There was a time in my life when I was preoccupied with conspiracy theories. I believed that the church organization of which I am a member had been infiltrated by a secret order of evil men and that some of the members of this order were masquerading as leaders in my church. As a teenager, I devoured comic books and other materials that fed my conspiracy theory. I spent a lot of time and mental energy imagining how evil these people were and how I would go about “outing” them and exposing their evil machinations.
I’ve learned a few things in the years since my teenage obsession with conspiracy theories. First, I’ve learned that some of what I believed back then is probably true. But secondly, I’ve come to the conclusion that it makes very little practical difference in my life or in the life of anyone else whether these conspiracy theories are actually true.
Most grand conspiracy theories are based on a great deal of speculation and not on any solid biblical (or other) evidence.
Whether or not the Jesuits, the Masons, the Illuminati or some other secret order have actually infiltrated and are controlling churches or governments today is a matter of at least some speculation. Some of it may be true. But a lot of the information upon which these theories are based is conjectural and circumstantial in nature. One thing is certain, these theories are Continue Reading…