Evangelical Christianity

Ralph Reed, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, and Scientology

II Corinthians 6:14-17: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?

Scientologists Joy Villa and Stacy Francis appeared this week at Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to a Majority” event in Washington D.C. The event featured keynote speaker Vice President Mike Pence; several US Senators and Congresspeople; and other Christian Evangelical luminaries including Kellyanne Conway.

This creates quite a tangled mess for Ralph Reed as the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam is a part of the Church of Scientology whereas the Faith and Freedom Coalition are staunch supporters of Israel and the Jewish people, this as shown by Faith and Freedom’s tweets:


The next headache this creates for Ralph Reed is that Joy Villa is pro-LGBTQ whereas the Faith and Freedom Coalition oppose both gay marriage and special protections for LGBTQ people. For Reed and his followers there is no escaping what is written in the books of Leviticus, Romans, I Corinthians, and Timothy — not to mention Yahweh’s wholesale destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The third problem for Ralph Reed is that a person cannot be both a Christian and a Scientologist. Reed knows theology and scripture from his decades of fighting in the trenches of the Culture War. Why did he allow Scientologists pretending to be Christians into his 2018 Road to Majority event? Who on Reed’s staff approved the appearances of Stacy Francis and Joy Villa?

SCIENTOLOGY’S CONTINUING INFILTRATION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CIRCLES

For Scientologists Joy Villa and Stacy Francis to appear clearly shows a continuing operation on the part of the Church of Scientology to inject itself into American Christian Evangelical political circles at the highest levels. From my perspective, this is being done in a frantic bid to “safepoint” Scientology and its tax exemption.

The lie Scientology has to repeatedly tell to to get its people into Evangelical political circles is that one can be both a Scientologist and a Christian. Alternately, Scientology will downplay the matter and claim that Scientology is merely a set of self-help tools. However, as we showed in an earlier article, Scientology insists that it not only a religion, but in fact has long promoted itself as the fastest growing religion in the world.


Scientologist Joy Villa has been active in Evangelical Christian circles by promoting the lies that Scientology is a set of self-help tools and that Scientologists can also be Christians. We present the evidence of why these are lies in our previous articles:

Why You Can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist

Scientology’s Secret Teachings about Jesus Christ

In this article we seek to be the Watchman on the Wall and warn Ralph Reed and his followers of the dangerous quicksand into which they are sliding by getting involved in any way whatsoever with the Satanic Church of Scientology. Joy Villa has fooled other trusting Christians.

SCIENTOLOGY’S LOBBYIST GREG MITCHELL

We begin by identifying Scientology’s long-time D.C. lobbyist Greg Mitchell. President Trump has called for criminal justice reform. Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Foundation supports Trump’s efforts on criminal justice reform. Unsurprisingly, Mitchell was quick to jump on the bandwagon. This got Mitchell a White House invite as Holly Harris tweeted and Mitchell retweeted:

The Church of Scientology has long been a bottom-feeder in interfaith groups. Greg Mitchell works through a front group called the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRF). Mitchell also injects Scientology into secular activities such as Trump’s call for criminal justice reform. The likely play for Scientology and Mitchell here is to get government funding for Criminon programs under the aegis of criminal justice reform. Scientology is notorious for trying to suck on the government teat as it has done with its L. Ron Hubbard-based study tech and Narconon programs. This works until Scientology is exposed as the group behind study tech and Narconon and then funding is cut.

JOY VILLA’S RIDICULOUS 2017 TWEET

In 2017 Scientologist Joy Villa made a ridiculous tweet in which she claimed she and her “political adviser” Greg Mitchell had a meeting that turned into a prayer session. Villa noted that people came up and began prophesying and laying their hands on both herself and Mitchell. This preposterous tale of a breakfast meeting turning into an ecstatic prayer session in which the Holy Ghost descended from on high is made more amusing by the fact that, at the time, Joy Villa was contemplating a run for the US Congress. We are lead to ask if the saints of God prophesying over Villa and Mitchell prophetically informed them that Villa’s Congressional aspirations would be an abysmal failure that ended with her selling Joy Villa singing pens.


SCIENTOLOGY’S LUIS GONZALEZ

Luis Gonzalez is the “Humanitarian Programs Director” at the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and is involved in the Cult’s interfaith efforts as well. Luis Gonzalez’s LinkedIn page. Google “Luis Gonzalez Scientology” and can see the extent of Gonzalez’s involvement. Of interest on Gonzalez’s LinkedIn page is this:

As the Humanitarian Programs Director, I am responsible for providing support to our secular education programs that effectively curb drug abuse, instill tolerance, raise awareness of human rights and uplift morality across whole populations.

Here we have Luis Gonzalez admitting that Scientology’s secular groups are actually supported by the Church. This is key data point to keep in the dossier.

SCIENTOLOGIST SHERRY VAN HOOTEGEM

A tweet sent out by Ralph Reed after the 2017 Road to Majority event was responded to by Scientologist Sherry Van Hootegem on behalf of the Greg Mitchell Group. Thus we see Greg Mitchell and his fellow Scientologists courting Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition in 2017. Last week Joy Villa and Stacy Francis appeared at Reed’s 2018 event. What did Scientology or  Mitchell (or perhaps even Reed?) do to get Villa and Francis appearances at the 2018 event?

WHY IS RALPH REED INVOLVED — VIA SCIENTOLOGY — WITH THE NATION OF ISLAM?

The anti-Semitic Nation of Islam is, for all intents and purposes, now a part of the Church of Scientology. NOI members have gone “Clear” in Scientology and many are now moving up and onto Scientology’s OT levels.

In his recent Savior’s Day Speech, Farrakhan attacked Jews and white people. Over against this, Rabbi Heir and the Simon Wiesenthal Center gave Scientologist Tom Cruise its Humanitarian award in 2011. The Church of Scientology is clearly exploiting as many groups as possible as we see in this juxtaposition of images:

Scientologist Louis Farrakhan denounces Jews and white people. Tom Cruise receives a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Scientology Cult works both sides of the spectrum: Anti-Semitism and Pro-Israel. Scientology is using its own “Third Party Law” to simultaneously pander to, and polarize, the anti-Semitic and Pro-Israel camps. This is as hypocritical and two-faced as it gets. But this is what Scientology is all about: Be all things to all people in order to advance Scientology’s own interests.

THE NATION OF ISLAM, SCIENTOLOGY, AND HOMOPHOBIA

In this next juxtaposition of images we see the Nation of Islam attacking the “Homosexual Conspiracy” even as Scientologist Joy Villa celebrates the LGBTQ Pride Month. Again, this is Scientology speaking out of all sides of its mouth. This is what Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition have become a party to by association with Joy Villa, Stacy Francis, Scientology and the Nation of Islam:

Joy Villa has not denounced the homophobia of her fellow Scientologists in the Nation of Islam nor can she do so. David Miscavige and Scientology are playing to both the homophobic Evangelical community and the LGBTQ community.

While Scientologist Joy Villa celebrates LGBTQ Pride, Ralph Reed and Faith and Freedom Coalition condemn the LGBTQ community and gay marriage based upon unequivocal Biblical doctrine that condemns homosexuality. That Joy Villa claims to be pro-LGBTQ when the Bible clearly condemns LGBTQ people shows Villa is not a real Christian and, in fact, is a heretic in this regards. The books of Leviticus and Hebrews state the Judeo-Christian doctrines on LGTBQ matters in unequivocal terms.

Ralph Reed and Faith and Freedom Coalition oppose gay marriage. As Yahoo reported:

Despite national polling showing that support for legal same-sex marriage is growing, Reed said, activists who favor same-sex marriage rights have struggled to overturn longstanding marriage laws through the ballot box. He told the group that supporters of same-sex marriage don’t seek voter initiatives because they believe they will have more success in the courts.

“They have to do this by judicial fiat,” Reed said.

L. RON HUBBARD’S CONDEMNATION OF LGTBQ PERSONS

In terms of the depth of Joy Villa’s lies, L. Ron Hubbard condemned homosexuals. Hubbard wrote in Dianetics:

The sexual pervert (and by this term dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. and all down the catalogue of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically. Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes from (1) to (5) above. Over-development of sexual organs, underdevelopment, seminal inhibition or magnification, etc. are found some in one pervert, some in another. And the sum of it is that the pervert is always a very ill person in one way or another, whether he is conscious of it or not. He is very far from culpable for his condition, but he is also so far from normal and so extremely dangerous to society that the tolerance of perversion is as thoroughly bad for society as punishment for it. Lacking proper means prior to this time, society has been caught between tolerance and punishment, and the problem of perversion has, of course, not been resolved.

The Krafft-Ebing catalogue to which Hubbard referred was created by the German psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft Ebing and was published in his 1886 work Psychopathia Sexualis. The book catalogued what Krafft Ebing called “sexual psychopathologies” in which he, for example, horrifically conflated homosexuality with what he called sexual lust-murder.

Hubbard’s denunciation of LGBTQ persons gets even stranger when we consider that Hubbard cited the German psychiatrist Krafft Ebing as his authority. Hubbard hated psychiatrists with a vengeance and this became institutionalized in Scientology’s declared mission to destroy psychiatry. Nevertheless, early in the Dianetics movement when Hubbard was trying to appear scientific and academic he hypocritically embraced Freud, Krafft Ebing, and other psychiatrists.

Joy Villa disregards both the Bible and L. Ron Hubbard in her embrace of the LGTBQ community. True to Scientology form, Villa is speaking out of all sides of her mouth in her attempt to be all things to all people. Moreover, Villa has to overlook the anti-Semitism and homophobia of her fellow Scientologists in the Nation of Islam. The Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts Jr. recently reported on Scientologist and Nation of Islam leader Mr. Farrakhan blaming the Jews for promoting lesbianism and homosexuality:

The leader of the Nation of Islam has, for years, been a toxic fount of anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric. “These false Jews,” he preached in 2006, “promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. …It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!”

Scientologists Stacy Francis, Alfreddie Johnson, and Louis Farrakhan.

Mr. Farrakhan speaking at the 2018 Savior’s Day event:

“Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men…. White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.  You good Jews better separate because the satanic ones will take you to hell with them because that’s where they are headed.”

Farrakhan couldn’t give it a rest and had to belabor the point in graphic terms:

Do you know that many of us who go to Hollywood seeking a chance have to submit to anal sex and all kind [sic] of debauchery [before] they give you a little part? It’s called the casting couch. See, that’s Jewish power.

Inasmuch as Ralph Reed allowed Scientologists Stacy Francis and Joy Villa to promote themselves — and by extension Scientology and the Nation of Islam — Reed has given his consent for both himself and his Faith and Freedom Coalition to become tools of the Church of Scientology of the Nation of Islam. This bears further investigation as to how this was allowed to happen.

To add a typically surreal Scientology ending to this matter, here is a video of Stacy Francis (who dined with her fellow Scientologist the anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan) singing for Scientologist Tom Cruise (who received an humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center):

Why You Can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist


We depart today from our usual excursions into Scientology financial and legal chicanery in order to explore a theological matter; specifically we examine the Church of Scientology’s claim that people can be both Scientologists and Christians.

We explore this topic because of the recent efforts by Scientologist Joy Villa to gain access to American Evangelical GOP political circles. Villa did this in part by reassuring trusting Christians that Scientology is merely a set of self-help tools. This is hardly surprising as Scientologists have long attempted to minimize Scientology as nothing more than a set of self help tools when it served their purposes to do so.

However, this claim is demonstrably false. Each and every time a Scientology Org has been raided by the police — which is becoming more frequent these days –or Scientology has faced legal challenges, the Church of Scientology is very quick to protest that it is a religion and is entitled to full religious protections. The website scientologyreligion.org header clearly shows Scientology presenting itself as a religion:


Scientologist Joy Villa has stated that she is a Christian and that Scientology is a set of self help tools. In this essay we put Villa’s claims to the test. While there are many ways to analyze Scientology, we do so from an Evangelical Christian perspective in this essay as the claims at hand pertain to Joy Villa’s status-seeking incursions into Evangelical Christian political circles.

EXCLUSIVITY

We begin by noting that Scientology is mutually exclusive from all other religions. Likewise, all other religions are mutually exclusive from Scientology and from one another:

  • One can’t be a Christian and a Muslim
  • One can’t be a Jehovah’s Witness and a Mormon
  • One can’t be a Protestant and a Catholic
  • One can’t be a Shia Muslim and a Sunni Muslim
  • One can’t be a Scientologist and a Christian

What makes any religion unique is its distinctive doctrinal structure, beliefs, and practices that set it apart from all other religions. On this basis we can examine the key areas in which Scientology and Christianity radically differ from each other. In doing so, we will able to see the series of sequential barriers L. Ron Hubbard, his executives, and Scientology’s lawyers erected that effectively stop Scientologists from being Christians or members of any other religion.

The first barrier pertains to exclusivity. As we have previously published, in its 1992 1023 application for 501(c)3 tax exemption, Scientology told the IRS that people are expected to give up their existing religious beliefs and practices to become Scientologists:

Although there is no policy or Scriptural mandate expressly requiring Scientologists to renounce other religious beliefs or membership in other churches, as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths. As Scientologists, they are required to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology. Thus, a Scientologist who grew up in the Jewish faith who continues formal membership in his synagogue and attends services with his family violates no Scientology policy or tenet. On the other hand, such a person is not permitted to mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.

Scientology is speaking out of both sides of its mouth in the above statement to the IRS. Translated into simple terms, the statement means that a Scientologist must and will become a Scientologist to the exclusion of all other faiths. As L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

Scientology expects the Scientologist, “to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology.” This of necessity precludes a Scientologist from looking to the Christian God and the Bible for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and enlightenment.

THE SCRIPTURES

The Church of Scientology does not recognize the Bible as the Word of God, the final and completed revelation of God to humanity. Rather, Scientology’s scriptures are the written and spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard:

The scriptural horizon of Scientology is limited to the body of work created by L. Ron Hubbard. This includes Scientology’s secret teachings about Jesus Christ. We have exposed this secret teaching in a previous essay. 

L. Ron Hubbard positioned himself above the Bible as the final scriptural authority in the life of all Scientologists. The Scientologist is left to ask, “What does L. Ron Hubbard say about this?” rather than ask, “What does the Bible say about this?” This prohibition is especially effective against young people who were born into Scientology or joined at a young age. These young people read and study the works of Hubbard and are not exposed to the Bible, the Gitas,  the Quran, or the scriptures of any other faiths. Unless they leave Scientology, these young people will only ever know the world through the eyes of L. Ron Hubbard.

THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST

Christianity is so theologically distinct from Islam that it is impossible to confuse the two religions. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association discusses and contrasts the many differences between Christianity and Islam. Here is one major example:

Islam teaches that the doctrine of the Trinity is blasphemous. But the Christian faith is essentially and irreducibly Trinitarian. The Bible reveals that the Father is God, that the Son is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is not merely a prophet, as acknowledged by Muslims, He is God in human flesh. This is precisely what Islam rejects.

Scientology nowhere declares or acknowledges the triune nature of the Christian God. Scientology nowhere teaches that Jesus Christ is God and incarnated in human form to die for the sins of humanity. Scientology by design refuses to affirm or teach the core doctrines of Christianity pertaining to the nature of God and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. This fact alone makes Scientology incompatible with Christianity.

Christianity teaches that humans were created in God’s image. However, sin entered the human race through Adam. Thus, humans are cursed with the Adamic sin nature. According to Christian scripture, only the sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ’s shed blood is efficacious to forgive sin. Scientology nowhere teaches that one must accept Christ as their Savior in order to be saved.

Jesus declared that he is the only way to God:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. — John 14:6-7

Scientology nowhere affirms that Jesus Christ is the only path to God. Instead, Scientology affirms that L. Ron Hubbard’s Bridge is the only “exactly taped path” to truth.

Whereas Christianity teaches the centrality of the Cross, Scientology teaches the centrality of its Bridge. Again, these two things are mutually exclusive.

By barring the doors to practicing a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and the Christian scriptures, Scientology effectively prohibits a person from practicing Christianity at all. Scientology ensures this prohibition by forbidding the Scientologist to “mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.” Orthodox Christianity would inherently alter orthodox Scientology by warning against any involvement in Scientology:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. –Colossians 2:7-9 ESV

MIXING PRACTICES

The Church of Scientology forbids “mixing practices” when one is practicing Scientology. Thus to say that one is both a Christian and a Scientologist would be mixing practices and is therefore forbidden in Scientology.

Scientology arrogantly positions itself as the “religion of religions” and goes so far as to offer procedures to undo past harm caused caused by having participated in other practices. This is based upon Hubbard’s view that other religions are actually what he called “R6 implants” that cause damage and need to be undone by Scientology. Said another way, Scientology seeks to deprogram people from their prior religious experiences — and Scientology does this while screaming loudly about past attempts at deprogramming Scientologists. As a point of clarification, I personally oppose deprogramming of any kind as a gross violation of a person’s freedom.

Below we offer an example in which Catholicism is mentioned by name in a specific procedure designed to undo the harm caused by other practices. Like all Scientology procedures this one is run on an e-meter with the auditor asking prepared questions:

In 1962 when L. Ron Hubbard had licensed Scientology franchises — franchises were later called “missions” to conceal their commercial nature as businesses — he forbid his franchisees from mixing Scientology with other practices. The penalty for mixing practices was to have one’s franchise license and Scientology certificates cancelled:

Hubbard forbid mixing practices in many other places:

Based upon Hubbard’s injunction against mixing practices, one cannot be both a Scientologist and a Christian.

SCIENTOLOGY’S ORIGINS

Scientology explicitly declares that it is not Judeo-Christian in origin:


Because Scientology is not Judeo-Christian in origin, it becomes axiomatic that one cannot be both a Christian and a Scientologist: Christianity cannot be derived from non-Christian sources. It is impossible to take Scientology, which was founded in 1954 following the bankruptcy of the Dianetics Foundation, and derive from it the practice Christianity. There is nothing Christian in  Dianetics or Scientology. One must embrace a Judeo-Christian frame of reference in order to be a Christian. Scientology and Christianity are therefore wholly incompatible on this basis.

Question: Why is a person who represents herself as a disciple of Christ so very busy giving away copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s The Way to Happiness with her photo on them? A Christian preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ and distributes Bibles; she does not “disseminate” the works of L. Ron Hubbard.

PAST LIVES

Christianity teaches that humans live only once and then comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Conversely, Scientology teaches the doctrine of past lives and avers that people have lived countless lifetimes in different universes, on different planets, and in various physical, mechanical, electronic, and even doll bodies. Scientologists learn about past lives in the very early phases of their indoctrination into Scientology. Scientology’s doctrine of past lives prevents a person from being both a Christian and a Scientologist as it clearly violates Biblical doctrine.

Here is what Scientology says publicly about past lives:

Scientology again speaks out of both sides of its mouth in the above statement. While “past lives is not a dogma in Scientology” as the statement avers, Scientology also declares, “It is a fact that unless one begins to handle aberration built upon in past lives, he doesn’t progress.” What Scientology admits here is that while past lives are not a dogma, it is also pointless to practice Scientology unless one handles the aberration from their past lives.

Scientology teaches that the human condition is one of great unconsciousness and pain caused by the reactive mind, various alien implants, body thetans, and a myriad of traumatic episodes that have accumulated across eons of time from a person’s countless past lives. This series of past lives is called a person’s wholetrack in Scientology. This Scientology teaching opposes Christianity’s teaching that the human condition is caused by the Adamic sin nature that has caused humans to be separated from God. In Christianity, the problem is the sin in the human heart:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? — Jeremiah 17:9

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. — Isaiah 64:6

Scientology teaches that as a consequence of one’s accumulated wholetrack aberration, only a $360,000+ program of Scientology auditing will bring about the alleviation of suffering caused by engrams, body thetans, implants, and accumulated trauma from countless past lives.

As an aside, despite Scientology’s high prices, it does not guarantee any results from auditing:

Additionally, while Scientologists spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Scientology, they may not rely on any statements or promises made to them by Scientology staff members:

A RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR CHARACTERIZES SCIENTOLOGY

Writing on Scientology’s behalf, Dr. Harri Heino, Professor of Theology at the University of Tampere in Helsinki, Finland characterizes Scientology on its own website as follows:

According to Scientology, the traumatic experiences of both this life and previous rebirths are an impediment to rational behaviour and spiritual development. The purpose of Scientology auditing is to free the thetan from the “reactive mind”, the chains of bad memories, and to recall the possibility of salvation.

The goal is a god-like state of full OT (Operating Thetan), wherein the thetan is free from all limitations in this life.

As in Indian religions, Scientology considers that man must be released from past deeds (compare the karma of Hinduism and Buddhism), which have accumulated in the chain of numerous rebirths. Scientology’s idea of salvation comprises both this life and the life hereafter. It promises in both cases the Bridge to Total Freedom.

Apart from individual salvation, Scientology sees as its task to clean up our whole planet and create a civilization where there is no irrationality, criminality or wars. In Scientology nomenclature, a synonym to salvation is “survival.” This includes both the present life and the life hereafter. Auditing and the E-Meter which is used in it, help the individual to find his actual and original identity.

Dr. Heino’s description makes it clear that Scientology and Christianity are doctrinally and theologically incompatible. In Christianity the believer seeks to become one with God. The Scientologist, however, works to strip away the eons of accumulated entities, engrams, traumas, and implants in order to return to their actual and original state as a god. Scientology Operating Thetan (OT) state is all about the eventual attainment of godhood.

GNOSTICISM

Scientology is clearly Gnostic in concept. Hubbard saw humans as spiritual beings (thetans he calls them) who were pulled down into the material planes of existence. Hubbard declared this when he stated:

I’ve slept with bandits in Mongolia and I’ve hunted with pygmies in the Philippines, as a matter of fact, I’ve studied 21 different primitive races including the white race, and my conclusions were that man, regardless of his state of culture and so forth, was essentially the same, that he was a spiritual being that was pulled down to the material — the fleshly interests — to an interplay in life that was in fact too great for him to confront. And I concluded finally that he needed a hand.

For L. Ron Hubbard to conclude that humanity “needed a hand”, i.e. needed Hubbard’s help is his implicit affirmation that he alone had transcended the material universe and was the only one able to help humanity attain salvation. Thus, Hubbard set himself up as a savior figure while negating Christian salvation altogether in favor of his copyrighted and monetized cosmology. In Hubbard’s cosmology one pays and pays without surcease to find the way out of the trap that is the the physical universe. Hubbard called the physical universe the “MEST” universe where MEST means matter-energy-space-time. This use of neologisms to keep outsiders from understanding what is being said is typical of cultic systems. Scientology is awash in Hubbard’s replacement language system that leads to mind control.

Christianity does not teach that humans were once god-like and were pulled down into flesh. Indeed, Christianity has considered Gnosticism a heresy since the 1st century AD. As we read at Catholic.com:

“Matter is evil!” was the cry of the Gnostics. This idea was borrowed from certain Greek philosophers. It stood against Catholic teaching, not only because it contradicts Genesis 1:31 (“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”) and other scriptures, but because it denies the Incarnation. If matter is evil, then Jesus Christ could not be true God and true man, for Christ is in no way evil. Thus many Gnostics denied the Incarnation, claiming that Christ only appeared to be a man, but that his humanity was an illusion. Some Gnostics, recognizing that the Old Testament taught that God created matter, claimed that the God of the Jews was an evil deity who was distinct from the New Testament God of Jesus Christ. They also proposed belief in many divine beings, known as “aeons,” who mediated between man and the ultimate, unreachable God. The lowest of these aeons, the one who had contact with men, was supposed to be Jesus Christ.

Scientology’s website affirms its core Hubbardian form of Gnosticism in defense of itself as a religion. In this sense, Scientology auditing can be understood as a Gnostic process:

Scientology is salvation by systematically auditing away one’s reactive mind and implants and telepathically exorcising one’s body thetans. Once this quasi-Gnostic clearing-cum-exorcism is completed over a course of time by use of an e-meter, the Scientologist achieves their native state as a god from which they fell so long ago when they descended into the physical universe and its traps. Scientology’s cosmology is wholly incompatible with Christian cosmology

Question: Why is a person who represents herself as a disciple of Christ selling $5,000 e-meters for Scientology? A Christian disciple is one who preaches the gospel to every nation per the Great Commission.

SCIENTOLOGY AND LYING

It is instructive to note in concluding this essay that telling lies is fully condoned in Scientology when it furthers or protects Scientology’s interests. Lies are called “acceptable truths” or “shore stories.” L. Ron Hubbard taught his PR people to lie:

“Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively. … The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facilely.”–L. Ron Hubbard, Intelligence Specialist Training Routing — Lying (TR-L)

A convincing lie in Scientology is reconceptualized as “outflowing false data effectively.” Scientology’s public relations people are drilled repeatedly, per Hubbard, until they “can lie facilely.” For a Scientologist to say that one can be a Scientologist and a Christian is a Scientology PR tactic. In other words, it is a lie.

Scientologists are quite capable shapeshifters who will become whatever they need to become to accomplish their goals. Given the overwhelming public disdain for Scientology, there are political reasons for Scientologists to downplay Scientology and falsely characterize it as self help tools. It is also to the advantage of certain Scientologists to say that they are both Scientologists and Christians.

In Hubbard’s “moral code” called The Way to Happiness, he does not condemn lying but rather qualifies it when he writes:

“Do not tell harmful lies.”

This bit of moral relativism leaves the door wide open to mischief. In Scientology any lie is not harmful if, as noted, it furthers or protects Scientology’s interests. Thus, when in Rome…. Likewise, when in Christian Evangelical circles that can get one invited to the White House then by all means be a Christian. Just be sure to leave your e-meter back at the hotel.

ALEISTER CROWLEY, THELEMA, AND MAGICK

L. Ron Hubbard’s involvement with Jack Parsons in Aleister Crowley’s Thelemic lodge Ordo Templi Orientis has long been established. Scientology has both Gnostic and Thelemic roots. Thelema involves the practice of Magick. Crowley’s mantra “Do as thou will shall be the whole of the law” was Hubbard’s operating basis and is that of the Church of Scientology.

The Message is a bible translation written by Eugene Peterson, a man who studied Greek and Hebrew in seminary. After seminary, he did not become a theologian but rather served as pastor of Christian church for 30 years. He wrote his translation after he retired from three decades of dealing with everyday life. The Message is my favorite translation of the Bible because it is tempered by real life. With this in mind, this particular passage struck me as descriptive of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology:

It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. — Galatians 5:19-21

Scientology is indeed an, “ugly parody of community.” The Church of Scientology is drifting aimlessly back into roots as a paranoid Magick Show religion full of expensive trinkets and phony IAS statuses. The IRS needs to take responsibility for the monster it helped to create by revoking Scientology’s tax exemption. Please sign my petition asking the IRS to act.

Additional Resources:

Tony Ortega: Joy Villa Makes it back to the White House, but on a sour note

Kaya Jones on Scientologist Joy Villa

My Podcast with Joy Villa’s former campaign manager Robbie Olson

Scientology Meddling into Shastina Sandman’s US Congressional Campaign

Scientology’s Secret Teachings About Jesus Christ

How Scientology Ensnares Its Members in a Series of Binding Contracts

L. Ron Hubbard on Jesus Christ: