Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
July 10, 1969
NUMBER 10, PAGE 3b,7a

The Religion Of Communism

Arvid McGuire

Christianity has always had its enemies. They had not always been attired in a religious garb but have been and now are masked in arguments of philosophy, politics, economics, etc. Christians are warned to take heed lest these enemies should make spoil of them (Col. 2:8-10). Communism is an enemy of Christianity. It is a false religion that opposes everything Christianity stands for. Let us consider some religious aspects of communism.

Communism is a system of militant atheism. Karl Marx adopted the materialism of Epicurus and Feuerbach and the dialectic philosophy of Hegel. Evolution became the energizing principle of nature for this "Charles Darwin of economics." The system of Communism demands an unqualified and exclusive loyalty to the party, a loyalty that belongs only to God. Communism denies the existence of God and then demands every loyalty of heart and conviction of conscience that the Christian believes belongs only to God. The god of communism is DIAMAT, i.e., dialectic materialism. The fool has said in his heart there is no God.

Communism promises to redeem men without Christ. The only Christ in communism is the dictator of the proletariat. The Russian dictator is an international High Priest who seeks by his god DIAMAT to guide progress toward an utopia, the Communist heaven. Jesus Christ, according to Marx, never existed but is a figure of fiction and Christianity is a fraud. The Bible record is a myth.

The system of faith in Communism is party pronouncements, which are regarded as inspired and not to be disputed. Obedience of faith is enjoined. This godless totalitarian system demands undivided loyalty of all its subjects. It controls the inner and outer life of a man. His first and last allegiance is to the party line.

The fellowship of Communism is the Community Party International. This is the church of Communism. The congregations of this fellowship are various proletarian dictatorships.

The heaven of Communism is the triumph of world Communism. This is the utopia of a classless society. This is the goal which communism seeks to achieve.

These points demonstrate Communism to be a false religion. It is a philosophy of life. It is more than apolitical system. It has political manifestations — but so do some religious bodies — but it is far more than mere politics.

The ruling principle of Communism is hate. The theory is predicated on class hatred. Social revolution is the hope of the proletariat and her dictatorship. The realization of her goal demands destruction. In contradistinction, the ruling principle of Christianity is love (John 3:16; 13:35; Matt. 22:34-40).

The inspiration of Communism is covetousness. Destruction of all private ownership of poverty is envisaged. Everything is owned by the state. Each person labors according to his ability and receives according to this need. Christianity condemns covetousness as idolatry (Col. 3:5-6).

Violence is virtuous according to The Communist Manifesto. "Revelation is inevitable and the way of true progress. A period of peaceful coexistence, according to Mao-Tsetung, is but a period before a bomb is ignited." Peaceful coexistence is not a period of time to reach an understanding with class enemies. Rather is it a time in which certain objectives are sought. Its objectives are: to consolidate the Communist gains; divide the enemies; intensify subversion and to conduct psychological warfare to lull the enemies to sleep with false hopes or to paralyze them with false fears. Peaceful co-existence is but another phase of the class war. This entire theory is in opposition to the moral integrity, good will and mercy that is to characterize a Christian.

The tenets of Communism contradict plain Bible teaching. Communism contradicts each one of the ten commandments (Ex. 20:1-17) It contradicts the moral code of right conduct taught by Jesus Christ.

Communism advocates abolition of private ownership of property. The Bible recognizes the right of ownership and the principle of inheritance.

Communism stands for the destruction of the family. Communal farms and a community of wives was practiced by Russia 30 to 40 years ago. Lenin was forced to abandon this issue of social disease and social disorder. The communal arrangement is not in practice in Red China.

Communism is immoral. A revealed moral standard is denied. Morals to a Communist are but an expression of class interest. The only morals the Communist has are those which the High Priest postulates and defines as being good for the party. The comrade accepts these by faith and obeys them with no compunction of conscience.

The accepted theory is that "the end justifies the means." A comrade must lie, steal, murder, blackmail and even perjure himself if this will advance Communism. Anything is right that carries out the will of the party and overthrows those that oppose them. The Russian revolution was financed in part by bank robberies.

The Communist philosophy of life denies the existence of God, the spiritual nature of man, the reality of sin, the deity of Jesus, the inspiration of the scriptures, human responsibility, and the reality of eternal life. Communism is scientifically untrue, socially demoralizing and religious heretical. It will corrupt your — morals, degrade our personality to that of an animal and destroy your soul. Communism is not a harmless political party. It is the largest atheistic combine that the world has ever known.

— Grape Street, Abilene, Texas