Humanism is a system of thought that focuses on humans and their values, capacities, and worth (MW Dictionary). Humanism is the prevailing system in our culture currently. This system of thought has created a subtle deception that has crept into the sermons we hear in church and has altered our perception of biblical truth. Correcting this error in your own heart is imperative, for there is about to be a seismic cultural shift back to biblical christianity, and a move away from humanistic christianity.
What does humanistic christianity look like? In its simplist terms, we have prioritized people over God. The needs of people take precedence over the truth as spoken in the Word of God. We live with a concern of offending someone, therefore, we cannot speak the truth to them in love. Humanism has elevated ove for humans above love for God. Love for God is obedience to the Word of God even when it may not be pleasant for a human to hear (John 15).
Prophecy has fallen prey to humanism and moved away from being biblical, henceforth, why the “prophetic words” spoken do not carry power. Only biblical prophecy, which is speaking what God is saying, carries power to transform a life. Humanistic prophecy will tell you what you want to hear, in order to not offend you. This is about to change and has already begun to change. Biblical prophets, are arising speaking what God is saying, not fearing how it will offend the hearer, for they know God only says things that will be good for the hearer (Romans 8:28), if they can hear what God is saying and they are willing to obey.
What we as believers need to repent of is placing a higher value on people’s feelings, people’s affirmation, and people in general over God. God alone is to be our highest priority, even when culture is driving us toward humanism. It is subtle, most don’t even realize they have placed a higher value on people than they do God, but it is seen in our acceptance of lifestyles that are clearly contrary to scripture; in our inability to speak truth to people; and our unwillingness to obey God if it costs us someone important to us.
My friends we need to repent for the bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). We must get the order right, for currently we are out of order.