by Richard Wurmbrand
Did you know Karl Marx was once a professing Christian?
Did you know the architect of communism later joined a Satanic cult?
Those are among the shocking revelations of a classic book, by a heroic pastor and evangelist repeatedly imprisoned and tortured by a Communist regime, that is back in print and available through the WND Superstore after decades of collecting dust.
" 'Marx and Satan,' written by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, is a book that changed my life and my worldview," says Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. "Along with Whitaker Chambers' 'Witness,' it is a classic 20th century title that should be read by everyone who truly wants to understand the intellectual underpinnings of Marxism."
Here's an excerpt Wurmbrand found in Marx's first book, amazingly titled, "The Union of the Faithful with Christ": "Through love of Christ we turn our hearts at the same time toward our brethren who are inwardly bound to us and for whom He gave Himself as sacrifice. ..."
Are these sincere words from an honest Christian man? They certainly seem to be. Marx's comrade, Friedrich Engels, was also a believer, and became a conservative theologian. He wrote against the liberal theologians of his time who criticized the Bible as the absolute word of God, and he also wrote a number of very sound Christian poems and hymns.
Why did Marx became a God hater who invented not only one of the worst tools of oppression to Christianity, but also to all of humanity? Why did Engels become his accomplice? The turning point in both of their lives occurred at the universities they attended when they learned of a new "Christian doctrine'' called "liberal theology." Engels was aware of the danger of this theology and even wrote against it, yet in the end was not able to conquer the error. He wrote: "I pray every day, indeed almos t all day, for truth, and I have done so ever since I began to doubt, but still I cannot go back. My tears are welling as I write."
Wurmbrand exposes how Marx, a former Christian, went on to become a hater of God and the Christian. Marx eventually joined the satanic cult of his closest comrades, and this book explains in detail the evidence of that decision.
The reader learns that Marx was initially opposed to the ideas of socialism and Communism until Moses Hess persuaded him of the usefulness they had in being agents of the destruction of mankind, which was Marx's ultimate satanic goal. Why was Marx so bent on the destruction of mankind? We will never know for sure, but we do know what he wrote in this poem: "... I wander godlike and victorious Through the ruins of the world And, giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to my Creator."
The parallel to Scripture is obvious.
Isaiah 14:13-14: "But you [satan] said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;'"
Wurmbrand was the leader of the underground church of Romania who spent 14 years in the Communist prison under the palace of Nicolae Ceauşescu, the late dictator of Romania. He also spent three years in the prison hospital ward from which no one else ever left alive.
In May 1966, Wurmbrand testified in Washington before the Senate's Internal Security Subcommittee and stripped to the waist and showed 18 deep torture wounds covering his body. His story was carried across the world newspapers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
"This is a book that deserves to be in the library of every truly informed and freedom-loving person in the world," said Farah. "But, more importantly, it needs to be read."
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