By David A. Noebel<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Back in February 2003 Dennis Prager looked observed the world's situation and concluded that three worldviews were vying for the hearts and minds of its people. "The world's future," said Prager, "is being decided at this time. Such moments are extremely rare in history. And when they have occurred they have been between two, not three, competing ideologies [worldviews]. But there are now three ideologies competing to share the future of mankind. They are militant Islam, Western European secularism and socialism, and American Judeo-Christianity and capitalism."
Prager suggested that Islam is being spread both peacefully and violently, Secular Humanism is being spread peacefully, and Christianity is not being spread!
In fact, Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Asia and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Africa, so I do not take Prager's point literally. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that Europe has abandoned Judeo-Christianity in favor of something resembling Secular Humanism.
Paul Belien, editor of the Brussels Journal and adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute, outlines the fall of Western Europe to the forces of secularism and socialism in an article entitled "Europe's Culture War: Secularism on the March" (The Washington Times, May 23, 2007). His analysis is so compelling for the Christian community that I quote freely from his article.
"Europe," says Belien, "is in the middle of a three-way culture war, between the defenders of traditional Judeo-Christian morality, the proponents of secular hedonism and the forces of Islamic Jihadism.
"In Western Europe, the fight between Christians and secularists is all but over. The secularists have won. Now, the religious vacuum left by the demise of Christianity is being filled by the Muslims. Since one cannot fight something with nothing, the European secularists are no match for Islam."
Before returning to Belien's article, allow me to repeat a similar observation I have been making for a number of years: if Christianity succumbs to Secular Humanism, the Muslims would march into Vienna without a struggle because Secular Humanists are not willing to die for their faith in atheism, naturalism, relativism, or evolution, etc. Men and women die for their flag, their country, their fellow warriors, and their God (as C. S. Lewis notes in The Abolition of Man), but not for a compilation of unbelief's that run counter to their very nature. The vast majority of us still cannot bring ourselves to believe that the universe is the result of chance and accident, as Secular Humanists would have us believe. Hence, Islam will ultimately triumph as Secular Humanism continues to marginalize God, Christ and Christianity.
Now back to Belien: "Meanwhile," he says, "the dark forces of secularism, such as the European Union (EU), are waging war in Central and Eastern Europe, where they target countries such as Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states.
"On April 25, 2007, the European Parliament (EP), the EU's legislature, adopted a resolution condemning 'homophobia.' With 325 votes against 124 and 150 abstentions, the EP warned Poland that it will face sanctions if it adopts a law barring the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Churches, too, were reprimanded for 'fermenting hatred and violence [against homosexuals].' Poland's prime minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, commented on the resolution: 'Nobody is limiting gay rights in Poland. However, if we're talking about not having homosexual propaganda in Polish schools such propaganda should not be in schools.'
"Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice retorted: 'There is no homophobia in the Catholic Church and it is time that all this [recrimination of Christians in the European Parliament] ended.'
"It is not likely to end. The fight against 'intolerance'-i.e., adherence to traditional Christian morality-is intensifying. On May 3, 2007, the European Court of Human Rights found Polish President Lech Kaczynski guilty of violating human rights because he banned a 'gay pride' parade in Warsaw in 2005. Last March the same court ordered Poland to compensate a woman who was denied an abortion. Last year, Poland was denounced by the Council of Europe because it prohibited the distribution in schools of a leaflet about homosexuality."
And so it goes! Secular Humanists are using "sexual preference" as a weapon, portraying Christian morality as an intolerant religion. Ironically, in one sense, homosexuality has been promoted by the perversion of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church throughout Europe and the United States (see Randy Engel's The Rite of Sodomy in the Roman Catholic Church) so in this sense the chickens are coming home to roost. Indeed, Engel (a Roman Catholic) doesn't see how the present Catholic hierarchy can clean up its mess since the infection of perversion reaches Rome itself.
Incidentally, Engel's well-documented, 1,318 page book contains, among other things, biographical data on homosexual prelates, detailed case studies on homosexuality and pederasty, and an examination of the role of Pope Paul VI in the rise of homosexuality within the church. Many of Engel's readers will be offended by descriptions of the homosexual lifestyle. Protestants, unfortunately, are neither immune nor innocent in this matter since among their ranks are those denominations that allow and defend the ordination and employment of openly homosexual clergy! Some even permit their bishop's to divorce their wives and marry their "significant other."
Poland's resistance notwithstanding, Secular Humanism is slowly but surely subverting all of Europe (West, Central, and East), and it is only a matter of time before Christians in America will begin to experience the repercussions. As in Europe, America's public schools embrace a Secular Humanist curriculum (funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations among others). And much like their counterparts in Europe, American Secular Humanists use sexuality as a weapon to portray Christian morality as intolerant.
One of Secular Humanism's early battle plans was to infiltrate the public school curriculum with so-called "sex-education" classes. This plan of attack was championed by Lester Kirkendall, Sol Gordon, and Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood [funded by the Department of Health Education and Welfare], Mary Calderon's SIECUS, as well as other programs such as Family Life Education Program, Project 10, etc. The underlying goal was to subvert traditional moral absolutes and supplant them with the humanistic concepts of ethical relativism, situational ethics including redefining the family, values clarification, students deciding what is right and what is wrong. Sidney Simon labeled it "the immorality of morality"-in other words, a complete repudiation of Christian values.
Today, the world's rejection of and indifference to Christian values brings to mind Luke's words of warning about Christ's return: "When I [Jesus] return the world will be as indifferent to the things of God as the people were in Noah's day. They ate and drank and married-everything just as usual right up to the day when Noah went into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot: people went about their daily business-eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building-until the morning Lot left Sodom [because of the perversion of the city-Genesis 19: Jude vs. 7]. Then fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be business as usual right up to the hour of my return." (Luke 17:26-30, Living Bible)
Might this come to pass even in this generation?
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