Good Without God! Really?!? (Part II)
Okay, so, I talked previously (see Part I) about some general aspects of Humanism. You might look at that and wonder, “How could two such opposite belief systems ever get syncretized?” I’m glad you asked. The answer can be found in the weakness, or failure of the Church
- in standing firm on the truth and inerrancy of the Word of God, and
- in withstanding multiple extreme seismic cultural shifts. (Much of which would not have transpired if my first point had been upheld)
By the way – in the Bible, unleavened bread represents spiritual purity. Therefore, leaven represents impurity, or sin. We will see how the Church has become very much leavened.
Humanism is an insidious system of beliefs. Those who cling to the beliefs are rarely concerned with purity within their belief system, choosing to accept some but not other tenets. I say insidious because of the practices of the practitioners. Many people, when confronted, will say, ‘of course I do not believe that’. However, the life they lead sings a different song.
Meanwhile, the local church has been pinned down with the establishment of buildings and budgets and large staffs. Business plans and formulas began to creep in. Budget became the new king – and the end justifies the means. As I mentioned in the previous post, when Jesus taught on the ‘cost of discipleship’, e.g. forsake everything to follow Him, most of His quasi-disciples left. In other words, the means can only be the pure Gospel proclaimed to all people everywhere.
“Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be achieved.” [Proverbs 16:3]
The people in the pew grew lazy. To keep such an organization going required a continual cash flow. Therefore, do whatever is necessary to keep the people happy and coming back!
In the early Post WWII years that was not so much a problem. People looked to God and the Church for spiritual guidance and redemption. Jobs were plentiful, and people believed in tithing, or giving liberally to the ongoing of church ministries. But very quickly the explosion of commercialism and new technologies for entertainment, freely enjoyed by those outside the Church, began to woo the Christian. Churches, contrary to the warnings of Scripture, fell into utilizing various forms of entertainment and sports to bring people into the building. The preaching of the ‘whole counsel of God’ sometimes got in the way.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer made this assertion:
“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
As the 1920’s roared in, entertainment somewhat modeled the moral climate that had been established by a distinctly Christian culture. Christians felt safe in participating in the movies, theater and music that was springing up. Most Christian adults ignored the humanist and anti-Christian messages blatantly displayed, choosing to see their entertainment demi-gods and goddesses through ‘rose colored glasses’ (Read Renaissance of the Disciple). Television quickly pried open the door to the home.
“For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.” [Romans 1:21]
Such is the subtlety of Satan’s schemes for mankind. And pictures and words, given free rein in the mind and thought patterns, slowly begin to change a person’s worldview. Once a person has seen a pornographic picture, it cannot be unseen; or sinful words laced through a haunting melody cannot be forgotten. They stay in the ‘hard-drive’ of our mind, ready to be pulled up when needed. As we move forward into the world of the ‘flesh’, our psyche works like a ratchet – ever moving forward, never moving back. (Read more on The Ratchet.)
Next: Part III – More Humanism in the Church