As Americans have become increasingly ignorant of the Bible, there has been a corresponding deterioration of right living.
Polls have shown that the majority of the people do not know who gave the Sermon on the Mount, could not name one Old Testament prophet, do not know even one of the Ten Commandments.
But no polls are necessary to show the results of such ignorance. One need only observe the obvious spiritual poverty, moral degeneration, political confusion, economic uncertainty, judicial inefficiency, and social disorders that characterize our times.
But few are facing up to the basic cause of this chaos.
The Church could learn much from a modern medical clinic. A patient is admitted so that doctors can determine the cause of his symptoms, and then treat that cause with the best medicines or methods available. The Church, on the other hand, has become so sociologically oriented that often it tries to treat the symptoms rather than the cause of the human predicament.
There is grave danger that the “Christian era” will give way to a “humanist era,” for we have “changed the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:25).
We have changed the truth about God for a lie by denying his creatorship and by attributing that which we see and know about the universe to unknown forces.
We have changed the truth about God for a lie by overlooking or even denying God’s sovereign rights in his own creation, by thrusting him from his throne and putting sinful man in his place.
We have changed the truth about God for a lie by denying the truth about man—that he is a sinful and lost creature in need of a redemptive work beyond his own power to achieve.
We have changed the truth about God for ...1
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