The USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 25th, 2008

Alas, I finished the article I promised some weeks back. It’s entitled the USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools. It deals by way of allegory with our present economic system and its growing deterioration from the viewpoint of a sinking ship, one that its designers knew would sink from the beginning. Here are a few excerpts:

“Did you know that in 1898 a little known novel was penned entitled Futility, the story of a huge, “unsinkable” ocean liner built with but a few lifeboats, which during a voyage across the northern Atlantic in April hits an iceberg field and sinks with great loss of lives? The name of this fictional ocean liner was the Titan.  Sound familiar? Fourteen years later on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic slams into an iceberg in the northern Atlantic and sinks the next day, taking some 1,517 people to their deaths (according to a United States Senate investigation). Yes, it too had an insufficient number of life boats. But then again, who needs lifeboats when you have conquered the laws of nature’s God? It’s no coincidence that both ships derived their names from the mythological race of the Titans, powerful gods that claimed to have conquered nature. According to myth, the god Zeus later destroys these prideful challengers and sends them to Tatarus, a deep gloomy abyss in the underworld . . .” .

“Though the Titanic was huge for its day, displacing some 52,310 tons and measuring over 882 feet long and 94 feet wide, it was but a toy boat compared to the huge ocean liner that Americans were forced to board nearly ninety-five years ago when banker JP Morgan, the financier of the Titanic, helped form the Federal Reserve as one of its key players. Christened the USS Pagan Dominion in commemoration of the great economic coup of 1913 when the Federal Reserve (FED) took dominion of America . . .”

“Though we were forewarned, the drunken credit orgy of the last sixty years has hit the whirlwind of its own making and the casualty list is yet to be written, and many there will be from among the Lord’s own people who were loyal passengers on the Ship of Fools. They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; it shall never produce meal. If it should produce, aliens would swallow it up (Hos. 8:7). Yes, we have lived in relative peace and seeming prosperity, as it has taken many decades for the storm to develop, but America is finally reaping the righteous whirlwind that comes from sowing iniquity through devising evil by law . . .”

If these excerpts have wet your appetite for a meaty article on biblical economics, then you can view and download it HERE.  It has been posted in a PDF format for easy printing for those that prefer to read a hard copy. Please leave your comments, as I hope it produces a hearty dialogue among my readers. Also, please forgive any misspellings or grammar errors, as I didn’t have the time to have it edited thoroughly given all that is going on these days. You can send your list of corrections via the “Contact Me” selection found on the green bar at the top of the homepage. God bless — The Rural Missourian.

18 Responses

  1. Jeff Klute Says:

    Thanks, Tom, I’ve been looking forward to this. I eagerly look forward to when I can read it through (probably in the morning). I’ll reserve my comments until then.

    BTW, you may receive a call from a brother who cares for you very much, J. C. I contacted him about purchasing light bulbs. He, or Todd, may be checking your blog site soon.


  2. Herrick Kimball Says:

    This is a sobering essay. The quotations are powerful. The last one, from Sam Adams, always gives me goose bumps.

    I see nothing to discuss except to say that I believe you are correct. The ship of fools is finally sinking and we are all, to some degree, on it. We will get what we deserve as a nation.

    The only hope we have is the only hope we have ever had which is in God’s mercy extended to us in response to our humble confession of sin and sincere repentance.

    My hope and prayer is that what lies ahead will not lead to the total destruction of this nation, but to the restoration of a godly Republic.

    Thank you for taking the time to write, and educate, and warn us of the inevitable and what our response should be.

    Herrick Kimball

    P.S. I tried to use your contact page to let you know of a couple typo corrections but I don’t think it worked.

  3. Missouri Rev Says:

    Jeff, as usual, I look forward to your comments and sharp editor’s eye. I am most glad to hear that you were in contact with JC, and hopefully we will connect soon.

    Herrick, thank you much for dropping in. You are right; we are all to one extent or another aboard the Ship of Fools. This article was developed from a much larger allegory I wrote some time ago (still in rough draft) from the viewpoint of a slave on board the ship who finally comes to see the realities of his captivity and makes an escape, by faith and not by sight, because the means of escape had no appearance of a “guaranteed success.” This piece on the USS Pagan Dominion was not an easy task to write, as though I am watching events unfold from the smug safety of one who has escaped. We are all facing some very trying times, for which I pray, as you, that the Lord would be pleased to restore the Republic. Also, feel free to send any corrections to my personal e-mail address. I’ll send you an e-mail so have the latest one. Thanks and God bless.

  4. Floyd Says:

    I downloaded the article and look forward to reading it.

    It seems that things are really speeding up. The stimulus checks will provide a temporary extension of solvency for many families, delaying the inevitable. And baseball and “reality” TV shows distract them from how bad things are. But things are getting bad in a hurry.

    Friends and relatives think I’m “prepared” for the worst case scenario. In reality, I’m not even close! My siblings say “if things get bad, we’re coming to your house!”. They have no clue what lies ahead.

    We can only work as hard as we can – make hay while the sun shines – and pray for God’s mercy and kindness. But come what may, He is better to us than we deserve, and we have a great opportunity to serve Him at this time.

  5. randallgerard Says:

    Rev. McConnell,

    A very insightful and troubling piece.. Thank you. I was wondering though; have you written anything which lays out in some detail the biblical case against our current economic system? While the ship of fools is persuasive to me, it might not be to christians who know little about the Bible’s teaching on these matters. Thanks again for your hard work. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the coming crash and resulting reformation.

  6. Missouri Rev Says:

    Things are accelerating as far as our national debt catching up with our economy, that’s for sure, but have you noticed that militant perversion and mocking blasphemy is accelerating as well? David said in the Psalms, “Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law (Psa. 119:53).” Whenever man forsakes the law of God he begins a cultural decline much like an avalanche that by the time it gets to the bottom of the slope has ground under the culture wherein it started. It is truly an indignation and horror (the Hebrew means burning fire) to see the lawlessness and destruction that comes from hating the Lord and His Law. For sure, He is far better to us than we deserve. God bless.

    As a matter of fact, I wrote a book on the very subject you have inquired on, going into depth on the ungodly nature and history of usurious debt-based economics, its implications, and ultimately where we all need to end up . . . in repentance and reformation on a multi-generational basis. It was recently edited by Chad Degenhart who did an excellent job. It still needs some additions and clarifications before publishing. Pray that the Lord provides the time to finish it up, as well as, the resources to fund its publication. May the Lord keep you, as well, as He works in all His people true faith and obedience in the trying times that clearly are upon us.

  7. Jeff Klute Says:


    In reading “The USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools” and the comments so far, I feel compelled to address a couple of issues. We are all painfully acquainted with the fact that most christians are not aware of the bible’s teaching against our fiat-currency, debt-based, usurious economic system. I’d like to comment about that, and also, what this topic on economics has to do with agrarianism.

    The biblical case begins with the 8th commandment, Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15). However, it is far from ending there, indeed, the scriptures are filled to the brim with references to just-weights and measures, debt, and interest or usury. That christians are not aware of the bible’s teaching on these topics is a sad commentary on the apostate modern church. Also, our present economic system came about because christians joined into and promoted it first. As the church goes, so goes the nation, for we are the pillar and ground of the truth. The blame for our modern economic practices lies squarely on the church, who ceasing to be salt and light are now fit for nothing better than to be trod under the feet of men, yes, even those who have by the church’s example entered into and gained power and dominion over others through our accursed economic system. It is horror indeed, which grips me to my core, to realize that an article like the one Tom has just posted requires a lengthy apologetic in order for most who name the name of our Lord to be able to appreciate.

    Hopefully, and to begin with, I hope that all readers of this blog know and understand that every single dollar in the world, whether electronic or paper, exist solely because it was lent into existence by a private central bank, the Federal Reserve. Whether we as individuals are paying interest on the dollars we own is irrelevant: the U.S. Government is, on every single dollar, and we and our properties and children’s future have been offered up as collateral. That said, let us just briefly look at a few scriptures:

    But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Deuteronomy 25:15)

    Note that the LORD ties good money into length of days upon the land. Does this not have to do with agrarianism? The dollar is NOT a perfect and just weight, for there is nothing of weight behind it, whatsoever, and justice is the fulfilling of God’s law, which forbids the taking of interest. (Yes, I know that usury was granted to the children of Israel under the Mosaic covenant, but only as a tool of dominion, economic warfare against the unbelieving stranger or foreigner to the covenant. Today our weapons are not carnal, and as the Kingdom of God has been extended to all nations, tongues and tribes there is of necessity a change here for today. For who can know that the one we are lending to at interest is an unbeliever?)

    A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)

    When we are required, by fiat, to trade our labor and sweat for a piece of paper that cost a few cents to produce, that is indeed a “false balance.”

    In Matthew 18:21-35 we discover that God connects economic debt with the forgiveness of sin. For those that may not know the biblical case against our debt-based system, please read the entire passage, for which I quote only verses 32 and 33:

    Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

    We, as forgiven of the LORD for much, must walk in love and care towards all. If we do not forgive those that are in debt to us, our Father in heaven will not forgive us. Implications for our current economic system, which never ceases to pause from exactions for a sabbath day or year? Many implications!

    As to interest or usury, I’d love to quote Psalm 15:1-5 (please go read it). Nevertheless, space is limited, so let’s look at Proverbs 28:8-9:

    He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

    Here, usury is identified as “unjust gain.” Christians who fail to see this have turned their ears from hearing God’s commandments, and even their prayer shall be abomination, as they labor and sweat to build their personal kingdoms, which wealth, unless they repent, will be turned over to him who pities the poor and does not oppress.

    Granted, there are many pre-conceived notions of what the bible has to say about fiat currency, debt and usury. I challenge those that read this that they justify, from the word of God, their stand. Our Lord and Saviour, who loved us and died for us, equates the putting of our talents (dollars) into the bank at interest with “collecting that which we did not deposit, and reaping where we did not sow” (Luke 19:11-27). Those Christians who yoke themselves to this system, seeking the wealth and prosperity of the wicked for their personal gain, are called “wicked servants,” for they accuse the Lord of being harsh, austere and unloving.

    I have much more I could say about this, yet I’m constrained by realizing this should be a comment, not an entire post. As one that has been involved in the building of a biblically based business partnership (Dynamic Enterprises, Data Vision Services and Missouri Woods) for over a decade now, it is a passion for which I can easily wax eloquent. I hope you will forgive me for carrying on at this length, but I believe it is necessary. Here are a few references:

    Usury, Destroyer of Nations, by S. C. Mooney, the best book on this subject in over four hundred years.

    Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators, A Biblical Response to Ronald J. Sider, by David Chilton.

    Baptized Inflation, A Critique of “Christian Keynesianism”, by Ian Hodge, Foreward by Gary North.

    I sense I must end this comment here. I haven’t but touched upon what this all has to do with agrarianism, which I hope to get to soon.

    Jeffrey A. Klute
    Rayville, Missouri

  8. James Says:

    Rev. McConnell seems to have left the application as an exercise for the student:

    Agrarianism in community is the only way to avoid the use of money. Your daily needs are to be met through the sweat of your brow in the field (agrarianism) and your emergency needs (medical, disaster, etc) are to be met through the charity of your community (because you have met their needs in time of crisis). You old age is to be provided for by your your kids, another reason that the Bible names them among the fruits of your labor.

    I’m just starting to be exposed to this message. And while I’m not ready yet to liquidate the 401K and the bank account, God has my attention.

  9. Missouri Rev Says:

    Hi James, glad you joined us. I am not sure what you meant by “Rev. McConnell seems to have left the application as an exercise for the student,” but from our experience in making the move of getting out of interest bearing paper investments, it is not the doing that makes it hard, as it is not complicated, but it is the aligning of our will with God’s Word, especially when there is a real world price to pay in following through. The biggest problem facing most believers in reforming their ways in economics is their general lack of understanding of what the Scriptures say concerning money, debt, usury, work, inheritances, etc. I am glad you had a chance to read the article, as perhaps the Lord has gotten your attention. I encourage you to pursue the area of biblical economics.

    (The remainder of this comment is a short addendum to the article) As Martin Luther stated, “There are three conversions necessary – the conversion of the heart, of the mind, and of the wallet.” In my opinion, the conversion of the wallet is the litmus test, for the contents of our wallets (our investments, savings, pensions, etc) indicates our faith, whether it is in God’s Word or man’s. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It’s easy for one to express a zeal for God, to recite confessions, creeds, and all kinds of biblical knowledge, but what we do, that is, our works, indicate the real standard by which we live, the commandments we actually obey.

    To faithfully obey the Lord with joy and confidence when it comes to our personal finances, especially when it runs contrary to what the world does, takes a well developed worldview that is heavily grounded in biblical economics. For one to automatically assume that our economic and investment system is approved of God because it “makes money,” is to live by sight, and not by His Word, which, contrary to popular opinion, speaks volumes on economics, leaving no one to guess what is biblical or not.

    I advise no one to ever make such a move as a mere reaction born of fear or ignorance. I have seen far too many believers make a hasty move and then regret it later with bitterness, which often leads to accusation and slander against those that gave the recommendation. The one question to answer which will reveal where one’s heart is on this vital matter is “would you remove your support from a wicked economic system, and in our case convert one’s paper assets into tangibles, knowing that the system we support funds the enslavement of our children (and their generations to follow) and the building of a God hating culture? More so, would you be willing to remove your support when “all is well” and there is plenty of interest to be made in it, or only when things look bad as a temporarily move to protect one’s assets? Bottom line: Are we poor weather converts that will go back to the same vomit when the sun comes out again or do we live by God’s word as a rule of life, regardless the riches the world proffers? Until you can truthfully answer this question, you cannot even begin to undertake the transition into a way of life that honors the Lord and keeps His commandments in this this vital area, or any other for that matter.

  10. Angela Says:

    I appreciate the references here to look up and check out a Biblical view on debt. So often things are stated with out backing it up, and I definately qualify in the not very aware of what the Bible acctually teaches about our economic system. However, in Matt. 18, isn’t Jesus really using the debt issue as a tangible situation to teach the importance of forgiveness? It seems to be a bit of a stretch to use that as an example of condemnation of debt, rather than a lesson in the vital importance of forgiveness in all issues. Maybe I am missing something…?

  11. Jeff Klute Says:


    I appreciate very much your interest in finding out what the bible has to teach about economics. I believe the next great reformation is going to revolve around the issue of the worship of Mammon, or “wealth personified,” just as the Great Reformation was about the worship of idols in the state established church. When Jesus chose to teach us that we could not serve other gods and at the same time serve The Living God, he chose to speak of Mammon, which is the most prevalent and common god worshipped by the modern church, indeed, throughout history.

    Please let me say, quoting you respectfully, and knowing the failure of the church to set the biblical standard for economics, that “…a lesson in the vital importance of forgiveness in all issues” seems to cover the issue of financial debt, in my book. Jesus chose a very tangible down-to-earth situation that occurs quite frequently to illustrate His point. The fact that he chose one that illustrates God’s view upon financial debt, and the necessary grace that must be exhibited by lenders, else they disqualify themselves to receive God’s grace, only makes it more obvious that forgiveness, charity and grace apply to all aspects of our walk, including our economics.

    It has been the modern church’s position that our economics have nothing to do with the bible or God’s word. This is why you have millions who name the Lord sending their children to public schools and seeing nothing wrong with it. The public school system is an abomination and criminal from many aspects covered by the Word of God, including the fact that to take property taxes to fund it is socialism, or theft as defined by God.

    The whole of God’s Word for the whole of man… Man wants to separate out various spheres of activity wherein he thinks that God has nothing to say about it. This has been the problem since the garden of Eden. What the church needs today is the application of God’s word to economics, government, family, indeed all spheres of life.

    If the parable I quoted in Matthew 18 seems to be a bit of a stretch for the condemnation of usurious and uncharitable debt, there are many others. Especially consider Luke 19, where Jesus makes the point that the servant who considers God to be harsh and austere should be consistent with this believe and put his money (talents) in the bank at interest, for they are one and the same. The modern church does not believe that there is any other way to relate to each other economically except by debt and usury, because they believe God’s law to be harsh and restrictive. The testimony of scripture is that God’s law is not burdensome, yet they believe it to be something that needed to be done away with.

    All these things are tied together, because, the whole of God’s word is for the whole of man…


  12. Angela Says:

    That last thought, about the modern church believing God’s law to be harsh and restrictive, I sure can relate to. When I mention the things that I’ve been thinking about…Biblical agrarian living, debt, how our Christian beliefs should be worked out in our living… the arguement comes out that we shouldn’t be lawful. Or that Jesus fulfilled the law, so it no longer applies, and then such things as dietary restrictions come up, and I don’t have a good answer. Where do you draw the line about Old Testament law? Obviously Jesus fulfilled the need for sacrifices, but are there other things that no longer apply, or were only for the Jews in that particular setting? There are so many things that I don’t understand and to be honest, the things discussed here, and at other agrarian blogs, are radically different than what I have heard all my life, even having “grown up in the church”. Or how about this, some one pointed out to me that in the old testament law they were commanded to stone a son that dishonored his parents. Does that still apply? I feel rather foolish that I don’t even have a good answer for that. Thanks for the patience with my questions.

  13. randallgerard Says:


    I’m sure Rev. McConnell will want to weigh in on this, so I’ll keep it short. In general, ‘fulfilling’ something is not the same as ‘doing away with’ something. To fulfill means to complete. To do away with means to discard. When Jesus fulfilled the law, He did not discard it. Otherwise, how would we explain Matthew 5:17?

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

    Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirements of the Law for us. That doesn’t mean we may disregard the Law now; it means we must trust in Him for the times we fail to keep the moral law. Christ is the ‘end of the law for righteousness’ to all who believe. His perfect law-keeping is imputed to every believer and our sins are forgiven. So then, the law is both a tutor to lead us to Christ; something that allows us to see our need for a saviour; and also, a standard of righteous living before God.

    I will leave off here and wait for Pastor Tom to address more specific questions. Perhaps I’ll contribute more, we’ll see.
    But in the meantime, I hope this helps.

  14. Missouri Rev Says:

    Angela, I am writing a reply to your comment, a great one by the way which deserves an entire new post to do it justice.

  15. Jim Ketchum Says:

    Pastor Tom,

    Being “part of the choir” here in Rayville, some of us who are lazy (I speak only for my own sinful sloth) tend to use the “osmosis” method when it comes to these teachings. Some of us (again, speaking only for myself) have assumed that, just because we are with a group of like-minded brethren, that we can just “go along for the ride” and not actually be productive members of God’s covenanted community, wherever we might be. This article has helped me to see my own sin in this matter, and that I must seek the LORD’s “lifeboat” to escape the sinking ship of fools. Thank you.


  16. Christine Says:

    I’d be interested to read what Pastor Tom has to say to Angela’s comment.

    Randall- thanks for the quick contribution! Got the wheels turning! :-)

  17. ok Says:

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  18. Rev. Brian Carpenter Says:


    Sorry I’m so late to the party. There are three categories of Law in the Old Testament. You can read about what’s gone and what’s still in force and how it’s in force here:

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