CULTURE WARTS or FAITHFUL SERVANTS? Part 1

by Dr. Peter Jones on September 12, 2012

Raphael, St. Paul preaching in Athens, (1515)

Raphael, St. Paul preaching in Athens, (1515)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians: Culture Warts or Faithful Servants? (Part I)

According to recent polls, most young people “have graded Christianity, and so far, the grades aren’t looking good.” Young believers do not want the name “Christian” because of “the baggage that accompanies the label.”

We all have baggage, but there is something very fishy going on here. Why is the most ethical, humane movement in two thousand years of Western history now covered in abject shame? Christianity has become “unchristian.”

Much of the malaise of the young is due to the culture’s intimidating opposition to the biblical world and life view, which sees Christianity as the great obstacle to a better human future. This pressure produces various reactions:

  •  Silence is a virtue: Campus ministries, mission organizations, large sections of the Evangelical church are hospitals for the hurting, but their mouths are closed;
  • Deeds not creeds: avoid hot button issues. Christians invent a non-offensive Gospel, limiting their witness to “missional” socio-economic and environmental issues;
  • Cultural approval: Opposition will disappear if the church down-plays law, sin, the Cross, and personal salvation;
  • The Right Label: Jesus followers, not “Christians”;
  • Cultural adaptation: absorb the culture’s good, life-enhancing, progressive agenda; stop trying to save souls.

In the meantime, while our hearts may be warm, we are losing our voice, which is just what the godless culture ordered!

Liberals have been saying this for years. Lloyd Geering, an apostate Presbyterian of the last generation, states:

Christianity…needs to be seen not as something eternally fixed but as an ever-changing and developing process. The modern secular world is all part of that evolving process.

Main-line churches, faced with a dramatic loss of members and funds, in the words of one journalist, have undertaken “a great experiment to redefine [themselves] through an intense engagement with the surrounding secular world…to blur the boundaries between religion and the broader society.”

Why is Christianity so unpopular now?

The most satisfactory answer, in my opinion, is the documented fact that influential segments of the culture have recently converted in one form or another to religious paganism and have thus abandoned the fundamental worldview notions of orthodox Christianity. The younger Christian generation faces the enormous danger of allowing the culture to throw out our baby with their “baggage.”

It is crucial to understand the deeply anti-Christian origins of the present culture.

Among the first signs of this pagan conversion was the New Age movement (1960s–90s), which has matured into today’s progressive “New Spirituality.” Now the old hippies are joined by millions of ordinary, middle-class citizens in saying, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” This common phrase needs to be decoded.

  • Spiritual means “I define my own god whom I conveniently find within” (One-ism). It is authentic, and clearly good.
  • Religious is a code word for the religion based on divine revelation from the outside (Two-ism). It is an external imposition and clearly bad.

The once-marginal New Age has gone mainstream under our noses.

The catalyst for our present situation is the radical, marginal movement that occurred in the Sixties—the “Cultural Revolution.” Dr. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese was a radical feminist, Marxist American Historian, who taught at Harvard. In 1998, after her conversion to Roman Catholicism, and near the end of her life, she observed about the Sixties cultural revolution in which she was an enthusiastic participant: “within a remarkably brief period …has occurred a cataclysmic transformation of the very nature of our society.” As a historian, with a front row seat, she recognized that there was nothing “normal” about the Sixties cataclysmic transformation. In other words, the “new normal” is not normal.

 The rising generation may not know the historical details, but the soul of this “progressive” view of life and the culture it spawned are profoundly opposed to historic Christianity. It is foolhardy to expect our culture to approve the Christian faith, when it was created with the very intention to eliminate that faith. More often than not, when the culture “approves” of a Christian action, that action is probably “unChristian.”

If you want to know the thinkers who mentored the “influential segments of the Sixties culture” you will have to wait for the next Inside/Out!

Suffice it to say for now that the origins of the present culture plunge deep into the occult, while its future projects include the silencing of Two-ist Christianity altogether. It can only be countered by courageous Christian believers from this rising generation who are willing to engage the revolutionary intellectual “strongholds,” the “arguments and “lofty opinions raised against the knowledge of God,” in order to “take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) with “transformed minds” (Romans 12:2) by understanding and imitating “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Just do it!

 

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Linda Kimball October 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

While it is true that vast segments of American culture have converted to religious paganism, it is secularism’s “scientistic cosmology” (Darwinism + materialism) that set set the stage as long ago as 1850.

As a result, throughout the contemporary West and America the most powerful fortress of mind that suppresses truth and rules our respective societies can be summarized in one word—Darwinism, the utterly futile, entirely bankrupt national religion of the once-Christian West and America.

Evolutionary thinking bristles with hostility toward the living God and is the foundational and all-controlling fortress which dominates all of modern Western and American thought and culture. It is taken for granted throughout the college curriuclum. It influences biological and earth sciences, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, law, the media, arts, medicine, and all other academic disciplines. And for over one-hundred years it has been moving into and subsequently polluting the Church over and across the entire denominational spectrum.

At the top-most layer of this most powerful fortress are atheism, universal evolutionism and the ancient Epicurean notion that matter (one-ism) is the ultimate reality. On the basis of this “scientific” fortress evolutionary naturalists claim that not only is the living God Who exists outside of this world imaginary, but so too are soul, spirit (mind), heaven, hell, Original Sin, higher unchanging truths, first principles, metaphysics, absolute moral laws, purpose and meaning.

Darwinism, or universal evolutionism, is a fortress of negation and inversion. Thus when applied to the Bible it completely inverts the Genesis account thereby rendering meaningless the entirety of Scripture. In utter contempt of God’s creation, it teaches that man is neither created in the spiritual image of God nor the apex of creation but is rather the trousered ape of evolution.

Evolutionary thinking said Frank Baumer, has inverted reality. It has,

“….persuaded people to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation.” The sweeping acceptance of evolutionary thinking means that it is “now difficult if not impossible for an educated man to conceive of a primitive revelation such as traditional Christianity taught, or even of an original natural religion from which men had declined.” This difficulty arises because “in an evolving world, perfection obviously lay, not in the past, but in the future.” (Religion and Rise of Skepticism, p. 147)

By its very nature it promotes subjectivism (moral relativism) through negation of higher eternally permanent truths, moral laws, stability and certainty demanded in the Biblical outlook. Instead, it sets all things in motion by necessitating a relentless, random process over time leading to fundamental and destructive changes to Western and American culture, morality, law, national sovereignty, the family, tradition, and even to the definition of man. No longer are there two sexes, male and female but now there are multiple and ever-evolving ‘gender expressions.’

Darwinism and/or evolutionary thinking suppresses truth by brazenly disguising its’ true nature as empirical science. It is no such thing as Karl Popper (1902-1994), a highly respected British philosopher and professor at the London School of Economics made clear. Though Popper rejected the knowledge of God in favor of universal evolution he nevertheless frankly admitted that rather than being an empirically verifiable fact as deceivers such as Richard Dawkins claim, Darwinism is a metaphysical research program. D. M. S. Watson, the Jodrell Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College, London (1921 to 1951) tacitly concurs. He publicly confessed that evolution,

“. . . is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or . . . can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.” ((December 10, 2011 by Vishal Mangalwadi, revelationmovement.com)

Darwinism and the Epicurean proposition that all that exists is matter in motion are the first principles of the naturalistic worldview, that is, the metaphysical program offered by atheists such as Richard Dawkins in particular and all evolutionary naturalists in general.

Darwinian and materialist metaphysics have replaced the living God and the Bible—the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo in particular— as the great explainer of the origin and subsequent existence of life in all of its forms, thus evolutionary naturalists are not merely dependent upon their metaphysics program for their worldview but their worldview amounts to scientism – the belief that modern naturalistic evolutionary science is the great unifying answer to the ultimate questions of human life.

In his review of “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny,” by Robert Wright, Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, John Judis makes clear that Darwinism is in fact a metaphysical evolutionary cosmology explaining,

“….how we came to be, and where we are headed… We—the sorry mass of humanity—have made history, but we have often proceeded blindly and without the least understanding of the great project in which we are engaged. Wright should be content that he has described, better than anyone in recent days, the nature and scope of that endeavor.” (John Judis, The Washington Monthly, April, 2000)

In his profoundly insightful essay, “Why Christianity Lost America?” Vishal Mangalwadi, author of “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization,” convincingly argues that,

“Christianity lost America because 20th-century evangelicalism branded itself as the party of faith. Secularism (science, university, media) became the party of truth. This is one reason why 70% Christian youth give up meaningful involvement with the church when they grow up.” (December 10, 2011 by Vishal Mangalwadi, revelationmovement.com)

In other words, Christians have bought into the lie that defines secularism’s metaphysical cosmology as “factual” empirical science. Thus if evolution is true then the Genesis account is not true, so why bother with Christian theism if it has been scientifically invalidated?

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