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CNP's Gary North ~ On the CNP

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Ephesians 4:14-15
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

*Note~ Links have been added which take you to the Seek God CNP biographies throughout this article. Links were not in the original cited article, except for a few organizational or book promo links. Bolding is added in various sections.

Recently  I was sent an article written by CNP's Gary North, March 1, 2002,  which was posted at Lew Rockwell. 1 Called, The First Rule: Lists Are Not Enough, Mr. North scoffed at the idea that associations are really not enough to cast doubt on a persons loyalties and beliefs. While it is true that as Christians, we must be involved with non- Christians as a witness and through work, we are not to join with them in a spiritual venture. We have no business. Bad company corrupts, and we also do not have license to be spending a lot of time doing the 'non-Christian' thing simply because we think that type of  "friendship" evangelizes non-Christians.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

There is a big difference between witnessing and joining in political or spiritual ventures and finding unity in diversity and common ground to make political agendas meld. 

James 4:4 "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."

Mr. North's article begins by mentioning the Council for National Policy or CNP, and his offense of being written about with that connection, while admitting he is a past member.  For a full explanation of the CNP please see the Seek God article,  CNP Introduction: What it is and Scriptural analysis. Mr. North states, 

"This "hot off the digital press" report on Rev. Moon made other astounding connections: from Moon to the Council on Foreign Relations to the Bilderbergers and to Freemasonry. It seems that the entire American Right wing is part of this secret cabal. And it all centers around the secretive Council for National Policy.

I am listed among the hundreds of people associated with the cabal.

Let me tell you that I feel as though I have been violated – not by the article, but by Rev. Moon. Where was my money? For a decade, 1981-91, Moon made me pay my own air fare, hotel lodging, and dues to go to meetings of the Council for National Policy.

There is no justice. When a man sells out, he deserves to be paid. But Moon made me pay my own sell-out fees!"

Naming the source of his distaste to be an author named Eric Jewel, whose articles, The Unholy Alliance-Christianity and the NWO are published on, North's complaint was based on the supposed lack of concise reporting skills. 

"Just about every shocking accusation that he makes is prefaced either by "alleged" or "it is reported." Alleged by whom? Reported by whom? Where are the footnotes? That the American religious Right has taken money from Moon is an old story, and not an illustrious one. There comes a time in every large non-profit ministry which reaches a large audience when someone whose money you had better not accept comes knocking at the door. He offers money. Don't take the money. A lot of prominent conservatives took Moon's money. I opposed this at the time, and I still do."

"Over a decade ago, a Christian conservative former friend of mine was offered a job at The Washington Times. He asked me if I thought he should take the job. I told him no. He took it anyway. I think this was one factor in the subsequent destruction of his career. He got fired anyway, but this had nothing to do with Moon or his cult. The problem was, he knew better, theologically speaking. The conservative evangelicals who have taken Moon's money are not noted for their precise theology. They are noted more for their large mailing lists and even larger debts. Their mailing lists made them a target for Moon, and their debts made them susceptible to the offer."

For Christians to be working with Moon in any way, shape or form, or to take money from him or his various organizations is an affront to Christians and God Himself. Moon believes he is the Messiah and blasphemously claims that Jesus will worship at his feet.  Nothing should cause a true Christian to partake of anything he has to offer. There is simply no excuse for seeking his help to supposedly further the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

If something is of God, God will provide all that is needed to make it work, including the finances. Anyone who is is linked with Moon must be viewed as (if saved at all) extremely immature in the faith.  He is apostate.  We need to back up and find the real reason for supporting Moon, or Moon supporting him.  

First of all, Gary North and his sort are believers in the Reconstructionist, "Christians can save the world" mentality.  They "know not of what spirit they are."  They are:  "enemies of the Cross of Christ,"  who mind earthly things and are to be marked as such.  

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Phil 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Christians do not need so much as a "shoelace" from the world to preach the gospel.  If finances are dried up, God is putting up a fence for that particular ministry. A heart in tune to the Lord will know that the ministry is changing or finished. Nothing of Christ is rooted in the world and does not need to be propped up beyond its time.  Furthermore, they manifest who they are by their connections, and "their folly shall be manifest unto all men..."

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
...12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 

If Christians do not avoid these people, they will osmotically absorb their teachings and become just like them.  They will be without hope, and we fear much for them. 

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works...
4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Mr. North then proceeded to enlighten his readers concerning Moon's intentions within the conservative movement. Keep in mind that being Conservative is not being Christian, that is, belonging to Jesus Christ, or Biblically obedient. Unfortunately many believe the 'religious right' and conservatives are a representation of Biblical Christianity. They are not. 

"...He was also buying support for jointly shared ideas. He was an anti-Communist. As a South Korean, this was to be expected. (See recent remarks about the Axis of Evil.) The American conservative movement in 1979-91 was anti-Communist. Moon's payments, as far as I ever heard, went mostly for anti-Communist causes or pro-family causes."

"Any suggestion that Moon's theological ideas in any way filtered down through the Christian organizations that took his money is ludicrous. It cannot be proven. No one has tried to prove it... "

"Follow the money, yes; then follow the ideas. If there is no trace of the ideas alongside the flow of funds, then we aren't talking about buying influence. The money is buying something else. My guess is that it was buying self-imposed silence. Nobody mentioned this nature of this arrangement. No one had to."

"... the main source for information on the Moon-conservative connection is, which is an anti-CIA, left-wing outfit that has a remarkable data base. ... PIR has a very impressive Web site in terms of raw data, but you have to verify everything you read after you discover a supposed connection. It's not Reagan's "trust, but verify." It's more like "verify, then trust . . . this time only."

Moon is one of the many connections to the CNP membership--and a very important one.  To suggest that it is insignificant is utter nonsense. Would Mr. North also suggest that we walk in silent agreement with or obtain financial support from the Dalai Lama or Castro? That it might be a mistake but helpful to a Christians needs? That it's acceptable if everyone remains silent about the money source--after all, it is going to a "good" cause! 

Are we naive enough to think that Satan wishes to further the actual true Gospel of Jesus Christ? If deception or secrecy is involved, it is to corrupt the Gospel or to attempt to bring dishonor to our Lord.

2 Corinthians 11:12 "But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

Presenting his rendition of the Council for National Policy (CNP), North reveals he was in on the initial planning meeting along with Tim LaHaye. Quoting Eric Jewel, he writes, 

"Looking into some of the CNP officers we find not only a just a strong association with Moon, but also powerful ties with the CIA and the Council on Foreign Relations, not to mention association with high level Freemasonry for which many conspiracy theorists have more than a mere elementary knowledge related to the NWO. Another past President of CNP is Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway (and 33rd degree Mason)."

"It is time for me to fess up. I was present at the creation of the CNP. That was in 1981. Reagan had just been elected. It was euphoria time on the Right. The honeymoon had barely begun."

"Rev. Tim LaHaye was the visible organizer. This was in the middle phase of LaHaye's career: after his televangelism-pastoral career had ended, but before his $45 million author's career writing dispensationalist science fiction novels (Left Behind) 3. This was the "Mr. Beverly LaHaye" phase of his career. His wife was building what became a mailing list of over 400,000 conservative Christian women. I am happy to report that he played his role well; he never complained."

According to Mr. North, the initial meeting was an incompetent mess with no one knowing what to do. He reveals that he was there after having worked for Howard Ruff , saying that Ruff never attended the meetings. Why would people pay thousands of dollars to not attend meetings?

"That first meeting was a mess. Nobody had a clue as to what was going on, who was in charge, what the CNP was supposed to become."

"That first meeting was saved by a man nobody knew anything about, except for me. His name was Terry Jeffers. He worked for Howard Ruff, who never did attend a CNP meeting, as far as I recall, but who had been invited to join. Ruff wrote a newsletter with 200,000 subscribers, which then shrank. I was probably the only person in the room who knew Jeffers. He had been my boss at Ruff's organization, 1977-79. He was an affable fellow who hadn't a political or economic idea in his head, as far as I ever knew. He was a business manager. He once wrote a school song for Brigham Young University."

"After an hour of floundering, the group was in big trouble. Nobody knew what it should be or do. Then Terry persuaded someone to bring in a flip chart. He took over the meeting. He got everyone who had an idea to contribute to say what was on his mind. He himself made no suggestions, except this one, over and over: "Let's keep on track." It was the best advice the organization ever had. He kept flipping the pages. After about an hour, an outline of CNP's goals took shape. Jeffers and his flip chart brought together the American conservative movement in a Washington hotel room in early 1981. I am not exaggerating. He never attended again. Of such are "revolutions" made!"

Howard Ruff  is a Mormon and  Terry Jeffers, an executive in his companies, is likely Mormon as well, important issues that North merely omits. According to North, Terry Dolan, a closet homosexual who apparently died of AIDS, suggested that the CNP should be like a conservative Council of Foreign Relations and that members would have to pay $5000 per year. All new members that is, except those initiating the organization.

"Nobody quite knew what CNP should be. Finally, someone said it said it should be like a conservative Council of Foreign Relations. Then J. Terry Dolan, head of NICPAC (National Conservative Political Action Committee), said that if it was to have the influence of the CFR, it would have to charge a lot of money to join. He suggested $5,000 a year. The motion passed."

"That was Dolan's last major contribution to the American Right. He turned out to be a closet homosexual, dying of AIDS. The family-values members remained discretely silent about this embarrassing development."

For an understanding on the Council of Foreign Relations, please see the Seek God article,   Skeletons in the Closet ~ Rockefeller History. Then Mr. North related that most in attendance of the planning meeting didn't have $500 so they exempted themselves from having to pay the membership fee---just new members would be required to fork out the money. 

"Let me assure you that 75% of the people in that room didn't have even $500 a year to pay, unless it was with their 501(c)(3) organizations' money. So, we exempted ourselves from the rule. It was only Johnny-Come-Latelies who would be asked to pay $5,000 a year."

North explains that the CNP was, " a revolution of conservative money-absorption. The CNP launched the greatest roving conference inside the American Right. Every attendee paid $500 per conference, plus travel, plus a hotel room at the swankiest hotels that I have ever been in, before or after. That was what was required for a CFR wanna-be organization. The attendees had to think they were participating in The Big Time."

Now we have a detailing of money woes ---the multi-millionaires involved would probably be aghast to think people will get the wrong impression as Gary North shares the following. "Despite $5,000 a year plus $500 per conference, three or four times a year, the CNP always seemed to be short of money. "

What an incredible un -Scriptural concept! 

If 75% of the original people didn't have the money in the first place, how were they all able to take in the meetings which North said many didn't attend, but they did? And those who did attend were paying $500 for the privilege, plus travel and accommodation expenses. 

Did their individual charitable organizations provide the money over the years for their attendance to this initially secretive organization, although supporters were not privy to how their money was wastefully being used? And why would "broke" Christians, leaders of ministries, be such lousy stewards of what many would say God provided? 

Did these people not think it strange that some "leadership" like North and LaHaye felt quite justified in paying nothing in fees while the other members paid through the nose? All for the  deliberately tantalizing delusion of "being in the Big Time," which in most cases, hinges on lust of power, wealth, position or influence. 

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Admitting that he did attend the meetings from 1981-1991, North said the meetings were where people listened to,  "excruciatingly boring lectures given by White House mid-level flaks." 

Let's reiterate what is being said. People paid $5000 per year, plus $500, plus hotel and travel costs four times a year,  to attend "excruciatingly boring lectures," when these same people couldn't afford $500 in the first place, or as North later proclaims, most were in organizations strapped for money.  

These are people in many cases in organizational leadership positions. Either all these people are independently wealthy or perhaps things aren't being portrayed quite accurately. A look at the agenda and attendees of the CNP's 1998 Tysons Corner  meeting, suggests the latter.  In fact many of the 1998 "boring" lectures were given by speakers in well-known "Christian" organizations, not "White House mid-level flakes." 

Mentioning the various speakers of the past, Ambassadors from Romania, former US Ambassadors, Ed Meese --who "never said anything worth hearing," Jeane Kirkpatrick, [see Alan P. Dye] "the neo-conservative Democrat who for years successfully passed herself off as a conservative," and  "After 1985, we got Ollie North's speeches. Ollie was always interesting." 

"Occasionally, there was a good speech. If I were not a Calvinist, I would say that this was entirely random. The speaker was never a politician. It would be someone like Otto Scott – someone obscure who had something important to say, but without any power or money."

Did you catch the contradiction? Previously the "boring lectures" were given by "White House flakes"--meaning political individuals. Now North states that the speakers that were good weren't politicians. Obviously all speakers were not politicians by his own admission.

Romans 12:17b ... Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Otto Scott was a member of the CNP from 1984. From the Seek God CNP biography about him, " "Not many know that his efforts have been credited by Howard Phillips  for pioneering the U.S. Taxpayers Party (now the Constitution Party), or that his ideas and writings have influenced well-known individuals such as conservative columnists Pat Buchanan, Joe Sobran, and William Murchison." Was senior editor, The Conservative Digest, and contributor to The Chalcedon Report." 

The Chalcedon Report is about Reconstructionism as Gary North well knows, since his late father-in-law, R. J. Rushdoony, founded it, and Scott doesn't appear to be "obscure". 

According to North, the CNP was, "... basically a quarterly get-together of the Good Old Boys (and Phyllis Schlafly, unquestionably the toughest of the whole bunch) in the American mailing-list Right."  It might have "been called "Richard Viguerie's Spear-Carriers." 

North stated there was a pecking order based on wealth. Another very Un-Scriptural concept, and yet we have most of these people claiming to be Christians.

James 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

North suggests that associations must be evaluated by shared confessions, not shared money. 

"...there are many levels of association, dependence, and interaction among political groups and activist organizations. What matters most is shared confessions, not shared money. Shared ideas, not a long list of names on the yellowing letterhead stationery of a short-lived, peripheral, one-man organization like the Religious Roundtable, are what matter.

... He must show that the connections have to do with a shared worldview and shared sources of funding, especially funding by an organization or a family with an identifiable agenda that stretches across two generations or more.

Men in politics join many organizations. A politician never knows where the next donation may come from. A donor never knows which politician will be in a position to stop or promote a piece of legislation."

Previously Gary said "follow the money", now he states, follow "the shared confessions, not shared money." Joining together with non-Christians, particularly politically, is joining together with a "shared worldview," like it or not. One can't join hands with Moon, Mormons, KKK, Freemasons, Nazis and so on and not have a shared world view. That is because to join with them is to disobey the Scriptures. And finding common ground is the first rule for being part of the world and it's downward spiral.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

1Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Since Gary North was involved with the CNP more than ten years we can assume that he had a shared worldview and perhaps, although he doesn't enlighten us, shared sources of funding. He is a reconstructionist, as was his father-in-law, R. Rushdoony. He admits, although he doesn't provide the specific information, that the members were ecumenical and using each other for funding and as contacts to promote their individual and collective agendas. He admits that he worked and talked with other CNP members like Larry Pratt , Larry Abraham and others. 

Larry Pratt is connected to Christian Identity & Aryan Nations which in turn connects to Moon, but Mr. North seems to think relaying that information to be unimportant. He complains that the "far right were never invited to speak" "x-John Birch Society officials (Scott Stanley, Larry  McDonald ), Christian Reconstructionists (R. J. Rushdoony,...and Austrian School economists..." yet never mentions such leadership as James Dobson, Bill Bright, or Jerry Falwell, and others who did speak and attend. 

The Austrian School economists who North laments never got their chance to speak are likely connected to the Mises Institute and the Mount Pelerin Society. [See: CNP Organizations --Mises].  

Mises Institute, is a CNP/reconstructionist connected libertarian institute which esteems notables such as Friedrich von Hayek. 

Friedrich von Hayek, protégé and colleague of founder Ludwig von Mises, is one of the founders of the Mont Pelerin Society of which many CNP are members. According to various sources, among its founders were some of the oldest and most powerful families in Europe, such as the von Hapsburgs, former rulers of Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Thurn und Taxis family, which ran the intelligence and postal system for that Empire since the Sixteenth Century...those present such as Max von Thurn und Taxis, had supported Hitler during the 1920s and 1930s. The Mont Pelerin Society called for a "conservative revolution" - for the "elimination" of nation states and the return to FEUDALISM a goal which has characterised all the various European fascist movements of the 1920s and 1930s, of which the Nazis were merely the most successful variant...The Mont Pelerin Society is a relic of the fascist movements of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. The Mont Pelerin Society's own members such as Professor Milton Friedman, have "emphasized" that its policies are those of Adolf Hitler [meaning from Hitler's policies in the 1920's and 1930's]. Soon after it was founded in 1947, the Mont Pelerin Society moved to London... Beginning in the mid-1970s, with lavish corporate financing, the Mont Pelerin Society, spawned a series of "think tanks" 43. Von Hayek, the founder, wrote The Road to Serfdom in London in 1944, while teaching at the British Fabian Society's London School of Economics.

" London Friedrich Hayek was creating an organization that would later re-form as the Mont Pelerin Society. The early group was formed in 1939 and was known as the Society for the Renovation of Liberalism. Members of the organization included Frank Knight and Henry Simons of the University of Chicago, the slavishly pro-British American Fabian Socialist Walter Lippman, the philosopher Sir Karl Popper, Sir John Clapham of the Bank of England, and of course, Ludwig von Mises. [a founding member and for at least 13 years]

All of these early members of Hayek's group then met at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland to form the influential, highly-secretive, and elitist Mont Pelerin Society in 1947...From the beginning the Mont Pelerin Society worked hand-in-hand with the Pan European Union..." 43b  See: Footnotes

Lew Rockwell, is founder and president of the Mises Institute 5 in Auburn, Ala., and vice president of the Center for Libertarian Studies 6 in Burlingame, Cal., is a columnist for WorldNetDaily 7, and an opponent of the central state, its wars and its socialism. WorldNetDaily also has CNP's  Joseph F. Farah and John Lofton

From the Seek God CNP bio of Dr. Gary North - CNP Board of Governors 1982, member 1984, 1988, 1996, 1998; .... Founder 1975 and President of the Institute for Christian Economics 8 and publisher of Christian Reconstruction; Reality Check newsletter; Member of [Ed McAteer 's] Religious Roundtable Council of 56 9 See: Religious Roundtable . Y2K alarmist,  Gary North's Y2K Links and Forums 10; Joined staff of Chalcedon in 1973; began editing Chalcedon's Journal of Christian Reconstructionism in 1974; editor of 15 issues of the Chalcedon Foundation's Journal of Christian Reconstructionism 11; signed COR Manifesto and COR Steering Committee 12; Co-author, with Gary DeMar, of Christian Reconstruction: What It Is, What It Isn't (Institute for Christian Economics, 1991).; columnist to 13, which posted the article that is being refuted here, and is "the anti-state, anti-war, pro-market news site," a division of the Center for Libertarian Studies. 14

Dennis Peacocke's Coalition on Revival (COR) was co-founded and headed by Jay Grimstead. Jay Grimstead's COR Manifesto is the document which outlines COR's goals and objectives. The 135 Christian activists who signed the document in 1986 committed themselves to working for the realization of COR's goals "until the day we die." Those on the COR steering committee include other CNP members as well as recognized shepherding movement leaders such as Bob Mumford and Ern Baxter, as well as Jack Van Impe. 

For Dennis Peacocke, Mumford, Doner See: Shepherding; Jay Grimstead

North downplays the role of people like Ed Meese , almost as doddering, hapless individuals who couldn't accomplish or organize anything. He mentions Mark Skousen, a Mormon, and George Gilder, close friend of David Rockefeller and member of the CFR, but doesn't mention their connections or  beliefs. He recounts that the workshops were mainly whining sessions, which focused on " foreign policy, labor unions, military affairs, etc. At these little break-out sessions, someone who was in the business of raising money for that particular cause would probably chair it. The meetings were all alike: "What can we do? We're losing!...The master of this was Reed Larson of the National Right to Work Committee. He told us, meeting after meeting, year after year, how the unions were involved in political skulduggery..."

So, although Mr. North states good reporting notes the money trail, and scolds those who have written anything but his rendition of the CNP, he reveals that the CNP was for raising money "for particular causes" and certainly was for promoting agendas. Isn't that a big contradiction?

Mr. North then raises some interesting points about Freemasonry being irrelevant politically. 

"....Rich DeVos, we are told by Mr. Jewel, is a 33rd degree mason. Bad news if true, but irrelevant politically. So was J. Edgar Hoover. So are lots of high-level people, going back over two centuries. But, other than its goofy unitarian theology and its bloody self-maledictory oaths, does American Freemasonry make any difference? Does it exercise power the way that, say, the New York Times does? .... Without the Freemasons, there probably would have been no American Revolution. That was my contention in Part 3 of my 1989 book, Political Polytheism. 15 The famous Green Dragon Inn, from which the Boston Tea Party's "indians" went forth, was a Freemasonic tavern. But you don't read about that in the history textbooks, and conservatives don't want to hear it. George Washington had served as Grand Master of Alexandria's Lodge 22, and he brought in the brothers to lay the foundation stones of the Capitol building on September 18, 1793. He came down from New York City, the nation's capital, to participate. The U.S. Senate featured a painting of the ceremony in its 1993 calendar."

Does Freemasonry have that kind of power today? It is highly doubtful."

The Freemasons themselves would probably be happy to point out the number of famous freemasons who have impacted society, politically, socially and religiously, yesterday and today. And a number of CNP members are Freemasons and politically motivated.  

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:...

Freemasonry is based on ecumenical Universalism and salvation based on embracing their savior, Hiram Abiff. They believe that all roads lead to God. Those that claim to be Christian, embrace a false gospel and false savior.  Freemasonry teaches that Master Masons have been redeemed from the death of sin and represent those raised to the faith of salvation. Each Mason goes through a Masonic ritual, which portrays him as Hiram Abiff. The ritual presents the  false notion in which Abif was believed to have been killed, buried and raised from the grave. The ritual of the third degree directly states that by imitating Hiram Abiff, Master Masons may get into heaven. Those who claim to be Christians and are freemasons, and who attend churches are there to teach and expand the membership or embracement of their false gospel and ecumenical beliefs. One doesn't say one believes something and then remain silent. 

According to the Ephesians 5:11 Newsletter 16, "...The grand lodge of Kentucky provides unmistakable evidence that Freemasonry teaches, not only that there are many different saviors for various people, but that Hiram Abif is considered a savior for Freemasons.

"The context is a discussion of various world religions."

"All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state of successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a  painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram. It is interesting that the ''small hill west of Mount Moriah" has been identified as Golgotha, or Mount Calvary. KENTUCKY MONITOR, pp. XIV-XV, 5th-15th editions.

"Masonry teaches that Jesus is not unique. Notice the parallel sentence structure: Hindus -Krishna, ..Christians -Jesus, Masons -Hiram. They clearly are teaching that Krishna is a savior for Hindus, Jesus is a savior for Christians and Hiram Abiff is a savior for Masons. The teaching that Hiram is the Masonic savior is found in more than a few books distributed throughout the Masonic system. Consider the words of Masonic author, Lynn Perkins:

"Therefore Masonry teaches that redemption and salvation are both the power and the responsibility of the individual Mason. Saviors' like Hiram Abiff can and do show the way, but men must always follow and demonstrate each for himself, his power to save himself, to build his own spiritual fabric, in his own time and way. Every man in essence is his own savior and redeemer: for if he does not save himself, he will not be saved. The reader who succeeds in getting back to the real teachings of the masters, including Jesus of Nazareth, will find unanimity of thinking on this matter. " The Meaning of Masonry, p. 95"

Further to that, the Newsletter relates, 

"The Masonic view of Jesus Christ"

"We could infer the position which Freemasonry takes with regard to Jesus Christ, but the Grand Lodges use Masonic literature to make that unnecessary. So that Masons will not misunderstand, the Masonic position on the Son of God has been explained in no uncertain terms: Masonry is UNIVERSAL and recognizes no CREEDS, taking truth wherever it is found. That Jesus, the man, lived is conceded by even a vast majority of non Christian creeds, the Jew acknowledges him lo have been a Great Teacher. Some Christian creeds declare him to have been "conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary," others refuse this dogma, attribute to him no supernatural birth and claim he "achieved Christ-hood." Occult teaching largely agrees with this latter thesis and points to him as a 'prototype" of the perfect man - the goal toward which the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE is evolving. We are here referring to the Master strictly in that sense- one who has Mastered himself in the fullest sense of the expression. " THE LOST WORD ITS HIDDEN MEANING. p. 74"

"Obviously, the heretical teaching that Jesus Christ is NOT the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), that he is NOT the only redeemer and savior (John 14:6), and that the name of Jesus is NOT the only name whereby men may be saved (Acts 4:12) is current Masonic teaching. This heresy is not limited to an outdated edition of the Kentucky Monitor, as some "Christian" Masons have tried to claim. It is widespread,  mainstream, Masonic teaching. All a Mason has to do to uncover it is dig around in the lodge library." [A Letter from Ephesus, Vol. 10 Number 1, Winter 2002]

One must look carefully at the Scriptures for understanding and exposing false teachings and beliefs. Those used by Ephesians 5:11, and with which we wholeheartedly agree are:

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

True teachers and teachings are found with Biblically sound doctrine. Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Gary North writes all manner of articles supposedly warning about all manner of perverted teachings. Why then, would he make light of  and not warn about the heresies of Freemasonry? Instead he tends to ridicule the notion that Freemasonry is anything but "goofy," with little political impact. Politics or political impact should be the last concern for Christians. Those that are involved in Freemasonry are eternally lost. 

Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

Those who follow after these false teachings, yet claim to be Christians, have forgotten the Word of God. 

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

North then states, as though he's never really thought about or participated in the CNP, that, although stating those in attendance didn't have much money, the CNP was designed to attract wealthy businessmen.

"As far as I could figure out, the CNP was basically a way to attract rich conservative businessmen who wanted to imagine that they were participating on the inside track of high-level politics. CNP provided that illusion. At CNP meetings, they could meet the leaders of the conservative movement, who had one thing in common: they all ran organizations that were short of money. There may not have been a meeting of the minds at CNP meetings, but there were meetings of potential donors and full-time money-absorbers. I don't think much money passed hands at the meetings, but there was a CNP members-only address book, with direct phone numbers. That, in my view, was the key to understanding the CNP, 1981-91. After that, I don't know. Most of those of us who were hard-core Right-wingers, pre-Reagan, stopped attending."

Mr. North may have stopped attending "the boring meetings, " but he is still a member of the CNP, as of 1998, according to their membership lists. He also denies, or rather, doesn't "recall" being part of Ed McAteer 's Religious Roundtable Council of 56 17 See: Religious Roundtable .

"... I don't even remember a newsletter, although there must have been one: "No newsletter – no organization." It was something that Ed McAteer put together. Ed was a nice guy, a travelling salesman. He knew all of the evangelical leaders. Everyone trusted him because he wasn't a threat to anyone. He probably asked me to let him put my name on the letterhead. I haven't heard from him in 15 years." 

From the Seek God document CNP Organizations, the following CNP members were also part of the Religious Roundtable that Gary North doesn't recall.  

Religious Roundtable/ Council of 56 Ed McAteer, Father Charles FioreJohn D. Beckett, Richard Bott, Dr. David W. Breese, Mary C. Crowley, Cullen Davis, Richard B. DinghamLt. General Daniel O. Graham, Robert GrantRev. E.V. Hill, Dr. Mildred Faye Jefferson , Rep. Louis (Woody) JenkinsBrig. General Albion W. Knight, Beverly LaHaye, Dr. Timothy LaHaye, Reed LarsonDr. Gary North, Howard Phillips, Hon. Helen Marie Taylor, Robert T. Weiner

North then explains and justifies that there are all sorts of sources for money in American politics and strange bedfellows are made. He states, 

"...There are Freemasons everywhere, including inside the churches. This does not make the churches captive agencies of the Freemasons. .... Money flows in. The question is: What flows out? To study inputs is only step one. The key to understanding is the existence of a persistent pattern of the output. People who like power, and who are on the fringes of it, are tempted to get close to "the inner ring," as C. S. Lewis titled a great essay in his collection, The Weight of Glory. 18 Lewis warned: choose good friends over powerful associates. There are many levels of association, dependence, and interaction among political groups and activist organizations. ...Serious historical research involves more than collecting membership lists and letterhead lists from old archives or Web-based data bases. The researcher must ask himself: "So what?" He must show that the connections have to do with a shared worldview and shared sources of funding, especially funding by an organization or a family with an identifiable agenda that stretches across two generations or more.

Men in politics join many organizations. A politician never knows where the next donation may come from. A donor never knows which politician will be in a position to stop or promote a piece of legislation. A researcher must ask of the membership commitments of any individual: "Is there a pattern here? Is one of these organizations the clearing house for this man's personal and organizational connections? Is one of them giving him his marching orders? Can one of them force him to resign from any or all of the others?" You cannot answer such questions by means of compiled lists alone..."

C.S. Lewis was a heretic. Please see reference to him in Harry Potter: Christian Icons & Bad Advice and  Harry Potter: Real Names & Real Witches. Strange bedfellows means for Christians,  ungodly connections, which translates to Biblical disobedience. There is no justification for being politically involved with resulting un-Scriptural actions or beliefs. Being part of an organization which North claims was merely a way to solicit funds to launch projects and propel agendas forward suggests a shared world view and a commitment to the other members and their political and spiritual agendas and world views. One cannot separate the two. Not because of opinion, but because God said so. 

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Politics is no excuse for Biblical disobedience. On the contrary, it merely proves that Christians do not belong in politics which compromises and corrupts Biblical truth and obedience.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Phil 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing...

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:




















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