Monsters in the Land


The secret side of me
I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
So stay away from me
The beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can’t hold it
It’s scratching on the walls
 In the closet, in the halls
It comes awake and I can’t control it
Hiding under the bed
In my body, in my head
Why won’t somebody come and save me from this

make it end 



“There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith….Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.” – President Barack Obama, National Prayer Breakfast, February 5th, 2015.

EVIL is not RELIGION; religion is merely one of a multitude of outlets used by men to act on the evil that lies in our depraved hearts.

“Total Depravity states that each and every person (except Jesus, 1 Peter 2:22) is completely touched by sin in all that he is and does whether it’s heart, soul, mind, body, thought, or deed. However, this does not mean that all people are equally bad or that all people are as bad as they can be. Not all are murderers. Not all are adulterers. Not all cheat.” – Matt Slick

Some of the most ruthless rulers of former generations were secularists and ardent atheists. Going all the way back to the days of the cruel and merciless Roman Emperor Nero, the brutal and the godless throughout the ages have had their day - reigns mired in blood and oppression. These were oppressive facist tyrants who ruled the people with iron fists -Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxha, and the list goes on…….

“By total depravity, is not meant that…men are destitute of all moral virtues. The Scriptures recognize the fact, which experience abundantly confirms, that men, to a greater or less degree, are honest in dealings, kind in their feelings, and beneficent in their conduct. Even the heathen, the Apostle teaches us, do by nature the things of the law. They are more or less under the dominion of conscience, which approves or disapproves their moral conduct. All this is perfectly consistent with the Scriptural doctrine of total depravity, which includes the entire absence of holiness; the want of due apprehensions of the divine perfections, and of our relation to God as our Creator, Preserver, Benefactor, Governor, and Redeemer”  - Charles Hodge

Often times mankind’s evil and depravities are much more subtle and isolated, while the widespread effects are devestating. There exists today a multitude of under-reported and overlooked atrocities, debaucheries and offenses that are blindly cultivated and perpetuated by our modern, God-dishonoring, humanly depraved, secular culture (and those hardened and detached lofty ones in high places). It’s a culture where female degredation, child expoitation, male emasculation and various other social calamities are rampant. And with more technology, the unthinkable and inconceivable continues to go mainstream, leaving a growing number sorely vexed in their wake.

human_trafficking“Not until recently had I ever felt the weight of the fact that those outside Christ have no defense against the devil. God can restrain the devil from doing his maximum worst. But the world cannot. They are helpless before Satans supernatural power. They are utterly in his sway, except for Gods restraining providence. This should make us tremble for the hopelessness of the world and marvel at the magnitude of Gods power and grace to keep the world from being ten thousand times more violent and miserable than it is.” - John Piper

There is no (godless) moral high ground or intellectual superiority to be had in this life. We MUST get off our high horse and get over ourselves. We are dirty creatures with bloody hands. We turn our backs on the afflicted and embrace the ways and means of the sinister oppressor.

“Common grace restrains sin and the effects of sin on the human race. Common grace is what keeps humanity from descending into the morass of evil that we would see if the full expression of our fallen nature were allowed to have free reign.” - John F. MacArthur

crimeThe best laid plans will ultimately go up in smoke. All our grand schemes are bound to backfire. We have the truth written on our hearts but they are turned black and hard. With stoney hearts we foolishly press on, sowing and reaping without God and without hope. We are accountable transgressors standing on shaky ground. Sophistication only ensures greater diabolical complexity (and social infiltration) for the wholly unrestrained servants of the devil. We lack the true imputation of righteousness and are incapable of any true and pure act of moral and spiritual goodness. We need a true exhortation, a forensic liberation.

We require a legal declaration, a full pardon, complete acquittal and exoneration of the widespread sin epidemic that lies in our hearts (and the world at large).

It’s hiding in the dark
Its teeth are razor sharp
There’s no escape for me
It wants my soul it wants my heart.
No one can hear me scream
Maybe it’s just a dream
Or maybe it’s inside of me
Stop this monster *

All too often the solution to all the madness that prevails from generation to wretched generation is the Greatest Offense of all. The losers and the outsiders will find their eternal peace. Resisting both wind and tide, we find glory and rest!


* quoted lyrics by Skillet’s John L. Cooper

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A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.
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  • Mark Moore

    “These were oppressive facist tyrants who ruled the people with iron fists -Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxha, and the list goes on…….”

    But none match the depravity of God. Drowning millions in the Noah story, murdering children as a terrorist act in the passover story, Genocide after genocide while “Saving the girl children for yourselves.”

    Slaving, torture, human trafficking, pedophilia, murder, genocide, God does it all on a biblical scale. Fortunately gods are imaginary but their believers that use gods to justify their slaving, torture, murder and genocide are real. The damage done in the name of religion is real.

    • Bob Ellis

      Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Enver Hoxha, et al were not the author and master of all human life. Thus, they had no right to end human life.

      God, however, IS the author and creator of all human life and therefore has the right to do with it as he pleases. Unlike the tyrants listed above, he did not end the lives of anyone innocent of any offense to him. The people God destroyed were all very wicked and rebellious against their creator (maybe you missed that part), and usually toward their fellow human beings. Evil acts require justice and punishment, which God carried out against them.

      Sadly, sometimes some people do misrepresent God to perpetrate evil (and sometimes they carry out acts in keeping with the character of the false gods they serve).

      But the One True God, the creator of the universe, is perfect and upright in character. If human beings will surrender their will to his, and seek to make their character like his, this world would be a much better place.

      • franklinb23

        I have had issues with the Old Testament. I don’t see a justification in targeting those who have not committed anything wrong. Even infants were slaughtered in the battle of Jericho. What can an infant do that merits death by sword? It’s a miserable way to die. It makes it difficult to argue against abortion as a form of cruelty, doesn’t it?

        If a population does merit destruction, though, it would have to be the members of ISIS. If anyone is beyond hope, I’d say it would be these people. Who puts a human being in a cage and sets them on fire for their own pleasure and amusement? Yet, I’d be wary of taking pleasure in their destruction. One can only regret that it has to be done at all.

        • Bob Ellis

          The Old Testament campaign in Cannan (which was an isolated incident of God’s judgement against a thoroughly corrupt people) seems harsh to our modern sensibilities. However, there are a number of things to consider.

          One is that even infants can and probably do sin. Sure, it’s harder to recognize it in an infant, since their actions are very limited by their physical limitations, and they cannot communicate verbally. But anyone who has had children and is a keen observer knows that even infants can behave rebelliously. So no one is without sin.

          What’s more, if the infants had been allowed to live and were brought into the Israelite people, if they ever found out about their heritage, they might grow up to seek revenge on the people of Israel, further perpetuating violence and suffering. There have been a number of cases in ancient times where a child was spared, only to grow up, learn of their heritage, and then take revenge.

          They might also have been more prone, having learned about their heritage, to re-embrace the religion and practices that brought judgement on Canaan in the first place. Even most Christians don’t realize the incredible level of depravity and violence that went on in Canaan for hundreds of years before God brought judgment upon them. Everything from all manner of sexual debauchery, to child sacrifice on altars, to even burying an infant alive inside the walls of a new home to bring “good fortune” upon that house.

          It’s interesting that you mention ISIS. This modern bunch of barbarians are so violent and depraved, they actually hearken back in many ways to the violence of old Canaan.

          But you’re right. We shouldn’t take pleasure in their destruction (and I hope they are destroyed soon, militarily). I’m sure the Old Testament Israelites took no pleasure in carrying out God’s judgment. Indeed, I strongly suspect they had a stomach full of the killing, and that’s probably why they didn’t finish the job God told them to finish (they were supposed to completely wipe out the Caananite tribes)…and in the end, it cost Israel tremendous woes and heartache.

          • DCM7

            Also, the greatest punishment to an ancient seems not to have just been taking their life, but taking away their descent as well.
            And we still probably haven’t covered all the likely reasons.
            Good point that the destruction was necessary, and no one was likely to have taken pleasure in it.

        • AC700

          These are things Christians wrestle with, and understand God calls us to peace, righteousness and holiness…. He’s merciful but he is Holy & Sovereign. Its hard to judge The BOSS , we are but specs of dust next to HIM

    • AC700

      Mark, think who you are talking about - its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God…… What good have the godless done besides minimize the various charitable contributions Christians have made to society throughout the ages & drive faith out of the public square. Read up on Jesus and give Him a fair hearing, stop blaming a God you don’t believe for the attrocoities of the depraved hearts of men…. If you think a godless global elite will harbor peace,love & happiness then you have much more faith than you realize,


    • DCM7

      You speak as one who has not examined whether the Bible is true, has not worked to understand it, but has merely looked for anything about God that you can distort or exaggerate into looking “bad” so you think you have an excuse to deny him. Although it’s probably not the case, you sound as if you’ve never so much as cracked a Bible open yourself.
      I wrote this in response to that kind of thing:

  • AC700

    Atheists have much to think about, either 1. God of the Bible does not exist and they are fighting against fabricated history and atrocities 2. The men who invented gods and continue to act decieftfully & perversely with or without god are going to save us from imploding 3. GOD IS….. Check yourself & your sins and stop trying to find objections - you can’t win in His court of law, see your own depravity and lost condition & submit to Him and be without true fear, pain or doubt moving forward - Jesus Christ is eternal security!

  • Opus35

    Why would you use this photo. That was an actual human being. It is disgusting, what happen to him. It is also disgusting to put this propaganda photo up, as the enticement to read the article.

    • WXRGina

      Propaganda? What propaganda? Why are you opposed to looking into the purely evil face of these Muslim barbarians? The world should look and understand. By the way, the author of the piece is the one who used the photographs in his piece.

      • Opus35

        The propaganda from the terrorist who took the photo. It is sickening that this site would also put that up. That was a human being, and desserts respect in his death. Try some compassion for the man that died, and his family. By putting up the photo, you only give power, which is what they wanted, to the terrorist.

        • WXRGina

          You can look at it either way, I suppose. But, which is better, to turn away from the hellish reality of what these people are or to let it be seen and known? I don’t know that burying the images does anything but shield people from facing the barbaric truth of what these sub-humans are.

          • Opus35

            But they want you to publicize those photos. In there mine it gives them power. Scares the general public, in turn puts more pressure not only on our government but any government to negotiate with these terrorists. They want controls the situations. Think how you would feel if it was your loved one.

            • WXRGina

              I understand your point, and if it was my brother, I doubt I would like it, but I don’t know for sure, because I truly despise what these people are and want them to be exposed and crushed. I still think we should be showing the 9-11 videos to never forget. It’s a hard call if it’s your loved one.

              • Opus35

                When they keep showing the 9-11 tapes, the days after, I keep thinking oh my thousands of innocent people are dying.
                This type of thing brings me to tears, everytime I see it. Peace.

              • Bob Ellis

                Let it not only bring you to tears-let it bring you to ACTION, to resolutely condemn these barbarians and do what you can to see them stopped and brought to justice.

            • Bob Ellis

              What gives these bloodthirsty barbarians more power is people who lack the guts to face what they do, admit it and stand against it.

              Evil loves to have its ugly face hidden. Evil always wants people to think better of it than it actually is. Evil doesn’t want people to face the harsh reality of its consequences.

              If I was the one slaughtered in this picture, I would want people to paste not just the picture but the full video up everywhere they possibly could. If this were my son, I doubt I could look at it much, but I would want good people to plaster it EVERYWHERE so there was never a split-second’s doubt about the barbarity of the evil behind it.

              Never shrink away from the recognition of evil; broadcast it for all to see, so there is no mistaking it’s ugly face.

              • WXRGina

                Very well-said, Bob!