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VOL. 14                                                                                                      August 16, 2015                                                                                                               NO. 23



I closed the last issue with pointing out that statistics clearly reveal that the majority of those who control what is seen in movies and on TV screens have bought into the secular-humanist view of life, a view that is non-religious, anti-religious and secular. With such a view it is only natural that what is portrayed glorifies sin, perversion and wickedness, while ridiculing truth and righteousness. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isa.5:20. 


Yes, Hollywood, to a great extent, is rewriting the script for American society. For those who take time to think, they can see that such programming has re-shaped people’s thinking into becoming more tolerant and liberal minded about such things as capital punishment, sex outside marriage, abortion, homosexuality, divorce and remarriage and same-sex unions which I cannot conscientiously call a marriage. They have been sowing the winds of immorality for many years and American society is now reaping the whirlwind, a devastating harvest of depravity, ungodliness and violence. God says of such a nation, “Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward” Isa.1:3. 


But the deviant lifestyles coming out of Hollywood today can be found in all facets of our society, in public education, politics, business, law-enforcement and even churches. The present practices, seen as abominations by God’s people, are simply a product of what may be called “secular humanism.” They are a people who have become “…wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isa.5:21.    


Just what is this secular humanist philosophy? It is a philosophy that suggests that man must look to human experience for guidance in moral and spiritual affairs, rather than to a supernatural God or divine power. In other words, the secular humanist believes there is no power higher than man himself. It is really a euphemism for “atheism.” But it is more than a philosophy, it is a religious/political movement, a way of life. They have allowed Satan with his unrighteous deceptive powers to delude them into believing the lie there is no God, therefore they must rely upon themselves. They had better take heed to Paul’s warnings in 2.Thes.2:9-12. Also Gal.6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.”    


The secular humanist believes that all the problems of this life can be solved without God or the Bible. They feel both are useless crutches that deserve no consideration in human affairs. In identifying and solving life’s problems they look to no one higher than man himself. They rely on human reasoning, science and situational ethics for the answers. Their outlook is man-centered, not God centered. 


Observing things during my lifetime of 80 years, even though I was not fully aware of it happening for a number of years, this devious, godless philosophy has slowly been absorbed into society. No, it didn’t happen all at once, but it happened by design.


The secular humanist concept is not as innocent as it may seem to some, certainly not to its leading proponents. They may want you to think they are a tolerant people who are willing to respect your beliefs. But this is not so. Their avowed purpose is to remove Christian values and replace them with humanistic values and behavior. This has been especially true in the public education system.


You may wonder about why our public education is like it is today. The winds were first sown ca.1933 with the issuance of The Humanist Manifesto I, signed and published by 34 advocates. Its premise was that the universe was self-existing, resulting from evolution, rather than creation by God. One of the signers of this Manifesto was John Dewey, perhaps the most powerful influence in the 20th century public education system. He felt that to believe in the existence of God, and following historical forms of organized religion and religious values were repellent to the modern mind and should be removed from public education.


In 1973 The Humanist Manifesto II was published. It expanded the ideas of the first Manifesto. Among its signers were atheistic evolutionists, social revolutionaries, and several liberal thinkers. The winds sown by these atheistic thinkers and documents have thoroughly permeated our society and today we are reaping the whirlwind of a society headed toward destruction.        


Remember, we are now living in a post-Christian age. Our society in general has embarked on a course without moral direction and eroding ethical values, where tolerance (when it suits the purpose) is more valued than truth and righteousness. Prov.14:34. Our leaders are sowing wind, and as a nation we are reaping the whirlwind. Our nation is standing on the brink of the bottomless pit of perdition and destruction. Rest assured, God is still on His throne. He will not let sin go unpunished, by nations or individuals. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” Ps.9:17. 


—Tommy Thornhill

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For a long time we have been warning about the dangers of departing from a strict observance of the pattern set forth in the Scriptures. It has been pointed out that once any departure is allowed, there then becomes no stopping place. If one innovation is tolerated, soon many more will follow it. After a time, any similarity to true New Testament Christianity will be lost.

Some folks have ridiculed our warnings. They have said that we are being “too picky” when we insist on “book, chapter, and verse”. They think we are hindering the cause of Christ when we teach others to “speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent”.

If you have any doubts about the dangers we have been discussing, then take a look at these frightening quotations:

“Currently there is some controversy among Churches of Christ regarding immersion. Many of us cannot deny that there are many devout Christians who are unimmersed.” (Gary Holloway, Bible Professor, Lipscomb University, Wineskins Magazine, 4/06)

“We accept all believers in Christ, no matter what their religious heritage . . . we have chosen to emphasize what we have in common with other Christian groups rather than debate our differences . . . if they choose not to be immersed, we welcome them on the journey as part of this family . . . And, so, for those who have never been baptized, we welcome the opportunity to study with you about the beauty and significance of baptism, yet we will also welcome you.  We will encourage all believers – all believers in Jesus Christ – to join us our journey with God.”  (Mike Williams, Bible teacher, Lipscomb University, from sermon at Fourth Ave. Church of Christ, Franklin, TN, 3/15/06)

Can’t you see it? This is what happens when we fail to carefully follow Bible authority. God has given us a plain pattern to follow. Let’s make sure that “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17).

—Greg Gwin

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