Humanism is the enthronement and glorification of self. The dictionary definition of humanism is this: The denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favor of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts. I believe secular humanism to be the ruling philosophy in America which has subtly infiltrated into the Western church.
After reading that definition you might be thinking, “Hey, professing Christians in America don’t deny a superior power (God) and moral value, or reject religion!” But remember that humanism is the prevalent thought in the Western culture largely shaped by the mainstream media, and not seen or discerned by the multitudes. Due to its Satanic origin and nature it is very subtle and deceptive, akin to the proverbial frog in boiling water. If you drop a frog into hot water it will immediately jump out. If you put a frog in cool water and slowly heat it, it will stay and die because it does not discern the sudden heat.
Although there seems to be a growing number of professing atheists in America, the majority of people in the West have not denied God per se, or rejected religion, at least not in word or form, but in deed and in actions, they undoubtedly have. Just the one example of same-sex marriage proves that. What was unthinkable 50 years ago has now been legalized in a number of States. It is not the outright rejection of God or religion that signals a radical change in the Western culture, but the change in the motivation of the hearts of the people. The hearts of the people are the true wealth of every nation.
Humanism defined as a motivation of the heart is this: The end of all existence is the happiness of man. In other words, all of creation exists for the happiness of man. God reigns in heaven for the happiness of man. Jesus Christ came from heaven for the happiness of man. The angels exist for the happiness of man.
Again, you may be asking: “Is there anything wrong with being happy?” and “Does God not want us happy?” Happiness is honorable and desirable only when it is a by-product of holiness and true submission to God, and not a primary aim or a means to an end. God does not exist to make man happy.
True Christianity is the glorification of God. Or to say it another way, the end of all things is the glory of God.
Humanism is simply the deification of man. In the Western world we don’t worship idols of wood carvings and totem pole images, but we worship self; thus the reason our hard-drinking, drug-using, immoral celebrities are deified by the mainstream media and society. Even in their death, countless obituaries laud these celebrities’ abilities and accomplishments while skipping over their extremely godless lifestyles. Most of these celebrities can’t even sustain a brief marriage, can hardly remain briefly sober, but continue to rake in the extra bucks from their celebrity endorsements, which are carefully heeded by their adoring, senseless fans who worship them. Humans have a need to worship something so it might as well be a better me or a superior you.
Even though at our very core we were created with an innate desire to be God-centered human beings, as a society our rejection of God as worthy of our worship has opened the door to increasingly foolish brands of polytheism, eastern religions, mysticism, and self-help gurus, all stroking the already inflated egos of our population and informing them of the latest religion that’s all about you. These religions and philosophies have penetrated our Western culture and are eroding the influence and impact of Christianity.
As a further example of the progressively inordinate worship of self in our Western culture, let’s examine the magazine industry to illustrate this evolution, especially throughout the last century. Decades ago there was a birth of a magazine in America called “Life” that was very popular. Later a new magazine was published that superseded “Life” called “People”. Well, since “Life” is all about “People”, the new magazine title made perfect sense. Something then changed in our inner consciousness and the industry took advantage of it, which necessitated a third magazine publication called “Us”. Finally, as the motivation of the heart of American culture continued to spiral downward, alas, today you can walk through airports and observe on magazine racks in stores the latest new magazine called “Self”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
This illustrates the gradual, ever-so-subtle change in the motivation of the hearts of our Western culture and the evolvement of it into such a preoccupation and an exaltation of self – an even stronger brand of humanism called narcissism where people’s bodies and nakedness are glorified. We worship celebrities, singers, sex symbols, pop star divas, and athletes, and these become our heroes and our gods regardless of their often-times questionable character and lifestyle. We save the whales, the eagles, the bears, the trees, and mother earth, but we kill babies. And yes, we encourage homosexuality and now same sex marriage, but outlaw school prayer. This is the rotten fruit of secular humanism, and it is killing Western civilization as generations past have known it, and as I’ve repeatedly stated, infiltrating, infecting, and greatly weakening the Church.
Let’s use same sex marriage again as one example. If you are under 40 years of age, you probably belong to a group of evangelicals who basically see nothing wrong with same sex marriage. This group is more tolerant, saying that there are other religions that lead you to God, and so on and so forth. Honestly, they don’t have much of a clue. This ideology puts our country in the greatest of dangers. Most of this age group have no clue what the real issues are and their implications. They were reared by such shows as “Will and Grace” on television, and they constantly feed their digital minds with Christian media that has been influenced more by pop culture, and the trends and fads of today’s church.
Many young people are also very narcissistic. I heard of one kid who took 200 selfies – 200 pictures of himself in a single day. Then there are those who say we can’t preach against homosexuality or mention Islam lest we be labeled as homophobic, intolerant, hateful bigots. After all, we want to win these people to Christ, and that’s a barrier and a stumbling block. So what we’ve found is that the gospel and its implications are often dumbed down. This minimizes the church to a form of ecumenical religion that compromises the gospel.
Then add to this the popular mind-set that says, “God loves you unconditionally.” This is certainly true, but now to those who hear that and are living in adultery, fornication, involved in a homosexual relationship, or carrying great offenses and bitterness in their hearts they think: “It’s okay for me to do these things. God understands and He still loves me.” Without a clear call to repentance, their conscience becomes seared over time, and they become like the proverbial frog in the boiling water. Such cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Back in the day not too long ago, it used to be that preachers would preach against sin so people could be aware of God’s standards, and then grace and mercy were offered to them. Now that process has been reversed. Today grace is offered up front. Grace is offered to people when they don’t even know what it is and why they need it, because after all, God loves them unconditionally. To throw that out there for everybody to hear – that God loves you unconditionally – is really to water down the seriousness of sin and the real understanding of grace. You cannot understand grace until you fully understand God’s moral law and its relation to sin. And the better you understand God’s law and sin, the more you will magnify grace. But secular humanism has diluted all of this, and as a result, we are losing a generation.
Bert M. Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries www.holy-fire.org, is the author of The Real Gospel and several other books http://www.amazon.com/Bert-M.-Farias/e/B001KDRLRG , and co-host of the New England Holy Ghost Forum http://www.newenglandforum.info . He is a missionary evangelist carrying a spirit of revival to the Church and the nations.
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