Timothy Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996), American psychologist and writer, was an enthusiastic advocate of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. Leary’s famous quote “turn on, tune in, drop out” affected a generation of rebellious youth in, for the most part, the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Leary’s disciples turned onto drugs, tuned into sex, rock and roll, and dropped out, in many cases dropped dead, including: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Cole (The Association), Gram Parsons (The Byrds), Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple), Gregory Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Keith Moon (The Who), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Lowell George (Little Feat), and more.
Thanks to the influence of Timothy Leary, a generation or more of Americans chose to escape life via drugs, and became enslaved by LSD, heroin, barbiturates, and other dangerous substances. Thousands of young Americans followed Leary’s direction into an untimely death.
Timothy Leary cajoled Americans to sow the seeds of escapism and societal anarchy and substance abuse.
Subsequently America has reaped the harvest of crime, ruined lives, and death.
Helen Gurley Brown (February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012), author, publisher, and businesswoman, pushed women in America to throw off their sexual inhibitions. Brown’s book, Sex and the Single Girl (1962) “encouraged women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships before or without marriage.”
Brown gained further prominence as the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965 – 1997. Continuing her mantra of sex without boundaries, Cosmo under HGB “set itself apart by frankly discussing sexuality from the point of view that women could and should enjoy sex without guilt.”
To this day Cosmopolitan is known for its edgy (aka immoral) sexual agenda and in September of this year alone reached over 32 million readers.
Thanks to Helen Gurley Brown, millions of young women were led to believe that sexual intimacy can and should be enjoyed without the burden of marriage and fidelity.
Ms. Brown deceived teen girls and women to sow the seeds of wanton, narcissistic sexuality.
Subsequently American women reaped the harvest of babies out of wedlock, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and ruined lives and marriages.
Hugh Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017), American businessman, magazine publisher and playboy, rejected the Christian faith of his parents in exchange for a life of rampant sexual conquest. “Hef” was Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Playboy magazine. Wikipedia describes Playboy:
Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world’s best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
After his death in September of this year, many in the world were lauding Hugh, such as frequent Playboy model and one-time Playmate of the Year, Jenny McCarthy, who gushed:
[Hugh was] the most good-hearted, caring, generous, supportive friend, and mentor…his zest for life was contagious
But what is the truth?
The truth is that Hugh Hefner disseminated the lies that women are playthings (i.e. Playmates), objects of men’s desires and lust, tools for gratification.
Contrast that with God’s admonition for love within marriage:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33
Thanks to Hugh Hefner, pornography became commonplace in America and women were stripped, not only of their clothing, but of their intrinsic worth. Thanks to Hef, sex became a meaningless pastime, a means to a few moments of physical pleasure, rather than the height of intimacy between husband and wife and a means of procreation.
God created sex to be beautiful, meaningful. Satan, the great liar who loves to offer counterfeits, twists sex into a vile, animalistic act.
Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine led our culture to sow seeds of dehumanizing women, and separating sexual intimacy from the safe, loving environment of true marriage.
And subsequently America has reaped a culture teaming with sexual users and predators. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and the other users in Hollywood and elsewhere didn’t happen in a vacuum, or by accident.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians:
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7
Sadly, Americans listened and learned from Margaret Sanger, Alfred Kinsey, Timothy Leary, Helen Gurley Brown and Hugh Hefner. Their message warped our national worldview from one that honored God, revered life, held women in high esteem, and marriage as a sacred and safe place for intimacy and children, to a depraved worldview, dismissing the Creator and his precepts, objectifying women, glorifying death, escaping consequences via pharmaceuticals, and separating sexual intimacy from love and marriage.
If we repent, as individuals, and as a nation, we can re-light our beacon. But Americans must follow truth and life. We must choose blessing not cursing. We must reject the false promises and evil teaching of Margaret Sanger and Alfred Kinsey and Timothy Leary and Helen Gurley Brown and Hugh Hefner and others.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
If Americans choose truth, then we’ll reap blessing and life and life abundantly.
But only if we choose truth.
First published at Illinois Family Institute
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