Before diving into today’s devo & discussion about secular humanism, let’s talk about one of the most important aspects of campus life for Christians: Campus Ministries.
When I was in college, I checked out or got involved in 3 different ones:
But there are several more depending on your church affiliation:
The right campus ministry will change your life. It did for me. Almost all of my college friends (friends that I stay in touch with to this day) I met in BSU. Plus you can find out about churches in the area that have good college ministries. It is so important to start attending church while at college as soon as you can, or you might get used to not going and become a part of the statistic about how many college students walk away or fall away from their faith. My prayer would be that you find a good Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, Word-preaching church that you can plug into & that you can even join. Now, let’s get to the devo…
Today’s Eagle Walk:
Secular Humanism, Part 3: The Secular Humanist View of the Church
If I could characterize the way secular humanists perceive & portray Christianity in one word, that word would be “scoffing.” Today’s passage explains that the church is experiencing such scoffing because we are living in “The Last Days.” (But don’t be overly alarmed; according to Apostle Peter in Acts 2, we’ve been in the “last days” since the day of Pentecost shortly after Jesus had ascended to heaven after His resurrection from the grave. So maybe here he’s talking about the last, last days.) Jesus told us in Matthew 24:14 that the Father would hold off on sending Him to return for His church until the Gospel is preached throughout the whole world. Until then, we will be fighting an escalating battle against the forces of Satan, & secular humanism is one of his latest & greatest delusions to attack the church with.
Today’s Word from God:
2 Peter 3:3-14 NLT
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.”
Today’s Eagle Walk: Secular Humanism, Part 3 (continued)
Verse 5 tells us, “They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command.” That’s the normal way of thinking for people who cling to or are infected by SH as their worldview. To “deliberately forget” is to deny vehemently, to choose to reject what should be a simple, foundational truth upon which all academic study should be based. Education used to be founded upon such biblical truth. In America, all of our elite ivy-league, private, ultra-selective universities — like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke — they all were started by churches as conservative Christian schools & seminaries for the purpose of training ministers. But over time, liberal secular humanism crept in at a slow & virtually undetectable pace until before anyone could realize it, it had taken root in every department & the Christian foundation of each school was ripped out & replaced by a false foundation of SH. And as the ivy-league schools went, so went every public university in America. Many Baptist & other conservative Christian universities were also infected too in the late 20th century, but thankfully Southern Baptists fought to expel the liberals & their SH, and have reclaimed many of their universities. Those colleges that refused to return to their foundation ultimately withdrew themselves from the conservative Baptist faith and went their own way. So as you go to class whether in a private or public university, weigh everything that every professor says against the foundation of scriptural truth in your heart & that you keep discovering in your personal study of the Bible.