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On Monday, English home cook, author and former food journalist Mary Berry — star of The Great British Bake-Off and her own television shows (BBC) — introduced the British public to the traditions behind Good Friday and Easter foods.

The first of two episodes of Mary Berry’s Easter Feast on BBC2 saw her explore traditions in England, Jamaica, Russia and Poland. I highly recommend it. Below is a synopsis of the first programme with additional information from other sources.

Berry, an Anglican, told us that she is a regular churchgoer. She said she goes to Sunday services because ‘it is important to give thanks’. Easter is her favourite religious feast. (Finally, there’s someone who loves Easter as much as I do.)

Easter is the Church’s greatest feast. It has always been celebrated, from the earliest days after Christ’s death and resurrection. Christmas celebrations did not come about until much later.

Hot cross buns

Berry went to St Albans Cathedral to find out more about hot cross buns.

The cathedral’s historian explained that, in England, the precursor of this bun was the Alban bun. In 1361, Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a monk at St Albans Abbey, made highly spiced buns which the monks gave to the poor who appeared at the refectory door on Good Friday. The historian added that Brother Thomas was likely making peace with the locals who resented the Church. Monasteries at that time held an enormous amount of power.

St Albans Cathedral website tells us that their hot cross buns are still made locally — at Redbournbury Mill, which the abbey once owned. Anyone interested can find them the old fashioned way, by going to the Abbot’s Kitchen. They are available throughout Lent to Easter Monday.

The historian gave an Alban bun to Berry, who said it was much spicier than conventional hot cross buns. There is also no pastry or paste cross on the Alban bun, rather one which is formed with a knife before baking.

Although Berry and the historian did not discuss the significance of the bun’s ingredients, the spices symbolise those used to embalm Jesus after His crucifixion. I cannot find anything about the meaning of the dried fruit in them, but years ago, I read that it represents the gentle character of Jesus. I have also read that the fruit pieces suggest the drops of blood He shed for us.

For centuries, people ate hot cross buns only on Good Friday in contemplation of the Crucifixion. These days, sadly, they are available nearly all year round.

During the Reformation, England’s Protestants — and, later, Puritans — condemned the eating of hot cross buns as Catholic superstition. During Elizabethan times, one could only purchase them in London on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials.

Historians point out that fruit breads with a cross existed in ancient Greece. The cross made it easier to divide the bread into four pieces.

A number of superstitions about hot cross buns abound. As for them not going stale, I can assure you that they must be eaten within 12 to 18 hours. They get hard as a rock after that. And, yes, they also go mouldy.

Mary Berry makes hot cross buns for her family during Lent. The BBC has made her recipe available.

Jamaican bun

Berry spent time with Bettina, who is originally from Jamaica and belongs to a Baptist church in Nottingham.

Bettina makes Jamaican buns for the ladies at her church during Lent. They are actually large cakes, served in thin slices, often with Jamaican cheese. The buns are also very dark, because they have stout in them. This recipe looks like the one Bettina uses.

Escoveitch fish

Bettina also made a standard Good Friday dish of escoveitch (ceviche) fish for Berry to try. After marinating in a ceviche manner, Bettina pan fried the fish, basting it regularly. It looked delicious.

She served it with peppers, chocho and chilis. This recipe is like Bettina’s.

Bettina explained that marinating fish in vinegar dates back to the Moors, who introduced it to Spain. The Spanish, in turn, took the technique with them to the New World.

Russian devilled eggs and pascha

Berry met with a Russian Orthodox home cook and a priest, who explained how their Church observes Lent.

Father Peter explained that church members continue to follow the centuries-old vegetarian Lent, which starts two weeks earlier than the Catholic and Protestant one. They do not consume any food at all on Good Friday. Lenten fasting does not end until the Easter Vigil service ends, which is sometime between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. Afterwards, everyone — including children — enjoys a feast.

Holy Thursday, which the Orthodox call ‘Clean Thursday’, is a busy, yet contemplative day, Father Peter said. It is the traditional spring cleaning day and it is also when the Easter cake, pascha, is made. Pascha is the word for Easter.

Pascha is a cheesecake with dried fruit. It is put into a pyramid mould with a Russian Orthodox cross on one side and ‘XB’ (‘Christ is risen’) on the other.

Another Russian Easter favourite is the devilled egg. A home cook made this for Berry. It involves peeled hard boiled eggs which are left to steep in beet juice. The programme did not mention this, but the red juice symbolises Christ’s blood. After several hours, the eggs are cut in half, the yolks devilled and piped back into the egg white centres. Caviar is a favourite topping.

Babka

Berry went to meet a Polish family in Cambridgeshire. They explained the importance of getting their Easter food blessed at church on Holy Saturday. I wrote about that in 2010.

In addition to coloured eggs, onto which the children were busy etching designs, olives are also an important Easter food for the Poles, probably because of their egg-like shape. Both symbolise life.

The husband made Berry a babka, the traditional Easter cake, which takes three days to make properly. Most of that time involves the rise of the enriched dough, similar to a brioche. He used a babka mould, similar to a kugelhopf mould, and added a chocolate insert. You could use a bundt cake mould.

Those who do not care for chocolate can add dried fruit instead.

A number of babka recipes exist, however, I have not been able to find the one this man used, which is the traditional one. He used his mother’s and, watching him make it, that’s definitely the original. Beware of ‘quick’ or ‘easy’ babka recipes. If anyone can point to one, please share the recipe or a link by commenting below. Many thanks!

Incidentally, he explained that ‘babka’ is also a complimentary word for a woman and a gracious name for a grandmother.

I’ll watch next week’s show and let you know what else Mary Berry discovers in the world of Easter food traditions.

Continuing with excerpts from the late Lutheran pastor Richard Wurmbrand‘s Marx and Satan, what follows are glimpses into the lives of children and Christians under Communist regimes.

Wurmbrand also explains why the language of Marxism and its offshoots is so complex.  It’s meant to confound and confuse.  Therefore, if you don’t fully understand their theory after reading them over and over again, consider yourself fortunate.  Marx called his own books ‘swinish’ and his ‘criticism’ a ‘nonsense’.

This post is not for those of a sensitive nature — or young children. However, once again, I cannot express how important it is for high school and university students to read this text, whether at home or as part of a church youth group.  Marx, Communists, Socialists and theorists (e.g. Fabians and the Frankfurt School) are only attacking God.  They don’t really care about building a better, more equal world.  Destruction and death are part of their goal — just for the sake of it.  What they propose and encourage us to do around the world is nothing short of criminal.  Wurmbrand calls it demonic, as it revolves around blasphemy.  The economic and social theory is a mere mask. You’ll find out more in this chapter.  Unfortunately, many of us have been lured to accept Marxism as something benevolent and loving for mankind.  Wurmbrand even gives statistics from the late 20th century showing how many American clergymen find it compatible with Christianity!  What a mistake!

Those interested in regression ‘therapy’ may also find this chapter of use to see how the Soviets deployed what Wurmbrand refers to as ‘occult’ techniques.

Excerpts are taken from pages 48 – 54 of the text, which can be found in full on Scribd. Subheads are in the original. Emphases in the text are mine.

Chapter Six – A Spiritual Warfare

The Little and the Big Devils

According to current official Marxist doctrine, which, as has been illustrated, is only a disguise, neither God nor the Devil exists. Both are fancies. Because of this teaching, Christians are persecuted by the Communists.

However, the Soviet newspaper Kommunisma Uzvara (April 1974) reported that many atheist circles were created in Red Latvia’s schools. The name given the children in the fourth through sixth grades was “little devils,” while seventh graders were called “servants of the Devil.” In another school eighth graders had the name “faithful children of the Devil.” At the meeting the children came clothed as devils, complete with horns and tails.

Thus, it was forbidden to worship God, though devil worship was openly permitted and even encouraged among children of school age. This was the hidden objective of the Communists when they seized power in Russia …

The Communists consider it wrong to believe in God. For this “crime,” many children were separated from their families and kept in special atheist boarding schools.

Incredibly, the Communists even wanted to make Satan-worshipers of church leaders. A Russian Orthodox priest named Platonov, an anti-Jewish agitator, went over to the side of the Communists when they came to power in Russia. For this, he was made a bishop and became a Judas who denounced members of his flock to the Secret Police, well knowing they would be severely persecuted

Pravoslavnaia Rus writes:

The Orthodox cathedral in Odessa, so much loved by the Odessites, became the meeting place of Satanists soon after the Communists came to power…. They gathered also in Slobodka-Romano and in Count Tolstoi’s former home.

Then follows a detailed account of Satanist masses said by deacon Serghei Mihailov, of the treacherous Living Church, an Orthodox branch established in connivance with the Communists.  An attendant describes the Satanist mass as a “parody of the Christian liturgy, in which human blood is used for communion.” These masses took place in the cathedral before its main altar …

Religious Obscenities

It might be in somesense “logical” that Communists would arrest priests and pastors as counter-revolutionaries. But why were priests compelled by the Marxists in the Romanian prison of Piteshti to say Mass over excrement and urine? Why were Christians tortured into taking Communion with these as the elements? Why such an obscene mockery of religion? Why did the Romanian Orthodox priest Roman Braga, whom I knew personally when he was a prisoner of the Communists, and who presently resides in the U.S.A., have his teeth knocked out one by one with an iron rod in order to make him blaspheme?

The Communists had explained to him and others: “If we kill you Christians, you go to heaven. But we don’t want you to be crowned martyrs. You should curse God first and then go to hell.”

… Some prisoners were compelled to take off their trousers and sit with their naked bottoms on open Bibles.

Marxists are supposed to be atheists who believe in neither heaven nor hell. In these extreme circumstances, Marxism has lifted its atheistic mask to reveal its true face, the face of Satanism. Communist persecution of religion might have a human explanation, but the fury of such perverse persecution can only be Satanic.

In Romanian prisons and in the Soviet Union as well, nuns who would not deny their faith were raped anally, and Baptist girls had oral sex forced on them.

Many prisoners who were so treated died as martyrs, but the Communists were not satisfied with this. Using Luciferian techniques, they made martyrs die blaspheming because of the delirium provoked by torture

Torture is productive, it leads to ingenious inventions– this is all Marx had to say about the subject. No wonder Marxist governments have surpassed all others in torturing their opponents!  This alone displays the Satanic nature of Marxism …

Satanist desecrations of Catholic churches occurred in the 1970s in Upyna, Dotnuva, Zanaiciu, Kalvarija, Sede, etc., localities in Lithuania. One about which we know happened in Alsedeai on September 22, 1980.

In his book Psychiatric Hospital 14, Moscow, Georgi Fedotov tells of his conversation with the psychiatrist Dr. Valdimir Lwitski about a Christian named Argentov who was detained there. The physician says, “You are pulling your friend Eduard toward God and we toward the Devil. So I’m using my rights as a psychiatrist to deny you and your friends access to him.”

The Christian Salu Daka Ndebele was interrogated by the Secret Police of Maputo in Communist Mozambique. The officer said to him, “We want to kill your God.” He raised his gun toward the head of the prisoner and declared, “This is my God. With this I have the power of life and death. If your God comes here, I will shoot Him dead myself.”

In Chiasso, Communist Angola, Communists slaughtered animals in a church and placed their heads on the altar and pulpit. A poster proclaimed, “These are the gods whom you adore.” Pastor Aurelio Chicanha Saunge was killed, together with one hundred and fifty parishioners.

When the Catholic Lithuanian priest Eugene Vosikevic was killed, his mouth was found to have been filled with bread, an apparent Satanist ritual.

Vetchernaia Moskva, a Communist newspaper, let pass a Freudian slip of the pen:

We do not fight against believers and not even against clergymen. We fight against God to snatch believers from Him.

… We do not wonder at these words in a Soviet newspaper. Marx had said it already in his book German Ideology. Calling God “the absolute Spirit,” as his teacher Hegel had done, he wrote, “We are concerned with a highly interesting question: the decomposition of the Absolute Spirit.”

… In Albania a priest, Stephen Kurti, was sentenced to death for having baptized one child. Baptisms must be performed in secret in many Communist lands, including North Korea …

In the former Soviet Union baptisms could be officiated only after registration. Persons wishing to be baptized or to have their child baptized presented their identity cards to the representative of the church board, who in turn reported them to the state authorities. The result was persecution. Kolkhozniks (workers on collective farms) had no identity cards and could therefore baptize their children only secretly. Many protestant pastors received prison sentences for baptizing people.

The Communist fight against baptism presupposes belief in its value for a soul. Religious people in Israel or Pakistan or Nepal oppose baptism in the name of their own religious outlook, because it is a Christian seal. But for atheists– as Communists clearly declare themselves to be– baptism should mean nothing. Supposedly it neither benefits nor harms the baptized. Why then do these Communists fight against baptism? It is because Communists “fight against God to snatch believers from Him.” Their ideology is not really inspired by atheism, but by a fervent hatred for God.

“Among other purposes,” said Lenin, “we created our party specifically for the fight against any religious deceiving of the people.”

Occult Practices

More about the relationship between Marxism and the occult can be found in Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroder. It is highly significant that the Communist East had been much more advanced than the West in research about the dark forces manipulated by Satan …

In Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, etc., the Communist Party spent huge sums on secret investigation into this science. They hid from the West information about what happened in the twenty parapsychological institutes located in the Soviet Union.

Komsomolskaia Pravda (Moscow) published a lengthy article about hypnotists who help people “regress to past lives.” For the induction process they use the following suggestions:

You descend into earth, deeper, even deeper. You and the earth become one…. You are deep in the earth. You are surrounded by thick darkness…. Around you is eternal night…

Now we approach a spot of light far away… nearer and nearer. We sneak through a small hole to the sky, leaving our own body deep in the earth…. We overcome the frontiers of time … and we return to your past….”

Soviet writers said clearly that this “time machine” was not science fiction. “Transpersonalism” offered this voyage in time.

In the Satanist black masses, all prayers are said from the end to the beginning, and the priestly robe is worn inside out. Inversion is the Satanist rule, and this is applied even to the doctrine of reincarnation. Whereas Indian devotees are concerned about their future reincarnations and try to better themselves by obeying what they believe to be God’s commandments, the Satanists offer a return to former incarnations. They care nothing about a better future in eternity.

Marxism as a Church

… Volume 2 ofThe Works o f Marx and Engels opens with Jesus’ words to His disciples (John
6:63), as quoted by Marx in his book The Holy Family: “It is the spirit which gives life.” Then
we read:

Criticism [his criticism of all that exists] so loved the masses that it sent its only-begotten son [i.e., Marx ], that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have a life of criticism.  Criticism became masses and lived among us, and we saw its glory as the glory of the only-begotten Son of the Father. Criticism did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made itself of no reputation, taking the form of a bookbinder, and humbled itself up to nonsense– yes, critical nonsense in foreign languages.

Those knowledgeable in Scripture will recognize this as a parody of Biblical verses (John 3:16; 1:14; Philippians 2:6-8). Here again, Marx declares his own works to be “nonsense,” as well as “swinish books.”

Marxism is a religion, and it even “uses” Scripture. Its main work, The Capitalle by Marx, is called “the Bible of the working class.” Marx considered himself “the Pope of Communism.”

Communism “has the pride of infallibility.” All who oppose the Communist “creed” (this expression is used by Engels) are excommunicated

Those who die in the service of Marxism are feasted as “martyrs.” Marxism also has its sacraments: the solemn receptions in the toddlers’ organization called “the Children of October”, the oaths given when received as “Pioneers”, after which come the higher grades of initiation in the Komsomol and the Party. Confession is replaced with public self-criticism before the assembly of Party members.

Marxism is a church. It has all the characteristics of a church. Yet, its god is not named in its popular literature. But, as seen by the proofs given in this book, Satan is obviously its god.

It is strange that though Marxism is clearly Satanic, it is not seen as a threat by many churches in the free world. Some illuminating statistics on this are available.

Seminary professors in the U.S.A. were asked, “Can an individual consistently be a good member of your denomination and adhere to Marxism?”

Below are the percentage figures of those who answered Yes:

Episcopalian – 68 %

Lutheran – 53 %

Presbyterian – 49 %

Methodist – 49%

Church of Christ – 47 %

American Baptist – 44 %

Roman Catholic – 31 %

How sad that those who follow the Truth are duped by those who serve the father of lies.

Tomorrow: Chapter Seven – Marx, Darwin and Revolution

Last week, I featured excerpts from the first four chapters of Richard Wurmbrand‘s Marx and Satan, the full text of which is available free of charge on Scribd.

In Chapter Five — A Cruel Counterfeit Pastor Wurmbrand discusses Marx’s successors in the Communist world, among them Joseph Stalin, Yuri Andropov, Mao Tse-Tung and Che Guevara.

He also relates news items about Communism turning children against their parents, effectively sentencing them to imprisonment and death, as well as horrific, unimaginable murders of clergymen.  If you are of a sensitive disposition, this post is best avoided.

If you have any teens or university age students in the house, this book is well worth sharing with them.  Originally written as a pamphlet, it won’t take them long to read.  Wurmbrand, a victim of torture over 14 years under the Communists, did painstaking research, which clearly shows in his content.  Marx and his successors were not nice people.  If more of our youth were aware of just how awful Marxist regimes were and are around the world, they would be less enamoured of this man and what he started in the 19th century.

The following excerpts come from pages 32 – 47.  Subheads are in the original.  Text emphases in bold are mine.

Chapter Five — A Cruel Counterfeit

Bukharin, Stalin, Mao, Ceausescu, Andropov

It might be instructive at this point to take a look at some modern Marxists. Bukharin, secretary general of the Communist International and one of the chief Marxist doctrinaires in this century, as early as the age of twelve, after reading the Book of Revelation in the Bible, longed to become the Antichrist. Realizing from Scripture that the Antichrist had to be the son of the apocalyptic great whore, he insisted that his mother confess to having been a harlot.

About Stalin he wrote, “He is not a man, but a devil” …

Similarly, Kaganovitch, Stalin’s brother-in-law and closest collaborator, writes about him in his diary (soon to be published):

I started to understand how Stalin managed to make himself a god. He did not have a single human characteristic… . Even when he exhibited some emotions, they all did not seem to belong to him. They were as false as the scale on top of armor. And behind this scale was Stalin himself – a piece of steel. For some reason I was convinced that he would live forever…. He was not human at all…

He told Kaganovitch:

When I have to say good-bye to someone, I picture this person on all fours and he becomes disgusting. Sometimes I feel attached to a person who should be removed for the good of the cause. What do you think I do? I imagine this person sh-tting, exhaling stench, farting, vomiting and I don’t feel sorry for this person. The sooner he stops stinking on this earth, the better. And I cross this person out of my heart.

… Stalin also thinks that separation from children should be the main punishment for all parents belonging to sects, irrespective of whether they were convicted or not …

Stalin said that the greatest joy is to cultivate a person’s friendship until he lays his head confidently on your bosom, then to implant a dagger in his back – a pleasure not to be surpassed …

It is significant that many of Stalin’s comrades-in arms spoke about him as demonic.

Milovan Djilas, prominent Communist leader of Yugoslavia who was personally well acquainted with Stalin, wrote:

Was it not so that the demonic power and energy of Stalin consisted in this, that he made the [Communist] movement and every person in it pass to a state of confusion and stupefaction, thus creating and ensuring his reign of fear.

He also says about the whole ruling class of the U.S.S.R.:

They make a semblance of believing in the ideal of socialism, in a future society without classes. In reality, they believe in nothing except organized power.

Even Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, who never learned about the depths of Satanism, wrote:

Beria (the Soviet minister of interior affairs) seems to have had a diabolic link with all our family…. Beria was a frightening, wicked demon…. A terrible demon had taken possession of my father’s soul.

Svetlana further mentions that Stalin considered goodness and forgiving love to be worse than the greatest crime.

Such is the Satanic priesthood that rules almost half of mankind and which orders terrorist acts all over the world.

Stalin was the illegitimate child of a landlord by a servant-maid. His father, fearing notoriety, bribed a cobbler to marry the pregnant girl, but the affair became known. During his childhood

Stalin was mocked as a bastard. During Stalin’s teen years, his real father was found murdered. Stalin was suspected, but no proof could be found against him.

Later, as a seminary student, he joined Communist circles. There he fell in love with a girl named Galina. Since the Communists were poor, Galina was given the assignment to become the mistress of a rich man and so provide the Party with money. When Stalin himself voted for this proposal, she cut her veins.

Stalin himself committed robberies for the Party, and in this he was very successful. He appropriated none of the stolen money for himself …

(Andropov, late premier of the Soviets, produced the same impression as Stalin. The French minister of external affairs, Claude Cheysson, who met him, described Andropov in Le Monde as “a man without warmth of soul, who works like a computer…. He shows no emotions…. He is extremely dispassionate…. He is accurate in words and gestures like a computer.”)

Stalin, like Marx, Engels, and Bauer before him, started out as a believer. At fifteen, he wrote his first poem, which begins with the words, “Great is the Almighty’s providence.” He became a seminarian because he felt it his calling …

When he began to write as a revolutionary, the first pseudonyms he used were “Demonoshvili,” meaning something like “the demoniac” in the Georgian language, and “Besoshvili,” “the devilish.”

Other evidences of Satanist persuasion among Marxist leaders are also significant. Troitskaia, daughter of the Soviet marshal Tuhatchevsky, one of the top men of the Red Army who was later shot by Stalin, wrote of her father that he had a picture of Satan in the east corner of his bedroom, where the Orthodox usually put their ikons ...

One of the leaders of a terrorist organization in Argentina took upon himself the nickname “Satanovsky.”

Anatole France, a renowned French Communist writer, introduced some of the greatest intellectuals of France to communism. At a recent exhibition of demoniac art in Paris, one of the pieces shown was the specific chair used by that Communist writer for presiding over Satanist rituals. Its horned armrests and legs were covered with goat’s fur …

One of the oldest devil-worshiping sects, the Syrian Yezidi, was written up in a Soviet atheistic magazine, Nauka I Religia (July 1979). It is the only religious sect about which the magazine wrote not one word of criticism.

Furthermore, Mao Tse-Tung wrote:

From the age of eight I hated Confucius. In our village there was a Confucianist temple. With all my heart, I wished only one thing: to destroy it to its very foundations.

… At the other extreme is St. Paul of the Cross, who from the age of eight spent three hours in prayer every night.

Cult of Violence

Che Guevara learned his Marxist lessons well …

Hate is an element of fight — pitiless hate against the foe, hate that lifts the revolutionist above the natural limitation of man and makes him become an efficient, destructive, cool, calculating, and cold killing machine.

Marx writes in The Communist Manifesto:

There is only one method to shorten the murderous pains of death of the old society, the bloody birth pangs of the new society; only one method to simplify and concentrate them, that is revolutionary terrorism.

There have been many revolutions in history. Each had an objective. The American revolution, for example, was fought for national independence, the French revolution for democracy. Marx is the only one who formulates as his aim a “permanent revolution,” terrorism and bloodshed for revolution’s sake. There is no purpose to be attained; violence to the point of paroxysm is its only objective. This is what distinguishes Satanism from ordinary human sinfulness …

A further insight into the fundamental attitudes of Communists can be gained from a few brief quotes …

Lenin: “Atheism is an integral part of Marxism. Marxism is materialism. We must combat religion. This is the ABC of all materialism and consequently of Marxism.”

Lenin, in an address in 1922: “First we shall take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. After that, we shall surround and undermine the U.S.A., which will fall into our hands without a struggle – like an overripe fruit.

Khrushchev: “If anyone believes our smiles involve abandonment of the teachings of Marx, Engels and Lenin, he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.”

Satanist Cruelty

Solzhenitsyn reveals in his monumental Gulag Archipelago that the hobby of Yagoda, the Soviet Union’s minister of interior affairs, was to undress and, naked, shoot at images of Jesus and the saints. A couple of comrades joined him in this …

In Russia, in Stalin’s day, some Communists killed a number of innocents in the cellars of the police. After their bloody deed, one of the henchmen had second thoughts and went from corpse to corpse, apologizing: “I did not intend to do this. I don’t know you. Speak to me, move, forgive me.” One of his comrades then killed him. A third was converted and later related the incident.

Russkaia Misl, a Russian-language magazine in France, reported (March 13, 1975) the following from the Soviet Union:

D. Profirevitch, in Russia, had a daughter and a son whom he brought up in the faith. Naturally, they had to attend Communist schools. At the age of twelve the daughter came home and told her parents, “Religion is a capitalist superstition. We are living in new times.” She dropped Christianity altogether. Afterwards she joined the Communist Party and became a member of the Secret Police. This was a terrible blow to her parents.

Later the mother was arrested. Under Communist rule no one possesses anything, whether it be children, a wife, or personal liberty. The state can take them away at any time.

After the mother’s arrest, the son exhibited great sorrow A year later he hanged himself. D. Profirevitch found this suicide letter:

Father, will you judge me? I am a member of the Communist youth organization. I had to sign that I would report everything to the Soviet authorities. One day the police called me, and Varia, my sister, asked me to sign a denunciation against Mother because as a Christian she is considered a counter-revolutionist. I signed. I am guilty of her imprisonment. Now they have ordered me to spy on you. The consequence will be the same. Forgive me, Father; I have decided to die.

The suicide of the son was followed by the jailing of the father.

Priest Zynoviy Kovalyk was arrested by the Bolsheviks in the year 1941 and was confined in the Brygidka jail in Lviv, Ukraine. When the Germans put the Bolsheviks to flight that same year, the people of the city found the priest’s blood-stained body nailed to the wall by the arms and legs, as if it were the crucified Lord. They also found about six thousand massacred prisoners, shot in the nape of the neck, whom the Bolsheviks had piled on top of each other in the cellars and covered over with plaster

Dr. O. Sas-Yavorsky (U.S.A.), after the capture of Lviv by the Germans near the end of June 1941, went searching for his imprisoned father and saw in the jail a priest nailed to a cross. Into his slashed stomach the Communists had placed the body of an unborn baby, taken from the womb of its mother, whose corpse lay on the blood-soaked floor. Other eyewitnesses recognized that this was the body of the renowned missionary Father Kovalyk.

Generally, to the Communists human life is cheap

During the Spanish civil war, Communists killed four thousand Catholic priests.

A renowned Russian Orthodox priest named Dudko reported that six Communists entered the house of Father Nicholas Tchardjov, pulled out his hair, gouged out his eyes, made many cuts on his body, passed a pressing iron over it, then shot him with two bullets. This happened on the Eve of St. Nicholas. It was not only a crime against the priest, but also a mockery of the saint.

The Western press reported on March 10, 1983, that in Zimbabwe three thousand of the Ndebele tribe were killed by the soldiers of the Communist dictator Mugabe. The army had been trained by North Korean instructors. Tribe members were asked to shoot their grown-up sons themselves; if they refused, they were shot along with their sons.

The Devil apes God by promising still waters and green pastures which are not his to give. Therefore he must pretend. And the less he can offer, the more he must pretend. To gain a foothold, he puts on a false front (did you ever wonder about Communist front organizations?) and makes benevolent gestures. But he delivers only misery, death, and destruction– “awful, complete, universal, and pitiless.”

The Devil is jealous and becomes enraged at spiritual beauty. It offends him. Since he cannot be beautiful– he lost his primal beauty because of his pride– he does not want anyone else to be. If it were not for the saints’ spiritual beauty, the Devil would not seem so ugly. Therefore he wishes to deface all beauty.

This is why Christians in the Romanian Communist prison of Piteshti, as well as other Communist jails, were tortured– not only to betray the secrets of the underground church, but to blaspheme.

Regimes under which such horrors occur again and again, regimes that turn even Christians into murderers and denouncers of innocent victims, can only be abhorred by the children of God. Whoever bids them Godspeed is a partaker in their evil deeds (2 John 11).

Satanic Sin

… Satanic crime is of another order. Hitler killed millions of Jews, including babies, with the excuse that Jews had done harm to the German people. For the Communists it was a matter of course to imprison and torture the family members of a person they considered guilty. When I was jailed, it was taken for granted that my wife must be jailed too, and that my son must be excluded from all schooling

To gain an insight into the life and thinking of a Satanist, one need only read a few mild excerpts from the writing of Al[e]ister Crowley (1875-1947), notorious for his involvement in occult practices:

Pity not the fallen. I never knew them. I console not. I hate the consoler and the consoled 

Blasphemous Versions of the Lord’s Prayer

The ultimate aim of communism in conquering new countries is not to establish another social or economic system. It is to mock God and praise Satan.

The German Socialist Student Union also published a parody of the Lord’s Prayer, indicating that the “true” meaning of the prayer upholds capitalism …

The identification of Christianity with the interests of capitalism is outrageous. The true church knows that capitalism, too, is stained with blood, for every economic system bears the marks of sin. Christians oppose communism not from the viewpoint of capitalism, but of the kingdom of God, which is their true social ideal. The above is nothing less than Satanic mockery of Jesus’ most holy prayer, as is the one published by the Soviets.

Mockery of the Lord’s Prayer is customary in many Communist lands. Ethiopian children were taught to pray as follows:

Our Party which rulest in the Soviet Union,

Hallowed be thy name …

Give us this day our daily bread, and don’t forgive the trespasses of the Imperialists as we will not forgive them

Over an Ethiopian Lutheran radio station confiscated by the Communist government, a Satanist version of the Bible a was broadcast. First Corinthians 13 sounded like this:

Though I speak all the languages and have no enmity toward the landlords and capitalists, I have become as sounding brass…. Class hatred suffers no exploitation and is brutal. Class hatred envies their riches and vaunts itself with the successful revolutions in many Socialist states….And now abide faith, hope, and class hatred, but the greatest of these is revolutionist hatred.

Tomorrow: Chapter Six – A Spiritual Warfare

LifeSiteNews.com reports that a delegate of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) has asked that Christianophobia be included in international law as a form of discrimination and intolerance.

‘It is very important to the Russian Orthodox Church to raise the issue of introducing to the list of threats the notion of Christianophobia in addition to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,’ deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Georgy Ryabykh told the Interfax news service.

Ryabykh pointed out that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon mentioned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in his opening speech at the conference but failed to say ‘a single word about Christianophobia.

Today there are a lot of ‘examples of violations of Christians’ rights, insults of their feelings, public distortion of the Christian teaching, to make the notion of Christianophobia enter the international circulation,’ the archpriest said. Emphasizing the contribution of the Russian Orthodox Church to European civilization, Ryabykh declared that the increasing discrimination against Christians should not be taken lightly.

WCAR is also known as Durban II.  It follows on from WCAR Durban I, held in South Africa in 2001.  The conference is not without controversy.  In 2001, the US and Israel walked out of proceedings after some participating countries attempted to label Israel an ‘apartheid state’.

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