Shared February 1st, 2015
We are once more on the topic (series) “What makes you rich?” and our scripture for today, like the previous, is “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
In our last exhortation, I asked this question: “Weren’t these prestigious academic institutions Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cambridge, Oxford, once Christian? What happened?” And, we ended with “What happened? How come there appears to be almost no vestige of that Christian heritage left in these institutions and in Western culture?”
Yes, what happened to cause so many schools to abandon their Christian roots? Is it because of changing worldviews? A switch to a naturalistic philosophy/naturalism? Is it because of science? After all since the 1870s in the sciences, we have witnessed a strange departure from this rich Christian construct to wanton abandon. I am not sure if you are aware of this but the Holy Bible is not primarily a science book though it is scientific. It is not written to tell us how the heavens go; rather, it is written to tell us how to go to heaven. But when it speaks on science, it is accurate. That makes it scientific.
You see, I have found out something about naturalism (the philosophy, theory or belief that everything emanates from natural properties and/or causes and which consequently, denies and either discounts or excludes supernatural and/or spiritual explanations). Naturalism opposes any belief in God and in God’s Word, the Holy Bible, in particular the Book of Genesis. Genesis is the foundational book of the Bible in the sense of its meaning: beginnings. In rejecting any belief in God and in His Word naturalists urge that the scientific method should be used to investigate all areas of reality, including the ‘human spirit’. Is not that something, throw out the bathwater with the baby too!
This takes me back to our opening scripture “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” and to our question, “What makes you rich?” Or, “What kind/type of knowledge makes you rich? Is it the belief in an old-earth (Charles Lyell’s 1830s three volumes of Principles of Geology), which set the stage for Darwin’s 1859 evolutionary model (i.e. Origin of Species), which led to Darwin’s later work on human evolution The Descent of Man (1871)?
Somehow, Christian universities adopted these teachings. Why? Because of liberal clergymen and theologians (note I did not say “Christian” clergymen, theologians), who eagerly embraced a ‘liberal’ approach to Christian thought and fully identified with the “scientists.” So, once these universities began adopting a naturalistic view, including evolution and an earth history that claims the earth to be millions of years old, the question then became, “Of what use, really, is the Bible?” What a fall! Such demise! And today we ask, “What kind of education are we having today?” What makes you rich?
Thus today, the so-called “academic freedom” has become a sacrosanct concept and, unsurprisingly precludes anything that hints at Christianity, in particular the orthodoxy that Bible-believing evangelicals so wholeheartedly and enthusiastically embrace. The fall of former Christian universities should be a lesson to you, me, churches, existing Christian schools, and of course seminaries, to stand firm on the Bible’s clear teachings and be aware and also beware of those doctrines that are not biblically sound. The false prophets (e.g. prosperity preachers) are not letting up. But do not be surprised, and I say so confidently; it is God the Saviour we are talking about and He has already warned of these things; His patience is beyond comprehension.
Look at what 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says: “3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” False teachers, charisprobra, within the church and without, but they are good for nothing! So again, the question is “What makes you rich?” Find Jesus, and you will be the richest of all.
Proposed prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. I want to know You more, because it is not about this world but where I will spend eternity. I want to be rich in You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!