Having heard of John D. Rockefeller’s Christian faith, I searched online. There were some who called him a capitalist devil, and others who called him a devout Christian. All agreed he was a brilliant businessman. This is of interest to me because we speak often about a “Rothschild Rockefeller Illuminati” connection.
I am personally convinced “Old Man Rockefeller” was an amazing Christian, and that he successfully passed the faith on to his son, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Because of his Biblical recognition that having great wealth would bring an equally great responsibility and accounting before God, Junior was reluctant to assume control of his father’s empire, when Senior wanted to retire.
John Jr. raised his children to be God fearing Bible believing Christians. They prayed, memorized scriptures daily, and were taught to live moral Christian lives. He and his wife Abbey had six children, a daughter and the five Rockefeller brothers:
- Abigail Aldrich “Abby” Rockefeller (November 9, 1903 — May 27, 1976)
- John Davison Rockefeller III (March 21, 1906 — July 10, 1978)
- Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 — January 26, 1979)
- Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 — July 11, 2004)
- Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller (May 1, 1912 — February 22, 1973)
- David Rockefeller (born June 12, 1915)
David is now the lone surviving member of John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s children. I sometimes wonder what place his Christian upbringing has in David’s life today. He’s accused of horrible things in the blogosphere. Is he an evil puppeteer? Is he misunderstood?
At least for this moment, I will say a sincere prayer for David Rockefeller, for the sake of his loving father and grandfather. ~TD
The Men Who Built America: John D. Rockefeller’s Faith
by Kurt Jaros
In my previous post I introduced you to John D. Rockefeller a prolific businessman who get his start in the oil industry. As I mentioned, Rockefeller was a devotedly religious man and one of America’s greatest philanthropists.
Regarding his Christian faith, Rockefeller would read the Bible daily, attend prayer meetings twice a week and even led his own Bible study with his wife. He tithed, rested on the Sabbath and gave away much of his money to charity. Burton Folsom Jr. has noted, “he sometimes gave tens of thousands of dollars to Christian groups, while, at the same time, he was trying to borrow over a million dollar to expand his business.” Additionally, Rockefeller took time to spend with his family, something that confused many businessmen.
Rockefeller’s philanthropy was extensive. As his own personal fortune grew, so did the amount of money he gave to good causes. By the time he was 45 years old, he had given away $100,000 per year. At 53, he hit $1,000,000 per year, and at 80 he gave away $138,000,000. In total, historians estimate that he gave away $550,000,000 which is more than any other American before him.
His philosophy of giving was founded upon biblical principles. He truly believed in the biblical principle found in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
With Rockefeller’s philanthropy, people were able to build schools, churches and hospitals. He was able to support missionaries and was able to bring the message of Christianity the whole world. His support led to privately funded teams of scientists who found cures for yellow fever, meningitis and hookworm. His giving also led to vast improvements in education for many. He gave tens of millions to the University of Chicago, black schools, Southern schools and Baptist schools. Yet, not all the schools continually received money; improved results were a requirement. This was based upon Rockefeller’s interpretation of the parable of the talents and the Apostle Paul’s writing that, “if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
As he neared the end of his life, Rockefeller learned how to enjoy the small things in life. He learned how to tango, hired a caddy to help with his golf swing and spent more time with his family—especially his grandkids. He would also watch people who passed his house and gave dimes to children telling them to work and to save.
Rockefeller serves as a great example of what it means to be a good steward of what God has given us. He also is a reminder to abide by those seemingly counterintuitive instructions to rest on the Sabbath and to give so that we might have more.
Right now you may be thinking, TD has taken leave of his senses. I don’t blame you. I am fully aware of the organizations David is part of. But the real world is full of surprises. Things are often not as they seem. And I know how hard a Christian father prays that his children and grandchildren would find their way to heaven.
Now to prove that this is not a one sided puff piece for David Rockefeller I will leave you with a quote from him that I find most troubling:
For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
– Memoirs, (2002) by David Rockefeller
Feeling a bit challenged? I am.
Let the wild ruckus begin…