Since I have been exploring the impact of John Lennon on our culture, I have been asked more than once, Why Lennon ? Why single him out as if he was the one who debauched our culture?
I don’t believe he is any more responsible for the decay of our society than any of the other hedonistic rockers of the sixties, so that is a good question. The answer is that Lennon serves as an ideal symbol ,a representative of an entire point of view, that is the sixties anti-christian assault on western civilisation.
I believe that we have demonstrated by quotes and lyrics that all of the Beatles were influenced by Marxism, with its ideal to tear down the existing cultural order and to create a new society. They considered themselves part of the vanguard of the Revolution.
But long before the Beatles, the Marxists had come to realise that one can’t destroy a culture without attacking its cultus, the worship and spirituality of the society. Christianity simply had to be disqualified if the Marxist revolution in America was to succeed.
Lennon the artist and public figure openly and admittedly waged war against Christianity. In this also, he was definitely a man of his times. Much of 20th century art , painting,sculpture, the stage as well as popular music, teemed with irrational and Nihilistic themes as expressions of Atheism.
Derek Taylor, the Beatles press officer ,in an August, 1964 Saturday Evening Post article entitled The Return of The Beatles said;
It’s incredible, absolutely incredible.Here are these four boys from Liverpool. They’re rude, they’re profane,they’re vulgar, and they’ve taken over the world. It’s as if they’ve founded a new religion.They’re completely anti-christ. I mean I’m antichrist as well, but they’re so antichrist they shock me, which isn’t an easy thing to do.(David Noebel, The Legacy of John Lennon, Nelson publishing, pg 43-44)
In an April 1966 San Fransisco Chronicle article, Lennon was quoted as predicting the demise of christianity,
“Christianity will go.It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proven right.We’re more popular than Jesus now.”
When Lennon realised that such remarks could jeopardise ticket sales in an America that was still heavily Christian in name, if not in actual practice, he did offer a slight retraction.
Three examples of Lennon expressing his Atheism in song are “God”, “I Found Out” and perhaps Lennon’s most celebrated song “Imagine”.In the 1970 song ,”God” Lennon proclaims his unbelief in Jesus, Kennedy,Gita, Yoga,Kings,Elvis or the Beatles, therefore , “the dream is over,You just have to carry on”.
In the Blasphemous song “I Found Out” , Lennon celebrates his atheism, supposedly finding out that there is no Jesus coming, and that organised religion from Jesus to Paul is a form of drug abuse.
Now that I showed you what I been through
Don’t take nobody’s word what you can do
There ain’t no Jesus gonna come from the sky
Now that I found out I know I can cry (I Found Out,John Lennon)
Lennon is perhaps best remembered for Imagine, written in 1971. This song touches a deep almost mystical nerve among people the world over that can only be described as religious. This is ironic because the song Imagines a world without God, religion, heaven and hell, and “living for today “.
Amazingly this Anti-Christ anthem is sang and played in apostate churches, at interfaith religious services, and is considered “the Anthem of world Peace”.At a global harmonic convergence in 1987, millions of people around the world were instructed to stop and meditate for world peace at a preordained time, while the song was played simultaneously around the world,in a vain hope for world peace .
Peace will not be coming to this world through Lennon’s godless vision.It cannot, for there can be no Peace on earth, as long as man remains at war with his Creator. Man is estranged from God, “we have turned everyone to his own way”, and as a consequence, man is at war with himself and other men. We have all sinned, this is the reason for war,pain,hurt,suffering and sorrow.
At this time of the year it would be instructive to compare the humanistic and vain idealism of Imagine(a song that has indeed expressed the aspirations of the world, for Peace without God), with the Song of the Angels in the familiar and oft overlooked Christmas story.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.(Luke 2)
The World is coming to an end, Judgment is nigh, and men are being presented with a solemn choice, will it be the humanistic, Atheistic Utopianism as represented by Marx,Lenin and Lennon? Or will peace only be brought about by the Child sung about in the Angel’s carol, peace on earth through reconciliation with God, through Jesus? Which rings true to you?