Secular Fundamentalism

Secular Fundamentalism

Featured in the August, 2007 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Most people know that some Christians are called “fundamentalists” because they hold to some basic Bible beliefs. Those beliefs or fundamentals may include:

  1. The Bible is the very Word of God with no errors (II Timothy 3:16).
  2. There is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who has created the world and human beings (Genesis 1:1).
  3. Jesus, who is the virgin born, sinless Son of God, died for our sins and physically rose again (John 20:30,31).
  4. Mankind was created by a direct act of God, but chose to sin (Romans 3:23).
  5. Salvation from sin is through Christ alone (John 14:6).
  6. People live forever in either heaven or hell (Revelation 20:15).

People in the media and in our schools who do not accept these basic Bible truths have an opposite set of secular beliefs.

There is an American Humanist Association, which has issued three Humanist Manifestos, the first in 1933 and the last in 1973. These folk are secular fundamentalists. Here is a summary of their basic beliefs:

  1. Humans are the center of all things and therefore self-esteem is very important.
  2. Self-interest and personal happiness are paramount. Here is an explanation for the escalating divorce rate.
  3. Only the material is real. This results in a “get all you can” lifestyle.
  4. Do as you please, since there are no absolute moral standards. Consequently, there is no problem with sodomy.
  5. Marriage is outmoded and any relationship is a “family”.
  6. People are animals and death is the end. With this kinds of thinking, there’s obviously no problem with abortion.

It is clear that humanism deifies man and dethrones God. Scripture is trashed
as human notions move to the forefront. The problems which plague our society,
such as the devaluation of human life, the destruction of the family,
materialism, and the craze for personal pleasure flow from humanistic thinking.
The media and our tax supported schools propagate these tenants of the secular