Politically correct types might want to avoid this post — those always complaining about “isms” should cease reading now.
In modern PC thought, I’ve given you a “trigger warning” — proceed at risk of learning truth.
Okay, the easily offended people who don’t like truth have moved on, we can continue.
Who today holds a biblical worldview? A study by Barna answered that question. First, we must consider how the study defined biblical worldview.
… a “biblical worldview” was defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today
We can quibble about their definition, however, most people would agree it represents the conservative, traditional Christian view. It’s certainly not post-modern, liberal, or progressive.
What did they find in responses to each question? Even if you don’t accept their definition of “biblical worldview,” the responses provide insights.
- Only 1/3 of all adults believe in absolute moral truth
- Only half believe the Bible is accurate
- Only 1/4 believe Satan is real
- Only 1/4 believe you can’t earn your way into heaven
Those are quite low numbers. Only one-third believe in absolute moral truth? Pathetic. I don’t think the numbers are that low, however.
Tell a liberal, progressive value-relativist you want to take their car, drain their bank account, and kick their puppy. They’ll quickly respond that’s wrong.
Maybe for you, but not for me — I don’t believe in absolute moral truth. Gotcha!
They’ll quickly change their tune, and agree absolute truth does exist, they just don’t want to accept it. That’s a nice way of saying they’re in rebellion against God.
Those numbers paint a bad picture, but worse, the study found only 1/2% of 18–23 year olds hold a biblical worldview.
Another lost generation.
It’s interesting to look at political differences
- 1% of Democrats hold a biblical worldview
- 10% of Republicans hold a biblical worldview
It appears politics and religion do mix — conservative politics leads to traditional orthodox Christian beliefs, while liberal politics leads to liberal, post-modern “Christianity.”
How do people end up so far from orthodox Christianity? Drifting. Soon you’re a liberal, then a progressive, then in rebellion against God.
Youth receive training in non-biblical worldviews, beginning in government education, and (sadly) continuing in modern churches.
How do we combat that?
Liberal and Progressive Theology
Post-modernism infested the church and education, causing most of the trouble.
Nobody actually believes that garbage. As already said, tell a liberal, progressive you want to take their car, drain their bank account, and kick their puppy.
Nobody says that’s okay — even liberal post-modernists.
Thus, everyone agrees liberal post-modern philosophy contains nothing more than doggy poo-poo — even liberals reject the insanity of post-modernism they promote.
Why does it infest the church? Simple, people want the form of godliness, but want to deny the power thereof. Simply put, they want to look religious, without actually being religious. Brilliant!
Post-modernism and liberal theology to the rescue. Using those tools, liberals can take what they like, deny what they don’t, and create their own designer religion.
For a funny look using their own methods, consider Jesus was a Republican.
Whatever you call it (post-modernism, liberal theology, progressivism, value relativism), it could be the biggest evil ever introduced into the world. You must understand it because you will encounter post-modern people, and you need to understand how to talk to people holding such bizarrely illogical views.
Young people are indoctrinated in school and church accept this garbage — it’s up to us to introduce them to the truth.
Failure of Government Education
We must acknowledge the failure of government education. Failure comes not from a lack of money, it’s a question of goals — it might surprise you to learn we know what type of education works. It’s called direct instruction, or “nuns in the classroom,” and has been studied from 1965 until 1998.
Even the studies’ authors wonder why don’t we use what works?
Why not? Education leaders certainly hold intelligence. Replacing systems that work with buzzwords-of-the-year (race to the top, goals 2000, no child left behind, common core, etc) leads to one conclusion: the goal of public (government) education is not to educate.
Read that again — the goal of government education is not to educate, and its failure is not from a lack of money, rather it’s the intended end.
For some reason, leaders don’t want to provide education. It’s left to you to discover why; while I certainly have ideas, they aren’t important here — only the undisputed fact educational leaders fail to use methods proven to work. That is unquestionable.
Value-relativism and atheist worldviews fill government schools, providing no benefit, no matter what buzzword is used to describe it.
The Church is Impotent
Even if schools fail, the church should be educating with truth, but sadly, not many churches proclaim truth, perhaps because they don’t know it.
The average pew-warmer fails to understand the battle they’re engaged in, leading to one of two endings: failure to engage the enemy, or (if they do engage) slaughtered like a pig because they lack sufficient fighting skills.
At 3am, you’ve got what you’ve got.
If your church fails to teach line by line through the entire Bible, perhaps it’s time to find another church. Yes, that’s harsh, but you must ask if your current situation adequately prepares you for combat.
I Won’t Sit Down
John Loeffler says “I won’t sit down and I won’t shut up.” It may not be politically correct (but those people quit reading at the introduction), but it’s time to meet garbage philosophy infesting the church head-on.
Liberal theology and post-modernism deceives people and teaches lies, ending in apostasy.
I won’t sit down either. As said in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.”
God gave you a brain — it’s time to use it to acquire necessary combat skills.
- Atheism is illogical
- Post-modernism is absurd
- Truth exists
- The Bible is God’s inerrant Word
- All of God’s Word is profitable
Thus, we should study and follow God’s Word. All of it.
Not many believe these foundational principles anymore. No matter. Truth can’t change simply because it doesn’t poll well. Are you ready to proclaim truth and combat deception?
That’s where I want to help. I’ve spent a few decades studying science, evolution, theology, and the bizarre ideas blowing through the church.
What can I do to help you be prepared?
… Because at 3AM, you’ve got what you’ve got.