Psalms 25:4-5 – “Make me know Thy ways, O LORD; Teach me Thy paths. 5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day.” NASB
I would ask that you also read 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, and Jeremiah 6:16 as we consider this word and see if I was right and if it is applicable today. I preached this on March 11, 1984, at the Church I was leading in Chandler, Texas. Some may remember it. It was heavy on my heart then and the weight of it has never diminished through the past 35 years.
It would take more than an optimist to think that our present world is not a troubled world. It would require a total denial of the facts. Facts that are clearly visible on every hand. There are many voices crying out today seeking the attention of the young and impressionable. There are coordinated efforts to alter the behavior of our youth, shift their thinking and the ideological views away from God and the Bible.
There are dedicated efforts to give credibility to moral decay and advance situational ethics to the front of the line in people’s minds. There are diabolical efforts afoot to lull us to sleep and make light of the subtle tricks of the forces of hell to implement his program in the hearts of the susceptible. The target that is at the forefront of their objective more than any other is the young.
Bill Gothard of Basic Institute of Youth Conflicts was spot on when he taught about the progression of moral decay and the acceptance of situational ethics and in the modern era political correctness. He said: “What we allow in moderation our children will do in excess.” Those who adhere to the doctrines of satanism and those who follow communistic and socialistic philosophies have long said: “Let us control the music and influence the education of just one generation and we will control the world.” That is frightening but true!
There is a vast difference between a humanitarian and a humanist. A humanitarian is a person who promotes human well-being. Humane is the quality marked by compassion, sympathy, empathy, or consideration for others. However secular humanism is a far cry for either of those. It is birthed out of the pit of hell and diabolical at its core.
Secular humanism has sought and is seeking to introduce doctrine centered on human interests and human secular values, not biblical values. It teaches that man has the capacity for self-fulfillment and in him is the human ability to determine what is ethical and right not the Bible.
This philosophy, in 1984 has invaded American thinking beyond what we would have believed just a few years ago. It can be found in every facet of life. It is evident in the political, the judicial, and in education. John Dewey recognized as the Father of Progressive Education was also the designer of the Humanist Manifesto of 1933. Does that give you confidence in where our educational system has been and is headed? Charles Francis Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto I and president of the National Education Association said: “Education is the mower powerfully ally of Humanism and every American Public School is a School of Socialism.”
I must ask, “What can a theistic Sunday School meeting, lasting one hour each week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of Humanism Teaching in the Public Schools?” Please understand, I am not against education, I am very much for it, but I am adamantly against, the indoctrination of godlessness as being witnessed in our Public Schools and their stated agenda.
The Jan/Feb ’76 Issue of the Humanist had this to say: “Something wonderful, free, unheralded, and of significance to all humanists is happening in the secondary schools. It is the adolescent literature movement. They may burn “Slaughter House Five” in North Dakota and ban a number of innocuous books in Kanawha County, but thank God (interesting statement from an atheistic organization) the crazies don’t do all that much reading. If they did, they’d find that they have already been defeated. Adolescent literature has opened Pandora’s box… Nothing that is part of contemporary life is taboo in this genre, and any valid piece of writing that helps make the world more knowable to young people serves an important humanistic function.” That still shakes me to my core!
I apologize but I will be forced to put this in several parts because of space in a short devotional blog. I hope you will go back each time and reread the first part, then the second part, and so forth as you examine my prophetic word in 1984.
God bless you as you rely on His Grace and rest in His Presence today!