Scott Lively on Conspiracy Theories

SUMMARY: Dr. Lively asserts that scorn for conspiracy theories in mainstream society is itself evidence of a conspiracy to inculcate self-censoring behavior in the citizenry to suppress inquiry into the agenda of the Marxist ideologies in control of our media, academia and other institutions. He argues that people conspiring to bring about mutually desired results is as normal a part of human society as breathing — with some conspiracies being benign and some corrupt. In a truly healthy society, reasonable, evidence-based theories about conspiracies would be a natural and healthy part of public discourse, but in our unhealthy society attempts to “look behind the curtain” are suppressed by ridicule and mockery rather than weighed objectively on their merits.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2.

One of the first things I noticed as a baby Christian is the extent to which the people of the world manipulate each other for various selfish reasons – often conspiring together to do so. Previously, my sense of reality was largely shaped by the mainstream media and my public school education, which I perceived as trustworthy, generally. But after I was born again in Christ, all of my perceptions changed. I experienced a refreshing and exciting new clarity of mind that allowed me recognize and understand the world as God actually made it – to comprehend the moral and physical laws God built into His Creation, and for the first time to have a truly rational intellectual framework in which to think through any subject or question.

Today I can personally attest to the profound truth of Psalm 19:7-8: “The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart; the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

One essential truth is the reality of the SATANIC CONSPIRACY. Mature Bible-grounded Christians will instantly “Amen” this proclamation. But how many less mature Christians will instead hesitate, or cringe or deflect out of fear, either of the word “conspiracy” or the word “Satan.” Not a fear “of Satan,” but a fear of having to defend the concept of Satan in a society conditioned to mock Christianity and the Bible. It’s really the fear of man, which is itself fruit of the satanic conspiracy.

I speak not from judgment but from experience, having once been guilty of these same reactions – before intense persistent persecution for opposing the LGBT agenda strengthened me spiritually. By persevering instead of giving up or compromising, I was blessed by God with the rare and powerful gift of liberation from concern about public opinion – which I now recognize as a hidden meaning of John 8:6 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” I do not boast in myself, for this is the gift of God.

With this freedom I can and do boldly proclaim to the world outside the church “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” but I can and do also publicly expound and analyze “conspiracy theories” of any type, regardless of their level of “kookiness” in the perception of others. All matters of truth, deception, reality and fantasy are within the scope of Biblical analysis and it is important for believers to speak truth on all matters of concern to humanity – especially truth that Satan obviously wants suppressed. Remember, he is the Father of Lies whose influence among men relies on deception.

In reality, “conspiracy” is everywhere, as natural as breathing. People regularly conspire with each other to accomplish mutual goals, from the benign agreement of adult children to convince Mom to move to a retirement facility, to the corrupt agreement of gas station owners in a particular locality to fix prices. Corrupt conspiracies are so common they have their own category in criminal and civil law, litigated in tens of thousands of cases every day.

If the “common people” whose lives revolve around working for a living and raising a family so freely engage in conspiracies together, how much more are the agenda-driven “uncommon people” like politicians, business magnates, and ideologues of various stripes conspiratorially minded? A priori, why wouldn’t we expect the super-rich elites, especially multi-generational dynastic families who control vast empires, to be the most conspiratorial of all, developing mutually-agreed strategies and systems designed to perpetuate their power indefinitely? In the logic of the world they would be fools not to do so.

Put this common-sense analysis into the Biblical context, in which Satan, the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) has the power to assign principalities and powers to whom he pleases (Matthew 4:8-9), and the existence of an “Illuminati” or similar cabal seems virtually certain.

Given the reality of conspiracy as an normal aspect of social interaction, why are reasoned, evidence based speculations about conspiracies in history, politics and current events met with scorn and derision by the “mainstream” of our society? I argue this is itself evidence of a conspiracy to program irrational self-censorship in society to suppress inquiry that would otherwise be a normal part of public discourse.

Granted, many conspiracy theories are unfounded, just as many opinions on matters of public concern reflect faulty perspectives and/or reasoning. But, in a healthy society the public discourse should be as lively and diverse as the population itself, with all ideas and arguments measured against the standards of truth and evidence.

Our society is presently very unhealthy, because a vast international network of people who share a theology called Humanism (the religion of Marxism) have conspired together for many decades to overthrow Bible-based civilization and replace it with their own global socialist order. They have systematically infiltrated and coopted nearly every institution of our society, retasking them to serve the Marxist agenda. And in furtherance of that agenda they have imposed a “group-think” mentality on at least three generations of public school students, developed by the social sciences and reinforced by mass media: the simple but powerful result of this conditioning being an unnatural but overpowering “fear of ridicule” in virtually everyone.

Saul Alinsky’s book of Marxist tactics “Rules for Radicals,” taught that “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon,” and our culture has been carefully reshaped to maximize the effect of that weapon.

My exhortation today is for Christian believers to “Fear Not.” We should be modeling courage anyway in the face of the orchestrated coronavirus pandemic and panic that has the world stampeding like cattle. But we should especially Not Fear to tell truths and expose conspiracies at this pivotal time when fake news, fake science, and fake Christianity are also at pandemic levels. Be reasonable. Be fact-based. But be Bold Adversaries of the Deceiver.

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