During the last weekend of June each year, Lamb & Lion Ministries conducts a Bible conference in the Dallas, Texas area, with 2010's themed Defending the Faith. The opening speaker was Brannon Howse, the Founder and Director of the Worldview Weekend Foundation, an organization that sponsors Christian worldview conferences all across our nation every year. Brannon is also the author of eight books and is the host of a nationally broadcast radio program which features his biblical commentaries on current events.
Brannon's topic at our conference was "The Truth of the Christian Worldview" (watch). He began by explaining that a worldview consists of the basic values that determine a person's decisions. Thus, a person with a Christian worldview would be one who believes in God, believes in the Bible as the Word of God, believes that Jesus was the Son of God, believes that Man is basically evil, and believes that faith in Jesus is mankind's only hope.
Brannon emphasized that there is a worldview war going on between Christianity and five other predominant worldviews, namely: Secular Humanism, Cosmic Humanism (better known as the New Age Movement), Post-Modernism, Islam and Marxism. He then began to elaborate on the key individuals who have undermined the Christian worldview here in the United States. Brannon's presentation was based on his latest book titled Grave Influence. In the book, he presents 21 persons who are undermining America and impacting the world from the grave.
Brannon Howse on Saul Alinsky
Saul Alinsky is someone that I look at in my book Grave Influence. He also is involved in this spiritual battle because guess who he dedicated his book to? Satan. I think the dedication has been taken out of some of the books now, but I have some of the originals where the foreword was dedicated to Satan. Lest we forget, at least a over the shoulder acknowledgement, Satan was the very first radical from all our legends, mythology, and history. Lucifer was the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did so effectively that he won his own kingdom.
President Obama studied Saul Alinsky and our President taught Saul Alinsky. Our Secretary of State Hilary Clinton wrote her thesis on Alinsky. Alinsky wanted her to come work for him, but she decided to go instead to be a staffer on Capitol Hill.
We have people that are committed to the ideas of Saul Alinsky, who was a neo-Marxist, "neo" meaning "new." He is a new kind of Marxist. What does that mean? He did not believe that you could have a revolution through guns and bullets. He believed the way to have a revolution that lasted was to penetrate every institution of a culture — education, church, law, science, economics — and bring it down. It is what the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci called "the long march through the institutions."
Saul Alinsky studied Antonia Gramsci. Gramsci said to Mussolini, "You are going about this all the wrong way. Not guns, not bullets, change their hearts, change their worldview, and they will love their servitude." Mussolini didn't like what Gramsci said and threw him in jail where he died. Alinsky studied Antonio Gramsci. Obama studied Alinsky and even taught his book Rules for Radicals. Hilary wrote her thesis as I said on it. It is the philosophy that is running today.
What all did Alinsky say? He said that a community organizer. He used the word "change" in his book over and over, and by "change" he means revolution. He used the phrase "community organizer," which is what our President was. A community organizer is first and foremost committed to relativism.
What does the Bible say about relativism? In Genesis 3:1-5, Satan appears to Adam and Eve and says to them basically, you decide what is right and what is wrong. This is one of the very lies of humanism, and that is what a community organizer must be committed to, that truth is relative.
You see, it is so important that we teach that truth is not relative, but truth is absolute. And what is truth? The Bible says, "Thy Word is truth." Why is "thy Word" truth? Because, it is a reflection of God's character and nature. It is so important that we are hooking the Bible to the character and nature of God, otherwise we are involved in teaching legalism to our kids and that the Bible is a book of rules of do's and don'ts.
We must connect truth to the character and nature of God. Why don't we murder? Ask a young person and they will then say, "Because the Bible says not to." Why does the Bible say not to? Because, God does not like murder. But, why does God not like murder, and why does the Bible say not to murder? That is the end of the conversation. They don't know. The answer is, "The Bible says not to murder because God is opposed to murder as murder is not consistent with His character and nature.
Why is purity right? Because, God is pure. Why is honesty right? Because, He is truth. Everything must come back to the theology and doctrine and the character and nature of God.
Synthesis of Opposing Ideologies
Let me tell you what Julian Huxley, the brother of Aldous Huxley, said years ago. This is what he said would happen. "At the moment two opposing philosophies of life confront each other, you might categorize the two philosophies as two Super Nationalisms, or as Individualism versus Collectivism, or as Capitalism verses Communism, or Christianity versus Marxism. I don't care what you call it." He said, "You can call it whatever you want. But, can these opposites be reconciled? This antithesis be resolved in a higher synthesis? I believe not only that this can happen, but through the inexorable dialectic of evolution, it must happen."
What is Julian Huxley saying? He's saying these opposing ideas will merge and they will synthesis to produce a mixture of both, and people will follow them. For example, Marxism and Christianity came together and we call it Liberation Theology or Social Justice. Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Reverend Jim Wallis and many of our church denominations are buying into it. I saw one major denomination has a leader who keeps on talking about the importance of social justice. We have one major evangelical leader inside the Southern Baptist sitting on a U.S. Muslim Engagement Committee with people who he says are moderates, but when I researched them they are outright radicals. They are not moderates. You cannot rebuild bridges with people who want to kill you!
Why do we need to call it Social Justice? Why do we use their phrases? Why do we have to have these stupid conventions where these guys with their silly dyed straight up pointed hair and big thick black glasses looking so immature trying to be so relevant need to get together and have a retreat coming up with one of our major denominations on how to write a thesis on what "missional" means? Why do we have to be so cute by half? Why can't we just simply say we are going to fulfill the Great Commission and use the biblical terms?