Pulpit Ministry - Bible Exposition & Sanctity of Human Life Messages (See right side bar indexes)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 ESV
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Secular Humanism, Moral Relativism & the Road to Statism
Secular humanism, denies both the Creator and transcendent truth. It rejects God's Law. It is in essence the deification of man - man becomes god, accountable to no one but himself. This is the underlying premise of the progressive/liberal/socialist, making way for collectivism or statism.
Statism or collectivism "holds that man’s life and work belong to the state—to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation—and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good...." It is based "...on the...government’s unlimited power, which means: on the rule of brute force." (http://aynrandlexicon.com/)
Secular humanism leads to moral relativism, "…the belief that there are no objective standards of right and wrong, only personal preferences." (Life Training Institute) This is the underlying premise of legal positivism. "Legal positivism does not base law on divine commandments, reason, or human rights….law is 'positive' or 'posited,' as opposed to being 'natural' in the sense of being derived from natural law or morality." (iep.utm.edu) Instead law is "socially constructed."
Moral relativism leads to "political correctness" a form of censorship denying all opinions at variance with the norms or values posited by the state.
In Romans 1:25, the Apostle Paul identified only two possible worldviews, "... they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen."
One can either deny the Creator and worship the creature or one can acknowledge the Creator and worship the Creator. Culturally, Americans are increasingly choosing the first worldview option. This cultural worldview shift is rapidly leading us down the road to statism. Only repentance and a spiritual awakening will turn the course of our nation as hearts are changed by the gospel leading to a rejection of the secular humanism that is propelling progressive socialism. ~ jpm