From Dr. Peter Hammond, Frontier Fellowship
We need to recognise that there is a colossal conflict raging worldwide for hearts, minds and souls. The battlegrounds in which this world war of worldviews is being fought are in the schools, colleges, on the airwaves and in the media.
Capture the Culture
Humanism is seeking to capture the culture by waging a war against the Word of God, seeking to abort God retroactively through evolutionism. Humanism seeks to kill God in the minds of children through secular humanist education, occultic books and films (such as Harry Potter, The Golden Compass and Twilight). The entertainment industry has been so subverted as to glamourise evil, popularise profanity and celebrate ugliness.
Karl Marx declared that “the first battlefield is the re-writing of history.” By twisting perceptions Marxists hope to steal our children and hijack our country.
A Battle For the Mind
In the Battle For the Mind, classrooms and cinemas are battlefields. Education is a battleground. The teachers and textbooks often promote evolutionism, situation ethics, sex education and “values clarification”.
Views Not News
In all too many sections of the news media reality is being rearranged by a selective focus. Rather than news, we are more often receiving humanist views and propaganda. Even the very definition of marriage itself is under attack with pressures for same-sex “marriages”. The very foundations of our Faith and freedoms – civilization itself is under attack.
War Against God
At its heart this is a war against God and against His Word – The Bible. The question of Who is God? and How Trustworthy is the Bible? are foundational in this world war of worldviews. “Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
The theory of evolution, as so often propagated by films, and many children’s books and in state school textbooks, is an attempt to abort God retroactively. Evolution destroys all meaning, purpose, direction, justice and hope in life. “You came from nothing. You are going nowhere. Life is meaningless!”
The Bible says: “The fool says in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1
The Battle for Truth
Secular humanist education attempts to kill God by eradicating Him from the classroom and from the minds of the next generation. By eliminating the Bible as the basis for all knowledge, Humanists remove the very foundation of truth. They prohibit the only objective standard by which reality can be evaluated.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Wide Gates to Hell
Dr. Martin Luther warned: “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of the youth. I would advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”
“Since they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, He gave them over to a depraved mind …” Romans 1:28
Ideas Have Consequences
What we see influences what we think. What we think influences what we become, and what we do. Ideas have consequences. Actions flow from thought patterns.
What form of education is moulding your children’s thought patterns?
What entertainment and news media is filling your mind?
“Be very careful then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
What, Why and How
In this world war of worldviews, we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. We need to know how to defend it in argument. We need to know the Word of God and we need to know the God of the Word. We need to know God and we need to make Him known. We need to guard our hearts and our minds and need to understand the times and know what God’s people should do.
In this culture war, it is vital that we understand the war between creation and evolution. Science textbooks and museums are a most strategic battleground in the world war of worldviews. Real science confirms what the Bible teaches. We need to expose the unscientific fairy tale of evolutionism.
Salt and Light
We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We need to preserve what is good, expose what is false, and create a thirst for the living waters of Christ. All the darkness cannot put out the smallest light.
The Great Commission
We are commanded to make disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded. We must evangelise or fossilize. The last command of Christ must be our first concern. The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition. Give up your small ambitions and follow Christ.
Confront the Culture
If you are serious about missions and share our commitment to confront the culture with the claims of Christ, to win the world war of worldviews, by understanding the Biblical Worldview and how to apply the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life, then join us for the upcoming Biblical Worldview Summit (24 June – 1 July 2011) at Rocklands Conference Centre, in Simonstown.
Reclaim the Nations for Christ
Christian civilisation is under attack. Eternal destinys are at stake. The needs are urgent and desperate. The opportunities are incredible. We need to demolish the false arguments of evolutionism and secular humanism on streets, in classrooms and in parliament. We need to minister to principals and presidents, fighting for Faith and freedom, providing Christian Libraries for schools and Bibles for Africa.
Be Brave and Bold for Christ
Our vision is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We scorn threats and treachery, and we refuse to allow disappointments and dangers to distract us. We are dedicated to transforming communities by changing lives. If you want to transform the nations for Christ, then join us for our upcoming Biblical Worldview Summit.
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May God find us faithful to His Word and effective in His service.