Humanism Is a Religion

By David J. Stewart

Mark 8-9, “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men... And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

       I am not trying to be unkind to anyone, but part of being a born-again Christian is contending for the Christian faith (Jude 1:3). The Bible tells us to “REBUKE THEM SHARPLY.” The Greek word for “sharply” means “with authority,” that is, with the authority of God's inspired Word...

Titus 1:10-11 and 13, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake... This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.”

Unlike religious books; the Bible speaks (as did Jesus Christ) with authority. No other book in the world speaks to humanity like the WORD OF GOD. The King James Bible is God's inspired Words for the English speaking world today!

The Humanist magazine, the house organ of the religion of Humanism, recently conducted an essay contest and published the prize-winning essays in its January-February 1983 issue. One startlingly frank essay by John J. Dunphy, called "A Religion for a New Age," lays all the Humanist cards on the table. Some direct quotations from this anti-Christian diatribe follow:

"I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith; a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being.

These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level – preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an area of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery and the new faith of Humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian idea of ‘Love thy Neighbor’ will finally be achieved."

So there you have it. To parody a famous line, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Humanist religion. Yes, Virginia, Humanist preachers are teaching their religion in the public schools." And it is more aptly called "Secular Humanism," because it has substituted faith in man for faith in God.

Every time a teacher rejects or refuses to recognize God’s moral law as codified in the Ten Commandments, and tells the child that we cannot or should not be judgmental about stealing, lying, killing, maiming, blaspheming, fornication or coveting, that teacher is teaching the religion of Humanism. Every time a teacher rejects or ridicules the notion that God created man and the earth, that teacher is teaching the religion of Humanism.

It is time to expose the hypocrisy of those who have so dogmatically chased God and the Bible out of the schools in the name of freedom of religion, and then forced their own Humanist religion on the children instead.

~ Human Events, The Norman Pyle Report

"The Humanist Manifesto"

We hear a lot of talk these days about "secular humanism." Do you know what it is? Do you know why so many Christian leaders are alarmed over its growth and influence?

The Humanist Manifesto, called the "bible of secularism" by some people, has been signed by 40% of our U.S. Congressmen and by many top educators. Here is a sampling of its "wisdom:"

Article I. "Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing, and not created."

Article VII. "the distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be maintained."

Article X. "There will be no uniquely religious emotions and attitudes of the kind associated with belief in the supernatural."

"We believe the traditional religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species. No deity will save us, we must save ourselves. Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful."

If so many of our leaders believe this godless philosophy, it is small wonder that our nation is self-destructing. We can stop its spread through prayer and a deeper commitment to evangelism.

~ Thomas Stokes, Pastor Calhoun, Kentucky

“The classroom must and will become an area of conflict between the old and the new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery and the new faith of Humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian idea of 'Love thy Neighbor' will finally be achieved.”

John J. Dunphy, "A Religion for a New Age," The Humanist, January/February 1983, 26.

Humanism Defined

Longview, Tx. – Exactly what is humanism? Its godless teachings are as follows:

1. Evolution: Man gradually emerged by chance from lower forms of life over millions of years.

2. Self Authority (Individual Autonomy): Man is his own authority and is not accountable to any higher power. This "self sufficiency" generates self-interest, self-gratification, self-indulgence, and self-righteousness.

3. Situation Ethics: There are no absolute rules by which to live. Thus, man is the final authority for his actions, based on existing circumstances.

4. Distorted Realism: All should be exposed to diverse "realistic" viewpoints, including emphasis on profanity, immorality, and perversions as acceptable modes of "self-expression." In practice this includes children of any age.

5. Sexual Permissiveness: All forms of sexual expression are acceptable. Public sex education is considered necessary provided it is taught without Judeo-Christian morals.

6. Anti-Biblical Bias: Man creates God out of his own experiences.

7. Anti-Free Enterprise: Government ownership or control of the economy would replace private ownership of property and the free market economy. This economic "collectivism" is known as "Big Brother Government," "Cradle-to-Grave" welfare, or outright socialism.

8. One-World Government: "Global citizenship" would replace national self-determination.

9. Death Education: There is no hope of existence beyond the grave–no heaven or hell. Euthanasia and suicide are endorsed.

~ Mel Gabler, Textbook Researcher, Box 7518, Longview, Tx 75607. (From Pulpit Helps, Feb. 1984)

John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”


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