Many of us have had the humiliating experience of being taken in by an imposition of one kind or another. There have been times when we thought we were getting a bargain only to find the article purchased was far from what we thought.
We have been deceived by people and by things. We have enthusiastically followed some individual or movement only to find that we had been duped.
That “all that glitters is not gold” is discovered by some early in life; others take longer.
In other words, everyone has a streak of credulity which can be costly and even disastrous.
We believe Christians are today confronted with a monstrous counterfeit, a deception not recognized and for that reason all the more dangerous.
Christianity’s greatest counterfeit is not Communism, nor is it the religions of the world, in all of which there are obviously elements of good.
The great counterfeit—the thing against which we in the Church must guard lest it deceive us and those outside—is the substitution of humanitarianism for Christianity.
That against which we must guard is the equating of compassion for mankind and concern for physical and material welfare with Christianity itself.
Concern for the welfare of the body is right, a duty of the Christian; but it is no substitute for concern for the souls of men.
Concern for temporal comfort for self or for others is no substitute for a concern for the eternal verities.
And yet, all of these things are being equated with the Christian faith, and humanitarians are being called “Christians,” even though they may deny God or his Christ.
Humanism is basically a preoccupation with mankind here and now. Such concerns are valid, but unless they are kept in proper perspective, the meaning of the Christian faith can be lost ...1
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