John 5: 43: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
A few weeks ago a Hollywood actress, Betty White, died. She may have been a very sweet lady and essentially, a good person. I, of course, did not personally know her. There is, however, something about her life and death that has me wondering. She was an actress. Because Betty White was an actress, we really did not know her. We knew the parts she played but they were not her. They were mostly the lovable lady, pleasant with a little ineptness added for flavor. We knew her as that sweet little lady, but was she really? Perhaps she was and perhaps not.
Bob Saget died Jan. 9, in an Orlando hotel room. He was known as “America’s Dad” due to his role in television. People that knew him testify he was exemplary in his character and literally demonstrated his true self in his TV role.
The point 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 part in a movie. In Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the character Jacques quotes the line, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players.” This definitely includes the professional actors.
As Christians, we continually strive to glorify God and refrain from glorifying ourselves or anything worldly. Prayers are said, sermons preached and songs sung, giving God glory. However, there is a belief that is attempting to destroy His glory. Secular humanism is more of an attitude. Wikipedia defines it as “a political ideology, and a 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 decision making.”
Secular humanism can also be regarded as a philosophy that places the world and the human race in a position of self-determining pleasure and satisfaction. In an effort to ignore creation or a creator, the humanist gives himself all power and glory. In our world today, I find it interesting and alarming how mankind has glorified certain people because of profession or vocation. At times when we have gone into a church as a visitor, no one spoke to us or even acknowledged our presence. We always make it a point to speak to the members but were mostly ignored. Needless to say, one visit told me all I needed to know. When called to preach in one such church, I accepted the invitation because God gave me a sermon they needed to hear.
In another example, I was called to preach a revival in a church we had formerly visited and were not spoken to. When I arrived at the church, I was treated the way any visitor should be. I was greeted by several, hand shaken until it hurt, had conversation with the pastor and met the deacons. I just happened to have on a three piece suit and tie. We can all take notice and make it a point to speak to visitors.
I am no one of particular importance. I am not special above anyone. I do feel a calling as an evangelist because I have a strong inclination to win souls to our Lord Jesus. I regard this calling as a humbling blessing but it does not place me at a level of importance above anyone. Actually, I consider the soul I’m trying to reach as being much more important than myself. But as a visitor, it would be nice to be spoken to.
I cannot imagine why anyone would want to be placed in a higher position than others. Perhaps the term “ego-trip” might apply. When we do things to satisfy our own egocentric inclinations, we ultimately fail because no level is ever enough.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.” The same principle applies to power and prestige.
In America and the world today, such people as screen actors, athletes, politicians and even some TV preachers and evangelists have been elevated (by society) to a celebrity status and as persons of importance. Why would the religious or political opinion of an actor command any higher regard than a fireman, policeman, welder, or truck driver? It appears, in our society today, the person in power is the one holding the microphone or on the stage. As the theater corrupted the morality of the Greeks, today, America is being corrupted by movies and TV. This misdirected attention tends to destroy the ignorant and financially enhance the state of the entertainer.
Imagining a power and importance where none exists, continually circumvents the basic intentions of our founding fathers. Freedoms and the pursuit of happiness are greatly reduced by these assumptions.
There are two common characteristics found in common in the general population. Information we once regarded as common knowledge is no longer common. Such concepts as geography, direction, health and simple economics are a few examples. Ask about an app or a phone function and you will receive more information than you can imagine. The other, and as alarming, is a lack of Bible knowledge, even by Christians. Pastors, evangelists and Bible teachers may think they’re preaching the Bible but evidence indicates otherwise. Several years ago I talked to a man that had never heard the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. I could not imagine anyone not hearing of those 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 concerning the Bible but one has to get off the social sites and games to glean such knowledge and few are willing. Electronic media has affected our ability to think. All the changes we have seen in recent years are the coming together of a prophesied God plan. The dumbing down of society, celebrity worship, declining church attendance and a general attitude of complacency are leading to a “last days” situation.
The scripture tells us 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 is not yet come. Before he will come to power, Jesus will rapture His church (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18) and those left on earth will not realize what has happened. Neither will they recognize the Antichrist because they are scripturally ignorant. They will see him as the answers to their hopes and dreams. Revelation 13: 8 tells us “All the world will worship him.” The governments of the world know, a dumbed-down and dependent people are easier to manipulate.
Satan knows exactly the same thing and is leading our world into ignorance in preparation for the Antichrist. Many believe this globalist rule will usher in world peace and war will be no more. This false illusion will last a short time. The Antichrist will initiate a world war like never seen or imagined (Zechariah 14: 12). Several recent U.S. presidents have been accused of being the Antichrist. The Antichrist will never have a 30% approval rating. He will be popular worldwide. He will instantly become a celebrity. Everything will be wonderful for a while, then, the ax will fall.