Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Dad

My dad, Wayne Livesay, turned eighty-seven years old a few days ago (June 16). He is now wheelchair-bound and resides in an assisted living facility. I see him daily, and my wife sees him almost daily.

He has had a long and productive life of service to the Lord, service to his family, and service to his country. He spent a number of years as a pastor, and he is a retired employee of the State of California Department of Corrections. During World War II, he flew thirty-three bombing missions over Germany as a B-17 navigator. On his last mission, he was shot down and spent nine months as a prisoner of war before being liberated by General Patton’s Third Army. Accounts of some of his experiences may be found
here, here, and here.

My dad is a real American hero, and he is one of my heroes. Our World War II heroes are dying off very quickly. Soon there will be none left. The members of "the greatest generation" have a legacy of self-sacrifice and service second to none, and they need to be remembered. I am very proud of my dad's service to our country.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

God is Supreme in the Material World

by James M. Bramblet

God created the non-rational material universe and then He created man, a rational being, and gave him “dominion” over the creation (Gen. 1:26). Thus, we have the non-rational creation which we discussed in Chapter Two and the rational creation which we discussed in Chapter Three. In this chapter, which emphasizes the supremacy of God in all things, we need to mention the material world again.

Fallen man likes to think of himself as having dominion in his own right and therefore isolates God into His own little, private, well-defined area called religion. Men’s record of history begins with man as a sort of half animal sitting around a cave eating raw meat. The contents of the history books tell how man invented this and developed that until, at the last chapter, he is sitting around the tables of the United Nations all ready to bring in a perfect world of peace and prosperity without any help from God. Because this thinking is so prevalent, we need to emphasize over and over again that God, not man, is the One Who is supreme.

Job was a man of God, and yet he had to be reminded by God that God alone is supreme over the material world (Job 38:1-40:2). Daniel was told that at the time of the end, knowledge would be increased (Dan. 12:4). As God has allowed some of the secrets of the universe to be discovered by men, man has assumed it is his intelligence and cleverness that have prevailed. The astronaut who first stepped on the moon spoke of a great leap for mankind when he should have spoken of the grace of God in allowing such an event.

Before the fall, man could understand God’s revelation through nature as well as that which was given directly (Romans 1:19-21). However, the fall produced a dichotomy. Man could only understand what God told him directly but could not perceive God’s other revelation through the material universe due to the effects of the curse. The Christian with a new nature can again begin to understand the truths of the universe. Therefore, Christian education is man relearning God’s truth through both His Word and His revelation in the creation.

Because God is supreme in the material world and because He alone is able to open the mind of man to the truth concerning His creation, the Christian schools and colleges should be leading the way in the area of physical science. Henry Morris notes the advantage of believers in this area as follows:

“Although non-Christian scientists are capable, under the cultural mandate, of discovering and utilizing data in the physical and biological sciences, Christians do have through the Scriptures certain powerful additional insights into these sciences which evolutionary scientists cannot see. That is, the physical processes in nature continually speak of the power and nature of God, and biologic processes continually bear witness of His grace and redeeming love.”1

God did not only create the material world but it was created with a purpose, and that purpose is to reveal the Creator, God. The purpose of God’s creation is to reveal Himself, and the creation was so constructed that by nature it does indeed reveal Him. To illustrate His supremacy over His creation, God created man with the intelligence, skill, and determination to supervise or “have dominion” over His creation. God made an “image” of Himself and gave him a bit of His own authority to be used within the circle of His own sovereign will. Man likes to think his authority over the creation is complete, so God has to remind him periodically by earthquakes, uncontrollable winds, or exploding mountains that the final authority is His.

As Christians, we should be thankful that this is the case and that our future and fate are in the hands of a good and dependable God rather than the capricious depravities of men. We should rejoice as did David when he prayed:

"Thine, 0 Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. Thine is the kingdom, 0 Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all" (I Chronicles 29:11).

1Morris, Henry M., Education for the Real World. San Diego: Creation Life Publishers, 1977, p.130.

Excerpted from Chapter 4 of An Introduction to the Christian School by James M. Bramblet, Copyright © 1985 by James M. Bramblet.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Certainty in Uncertain Times

The times in which we live are very uncertain. There is instability in the economy, there is instability in relations between countries, and there is a general sense that much of what we know and enjoy may not last very long. Our culture is being eroded by immorality. Our government is seemingly trying to solve problems by doing more of what caused those problems. Terrorism and other forms of violence are running rampant. War seems more and more likely in many places.

In the time of the Judges, God’s people experienced circumstances that make our situation today seem somewhat mild. Throughout the book of Judges, the Israelites went through cycles of turning away from God after a time of peace, with war, oppression, and hardship as a result. God would send a deliverer, there would be repentance, faith, and victory resulting in peace. The cycle would then begin all over again.

When Israel again turned away from God after forty years of peace, they were attacked by the neighboring Midianites and others. Their situation was quite desperate. “So Israel was brought very low because of Midian, and the sons of Israel cried to the LORD” (Judges 6:6, NASB). God chose Gideon to free the people of Israel.
After much doubt by Gideon about God’s plan, he finally realized that God could use him according to His will. He then raised an army of 32,000 soldiers, but the Lord cut this army down to 300 men. From this the people of Israel saw that God did not need their strength in order to win the victory. At the time selected by the Lord, Gideon and his 300 men lit torches, blew trumpets and shouted "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!" (Judges 7:20, NASB). Gideon’s army did not even have to fight. The enemy panicked, and the Lord caused the enemy troops to begin fighting and killing each other. The victory was complete, and there was another forty years of peace.

Just as God gave victory to Israel during uncertain times, we can trust Him in the times in which we live. As we see the economy and other factors eroding the size of many Christian schools, and Baptist Christian is no exception, we can trust in Him to take care of the situation according to His will. “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14-15, NASB). In view of this, we need to remember three things.

First of all, we need to remember that God's will in all situations is of far greater significance than our own will. Often we cannot see the final outcome, but we can be certain that He knows the end of all things. We can rest confidently in the certainty that He works all things out for our ultimate good, even when the present course of events would, humanly speaking, seem to say otherwise. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB).

Second, we need to remember that our confidence is not in the economy, not in elections, not in the government, not in our own wisdom, but in the Lord. He has always taken care of the school through the years, and he has met all of the financial needs through a variety of means. He has also been very faithful to parents who desire Christian education for their children and who look to Him to supply their needs. Even if something like a voucher plan, which many see as an answer for struggling Christian parents, eventually passes, it would be a deadly mistake to take our eyes off the Lord as the source of our provision and strength. “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stood upright.” (Psalm 20:6-8, NASB).

Finally, we need to remember that there are very few things which really last and are truly secure. There is nothing which is totally secure as it concerns temporal things. Our salvation is a great certainty. Nothing anyone can do will ever defeat God's purpose or His ability to keep His people saved. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand" (John 10:27-29, NASB). While we must continue to stand for those things which, by conviction, we believe to be right, we must remember that our security is in the Lord.

God gave great victory to Gideon and the people of Israel when it became obvious that only He could do so. Gideon had to totally trust the Lord, because his army was small and his own wisdom was limited. He can likewise give us victory as we place our trust fully in Him.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

He Rules the World with Truth and Grace

by Rick Penner, 6/14/09

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

No, it is not Christmas yet! It is just that I am intrigued by the first line of this stanza of "Joy to the World." Ruling the world with truth and grace is very different from how the world is being ruled today. In one Middle Eastern country there was an election a few days ago. Today, reporters are being ushered out of the country, BBC broadcasts are being jammed, and websites have gone dark. Who really won the election there? We are not sure. It is assumed by many that widespread fraud took place in the elections. Censoring and shutting down the media only gives credence to these suspicions.

Truth is often left outside the door in our culture too. Mark Levin has an excellent book entitled, Liberty and Tyranny. In it he suggests we should always seek to determine whether politicians are seeking after truth or power. There are many examples to show that truth often takes a back seat to greed, control, manipulation, pursuit of ideological agendas, and so on. In the 1970's we were told we were facing an Ice Age. 20 years later alarmists told us that the sea level would rise dramatically due to global warming. In the last few years the term has changed to "climate change." I suppose this way, if the temperature on our planet varies in any direction, these alarmists will look less foolish!! Stem cell research is another example. The public is being misled. There are in fact two kinds of stem cells available for research. Embryonic stem cells come from embryos created by in vitro fertilization and have not yet cured a single patient. Non embryonic, or adult stem cell research has helped treat 73 diseases (The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics). Yet we are told that unless the government funds embryonic stem cell research, many will needlessly die. Study the truth about DDT sometime. In 1970 the National Academy of Science wrote, "to only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT." Over 500 million malaria caused deaths were prevented through the use of DDT. Just two years later its use was banned in spite of powerful testimony about its usefulness. The director of the Environmental Protection Agency at the time attended none of the hearings on DDT and did not read the transcripts of the hearing either. He was however a member of organizations that vigorously opposed the use of this life saving chemical. Few people today know of this. Truth was not part of the decision making process.

In the United States recently, the government has been spending and printing money in frightening quantities. More new spending projects are on the horizon. When the Congressional Budget Office declared that the federal government is on an unsustainable spending spree, politicians deliberately set aside this independent body and its predictions, and chose instead their own, biased and "doctored" numbers which were of course much lower. A gullible public appears to be buying this propaganda.

In recent years there has been much talk of a "living and breathing" Constitution. This means that judges are free to reinterpret what the Framers of the Constitution intended. This approach ultimately makes the Constitution completely arbitrary. It ceases to be a Constitution at all and becomes rather a concoction of expedient ideas to serve whatever policies and agendas are in vogue at the moment. A good example is the "separation of Church and State" mantra that prevails today. This is similar to theological debates over the authority and inspiration of Scripture. If men or women become the judge of what a biblical writer might have meant or if we relegate biblical injunctions to relative cultural contexts and our own biases, Scripture essentially loses all authority. Truth becomes something subjective and personal. We in fact hear today the expression, "My truth," or "This is truth as I see it." This is terribly dangerous. Hitler's truth cost millions of people their lives. I recall so vividly while serving on a school board committee to develop a policy of sex education, a conversation about homosexuality. I asked one of the teachers why she felt the homosexual lifestyle was wrong. She replied, "Because most of the people in our school district think so!" I then asked her, not realizing then (1980's) how things would change, "What if the people change their minds?" She then replied, "Well, then I would teach it as an acceptable alternative lifestyle!" Do you see the folly here? I then used the Hitler illustration and asked her what she would have done if she had been a teacher in Germany in the 1930's when the government taught that a certain group of people should be exterminated. She was not willing to answer that question but according to her logic she would have been obliged to teach what the prevailing view of the society in her world believed. This kind of "truth" changes with the wind. But please note an amazing contrast!

Here is how Isaiah put it when writing about the coming Messiah: “...and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist” (Isaiah 11:3-5).

This sounds fantastic to me! Messiah will not be swayed by popular opinion or by political correctness. He will rule with righteousness and truth and grace. What a contrast!! No earthly government has ever really ruled that way. Only the One Who is Himself righteous can rule in righteousness.

Are you frustrated and angry about injustices in the world? I am. Let us have hope. There is a day coming when truth will prevail. Righteousness will be the order of the day. The future is bright indeed!

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Rick Penner is a friend of mine. He has over thirty-five years of experience in professional Christian ministry. Rick served for fourteen years as a regional director in several American states. Then, in Canada, he served for an additional seven years as a national denominational director. Rick has traveled extensively in various countries and has worked with churches and church leaders in many parts of North America, speaking at conferences and consulting with boards and committees. He has served with various boards and organizations from a variety of faith backgrounds. For the past 6 years he has directed a ministry of recovery and restoration for vocational Christian workers both overseas and in North America. He has also been a certified LIFO administrator for several years. Rick's educational background includes graduation from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago; Biola University and its graduate school of theology; and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Believe the Evidence

“If living matter is not then caused by the interplay of atoms, natural forces, and radiation, how has it come into being? There is another theory, now quite out of favour, which is based upon the ideas of Lamarck: that if an organism needs an improvement it will develop it, and transmit it to its progeny. I think, however, that we must go further than this and admit that the only acceptable explanation is creation. I know that this is anathema to physicists, as indeed it is to me, but we must not reject a theory that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it.”

H. Lipson, FRS (Professor of Physics, University of Manchester, UK), “A Physicist Looks at Evolution.” Physics Bulletin, vol.31, 1980, page 138.

One of the Great Jokes

After having been an agnostic for most of his life, world famous journalist and philosopher Malcolm Muggeridge became a Christian. Following is a quote from his Pascal Lectures, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1978:

"I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially to the extent to which it's applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Difference Between a Conviction and a Preference

The difference between a conviction and a preference, according to the U.S. Supreme Court: A preference is a very strong belief, held with great strength. You can give your entire life in a full-time way to the service of the preference, and can also give your entire material wealth in the name of the belief. You can also energetically proselytize others to your preference. You can also want to teach this belief to your children, and the Supreme court may still rule that it is a preference.

A preference is a strong belief, but a belief that you will change under the right circumstances. Circumstances such as: 1) peer pressure; if your beliefs are such that other people stand with you before you will stand, your beliefs are preferences, not convictions, 2) family pressure, 3) lawsuits, 4) jail, 5) threat of death; would you die for your beliefs? A conviction is a belief that you will not change. Why? A man believes that his God requires it of him.

Preferences aren’t protected by the constitution. Convictions are. A conviction is not something that you discover, it is something that you purpose in your heart (Daniel 1:8). Convictions on the inside will always show up on the outside, in a person’s lifestyle. To violate a conviction would be a sin.

David C. Gibbs, Jr.
Christian Law Association
P.O. Box 30290
Cleveland, Ohio 44130

Sunday, June 7, 2009

From the "Washington Post"

Readers were asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. (I love that kind of stuff.) Here are a couple of the winners:

Giraffiti (n.): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating the bozone layer; unfortunately, shows little signs of breaking down in the near future.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Speak the Truth

We live in a time predicted in the Scriptures, a time in which a large percentage of church-goers do not want to hear the truth but prefer to have their ears tickled with platitudes and touchy-feely nonsense. They go to church to be made comfortable in their sin. Sadly, many preachers and teachers take the path of least resistance and accommodate this desire by preaching and teaching what people want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NASB).

The Apostle Paul recognized the foolishness of accommodation. It does no good to make people feel good about themselves when that feeling is based on falsehood. He spoke the truth in love, but he did not let his love stop him from speaking the truth. Not speaking the truth, for whatever reason, is a terrible disservice to people and is a failure to be faithful to the Lord. Pastors and teachers need to be continually reminded by the Scriptures to speak the truth without fear of consequences. This is a reminder that I certainly need, since I teach an adult Sunday school class and also high school Bible in our Christian school.

Those in the churches in Galatia had been listening to false teachers who taught that something must be added to grace for salvation. This is called
legalism. Because of this, the Galatians were doubting Paul and the message of grace. This prompted Paul not only to speak the truth of the gospel even more clearly, but also to ask the rhetorical question, “So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16, NASB). Obviously, speaking the truth is always the right thing to do, regardless of what may happen as a result. We are serving the Lord, not men.

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-10, NASB).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

God's Word the Bible

by James M. Bramblet

To some, it may seem unnecessary to point out the centrality of God in the Bible as this fact seems so obvious. But we live in a day when humanism has so pervaded the thinking of the world that even God’s Holy Word has not escaped its ravages. We often hear it said that the Bible contains good literature, that it presents a system of ethics that is valuable to men, or that it contains valuable history. All these things are true but they fall far short of indicating the veal nature and purpose of the Bible.

Christians sometimes erroneously think that the main purpose of the Bible is to reveal to us a way of salvation from sin. This view of the Bible does not see God as the center, but it sees man as the center. I will read the Bible so I can find out how I can be saved from my sin. In Christ’s time, the Jews took this same view of the Scriptures and the Lord rebuked them as follows:

“Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39-40).

Jesus was saying that He is the central figure in all of Scripture. Salvation is found in a Person and not in a book. The Bible was written to reveal Christ, not as a blueprint for us to be able to build a heavenly home. We should read and study the Scriptures in order to get acquainted with Him. When we come to know Christ we will discover that He is the answer to eternal life; but that is a by-product and not the main purpose of Bible study. It is possible to read the Scriptures from a selfish motive, as some of the Jews did, and never come to know the Savior of the Scriptures.

Another humanistic use of the Bible by some Christians is to think of it as a source for building their doctrinal system. As ultimate-originals, we tend to put ourselves at the center of everything. We each have certain pet ideas which we like to promote as our own. It is possible to use the Bible to try to find authority for these ideas. Once we have done this, then we can present them as being “Scriptural,” and, of course, anyone who disagrees with them will be “unscriptural.”

Much of the doctrinal bickering among Christians comes from using Scripture in this way, for if it is our doctrine or our philosophy, then, of course, we need to defend it. We need to adopt the thinking of Christ when He said:

“My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but He that seeketh His glory that sent Him, the same is true” (John 7:16-18).

We need to study the Bible so that we can think God’s thoughts after Him, not so that we can promote our own ideas. If we “will do His will” then we will open the Bible seeking to know His mind. Only if we see ourselves as ultimate-originals or little gods in our own right will we talk about our doctrine. Sincere Christians, recognizing that they are images of God, should seek to know the mind of their great Original, God. When we differ, we should humbly seek to find our error. To do otherwise indicates, according to Scripture, that we are carnal and walk as men. “For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, ‘I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos.’ Are ye not carnal?” (I Cor. 3:3-4).

A third humanistic approach to Bible study is to study the Bible in order to prepare ourselves for some Christian ministry. The humanism in this approach is even more subtle than the other two because it is true that we must know the Bible if we are to serve God. The error is in studying it only for that purpose. We are to study the Bible in order to know God, and what we know of Him we can witness to others. This witnessing is a Christian ministry; but it is the result of knowing God and not the objective we are to have in mind when studying God’s Word.

By now it should be clear that the Bible should not be studied from a humanistic, but rather, from a theistic point of view. God is central to His Scriptures and His written Word only makes sense when it is studied with that point in mind. He has revealed Himself through His general revelation in creation. He also reveals Himself by the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Godhead. But His primary revelation of Himself is through the Bible. We would not know that the other two were intended to reveal God if we did not read that this is so in the Bible. Jesus made it clear that the Old Testament was a revelation concerning Himself: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them, in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). In verse 44 of the same chapter, He includes the Psalms in those Scriptures specifically mentioned as revealing Himself.

We speak of the Bible as the Holy Bible. Peter tells us that it was written by “holy men” (II Pet. 1:21). But primarily, it is holy because it reveals a Holy God. The stories and accounts in the Bible vary, but each story and each page were written for the purpose of revealing God to men. God’s holiness is so great that He could not reveal Himself directly to fallen man. When God manifested Himself at Mt. Sinai, His glories were so great that the people withdrew and said to Moses, “Speak thou with us and we shall hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Ex. 20:19). So God has written us a book to tell us about Himself. God could show us His great power in creation but only in a book could He tell us of His love. As we study the things God has made, we are aware of His great knowledge, but we see His graciousness in dealing with sin only in the book He has written for us.

Man was created in the image of God, and like God, he is a spiritual being. The created world is too impersonal to satisfy the spiritual needs of man. That God’s message is a spiritual message is demonstrated by those who are able to understand it. We are told that the “natural man,” or the unsaved man, cannot understand God’s message at all (I Cor. 2:14). The carnal Christian who is dominated by the flesh can only understand the simplest spiritual truth, or the “milk” of the Word (I Cor. 3:1-2). It is only the spiritual man who is able to “judge all things” and fully understand the spiritual message of God’s Word (I Cor. 2:15).

Since sin has come into the world, man needs a graphic and personal description of his great Original in order to overcome the evils and discords resulting from sin. God has been gracious in meeting this need through Jesus Christ, the living Word, and through the Bible, the written Word, which reveal Christ to us.

Excerpted from Chapter 4 of An Introduction to the Christian School by James M. Bramblet, Copyright © 1985 by James M. Bramblet.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Society's Greatest Problem

My son Jason Livesay wrote this essay for his English class in September of 1995 while he was a senior in high school.

What Happened?

What has happened to America's society? It is an obvious fact that our society is going down hill day by day. Juvenile violent crime arrests, births to unmarried women, teen pregnancy, abortion, and even the national debt are just a few examples of the problems we have caused. The rates of all of these problems have drastically escalated to unbelievable heights from 1960 until now. There are many problems in society, but the greatest problem is what has caused all the others. We have thrown out the Biblical principles and standards that our country was founded on and have embraced humanistic worldviews.

According to Geisler, a famous philosopher, a worldview is a "way of viewing or interpreting all of reality. It is an interpretive framework through which or by which one makes sense of the data of life and the world." Every person bases his thoughts and actions on some kind of worldview. Because people do not want to believe in the sovereign authority of God they turn to a worldview that eliminates God, such as Marxism/Leninism or secular humanism. Therefore, Biblical Christianity is gradually being rejected by a humanistic society.

The best worldview is consistent, explains reality, and is livable. Biblical Christianity is the only consistent worldview because its basis is truth. The Bible clearly speaks of moral standards and absolutes. God's moral nature is unchanging. Since Marxism and secular humanism is based on atheism, there is no God and therefore, there are no absolutes. Without absolutes, there is nothing to base morals on, and without morals, any society will fall apart.

The problem with many Christians today is that they are not grounded well enough in their worldview to see the root of the problem. According to a recent study, there are 192 million people that claim to be Christian and 7.3 million people that claim to be secular humanists, yet tax payers pay salaries for teachers of almost complete humanist view without even realizing it. Atheistic worldviews are taking over our schools and colleges.

The only way society will get better is if we retrogress to our original foundation. Those of us who still hold to Biblical Christianity need to understand the times and be thoroughly grounded in our worldview. We will not turn around society, but we might be able to salvage our children. God has not disappeared, He has just been rejected.