Was there a second gunman on the grassy knoll?  What happened to building seven of the World Trade Center?  Did the government know that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor ahead of time?  Why is there an Illuminati symbol on our dollar bill?  Could the Earth be flat?  Is NASA an organization devoted to deceiving the world?  What was the deal with that Gotthard Tunnel opening ceremony anyway?  Is CERN opening a gate to another dimension to attempt to destroy the world?  And who’s behind all of this?  Could it be the Nephilim?

Conspiracy theories can be kind of fun to explore.  One always leads to another, though, and the rabbit hole goes deeper and deeper as the patterns emerge.  If you chase the trail too far down, the world starts to look very dark indeed, and it’s easy to give into despair – or worse: Gnosticism.

Concerned citizens should be asking questions about why a 47-story skyscraper just collapsed on September 11, 2001 right across the street from the Twin Towers.  It doesn’t fit with the rest of the story that we remember from that day.  It’s not mentioned in any of the 9/11 Commission reports.  Most Americans have never even heard about it.  So what did happen?

As any conspiracy theorist will tell you, however, if you read enough about something like Building Seven, you will inevitably be led to conjecture about the entire 9/11 operation.  Maybe our government engineered the whole thing as a ‘false flag’ to start a war in the Middle East for some nefarious purpose.  Maybe that purpose was cooked up by the Illuminati, or the Trilateral Commission, or the Council on Foreign Relations, or the Freemasons, or some other conspiratorial group.  Once you get beyond that level of inquiry, the subject matter begins to get a lot more arcane.  Religious symbolism gets thrown into the mix, and you are likely to start crossing paths with New Age and neo-pagan conspiracy theories, which mingle their ideas with the larger narrative.  This is where the danger of Gnosticism comes in, threatening to overwhelm even the Christian worldview with an unending anxiety over big evil forces at work in the world.

The Bible is no stranger to the topic of conspiracy.  The word appears 14 times – 13 in the Old Testament, and a single mention in the book of Acts in the New Testament.  This should come as no surprise, because the idea of a conspiracy is very simple: some people get together and make plans that affect other people.  Sometimes this can be used for good, and sometimes for evil, but the reality is that it happens quite a lot.

If you just want to focus on evil conspiracies, though, there happens to be one that goes WAY back in the Bible’s story – like straight back to the beginning – when the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say…?”  This conspiracy between the Devil, his fallen compatriots, and his followers to rebel against God literally runs all the way through history.  They even managed to conspire together to commit the most heinous act ever imaginable: the infinitely unjust murder of God in the flesh.

When you really think about it, this conspiracy of Satan and his minions is the backbone and the ultimate expression of all of the other evil conspiracies to ever rear their ugly heads throughout time.  So why is it, then, that so many Christians can rejoice in the fact that the resurrection of Jesus has crushed the head of the Serpent, and yet still get discouraged about all of the other ‘lesser’ conspiracies that get stirred up by this same defeated Enemy?

Make no mistake, we need to keep a watchful eye on the evil schemes of God’s enemies, and we need to try to fight them with truth and the Gospel where we can.  We have, in fact, been given special giftedness to do just that (Ephesians 6:12).  But the Bible also tells us that fear toward these conspiracies is not an option.

Isaiah 8:12-13 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.  But the Lord of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”

If you’re familiar with the New Testament book of Matthew, then this will no doubt sound exactly like Matthew 10:28.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

In one very real sense, it doesn’t matter if these modern conspiracies are led by mysterious Nephilim, or if the human leaders are controlled by unseen spiritual forces, or if they’re just a bunch of greedy people who want to own and control everything.  Our reaction, and our plan to defeat them should be unchanged: we wield the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God – in making disciples of all nations, and teaching them to obey everything that God has commanded.

There is also much encouragement to be found in Jesus’ own words in Mark 3:22-27.  In that passage, the scribes accused Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebul.  In the Lord’s rebuttal of their accusation, though, He tells them, “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.  And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.”  All you have to do to see this infighting in action is to delve just a little way into the tangled webs of conspiracy theorists.  When you see these evil forces all working at cross purposes (and they do), then all you need to do is remember Jesus’ words that such division is just a sign of the ultimate defeat of the entire kingdom of Satan.

So don’t trouble your soul with such worries.  Our God is far greater and more fearsome than even the worst that the Enemy can muster, and He has already won.  Take your place as a brave soldier in His host, and carry the healing power of the Gospel to the lost sheep out there amongst the thorns.  We are well equipped to deal with all that is arrayed against us!