Thursday, January 22, 2015
In doing research for my new novel, Eye of the Storm, (Coming soon) I have found myself reflecting on the state of the world and the church. Christian author Kevin Swanson in his 2013 book, Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West provides some of the answers.
We must let God be God and stop trying to usurp the reality of who God is. Such usurpation is a fairy tale dream — unreachable, irrelevant, and impossible. Swanson says:
The sovereignty of God has been dying a slow death of a thousand qualifications. Theologically, the teachers in the church fabricate a logical contradiction between man’s free will and God’s sovereignty; they insist that man’s will must somehow trump God’s will. The masses are led to believe that they alone are responsible for the “realization of the world of their dreams,” and they have the power within themselves to achieve whatever they conceive. Then, what happens when the “sovereign” individual turns his own “sovereignty” over to the democratic state? What if men attempt to replace God with the sovereign state? What happens if they construct a police state, complete with concentration camps, fascist regulation of private business, hundreds of thousands of social planners, and video cameras on every street corner? What will happen if the churches refuse to recognize God’s sovereignty? What if they ignore it, dismiss it, minimize its importance, or even teach against it? This is what the humanist apostasy looks like in its most raw form.
This worldview rages on a third front, called metaphysics. If God cannot control the world and the many events that take place within it, then His other perfections— once commonly recognized by most of the Western world — begin to crumble: His foreknowledge and omniscience, omnipotence, justice, and His sovereign mercy.
If God is the ultimate authority in man’s knowledge, ethics, and reality, then He must be the central focus of life. He should permeate the thoughts, the motives, the academic teaching, the counseling, the family life, and the worship of the Christian. The glory of God becomes his chief end (1 Cor. 10: 31). But what if we were to seek our own needs first, in the church? What if we were to speak and write for men more than for God? What if we were to center worship around the needs of men, rather than on God? No doubt God would slip out of the central focus of the life and worship of the Christian. Sadly, this scenario is all too common in a day where man-centric humanism runs rampant through the media, literature, education, politics, and the church. . . .
If God has lost the authority to be sovereign over reality, if He has lost the authority to provide objective law, and if He has lost the authority to reveal absolute truth, then in the eyes of men, He has lost the right to be God. He has been stripped of his “God-ness,” or the very attributes which make Him God. At the same time, man is never content to be godless. He must have a god. Somebody or something must provide that authority. Thus, modern man gladly assumes that position, and humanist man becomes his own ultimate authority.