Secularism is a false religion preaching many false doctrines.
Not least among them, and one of its foundational false doctrines, is the natural goodness of man.
This false doctrine of man’s natural goodness is contradicted by the content on every news channel of the mass media. Daily the world’s news bulletins tell us about man’s inhumanity to man, the corruption and abuse in every area of life.
Nevertheless this false doctrine of man’s natural goodness is believed and promoted by secularists, ploughing on regardless, confident in their own beliefs.
Secularism and secular institutions are supported by well-meaning people who have no idea that they are being fed a tissue of lies. The national churches of Scotland and England have failed the nations by failing to expose this false religion.
The natural wickedness of man is why Jesus said: “Marvel not that I said, You must be born again” John 3:7.
Human beings need a new heart, and the experience of human wickedness testifies to it. However, people are afraid to believe this truth, because it means that they must change and they are quite content with themselves the way that they are. They want everything else to change rather than themselves.
The victims of abuse cry out for justice, but many of them will never see it in this world. The world needs to learn that God has appointed the day of judgment, but in the meanwhile it needs to lay to heart that people need a new and better heart than the one with which they were born – they need to be born again.
The good news is that God’s Holy Spirit is more than ‘up to the task’.
10 Sep 2020: Ken Burns’ series on The War: Part 5 (or Part 9 in the 14-part series) concludes with the observation of one soldier Eugene B. Sledge who had fought the Japanese in the Pacific arena in World War II: “Something in me died at Peleliu. Perhaps it was the childish innocence that accepted as faith the claim that man is basically good. Possibly I lost faith that politicians in high places, who do not have to endure war’s savagery, will ever stop blundering and sending others to endure it.”
17 Mar 2022: Dr David Starkey: “Totalitarianism becomes the equivalent of a religion – a bad religion. The religious impulse does not need God.”
1 Dec 2022: evolutionary hypothesis is a secular religion.