The Cost of the Enlightenment-AERC 2019 (Transcript of presentation)

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Videos of all keynote speeches (including The Cost of Enlightenment are available at the Mises YouTube channel here.

“During much of the Middle Ages, there was a meaningful and functional separation of Church and king, each superior in its realm, neither with sovereign power or authority.  Each offering an avenue for appeal if one felt his liberties were unfairly compromised by the other.

Today we have the subordination of church to state.  One recalls the exchange between the Jewish priests and Pilate regarding Jesus’ fate.  Pilate asked: “Shall I crucify your king?” and in reply, the priests shoutedWe have no king but Caesar.”  Sounds like a typical Sunday morning in America.”


Friedrich Nietzsch—“God is dead”—what did he mean; and have we been mislead?


The purpose of The State: Take Away Free Will of The People. Don’t Believe It? Read This Blog Post



“The average church today is a social club.”  Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Matthew 5:13

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

When The Church Becomes Good For Nothing–Pastor Chuck Baldwin


“The average church today is a social club.” Pastor Chuck Baldwin


Christian Idolatry: The Worship Of Government – Sermon by Chuck Baldwin


Elitists Have Always Hated Jesus: A Review Of John 7 – Sermon by Chuck Baldwin [First of the series: Christ and the Pharisees]


The American Church Has A Serious Problem – Sermon by Chuck Baldwin


When Christians Sold Out to the State En Masse-Laurence Vance


Churches Of The State–Pastor Paul Green


Where The World And The Devil Are Attacking – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Apr. 8, 2018


“Christianity is not a smiling face, church-going, love society as most Americans understand it.”


The Christian in today’s world


Passivity in Church Leads to Captivity; and Captivity Leads to Death-Jessie Penn-Lewis


Failure to speak against evil and passivity–WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? And what did Dietrich Bonhoeffer say?


Evil and Evil Men–Must Pray Against (Bible)


Praying against and speaking out against evil and evil men–the Bible


Praying against evil and evil men


Remaining silent against evil and the resulting consequences


He who passively accept


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”


Whether You Call it Socialism, Statism, Fascism, or Corporatism, Big Government Is Evil and Destructive


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Silence in the face of evil is itself evil


He who passively accepts evil is cooperating with it


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The Church is Dead”–name of his sermon


The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Bonhoeffer saw a “tired indifference”; dulled senses


The Confessing Church cowered before the Fuhrer; and caretakers of the Word were bystanders to evil


Bonhoeffer belonged to a faction…he no longer shared and a church whose preaching he found stultifying and dull–and a pervasive loneliness overtook him


Bonhoeffer–No Voice for the Victims




Evil Comes From the abuse of FREE WILL–C.S. Lewis


Ralph Raico: WW1, Imperialism and the Rise of Socialism


C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism


‘Why then do the majority continue to accept or support the State?

218 The Rothbard Reader

when they are clearly acquiescing in their own exploitation and subjection? Why do the majority continue to obey the minority?

Here we arrive at the age-old role of the intellectuals, the opinion molding groups in society. The ruling class—be they warlords, nobles, feudal landlords, or monopoly merchants, or a coalition of several of these groups—must employ intellectuals to convince the majority of the public that their rule is beneficent, inevitable, necessary, and even divine. The dominant role of the intellectual through history is that of the Court Intellectualwho in return for a share, a junior partnership, in the power and pelf offered by the rest of the ruling class, spins the apologias for State rule with which to convince a deluded public. This is the age-old alliance of Church and State, of Throne and Altar, with the Church in modern times being largely replaced by “scientific” technocrats.”

The purpose of The State: Take Away Free Will of The People. Don’t Believe It? Read This Blog Post




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