Welcome to A Christian Manifesto Today episode #25. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of the Torch Leadership Foundation.
Pastor and Christian philosopher, Francis A. Schaeffer, warned us and created the war plan that we as Christians need today to deal with a society that is increasingly moving away from God, the Bible, and moral principles. He wrote “A Christian Manifesto” 33 years ago and its words are just as relevant today as they were back then.
Our Christian Manifesto Today Passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 14:1 which reads: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Shelton Smith. He said: “The secularists, the humanists, the liberals–those who have no use for God–continue to do what they want to do, not realizing that their philosophy is flawed and will fail. One day it will be too late for many of them.”
In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on “The Humanist Religion” (Part 6):
Here is public tax money being used not only in favor of abortion but to teach the whole view of a materialistic, mechanistic universe, shaped only by chance, with no final purpose and with morals (and law) purely a matter of social choice. The Judeo-Christian view is pushed into the category of “fairy tales.”
How much this sounds like the Humanist Manifesto II, page 13, which said:
As in 1933 [the date of the Humanist Manifesto I] humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to love and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival.
Once again we are reminded of public television’s airing of Cosmos by Carl Sagan which teaches as dogma that the impersonal cosmos is all there is or ever was or ever will be.
In this setting we must indeed not expect objectivity from the media.
Even the most respected commentators are affected. On the eve of Walter Cronkite’s retirement as anchorman on the CBS Evening News he gave an interview in Monte Carlo to Jeffrey Robinson of the International Herald Tribune, featured in the February 18, 1981 issue. In it, Walter Cronkite questions whether, with television, democracy is any longer a suitable political philosophy – whether we can still be sure that democracy can work. Reporting on the interview the Tribune observes:
He [Cronkite] seriously suggests that under the high technology circumstances of today, there might be some questions as to whether or not democracy is a suitable political philosophy.
The article continues, quoting Cronkite directly:
“I’m not saying that the answer should immediately come down on the side of no. I support democracy. I’m simply saying that there is a question. I think there is a hell of a lot of explaining to be done before we can be sure that democracy can work.”
Lord willing, we will continue looking at the topic of “The Humanist Religion” in our next episode.
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Dear friend, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, continue to stand for the Lord and his Word. God bless you!