Report: John Hagee says secular humanism America’s new pagan god (videos)
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San Antonio, Texas September 16, 2011
On September 16, 2011, the organization “Right Wing Watch” reported on a recent broadcast by San Antonio, Texas minister and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church John Hagee titled “Faith Under Fire,” where Hagee referred to secular humanism as a pagan god whose feet at which America now worships. Hagee argued that America has turned away from the God of the Bible and instead has embraced this form of paganism and by doing so; Christians have let their guards down and attributed numerous societal ills to humanism.
John Hagee commented, “Secular humanism is a pagan god and America is bowing at the shrine. It has filled our drug rehab centers, it has filled the divorce courts, it has filled the shelter for battered wives, it has filled the rape crisis centers, it has filled the mental hospitals and single bars, it has filled the penitentiaries and the roster guests for the brain-dead television shows you see from New York.”
Secular humanism by its very nature rejects the belief in God as well as the belief that man needs to submit to a moral code proposed by a higher power. It rejects the belief in spirit and supernatural and takes on a “naturalistic” philosophy that embraces science rather than faith. It teaches that there is no god and that what you see in the physical realm is all that exists. The secular humanist does not believe in sin, the concept of need for a savior, in miracles or supernatural experiences on earth or in life after death.
One area that must be considered is that there is no sin or concept of good and evil, as described in Scripture, in secular humanism. Additionally, there is no demonic or angelic activity. Without the concepts of “good and evil” contributing to a moral code, the secular humanist looks towards science to describe and explain human behavior as well as to develop an individual moral code. According to the Secular Humanism Declaration,“It should be noted that secular humanism is not so much a specific morality as it is a method for the explanation and discovery of rational moral principles.”
This model permeates society and universities through teachings associated with fields such as psychology, criminology and sociology. Whereas someone with religious faith may be inclined to think that a person may have been demon possessed, the secular humanist will look to the natural environment, brain chemistry, etc., to explain why someone commits horrendous acts of violence. Though not all religious believers agree upon the level or extent of supernatural forces driving someone to commit evil, many religious believers of multiple faiths do agree upon sin.
Secular humanism redefines the moral code and as each person trusts his or her own judgment to determine their own standard of living, the very basis of the Mosaic Law is threatened. The Ten Commandments are no longer viewed as rules given to man by a supernatural God as a standard of holiness set by the supreme ruler. The secular humanist is free to devise their own moral code; and this isn’t to say that secular humanists have no morals; they do. But as they are their own highest authority, they determine their own morals, primarily through the lens of their own experiences, thought processes and logical reasoning. This belief is contrary to the Christian faith as the heart of Christianity isn’t to make people moral or force them to live by a certain standard of codes- but rather to recognize that all mankind was created by a supreme, holy and divine God who has a standard of pure holiness. Christianity teaches that there is no person who can create their own moral code and be acceptable by a pure and holy God. Even those who try to live their entire lives by the Ten Commandments will never be “good enough” to be acceptable to God. Christianity teaches that man can never be moral enough to be holy and acceptable in God’s sight, and that is why Jesus Christ was sent to earth, to die as a sacrificial lamb and appropriation for human sin. Additionally, the New Testament quotes Jesus Christ as issuing a warning against those who teach others not to follow God’s rules.
Matthew 5:19, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
As the secular humanist doesn’t believe in life after death, the concept of a spirit or soul, or the belief that all humanity was created in the divine image of God, the natural respect for life as being created in God’s image isn’t there. Life becomes a “survival of the fittest” where only the strong survive and those who fail to thrive weren’t meant to live this journey. The secular humanist’s views are clear to see when it comes to abortion issues.
The Bible believing Christian turns to the Scriptures for confirmation that God not only creates a fetus in the womb, but knows each baby and has a divine destiny for each life.
Isaiah 44:2 “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee;”
Job 31:15 “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?”
Psalm 22: 9-10 “9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”
Psalm 139: 13-16 “ 13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
John Hagee continued preaching about secular humanism and issued a call for the church of Jesus Christ to stand up and take back authority of their homes and children.
“We’re in a moral free fall where your children can be taught witchcraft by Harry Potter; that Heather has two mommies; you can substitute Christmas for a midwinter holiday, call it anything you want to but don’t call it Christmas, kick God out of the Christmas event; you can let your daughter go to school and she can get an abortion without your permission or without your knowledge but she cannot get an aspirin without your knowledge. Something is dreadfully wrong when you as the parent cannot control the destiny of your own child.
“America has turned its back from the God of the Bible and it is time for the church of Jesus Christ to stand up and speak up and say we have a right to the destiny of our own children!”
You may watch the video clip from Right Wing Watch as well as the full series from iTBN in the video player in the video player to the left.