The Web Of Secularism

December 13, 2014

The Web of Secularism

            Many today are caught up in the web of secularism and hardly realize it.  Some don’t even know what it is.  The definition given by (gotquestions.org)  is that it is “a system of doctrines and practices that disregards or rejects any form of religious faith and worship.”  We are constantly being subjected to this philosophy without any label being put on it.

Secularism is making its teachings known by means of: education, politics, the criminal justice system, the news media, and the entertainment industry.  It is sometimes known as “secular humanism.” Their aim is to convince people that they don’t need God.  They say that belief in God is a relic of the past.

When God is eliminated, we are left with no absolute moral standards.  Secularists believe that man is the measure of all things, and that right and wrong is determined by what the majority of people think is good for our culture.  They don’t accept any permanent moral values.  In other words, what was rejected as immoral by our grandparents, maybe should be approved by today’s society.  If wickedness, perversion, and immorality become the norm, then secularism says we must accept it.  That leaves us in the sad state that prevailed for a time in Israel when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, 21:25).  They say, “If it feels good, do it.”

A study of history reveals the fact that when men are left to themselves; they always degenerate to a state of debauchery.  The old saying is; “give a man and inch, and he will take a mile.” We all need moral restraints.  Without them we hurt ourselves and those around us.

The word gospel means “good news.” For the secularist, the good news is that they can give into their fleshly lusts without feeling guilty.  They still suffer the consequences, however.  For the Christian, the gospel is that they stand forgiven for the wicked things they have done in the past.  Christ died to purchase for us forgiveness and redemption.   I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Along with forgiveness is the power to live in victory over sin.  Romans 6:17-18 says, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.    Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

Secularists like to think they have the power to set Christians free from a life of bondage.  Their concept of Christianity is that it hinders people with abstinence, and doesn’t allow them to enjoy life.  That isn’t true of biblical Christianity.  Christians enjoy the pleasures of life within the bounds of their God given liberty.   They take into consideration the fact that there is a place and time for everything.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The verses that follow suggest some of the things that have a time and season.  If we follow God’s plan we can enjoy life without hurting ourselves and others.

Secularists talk a lot about being tolerant, but they are often very intolerant of those who don’t agree with them.  They refuse to accept the facts of history and common sense.  Our forefathers, who lived by God’s book, the Bible, didn’t have all the luxuries we have today.  Neither did they have all the grief and heartbreak that result from giving free reign to the lusts of the flesh.    Our society is being increasingly plagued by the results of immoral living.  Many are suffering from depression because they have left God out of their lives and have nowhere to turn in times of hardship and bereavement.  Secularism is taking us on a fast course to the “crooked and perverse nation” spoken of in Philippians 2:15.  “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”

Yes, we need God.  We need the moral restraints God places upon us.  They aren’t given to limit our liberty.  To the contrary, they give us the liberty to live in peace, harmony and prosperity.  Discerning people reject the philosophy of secularism.

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