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Article ID: 4646
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 9th. 2002
Texe Marrs 
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:
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