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Dear Christian, Repent of your Conspiracy Theory Idol and God

May 11, 2011

Not every conspiracy theory has grounds in reality – in fact, most don’t – that’s why they’re called “theories.” But in America today, there are almost more conspiracy theories than there are trees. And some very prominent people in the media, who claim the mantle of “Christian” by uttering words such as “God” and “prayer” and “Jesus” on the radio or television, are propagating many of these theories. But, these are not true Christians because true Christians desire to be a “Holy People” as Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:1 “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” and in 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”

Be careful what you believe in, Christian

Christians especially need to be careful about believing in conspiracy theories because Christianity itself is surrounded by tons of them. The life, death, resurrection, and claims of deity (“Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58)) of Jesus are the most controversial, widely debated and disbelieved, conspiracy-theory-forming teachings in the Bible. Besides, the Bible itself warns AGAINST conspiracy theories:

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” (Isaiah 8:12-13)

More than simple belief, a belief system

The problem with conspiracy theories is that they are “more than just the belief in an occasional conspiracy. Simply put, [they are] a belief system that asserts that world events are being controlled in secret by a group of ultra-powerful puppeteers behind the scenes. While nothing much can be done about this overall conspiracy, at least we can have the satisfaction of being smart enough to have figured it all out.” (http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire.html)

Christians may be more susceptible

Additionally, Christians may be more susceptible to conspiracy theories because “Christianity itself is a religion predicated largely upon the belief in a cosmic struggle between the forces of Good (God, Jesus) and the forces of evil (Satan, demons). Conspiracies of world domination by sinister forces mesh quite nicely with the theology that Satan is trying to undermine goodness and Christianity. Thus, the conspiratorial powers – Jews, Masons, even Catholics – also end up as servants of Satan, thus allowing for even greater scapegoating and demonizing.” (http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa092299.htm) And therefore, Christians must be all the more careful about listening to, giving credence to, or believing in conspiracy theories. Even the apostle Paul writes that we must be careful of our own thoughts: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

There’s just no arguing with it

Another major problem with conspiracy theories is that “the problem of testing the ‘theory’ at the level of information is stark. Conspiracy Theory is by its very nature impossible to disprove. The revisionist history of Conspiracy Theory is based on “special knowledge” that plays by different rules than normal history, since it is dealing with ‘secret’ history.” (http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire.html).

Additionally, “these conspiracy theories are generally unfalsifiable. What this means is that there is no state of affairs, no fact which we might discover, that would serve to undermine or even refute the intricate structures build up around the idea of a conspiracy. Often, simple facts which should clearly show that the conspiracy idea is mistaken will only be interpreted as demonstrating just how powerful and clever the conspirators really are. If you, the skeptic, aren’t actually in on the conspiracy then you have merely been taken in by the very clever web of deceit which the True Believer just happens to be smart enough to see through. It never seems to occur to the believer that such an unfalsifiable belief is irrational and not worth believing in….Just as with a True Believer in religion, the True Believer in a conspiracy can be notoriously difficult to reason with and convince that there exists even the possibility that they might be mistaken.” (http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa092299.htm)

The Worst Aspect

But possibly the worst aspect of belief in conspiracy theories, at least for the Christian, is this:

It is perhaps ironic that Christians who fervently believe in world-wide conspiracies are as a consequence giving a second-class status to the all-powerful God they are also supposed to believe just as fervently in. In their world, their God has apparently lost control of events on earth, or at the very least won’t act to stop Satan’s plans. If you read the writings of such people, you may find Satan mentioned at least as often, if not more so, then God. By all appearances, Satan is a more important cosmic player than God. (http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa092299.htm)

and this:

This conspiracy business keeps people from living the really important eschatological aspects of biblical teaching, especially a critical truth like the already/not yet tension of the kingdom of Christ. And if we remain focused on all these conspiracies we will miss the present opportunity “to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). I am convinced that most Christians who are preoccupied with conspiracies, whether the secular or religious variety it does not matter, will be rendered fairly useless to the real work of the church in the world today. They have no deep and abiding interest in the missional mandate of Jesus. (http://stevebrownetc.com/2007/06/blogs/the-guest-room/why-some-christians-still-love-conspiracy-theories/)

So, what to do?

So there you have it, Christian. Do you give more credence to Satan, invisible puppeteers in the world, and conspiracy theories, than you do to God himself? Do you hide in the “fear of man” and paranoia of your fellow man, and ignore the multiple commands throughout the Bible to “fear God alone”? This is idolatry of the first degree. If you elevate anything above the place of God, you have created an idol for yourself. As Pastor Mark Driscoll (http://www.marshillchurch.org/) would say, “You have exchanged the truth of God for the lie of the world. You create a functional Savior – ‘this conspiracy theory is true’ – to take you to a heaven of your own choosing – ‘I am the only one not blinded to this “truth”‘ – and save you from your personal hell – ‘this country is is run by an ignorant fool!'” In such, you have allowed a conspiracy theory to become greater than your God. And no conspiracy theory is worthy to replace God in the throne of your life.

Read the last two sentences in that final quote above: “I am convinced that most Christians who are preoccupied with conspiracies, whether the secular or religious variety it does not matter, will be rendered fairly useless to the real work of the church in the world today. They have no deep and abiding interest in the missional mandate of Jesus.” Do you really want this to describe you? Repent of your idolatry; repent of your sin; repent of your “fear of man”; repent of your Conspiracy Theory God; and turn to your true Savior, Jesus Christ. Only he can save you. Conspiracy theories can never save you from anything.

More Great Resources

For more great reading about conspiracy theories as they relate to Christians, check out:
http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire.html
http://stevebrownetc.com/2007/06/blogs/the-guest-room/why-some-christians-still-love-conspiracy-theories/
http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa092299.htm

For more about idolatry of all kinds, functional saviors that save you from personal hells, and “the truth of God and the lie of the world” check out:
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/special/the-truth-and-the-lie-in-worship
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/special/the-truth-and-the-lie-in-marriage
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/continuous-worship/idolatry
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/1st-corinthians/resisting-idols-like-jesus
http://theresurgence.com/2009/06/17/advance-09-mark-driscoll-ministry-idolatry

The Fear of Man:
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/luke/the-parable-of-the-persistent-widow/the-fear-of-man

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    May 17, 2011 4:15 am

    For many Christians that cannot accept that the heart of man is evil and desperately wicked, or for fear of being labled a “kook” I can understand your concern. The scriptures are replete with conspiracy which began with the angelic conflict. God does not hide that the times of the gentiles are currently moving toward a one world government (“Why do the heathen rage and the peoples imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, sayting Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” Psalms 2:1-3.) Frankly, in my mind it is a disservice for believers to ignore, discount, or completely dispute the facts of conspiracy. Look at the conspiracy of the religious and political leaders in Jesus’ day that lead to his arrest, mock trial, and crucifixion. Was He not aware of it? did He not share what was going to occur to the disciples prior to it happening? The conspiratorial view is not an idol. The scriptures verify the reality. It does incite evangelistic fervor within my soul–and my friend if you trulty believe the Word of God, the world calls you a conspiracy nut anyhow…if that is your real concern.

  2. authenticjek permalink
    May 18, 2011 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the reply Mark. I replied to your comment in another post here: https://authenticjek.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/god-is-not-blind-god-is-in-control-god-works-out-all-things/

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