: the sovereignty of anything except God. To persuade people of the validity of this myth, they have adopted the tactics of the power religion. They squash people who get in their way. Not everyone gets squashed the enemies of God are not omnipotent, after all but some people. They make it seem as though they can squash anyone and everyone, if they ever choose to do so. They use a combination of deception and terrorism to achieve their goals. Thus, the proper counter-measure is to learn the truth and to resist evil.
This decision must be made before getting involved in any long-term program of self-education; if it isn't, self-education can easily become an exercise in self-paralysis and eventual psychological escape. The more a partially committed person learns about the influence of the enemy, the more he grows convinced of the enemy's omnipotence. Too much insight into the workings of the opposition paralyzes weak investigators. This is why I seldom recommend that someone begin a detailed investigation of occultism; there ought to be a legitimate "need to know." One or two books on the topic should be sufficient, except for a prayerful specialist who needs more information for a particular task, not just information for its own sake. The "burned out" conservative who served as a discussion group leader for 15 years is a familiar casualty in the war.
When you get involved in anything, count the long-term costs. "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he hath sufficient to finish it? Lest haply [it happen], after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish" (Luke 14:28-30).
The will to self-education is the third stage. The enemy has captured most of the tax-financed and non-profit educational institutions of our era. The enemy has also captured the major communications media: newspapers, book publishers, radio and television. They screen out facts that are uncongenial to their long-term goal of the political unification of mankind. Thus, truth-seekers are forced to find better information by means of "alternative media." Bible-preaching churches are the place to begin the search, but only a start. They, too, have been compromised. Their ministers and leaders have been educated in the enemy's schools and propagandized by the enemy's media. They, too, need to get involved in a self-education process. Only a minority are willing to do this. But at least they operate in terms of a manual of first principles which is at odds with the conspiracies: the Bible.
The will to dominion is the fourth not the quest for power apart from ethical law, but the quest for authority by means of ethical action.1 We need to do more than expose evil in high places. We need to make plans to replace evil in high places. You can't fight something with nothing.
This four-stage program, above all else, is what the conspirators fear, and cannot deal with successfully.
The Psychology of Defeat
The mentality of the anti-conspiratorialists has been a defensive mentality for seventy years. There has been a visible tendency for conservative people to shrivel up and die in the face of previously ignored and suppressed evidence concerning conspiracies. To some extent, this has been the fault of amateur conspiracy theorists, who have endeavored to prove their case by seeing all of history as a product of clever machinations by a single, unified, undivided conspiracy. These well-meaning people have adopted personalism, but not cosmic personalism. They have ignored God as the controlling factor in history. In some cases, they have begun to believe the far-out ravings of the occult fringe.
I think of one conspiracy theorist who has fortunately disappeared from view, and who never wrote a book, preferring to spread the word by means of seminars and audiocassette tapes. He was articulate, but at the end of his semi-public career (mid-1970's), he actually taught that the events of this world are controlled by about half a dozen "Tibetan masters" in the Himalayas. He took seriously the most nonsensical ravings of the New Age mystics. As Rushdoony once commented, such conspiracy theorists have believed in witchcraft to such a degree that they think the witches are in control. In the name of fighting Satan, they have adopted his own bragging lies about himself. They have retreated from the fight.
What happens when a dedicated conspiracy-fighter begins to comprehend the power of the enemy? In a few cases, they may adopt the religion of the conspirators, the power religion. They switch sides. In most cases that I am familiar with, however, they merely have believed in the power religion's own propaganda, and they have grown fearful and despondent. They have dropped out of the fight. Perhaps they just stop reading about the Conspiracy, or politics in general. In one case that I am familiar with, the person adopted some sort of Eastern mystical religion and started having an annual sexual affair each summer vacation. In desperation, many have retreated into the escapist religion a retreatist, pietistic, "God will Rapture me out of all this" religion. They have abandoned orthodox Christianity, the ethics religion, which is the dominion religion.2
Humble Before God, Fearless Before Men
The best defense is a good offense. We must take the offensive. And we must be governed by this vision: they are evil and will eventually lose; we are righteous and will eventually win. God is on our side. We are stronger than our enemies because we are right. Even if we personally do not win in our lifetimes, our successors who organize in terms of our principles will win.3 Now is not the time for caution; the stakes are too high, and it is too late in the conflict.
Rushdoony's comments on the meaning of destiny and conspiracy need to be taken seriously:
The reluctance to call one's own position a conspiracy rests on the premise that destiny cannot be conspiracy; it is historical inevitability. Only that which seeks to conspire against destiny is conspiracy, which is some kind of desperate, dangerous and yet futile attempt to stay the clock of history. And, in a very real sense, there is truth in this opinion. If there be any pattern, purpose or direction in history, all counter-movements will, historically, be regarded as conspiracies against that nature or destiny. On the other hand, only those who fully believe in a transcendental predestination can avoid conspiracy, for they alone can rest in the confidence that it will be God's work.4
But it is his warning to "destiny" thinkers which is crucial. Without this, men face great temptation:
But to represent destiny in any sense does not mean to represent either perfect virtue or infallibility. The Bible points clearly to the wretched nature of the chosen people of the Old Covenant, and the heresies and sins of the elect people of the New Covenant. The various commanding empires of history, from Rome to the United States today, have not been preserved from grievous sins at their highest points. No party, religious group, or race, however confident of its cause and destiny, can afford the luxury of assuming that the righteousness of a cause a man affirms is identical with his own nature. The answer, on the other hand, is not mutual tolerance, for unity and brotherhood movements are either desertions of one's position for the religion of humanity, or else they are hypocrisy. The answer is not to be one, but to be under law rather than to claim to be law incarnate. It is the course of common sense to see one's real enemies as dangerous and evil, but it is also the course of wisdom to see oneself as a sinner, different only to the extent that God's grace is operative in us.5
In contrast to those who hide in darkness because their deeds are evil (John 3:19), let us follow the commission Jesus gave to His disciples concerning open covenants openly arrived at: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16).
What should our strategy be? At the very least, we ought to adopt this as our political minimum, our non-negotiable demand: "My hand out of your wallet; your hand out of my wallet; no handouts from the government; and handcuffs for the thieves."
You can't beat something with nothing. The only thing that can defeat a bad idea is a good idea. We have the best ideas. We have the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and an understanding of freedom. Freedom works. It produces abundance. Socialism produces poverty. It exists only because Western capitalists and governments have subsidized it with taxpayers' money. The Marxists have had to construct barbed wire defenses against people who would otherwise try to escape from socialist paradise.
What we need to understand is that the conflict is not merely a matter of logic. It is a matter of faith. The enemy within our gates are increasingly proponents of occultism. There is an alliance between secular humanism and outright occultism. This alliance goes back to the beginning of time. In the West, it goes back to the Renaissance, something admitted by professional historians only since about 1964. This is why Christians are uniquely equipped to fight this battle. They know that the weapons are spiritual. We need to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6).
It must begin with knowledge. This is why I have written a full-length study of the forces arrayed against us: Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism (1986).6 Until Christians understand the nature of the confrontation, they will continue to tilt at windmills.
The kind of information Christians need is not usually available in bookstores. Not in Christian bookstores, because Christian bookstores rarely have carried books like Quigley's Tragedy and Hope, Allen's None Dare Call It Conspiracy, and Billington's Fire in the Minds of Men. (Some now carry Pat Robertson's New World Order. Part 2 is such a good introduction that the book was widely criticized by the liberal press, unlike his other books, which have received little media attention.) Humanist bookstores seldom carry books like my Unholy Spirits. The books I list in my bibliography are usually out of print and are hard to locate, even in large university libraries. If it were not for copyright problems, I would put a lot of them on a CD-ROM.
Nevertheless, you need to read. He who refuses to read will be in a poor position to lead. If we think our opponents have done a terrible job, then we need to prepare ourselves to do a better job. They've done their homework. Are we doing ours?
It is time to sign up for a religious war that will last for the rest of your life. If we do our work faithfully, maybe we will start seeing some major victories before we get very far into the next millennium. I think we will. I smell victory. I think the enemy, for the first time in a century, has begun to smell defeat. They are trying to speed up their timetable because their dream of a one-world order is unravelling. Technology is now against them: decentralization. Newsletters are multiplying: alternative information sources. The World Wide Web is beyond anyone's control. The public schools are disintegrating. And millions of people are catching on. This is good news for God's people and bad news for His enemies.
1 Gary North, Unconditional Surrender: God's Program for Victory (3rd ed.; Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1988).
2 Gary North, Moses and Pharaoh: Dominion Religion vs. Power Religion (Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1985), Introduction.
3 David Chilton, Paradise Restored: A Biblical Theology of Dominion (Ft. Worth, Texas: Dominiou Press, 1985). Sold through I.C.E.
4 R.J. Rushdoony, The Nature of the American System (Fairfax, Virginia: Thoburn Press,  1978), p. 144.
5 Ibid., pp. 144-45.
6 Today published by the Institute for Christian Economics.