John 5:43: “I have come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. »
A few weeks ago, a Hollywood actress, Betty White, died. She may have been a very sweet woman and basically a good person. Of course, I didn’t know her personally. There is, however, something about his life and death that makes me wonder. She was an actress.
Because Betty White was an actress, we really didn’t know her. We knew the roles she was playing but it wasn’t her. They were mostly lovely, pleasant ladies with a bit of incompetence added for flavor. We knew her as this nice little lady, but was she really? Maybe she was and maybe she wasn’t.
Bob Saget died Jan. 9 in a hotel room in Orlando. He was known as “America’s Dad” due to his television role. People who knew him testify that he was exemplary in his character and literally demonstrated his true personality in his role on television.
The thing is, we don’t know these people except in the roles they play. I remember someone saying after one of Ronald Reagan’s great speeches, “Don’t forget, he’s an actor. His profession was to play a role in a film. In Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, the character of Jacques quotes the phrase: “The whole world is a stage and all men and women are but actors”. This certainly includes professional actors.
As Christians, we continually strive to glorify God and refrain from glorifying ourselves or anything of this world. Prayers are said, sermons preached and songs sung, giving glory to God. However, there is a belief that attempts to destroy His glory.
Secular humanism is more an attitude than a belief. Wikipedia defines it as “a political ideology and philosophy or life that embraces human reason, secular ethics, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, and superstition as the basis of morality and the taking of decision”.
Secular Humanism can also be seen as a philosophy that places the world and the human race in a position of self-determined pleasure and satisfaction. In an effort to ignore creation or a creator, the humanist gives himself all power and all glory.
In our world today, I find it interesting and alarming how humanity has glorified certain people because of their profession or calling. Sometimes when we entered a church as a visitor, no one spoke to us or even acknowledged our presence. We always try to talk to members, but we were mostly ignored. Needless to say, one visit told me everything I needed to know. When later I was called to preach in one of these churches, I accepted the invitation because God gave me a sermon they needed to hear.
In another example, I was called to preach a revival at a church we had visited before and had not spoken to. When I arrived at the church, I was treated as any visitor should be. I was greeted by many, shook hands until it hurt, had a chat with the pastor and met the deacons. I happened to be wearing a three-piece suit and tie. We can all take note of this and make it a point to speak to visitors in our churches.
I am no one of particular importance. I’m not special above anyone. I feel a vocation as an evangelist because I have a strong tendency to win souls to our Lord Jesus. I consider this calling a humble blessing, but it does not place me above anyone else. In fact, I consider the soul I’m trying to reach to be far more important than myself. But as a visitor it would be nice to be talked to.
I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be placed in a higher position than others. Perhaps the term “ego-trip” could apply. When we do things to satisfy our own self-centered inclinations, we ultimately fail because no level is ever enough.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. The same principle applies to power and prestige.
In America and around the world today, people such as movie actors, athletes, politicians, and even some television preachers and evangelists have been elevated (by society) to celebrity and important status. Why should an actor’s religious or political opinion command more esteem than a fireman, a policeman, a welder or a truck driver? It seems, in today’s society, that the person in power is the one who holds the microphone or who is on stage.
As the theater corrupted the morality of the Greeks, today America is corrupted by movies and television. This misdirected attention tends to destroy the ignorant and financially improve the condition of the artist.
Imagining power and significance where there is none continually circumvents the basic intentions of our founding fathers. Freedoms and the pursuit of happiness are severely curtailed by these assumptions.
There are two common characteristics found in common in the general population. Information that we once considered common knowledge is no longer common. Concepts such as geography, direction, health, and simple economics are some examples. Ask about an application or a function of the phone and you will receive more information than you can imagine.
The other, and equally alarming, is the lack of knowledge of the Bible, even among Christians. Pastors, evangelists, and Bible teachers may think they are preaching the Bible, but the evidence indicates otherwise. Several years ago I spoke to a man who had never heard the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. I couldn’t imagine anyone not hearing about these two and the infamous snake.
Now, I take it for granted, if I mention Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, many will ask, “Who? The internet offers a wealth of information regarding the Bible, but one has to leave social sites and games to glean such knowledge and few are willing to do so. Electronic media has not only affected our way of thinking, it has affected our ability to think.
All of these changes we have seen in recent years are the fulfillment of a prophesied divine plan. The dumbing down of society, the worship of celebrities, declining church attendance and a general attitude of complacency lead to a “last days” situation.
Scripture tells us that the Antichrist (1 John 2:22) will appear during the tribulation (Matthew 24:9). He will deceive the whole world (Revelation 13:14). This character may already be on earth but his time has not yet come. Before he comes to power, Jesus will rapture his church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) and those who remain on earth will not realize what has happened.
They will also not recognize the Antichrist because they are ignorant of the scriptures. They will see it as the answer to their hopes and dreams. Revelation 13:8 tells us “everyone will worship him”. The governments of the world know that a stupid and dependent people are easier to control and manipulate.
Satan knows exactly the same and leads our world into ignorance in preparation for the Antichrist. Many believe that this globalist rule will usher in world peace and war will be no more. This false illusion will last for a short time. The Antichrist will unleash a world war like never seen or imagined (Zechariah 14:12).
Several recent American presidents have been accused of being the Antichrist. The Antichrist will never have a 30% approval rating. It will be popular all over the world. He will instantly become a celebrity. Everything will be wonderful for a while, then the ax will fall.