It’s a question I thought I should get some feedback on before taking things any further. It all came about when I recently received an email from The Order of Illuminati’s League of Billionaires (I presume they are the billionaires because I’m certainly not). According to this email I am “now amongst the privileged few to belong to the one percent that controls the other ninety nine percent.” Because of this my “destiny to wealth and greatness has today been fulfilled by The Great Owl.” It goes on …
“You have been cleansed and picked amongst the struggling billions of humans and have today been set aside for greatness, fame and unending gratification. You are amongst the chosen ones and will someday rule your country. The Owl welcomes you to the Table of the Privileged. Welcome to The Order Of Illuminati.”
The invitation was sent by Prof. Sylvie Letreux (Zone HQ Rec, The Order of Illuminati) and gives an email address in the USA. As soon as I respond I will be initiated into the Secret Order and then I “will immediately be assigned a Sponsor. A Sponsor is an Older Member that will invest in your Business, Organization, and Projects in Millions to bring you up to sudden Fame and Limelight. Your Sponsor can also wish to give you a famous job in a Globally recognized Organization upto the Level of a Director. The Baseline is to bring you up to Fame and Peace.” All I need to do is send my C.V. to the Illuminati email address. So, should I join the Illuminati? I’m thinking “no” for three reasons:
Firstly, the email is obviously a scam. The spelling and grammar is terrible and most certainly not written by an educated or wealthy person. I didn’t click on the email address because it probably contains a virus. At the very least it smacks of a scam from somewhere in Eastern Europe or North Africa. This may sound obvious but Australians lost $229 million to scams in 2015.
Secondly, the promises of “sudden” wealth, greatness, power, fame and unending gratification appeal to our base human nature that is at war with the spiritual nature we receive in Christ (Galatians 5:17). While God is certainly not against these things (there are plenty of godly people who are famous, wealthy and powerful) they should not be things we seek in and of themselves. As the Bible warns, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced (Lit. crucified) themselves with many griefs.” Wealth, greatness, power and fame are huge responsibilities and unless you have the character to undergird them, they can ruin you and others.
My third reason for not joining the Illuminati is that it simply doesn’t exist – at least not any more. The Bavarian Illuminati was an Enlightenment-era secret society founded in 1776 to oppose superstition, the restriction of information, religious influence over public life and abuses of government power. It took the Owl of Minerva (The Great Owl) as its symbol, according to Greek and Roman mythology, was a mark of knowledge and wisdom. At its peak the Illuminati had about 650 members (although some in the group claimed it was more like 2,500). The Bavarian Illuminati was plagued by internal power struggles, indiscretions and divisions and eventually declined in the late 1700s.
In the centuries since that time the existence of the Illuminati has been written and spoken about by a number of people, not least some Christian ministers and ministries. But there is little or no evidence of it being a large, secret organisation that controls banks, businesses and governments all working behind the scenes to bring about a New World Order. Christians who believe and teach this have a very unorthodox view of Scripture and Bible prophecy that is based more upon novels like The Left Behind and The Last Jihad series rather than the Bible. While these may be a good read they do very little (other than entertain the reader and make the author very rich) to increase one’s knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
Today there are some small groups that claim to be descended from the Bavarian Illuminati but they are anything but secret. In fact they publicise this in order to gain more members.
The email from the “Illuminati” finished as follows:
“This is your Destiny. You had a strange dream recently. It was the Owl that visited you.” Indeed I often have strange dreams but they usually follow a late dinner of a pizza with too much cheese! As for what The Great Owl thinks? I couldn’t give two hoots!