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Posted: September 9th. 2002

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Texe Marrs [1]

by Kerr Cuhulain

Texe Marrs is a former U.S. Air Force officer who founded Living Truth Ministries in Austin, Texas. He used to put out a newsletter every other month called "Flashpoint," but this is now an on-line newsletter that shares the same name as his radio show on WWCR: "Power of Prophecy." Texe is the author of books which support the Satanic Conspiracy myth, including: Mystery Mark of the New Age, Dark Secrets of the New Age, and Ravaged by the New Age. His wife Wanda has written a book called New Age Lies to Women.

Scanning through Marrs' web site (http://www.texemarrs.com) quickly reveals the major theme behind his bizarre presentations: Satan has an organization called the Illuminati which is taking over the world. For those of you not familiar with the Illuminati, here is a brief summary:

In 1776, Adam Weishaupt, a professor of law in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, founded a secret society whose aim was to work towards the abolition of all monarchies. Weishaput believed that this was a necessary condition to bring about scientific and political enlightenment of mankind. This organization was originally called "The Perfectionists." Weishaupt later changed the name to "The Illuminati."

The Illuminati was a secret society because such republican ideas were very radical in that time and place. Weishaupt disguised the group's aims under a veil of occultism, adopting the grades of Freemasonry in his organization.

The Illuminati grew rapidly. In 1780 an influential Freemason, Baron Von Knigge, became actively involved, linking the Illuminati with the older Freemasons. It was a short lived relationship, however, and Knigge and the Freemasons withdrew after much squabbling.

Eventually some disgruntled Illuminati members, discovering that the organization was simply a front for Weishaupt's anti-royalist activities, informed the authorities. Weishaupt fled and the Illuminati and Freemasonry were outlawed in Bavaria.

The idea that the defunct Illuminati was still in existence originally came from a treatise by a Jesuit named Abbe Barruel in 1797. Barruel claimed that The French Revolution was the result of an ancient conspiracy which could be traced back to two organizations: The Knights Templar and the Moslem sect called The Assassins.

Barruel claimed that the Templars had not been stamped out in 1314, but had gone underground and ultimately resurfaced as the Freemasons and the Illuminati. Barruel claimed that this secret network was allied to the "Sons of Satan", which was Barruel's name for Jews. Barruel claimed that the leader of this international conspiracy was a Grand Master who ordered assassinations and started revolutions to bring about a single world government led by the Anti Christ.

None of Barruel's claims were true, but some of his ideas were picked up by later right wing organizations, such as the Nazi Party in Germany. Texe Marrs firmly believes Barruel's bogus story. For example, this is one of the major themes of Dark Secrets of the New Age; In this book Marrs claims to expose "the thirteen-point, hidden Plan of Satan to bring to pass a One World Government and a One World Religion headed by a New Age Messiah or 'Christ'."(1) Texe believes that the Illuminati set up the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Another easily identifiable paranoid theme in Marrs' work is the idea that this insidious conspiracy he perceives wants to mark us all with a special mark to make it easier to control us. These days his web site is full of announcements that technological advancements have led to the development of micro chips that can be implanted under one's skin. This seems to validate his fears. In Mystery Mark of the New Age, Marrs claims to "unveil startling facts revealing exactly how satanically-inspired New Age leaders intend to successfully achieve these horrendous objectives [outline in Dark Secrets of the New Age]."(2) The underlying theme of Mystery Mark of the New Age is Revelations 13:16-18 in which John has a vision of a beast which "... causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six." Marrs tells us in this book that the Devil will literally mark each of his followers with a visible sign in the near future.

Marrs supports the urban legend of an international Satanic Conspiracy, stating: "Satan is well on the way to success in his goal of enslaving the world. To accomplish his dark objectives, he has reestablished his Church, Mystery Babylon. Popularly called the New Age Movement, it is a perverse and diabolical institution founded on a web of lies and deceit. Spanning the globe and encompassing hundreds of millions of teachers and disciples, it has within its fold thousands of individual cults, churches, groups, and organizations. All oppose Biblical Christianity. These many churches and groups constantly cooperate and collude. There is a conspiracy- a monstrous and hideous conspiracy. The conspirators themselves fearlessly call it an 'Open Conspiracy.[emphasis in original]'"(3) The "conspirator" that Marrs is referring to here is author Marilyn Ferguson and her book The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s, which is neither Satanic nor a blueprint for a conspiracy to achieve world domination.

Marrs presents his interpretation of the standard fundamentalist Christian history of religion, which claims that a Goddess Religion called "Mystery Babylon" was created in ancient Babylon. Marrs states: "This seductive but thoroughly wicked religion was centered around the worship of idols. Its vast system of gods and goddesses were all linked to and subordinate to the unholy trinity of the Great Goddess, her husband, and their son. Along with its debauchery and its man-god evolution doctrine, the Babylon Mystery Religion of the Goddess had its symbols (the Image and Mark of the Beast), as well as its magical names and words of power (the Name of the Beast). In addition, its doctrine included the magical science of numerology (the Number of the Beast). My research proves conclusively that every known New Age and occult symbol in use today in the latter part of the twentieth century had its origins in the ancient Babylon Mystery Religion.[emphasis in original]"(4)

All of this is nonsense created through creative and selective interpretation of Biblical passages, treating metaphor and allegory as if it were literal fact. Babylon was not the birth place of the world's religions as Marrs suggests, and none of the Goddess religions was or is Satanic. None of the Goddess religions used the image, mark or number of the beast mentioned in Revelations 13. Babylon Mystery Religion is a fundamentalist Christian myth.

Marrs goes on to name various well known personalities such as John Denver, Ted Turner, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kurt Waldheim, Senator Claiborne Pell, Senator Terry Sanford, Mayors Kathy Whitmire of Houston and Don Fraser of Minneapolis, Senator Gary Hart, U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz and Former German Chancellor Willi Brandt as leaders of the international Satanic conspiracy. Marrs named Mikhail Gorbachev as "unquestionably the world's foremost New Age teacher and leader... Satan has accomplished a mighty feat in winning the heart and soul of the Soviet Union's highest official."(5) On his web site Marrs claims that President Bill Clinton, faith Healer Benny Hinn, gospel singer Steve Brock, TBN preacher T.D. Jakes, Vice President Al Gore, and even evangelist Pat Robertson have connections to Satanic organizations.(6)

Marrs clearly considered the Soviets to be "godless commies", this being a repetitive theme in his books. Marrs claims that Satan was to reveal his master plan to his followers in 1982, citing Pazder's book Michelle Remembers as his source. Of course, as we have seen earlier in this series, Michelle Remembers is a well known fraud and therefore useless as a reference book.

Marrs lists what he calls the "Seven Major Teachings of the New Age"(7), claiming that these are the "Seven Marks of Mystery Babylon, Satan's last-days religion."(8) These supposedly Satanic teachings are as follows:
  • "Jesus was not and is not the only Christ, nor is he God.

  • "'God' is impersonal, cosmic, a God of energy forces.

  • "Man is himself God, for he consists of and is the creator of 'the forces'. Man already exercises the powers inherent in his divinity and needs only to awaken to this fact.

  • "Man should seek and accept spiritual instruction and direction directly from the spirit world.

  • "All religions and religious teachings lead to the same goal. All are equally of merit.

  • "The 'ancient wisdom' of Babylon, Egypt and Greece- not the Bible- is the basis of all Truth [emphasis in original].

  • "Sin and evil do not exist. Peace and love are the ultimate realities." (9)

  • The picture that Marrs paints of his God is not a very kind and loving one. At one point Marrs states: "Would God really be so cruel as to send millions to an everlasting hell? This question is often asked of Christians by people who seek to discredit the Bible and by those eager to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own actions and decisions. God says He will do it, and He will. He is sovereign; His decisions are always just."(10) Statements like this by Marrs clearly demonstrate his lack of tolerance for religions other than his own. Here is that recurring theme that we have seen again and again in literature of this sort: If you believe in something different, then you are the enemy and a Satan worshipper.

    Marrs makes sweeping generalizations about non-Christian religions, classifying them under the broad title "New Age." Yet the examples of New Age philosophies that Marrs uses have been drawn from the literature of a very small number of New Age organizations and authors. Most of these are fairly radical and bizarre and hardly representative of the mainstream. Those most often cited by Marrs are: Elizabeth Claire Prophet's "Church Universal and Triumphant", Alice Bailey and the "Lucis Trust", Benjamin Creme, and J. J. Hurtag's The Keys of Enoch. Benjamin Creme is a New Age author who writes about "Ascended Masters" (those who have supposedly attained a higher spiritual plane). Elizabeth Claire Prophet, also known as "Guru Ma" claims to be a reincarnation of the Biblical "Martha" and to be the only present day purveyor of truth approved of by the aforementioned Ascended Masters. She is author of a book entitled The Great White Brotherhood and the founder of a cult group called "The Church Universal and Triumphant." The Church Universal and Triumphant is an extremeist group that built bunkers and stockpiled firearms outside of Yellowstone Park. This is hardly a representative cross section of the New Age community, and their material is almost as full of oddities as Marrs' stuff is.

    Marrs spends quite a bit of time in his writings speculating about what the mark of the beast that he says that we will receive will be. Marrs has decided that it will either be on our forehead or on our right hand. Some of his speculations are quite humourous. For example, at one point Marrs says:

    "There has been a lot of speculation about the Mark recently with the invention of new computer microchips so tiny they can be programmed with numbers and other information and can be inserted under the surface of the skin.

    "There has also been concern that the laser bar code now in common use at checkout counters is the precursor to the Mark and that everyone may someday be given a laser bar code on their forehead or hand with the number of the Beast."(11)

    Marrs comments on the current popularity of tattoos amongst some elements of society and states: "Someday soon... tens of millions of others conditioned like her will be fed a lie by the government and by their churches. They will be led to believe that the permanent Mark on their forehead or hand symbolizes the admirable goals of world peace, religious harmony, and brotherhood."(12) Marrs doesn't explain how having a mark tattooed on you is supposed to bring about world peace, etc. Marrs even buys into the Inquisitional nonsense about Witches' marks listed in the Malleus Maleficarum, stating: "This mark might be identical with the Devil's Mark, a small sign placed upon her by the Devil as a sign of his ownership. Both marks might be various sizes, colors, shapes and locations."(13)

    Marrs thinks that some of us have already received a mark, stating: "A growing number of New Agers have already undergone an initiation ceremony and accepted the Mark."(14) In attempt to prove his point, Marrs gives an anonymous person's account of an alleged encounter with aliens in a UFO from "California UFO" magazine in which the person telling the story claims that after the encounter he had a six pointed star on his hand which made him feel "quite special."(15) Marrs takes this as evidence of a Satanic initiation ceremony and comments: "These feelings, voiced by so many who have received Luciferic Initiation, are significant. They point to two inescapable facts: (1) The initiate recognizes beforehand that he is coming into close contact with dark, evil forces, and a spirit of fear engulfs him; and, (2) after the initiation is over and Satan's demons have taken residence inside this individual, his mind is patently altered. This is what New Agers call the Kundalini or Skaktipat experience, technically termed a Paradigm (Worldview) Shift."(16)

    Marrs is the only evangelist that I know that believes that Satanists appear as space aliens in UFOs. Kundalini and Shaktipat have nothing to do with Satanists or UFOs. Shakti is a Goddess who appears in Hindu, Nepalese, Tibetian and Tantric beliefs, representing femine energy. Her male counterpart is Shiva. The Shaktis (Shaktipat) are the six aspects of the feminine energy of Shati (great force, understanding/intellect, will/desire, making/doing, the power of speech/music/sound, and "kundalini"). Kundalini, a Hindu word meaning "coiled," is life energy which naturally flows through the body, which can be stimulated by certain yoga exercises and sexual activity, sending it up the spine. It is usually symbolized in Yoga as a green snake coiled in a left hand spiral. Neither term refers to an initiation or a paradigm/worldview shift. Marrs does not explain where he got the expression "Paradigm (Worldview) Shift" from. The terms in Eastern religion that would best describe a shift in paradigm or worldview would be the Hindu or Buddhist concept of "Samadi" or "Satori", a sudden revelation achieved through meditative states. Yet Marrs doesn't mention either of these terms anywhere in his book.

    Marrs makes other statements indicating his obvious ignorance of Hinduism and Yoga. For example, Marrs states: "In today's New Age and Hindu philosophies, the body is made up of certain points or chakras. Two important chakras are the one in the forehead and the other in the palm of the right hand. Note that these are the same body sites revealed in the Bible as where the Mark of the Beast will be taken."(17) Chakras are energy centers that are recognized in Yoga and in Eastern medical traditions. The body isn't exactly made up of chakras, the chakras are energy points running up the center of the body. Marrs is correct in identifying one of these many centers as being on the forehead (it is between the eyebrows actually). Marrs even gets the name right elsewhere: Ajna. However, while most Yoga and Eastern Medical traditions recognize "sub-chakras" or minor energy points in the hands, none of these beliefs classify the hands as major chakras or energy points and none of them hold one hand to be more important than the other. Certain shapes or symbols are traditionally associated to each chakra, but these are visualized to help energize them, not actually marked on the body.

    Obviously this is all a mystery to Marrs, who states: "The New Agers and the Hindus call the site where the invisible third eye is located the Agni, or Ajna Center. I found some remarkable information when I researched the doctrinal and historical foundations of the Hindu religion in regard to this teaching about a third eye. It turns out that Agni was the Hindu male fire god who was the sexual partner of the Mother Goddess. Symbolically Agni was represented as fire from heaven; lightning. Ancient peoples later began to call him by his actual name, Lucifer. When you take Agni's Mark, you are in reality taking Lucifer's mark."(18)

    Agni was the fire God in Hindu beliefs; His name means "fire." The Hindus did not view Agni as bringing fire to earth as lightning: Rather, it was believed that his lightning brought life bringing water (rain) to earth. Agni formed a triad with Indra ("air") and Surya ("sky"). He was not the sexual partner of the "Mother Goddess" either. Agni's wife was a fire Goddess: Agnayi. Agni is in no way cognate with Lucifer. Lucifer isn't that old a name, being a Latin name in no way as old as the name Agni.

    At one point Marrs suggests that the title "Sanat Kumara, the Great One" given to Saint Germain by the Church Universal and Triumphant, "is simply the name Satan, spelled with a slight transposing of letters to confuse the uninitiated."(19) Here is that fundamentalist tendency to mess around with the spelling of common words to make them spell things that they'd like them to represent. Marrs goes on to say that "The teaching by his New Age disciples that on Saint Germain's forehead is written a name, VICTORY, is blasphemous because it signifies Satan's insane goal of achieving victory over God. Whether or not the real Beast of Revelation will have this particular name marked on this forehead or require it to be etched on everyone's forehead or had we cannot say. Most probably this is just an idle victory boast on the part of a demon.[emphasis in original]"(20)

    At one point Marrs makes the statement that "To discover the secrets behind the mysterious number 666, we can go to two valuable sources of information. First, there is the ages-old practice of numerology. Second, we can profitably look at the very roots of the number 6, examining its dark origins."(21) This is rather odd because most fundamentalists consider numerology to be an occult practice, so it is hard to see why Marrs would want to use it to prove his point. In any case, Marrs starts his argument by quoting extensively from Barbara Walker's The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Walker states in this book that the word "hex" was derived from the Greek word "hex" and the Latin word "sex," which Walker tells us both mean the number six. Walker then says that they are cognate with the Egyptian word "sexen" which she says translates as "to embrace, to copulate".(22) From this Walker launches into a discussion of how the number six is related to sexuality. Marrs then expands on this, stating: "The religion of Babylon was primarily the worship of the Mother Goddess, who was later pictured in Revelation 17 as the great whore of Babylon, Satan's last-days world religion- a revived form of Babylonianism. In this religion six was considered the number symbolizing sacramental sexual ecstasy in which the participants achieved union with the divine universe and with the Mother Goddess. A triple 6- 666- was the magic number of the Goddess Ishtar, also called the 'Triple Aphrodite', because in her personage was the unholy trinity of Mother-Father-Son."(23) Later still Marrs claims that "Inside a circle, the Star of David becomes the hexagram, perhaps the most evil sign in the occult world. From the use of the hexagram, we have the word 'hex'. The hexagram is used to put a curse on someone and to call up a demon during a ceremonial rite."(24)

    (Continued... Click HERE for page II)






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    Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).

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