Published December 1, 2011
Andrew Ryzhkov was raised in Belarus under Soviet Communism. He stated, “I was a wild child, but when I repented and trusted Christ as my Savior I became a quiet and respectful student. Communist KGB agents were present in the schools and many of the teachers were committed to Communism.
“They saw the change in my life and heard me talk about my faith; and they hated me. The teachers reduced my grades. Some of the students would gang up on me and beat me. They called me a Baptist fool.
“There were three students in particular who made life miserable for me. They cursed me and often attacked me physically, but eventually God’s wrath vindicated me and He punished them with many adversities.”
The Music Conservatory in Belarus refused to admit Andrew unless he agreed to deny God and join the Communist Party. Andrew’s response was short: “God will provide an education for me and give me a great future.”
Today Andrew Ryzhkov is pastor of the Calvary Russian Baptist Church in Alpharetta. He is married to Inna, who was also raised under Communism in Belarus. The Ryzhkovs have five children.
Having lived under a Communist regime, Ryzhkov knows firsthand just how evil socialism really is.
First, Ryzhkov says, “Socialism is an evil, satanic system. It equals corruption.” Socialism is a human philosophy that had been bubbling away under the surface for centuries. In the 1800s it started to emerge as a movement, prompted by Darwin, and became fully known in the wickedness of both Marxism and Nazism. Do not make the mistake of thinking the two are different, because they are not. There is almost no difference between them.
“Both types of socialism were tried. They both devastated the world and murdered millions. Both were beaten or receded … but both are now raising their ugly heads again. It makes no logical sense whatever, unless we understand that politicians and movements today are simply obeying their father, the devil, who is currently pushing hard to bring about the prophesied one world government.
“And he is succeeding because people neither care, nor understand, the philosophies that rule them. And Christians are part of this great deception, either willingly or unknowingly.”
Secondly, Ryzhkov contends that socialism is the worst kind of segregation, because it makes of everyone either winners or losers. He explained, “If you are for the socialistic form of government you are favored. If you oppose the government you are ostracized.
“Socialists claim to treat everyone equally, but under socialism if you are a friend to the government or if you bribe someone you get medical care. But if you are not a friend to the government, if you are a Christian, you will receive no care. The government will determine your life span. The Obama healthcare proposal is a giant step toward socialism.”
Thirdly, Ryzhkov added, “In socialism there is no ownership. Everything belongs to the government. Most of the people in the Soviet Union had a one-bedroom apartment, but no car and lived just above the poverty level. They were taxed 80 percent of their income.
“Under Russia’s Socialist government people were prohibited from having a second job, because they did not want anyone to succeed. Socialism controls every aspect of people’s lives –where people go to school, the extent of everyone’s education, the level of everyone’s income, the scope of everyone’s movement. Under Socialism most people never leave the town of their birth. Travel is not permitted.”
Fourth, Ryzhkov stated, “Socialism was never created to help people, but to control them and eventually destroy them.”
Senator Jim DeMint, in his book “Saving Freedom,” writes, “The corruption of leadership in a socialized society is only exceeded by the degradation of the people…. [I]t diminishes the importance and responsibility of the individual. All initiative, creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity, faith, love, and charity begin at the individual level. Socialism is based on the concept of the ineffectual individual who has no meaning except by losing his blemished and unwanted self into a larger movement.”
Fifth, socialism is an entitlement program on steroids. President John F. Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” Socialism is the antithesis of Kennedy’s statement; and unfortunately, an entitlement mentality is becoming the norm in this country.
Ryzhkov believes that many churches are contributing to this mindset. He declared, “Many churches are marketing themselves by saying, ‘Come see what our church can do for you. We have the best music, best preaching, best childcare, best recreational program, best Wednesday night supper, best fellowship, and the best youth program.’
“That kind of promotion mirrors the socialist mentality. The socialist system promises the best pension, the best healthcare, the best food stamps, the best social services. Biblical Christianity is not based on what we can get, but on what we can give. We need to teach our people to become givers.”
Finally, Ryzhkov remarked, “In socialism the government generally has a constitution, but it is not used. Socialism becomes a dictatorship and the leaders make the rules. There is no power in the constitution or even the courts. Therefore, there is no justice. Whatever the mayor or the governor or the president says is the law.”
This wicked movement could not gain the headway it enjoys if it were not for Christian laxity. Socialism will become stronger in the U.S. in time, but it is Christian ineptness that allows it its current rise.
Christians have no excuse. We are commanded to “test the spirits,’ but few do. Socialism is a very real threat. If we don’t oppose it, our children and grandchildren will live under its suppression.
In addressing the Western Ambassadors at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956 Russian premier Nikita Krushchev said, “We will take America without firing a shot…. We will bury you! We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism. We do not have to invade the United States; we will destroy you from within.”
America has not been buried yet, but the gravediggers have been placed on alert.
Centuries ago Isaac Watts asked:
“Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?”
We must rise up, stand against the forces of evil and proclaim that Jesus is Lord!
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