Quotes by Bruce R. McConkie:
Bruce R. McConkie commenting on the beast in Rev. 13:4:
They worshipped the beast] Even the kingdoms, which follow Satan’s course, shall inspire awe, reverence, and worship on the part of Godless men. In this connection, here is a point to ponder: Do those who espouse Godless communism,* substitute the worship of the state for the worship of God?
At Armageddon that great political power which “seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries,” and which “bringeth to pass the destruction of all people,” and which is itself “built up by the devil” (Ether 8:25)—that very political kingdom, in all its parts, shall be burned with fire. It is the great and abominable church.
There are today .. so-called liberals who think the problems of religion can be solved by dialogues and discussions without reference to revelation; there are others who maintain the Church should follow the world’s course of social progress.
One of the surest and most certain signs of the times is the near-omnipresence of false prophets. “There shall also arise . . . false prophets,” saith the holy word. (JS-M 1:22.) It is now almost as though every fool or near-fool, and every person filled with self-conceit and a desire to be in the spotlight of adulation, fancies himself a prophet of religion or politics, or what have you. On every hand there are those who suppose they know how to save society, to save nations, to save souls. They preach all sorts of gospels—a social gospel a racial gospel a gospel of freedom or communism, of socialism or free enterprise, of military preparedness or reliance upon the wispy promises of foreign foes a gospel of salvation by grace alone, or of this or that doctrine. Streets and stadiums and temples are overrun, as the ancient prophets foretold, with the false ministers and teachers and politicians of the latter days. And all this shall continue until the greedy, the power hungry, and the self-called preachers go the way of all the earth when He comes to rule whose right it is both to instruct and to govern.
Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries.
Sad as it may be, almost the entire history of mankind is an account of false worship, false gods, and all the ills that attend such a course. Communism is in reality a form of religion in which men deny the God of the Bible and worship the gods of compulsion and power and war.
The United Order is not a communal system;* it is not one under which all things are held in common.
Any nation that permits a secret combination to gain control of its government shall be destroyed such is the everlasting decree of a just God.
No person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”* There is included in this the right to property. It is pure unalloyed capitalism and is wholly repugnant to every principle of communism and of socialism, or fascism and of marxism. It is so sacred to Americans that twice they have amended their Constitution to preserve it unto themselves. The first occasion was in the 5th amendment just quoted, and the second in the 14th amendment which decrees, “No state shall … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” We cannot do away with the capitalistic system of free enterprise without first doing away with the supreme law of the land, the Constitution of the United States.