Christians must expose the deceit of materialist atheist propaganda
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with1 are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Cor 10.3-5
As the above scripture illustrates, the spiritual walk of a Christian living in a secular world is often compared to warfare. Correction – it is not compared to warfare, scripture states Christians are in fact engaged in a protracted, ongoing war. We are locked in battle with an enemy intent on killing us. Failing that, the enemy wants to cause as much damage as possible to his foe – the creator of the heavens and the earth. Since the enemy – Satan – is powerless to harm God, he has turned his attacks on all that God loves and has created. Thus his targets have become – first and foremost – the pinnacle of God’s creation: mankind – those created in the image of God.
It is that image the enemy tries to mar and efface by incessant attempts to get individuals to sin, and thus bring upon him or herself the soiling or preferably effacing of God’s image. The war on mankind extends to attacks on the family (which in these days have become obvious). The numerous attempts to redefine what “family” is, the attacks to redefine what “male” and “female” consists of, are all part of the battle. Also in the cross hairs: attacks on worship of the one true God. Judging by the many religions; that is one target with which he’s had much success at attacking.
But these targets are just means to an end, for the real goal is to deny God the glory he so richly deserves, by stealing that glory and appropriating it to himself. Though he tried to hide his plans, Satan could not keep them secret from the Lord God who knows the thoughts of every heart:
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Isaiah 14. 13-14
With that in his heart it’s easy to see why Satan hates the antiphonal calling of the angels in heaven:
Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Yet being powerless to change anything that happens in heaven, the enemy has instead put a target on the back of every Christian. The question to Christians is, do we behave like we’re in a war zone? Or do we blithely go through our existence acting as if our life is a stroll through the park; seemingly either ignorant or unconcerned about the battle raging all around us? Would a warrior in a physical battle, enter the battle field without basic knowledge of the enemy, ignorant of where the attacks might come from, and without any weapons with which to fight? A good and prudent warrior wouldn’t. Yet this is precisely how many Christians live their lives, in spite of the fact that they know scripture tells us we need to live our lives prepared to fight:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Unfortunately many Christians act as if they are AWOL (absent without leave) from the battle, or they approach the battle with the over confidence of General Custer in the sad affair of the Little Big Horn.
In 1876, George Armstrong Custer was a Civil war hero who had made a name for himself at Gettysburg. Having been given command of the 7th Cavalry, he was charged with assisting with the American expansion westward by dealing with a group of native Indians who were resisting being relocated to a reservation. Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indians joined forces in resisting, and the result was the bloody massacre of Custer and his men at the Little Big Horn, commonly known as Custer’s Last Stand. Historian Paul Hutton describes the reaction to what happens as follows:
“The country was stunned. Custer, the hero of the civil war and his whole regiment, the 7th cavalry the best Indian fighting regiment in the west had been wiped out by essentially stone aged people.”2
Not only was the country stunned, but as time has revealed, people were unwilling to believe that Custer could have been wiped out in one fell swoop without going out with a big fight. Thus we have the enduring myth of Custer’s Last Stand, where the story is told how Custer and his outnumbered men fight valiantly against the enemy but finally succumb to their superior numbers. Forensic Historians3 today have debunked that scenario and concluded it was not so much as a valiant last stand as it was a bloody route ending in a merciless massacre. Cutler and every last one of his 220 men were brutally killed, and many of the bodies ritually mutilated.4 The reasons, conclude the historians:
- Many of Custer’s men not elite warriors – but young and inexperienced boys.
- The Indian warriors, far from being primitive fighters, carried the latest
technology, with weapons superior to what Custer and his men had, able to fire multiple rounds in succession while Cutler and his men had guns that fired single rounds.
- The native Americans knew the terrain and used that knowledge brilliantly to their advantage.
Though he was ignorant of his enemy’s numbers, weapons, tactics and the terrain; he didn’t see that as a problem. Custer approached this assignment arrogantly and confidently, figuring this would be just another battle, another conquest. Obviously he was dead wrong.
The question is are many Christians today making the same mistake? Taking their Bible in hand, figuring the conflicts in today’s age will require nothing more than to be ready to face secularists with bible verses that refute materialist theories. Taking a page from Custer’s book, they spend little or no time seeking to understand the strategy and tactics of those who want to destroy Christian values and public expressions of Christianity. Scripture warns us not be unaware of the enemy’s schemes. (2 Cor 2.11) Have we heeded that advice? Are we aware of one of the strongest attacks Satan is making against Christianity?
In the classic treatise on war that is still studied in military circles today, master military strategist Sun Tzu writes in The Art of War “All Warfare is deception”5. Atheists and secular combatants have mastered this art of deception. Instead of saying ideas are merely true or false, they have attempted (with great success) to define expressions of their religious worldview – the big bang and evolution – as scientific and non-religious; while expressions of the Christian worldview – Creation of the universe, the origin of life, the flood, etc. are deemed non-scientific and religious. Thus in this age of science Christian ideas are viewed as intrinsically archaic and questionable, and more importantly, to be kept out of the public square because as religious ideas they are to be sequestered away from the main streets of life due to “separation of church and state”. They are wrong on both counts: The Big Bang and Darwinian Evolution are not neutral ideas; they serve as foundational pieces of the secular religion. And the separation of church and state is not meant to keep Christian doctrine or practice out of the public square; it’s meant to keep the state from telling the church how to practice it’s own teachings.6 Jesus came to proclaim truth (John 18.37) and we need to be about that same business. Thus we need to continuously and strenuously counter those false assertions.
In his article Responding to Atheist Propaganda7 Ken Ham outlines practical ways Christians can help be effective in this war of words. I encourage you to read the entire article, but following are key words that are strong points of contention; and the steps you can do to counter it. Just as the practice of Islam is to destroy the churches and strong holds of the enemy and erect a mosque8; likewise secularist want to destroy the Christian world view and replace it with a secular one. As the saying goes, all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. Following are his recommendations on how you can prepare for, and be helpful in the battle. (For the full context, see the article.)
1. The use of the word science
The word science has been hijacked by secularists in teaching evolution to force the religion of naturalism on generations of kids. . . . The creation/evolution debate is really a conflict between two philosophical worldviews based on two different accounts of origins or historical science beliefs.
Because of this misuse of wording by the secularists, Christians need to be using the terms observational science and historical science over and over again! The secularists hate these terms, for they don’t want people to know they actually have a religion (a worldview) they are trying to impose on the masses. Their propaganda campaign, which confuses the meaning of the word science and attempts to indoctrinate people in evolutionary ideas, has been very successful. To help counter their efforts, we need to keep delineating between ”observational” and ”historical” science as much as we can—much to the consternation of the secularists!
2. The use of the word religion
I am encouraging Christians, as much as they can, to use the word religion to describe secularism. When a secular group like the Freedom from Religion Foundation or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State lodge a lawsuit to get a cross removed from a public place or a statue with someone praying, and so on, then we need to make sure to be vocal about the fact that secularists have imposed their religion of atheism.
3. The word intolerance
Intolerance is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this way:
Unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights.
Secularists often accuse Christians who, for example, take a stand on marriage being one man for one woman based on the Bible, as being intolerant. But in fact, Christians are the ones who are tolerant of others. You see, Christians who stand on God’s Word will authoritatively speak against gay marriage, but they should not be intolerant of the people who disagree with them. But I find that those who call Christians “intolerant” are really the ones who are intolerant! So when a fire chief in Atlanta, Georgia, is fired by a city council because his personal beliefs concerning marriage are based on the Bible, Christians need to be vocal about the city council’s being intolerant!
In closing let me leave you with the challenge Ken uses as a call to action:
I challenge Christians, especially Christian leaders, to be more vocal in this battle, boldly proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers and calling Christians back to the authority of the Bible.
We know that ultimately, the Lord will win in glorious triumph. (Rev 20.9-10) But until then, which narrative is it going to be? Will we make a valiant last stand before the Lord intervenes to defeat an ever more powerful enemy (Dan 7.21, Rev 13.7); or will it be a humiliating route? The choice is yours.
2. Paul Hutton, Historian, University of New Mexico in Custer’s Last Stand, Discovery documentary, 2003
Paul Hutton, Historian, University of New Mexico
P. Willey Forensic Anthropologist, Chico State University
Dick Harmon, Frontier Firearms Expert
Richard Fox, Author of Archaeology, History and Custer’s Last Battle
Doug Scott, Custer Battlefield
Referenced from Custer’s Last Stand, Discovery documentary, 2003
4. Indian belief held that if you mutilated the bodies, for instance removed a limb, then in the afterlife they would retain that damage to the body – and thus be weaker and not a threat to you in the afterlife.
5. Sun Tzu – The Art of War, (circa. 6th Century BC) referenced from The Art of War History documentary, 2009
“That ‘wall’ was originally introduced as, and understood to be, a one-directional wall protecting the church from the government. This was also Jefferson’s understanding, as conveyed through statements he made concerning the First Amendment – statements now ignored by the Court…”
David Barton, The Myth of Separation, Aledo, Texas: Wallbuilder Press, 1991, p. 42 back
7. Ken Ham Responding to Atheist Propaganda, Answers In Genesis, https://answersingenesis.org/countering-the-culture/responding-to-atheist-propaganda/ January 16, 2015
8.That strategy was clearly evident after radial Islamist flew planes into the World Trade Center causing the towers to collapse, and then attempting to erect a mosque on the very ground where the Twin Towers had stood.