Clear and Present Danger #7: “–isms” that threaten the church
Today we’ll be considering atheism and several other “isms” that represent threats to Christianity. The list of anti-Christian “isms” is almost endless; we could talk about Marxism, Feminism, secular humanism, existentialism, empiricism, rationalism, relativism, post-modernism, deconstructionism, pluralism/inclusivism/ ecumenism. The world is simply filled with ideas that contradict the Christian faith. There are multiple threats to Christian doctrine and practice, but we can’t talk about all of them.
I’ll try to summarize four of the “isms” that I believe are clear and present dangers – atheism, secular humanism, pluralism, and post-modernism. Each of these is a threat to the church, and unfortunately, each is having an influence within the church.
Remember that each of these –isms represent a set of ideas, and ideas have consequences. Ideas change the world. Ideas support or oppose Christianity. The ideas we’ll be considering today have had and continue to have a major influence on how people think and behave.
We should be aware of these ideas and be on guard against them.