In the article "The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda -- But Why?" published two days ago in Global Research by Richard Cook, the author labels Brits as the masterminds of the current frenzied Russophobia in the West and the impatient effort to start World War 3. Cook is a retired American federal government analyst who revealed Reagan's administration's fault in the Challenger disaster in 1986. In this article, he traces the war agenda and the creation of the rampant nerve-gas false flags to the UK Privy Council, the banker Baron Rothschild and the British Queen. The author speculates quite a bit, but most of the evidence he offers is quite convincing.
In the second part of the text, Cook tries to explain the psychological reasons for the evil of the British elite and the indifference of the British public by the reigning convictions rooted in a fifth-century Christian heresy, Pelagianism. The teaching was created by a British biblical scholar and theologian, Pelagius (354-420), who lived in Rome. Pelagius believed that the original sin did not alter human nature, and that it was only a "bad example." He stressed the human ability to distinguish the good from the bad, and thus man's full responsibility for his own salvation. The role of Jesus Christ is viewed as only "setting a good example," and divine grace for him does not exist. Pelagianism denies the need for baptism or repentance. Pelagius was excommunicated in 417 by Pope Innocent I, and his teaching was condemned by a series of Church councils.
Cook tells about a Swiss German-speaking theologian, Karl Barth, who rewrote the principles of the Protestant Reformation during the first half of the 20th century, and stood up to Hitler by telling us that it was Jesus Christ who conveyed the Word of God for our redemption and salvation, not the almighty Nazi state. Barth traveled to England in the 1930s and said to the English: “You are all Pelagians.”
Cook further explains: "Pelagianism asserts as fundamental that, 'I’m ok.' This leads to the idea, 'I’m okay just as I am. Nothing about me needs to change. If it does, I’ll easily take care of it.'
Psychology teaches us, however, that the human individual lacks discernment as to where within himself his impulses are coming from. It thus becomes likely, if not inevitable, that he turns to self-interest, as such impulses are fed to his consciousness by his animal self.
Pelagianism devolves into the dual philosophy of egotism combined with the pleasure principle—I, me, my, and mine; and, if it feels good, do it. Politically, Pelagianism ends with imperialism and oppression of the weak. Economically, it turns into unbridled capitalism and the pursuit of profit at all costs. Throw in Machiavelli, and we’ve arrived at where we are in the world today.
It is instructive in light of Barth’s views on the British predilection toward Pelagianism to compare the Protestant Reformation as it played out in Europe vs. what took place in England. In Europe, Luther and Calvin began with the idea taught by Jesus that every human being born on earth needs redemption and can find it through the Divine Word, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the sacraments.
In England, by contrast, the Reformation was brought about by King Henry VIII, who wanted to shake off the influence of the Church so that he could be free to murder any of his wives who crossed him and seize monastic property. Henry VIII appears to have been an exemplar of British Pelagianism.
Since then, the Church of England has been largely the tool of secular power, even though its liturgy and sacraments, as they appear in the Book of Common Prayer, still contain much of original Christian teaching. In its Thirty-Nine Article of Religion, Anglicanism also specifically renounces Pelagianism.
Nevertheless, the Anglican clergy are beholden to the British state for their salaries. Perhaps that’s one reason they are always so nice to those in charge.
The British are indeed 'nice' people. They enjoy life. They are 'comfortable' in the world. They adore their 'royals.' They understand that real democracy is rather unclean—not really for them. That’s why they still have a queen.
The British are subjects, not citizens. So are the Canadians, the Australians, the New Zealanders, and many others in Commonwealth countries where the queen is the head of state.
British Pelagianism leads to what German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called 'cheap grace,' 'where no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin.' [...] Essentially you consider yourself justified simply by being polite. If you want, you can spend £45 having High Tea at Highclere Castle, ancestral home of a genuine British earl. That’s as polite as it gets.
Meanwhile, in Britain, you have a government of manipulators and assassins working in the dark behind the scenes with a population absorbed by BBC comedies, murder mysteries, historical dramas—and by 'Brexit.'
British Pelagianism and its psycho-spiritual equivalents open the door to abuses of every kind. They open the door to the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous among the British upper crust, the American 'one-percent,' and oligarchs everywhere.
They also open the door to conquest of other countries. They open the door to U.S. fantasies about being the 'exceptional nation.' They open the door to the destruction of the environment with pesticides, herbicides, and greenhouse gases so the petroleum and chemical industries, and the capital funds that own them, can reap endless profits from all that too. The same with her husband’s armaments industries that are doing so well thanks to Theresa May’s stellar decision-making.
Finally, they open the door to endless war propelled by a stream of false-flag incidents so transparent that even intelligent high school students are now seeing through them."
Richard C. Cook
Cook's accusations are harsh, they are probably also driven by some personal grudge, but they are also very interesting and at least partially true.
Every nation does have a set of dominant, underlying convictions, not visible or clear to its members, but still crucial for their governing mentality and the decision-making process.
In the post-Christian era of extreme secularization and relativisation, only a return to the true, Christian values can give us the wisdom to at least understand the processes behind the increasing desire to destroy the only planet given to us to peacefully cultivate it and preserve it.