Biblical Christianity vs. Secular Humanism
In the current age, “Christians too frequently tend to think and act in
humanistic ways rather than in harmony with biblical theism.”
The student has repeatedly seen in his own ministry that many
Christians do not “think and act” in harmony with biblical teaching.
Because many Christians have subscribed in one way or another to the
philosophy of secular humanism, the student’s project details efforts
at the Alum Creek Church of Christ to combat secular humanism.
This paper will detail the student’s preaching ministry and will
discuss how he upheld a Christian worldview through his preaching.
The Student’s Preaching Ministry
proclamation of the gospel is an important activity. The
activity’s importance is demonstrated by Jesus’ active preaching
ministry. After John’s arrest, “Jesus went into Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God” (Mk. 1:14). Jesus saw
preaching as central to his Incarnation: “Let us go somewhere else – to
the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I
have come” (Mk. 1:38). Matthew also records Jesus’ preaching
activity: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom” (Mt. 9:35).
also frequently preached. Paul and Barnabas “fled to the
Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country,
where they continued to preach the good news” (Acts 14:6-7). When
Paul and Barnabas were in Derbe, “they preached the good news in that
city and won a large number of disciples” (Acts 14:21). Paul
additionally valued preaching the gospel; he wrote, “Woe to me if I do
not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16).
student likewise has an obligation to preach the gospel. On the
one hand, he has received that obligation from the eldership where he
currently works, for they expect a large percentage of the student’s
time to be devoted to preparing and delivering sermons.
However, his greater obligation comes from the talents given him by
God. The student has a knack for public speaking, and realizing
that from “everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and
from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”
(Lk. 12:48), he decided to preach for a living. At present, God
provides the student an opportunity each Sunday to speak to the Alum
Creek Church of Christ, and the student has determined to use those
opportunities to teach a biblical worldview to the congregation.
student must uphold a biblical worldview, for truth comes from God and
error abounds. John reminded his readers, “They [false prophets]
are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world,
and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever is
not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the
Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 Jn. 4:5-6). Fitch
has well commented on this text:
Nothing could be clearer. The source of truth is God. The
origin of error is Satan. The truth is the revelation of God
brought to the world by the incarnate Jesus. His apostles, of
which John is the last, have passed that revelation of God’s grace on
to the church. The error of substitute gospels is the work of
antichrists. Their alternative teachings are legion to better
confound the unwary. Secular humanism is a substitute
“gospel,” and the student has no choice but to oppose Satan’s work.
“living and active” Word which is “sharper than any double-edged sword,
[and] penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow”
(Heb. 4:12) provides the greatest antidote for Satan’s error.
Preachers have received the charge for proclaiming that Word: “Preach
the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and
encourage – with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim.
4:2). Because Paul’s charge follows immediately upon his comment
about Scripture’s inspiration (3:16-17), the instruction likely grows
out of Scripture’s inspiration. In other words, Scripture must
be proclaimed precisely because the words originated with God.
Thus, to combat secular humanism, the student must preach the Word of
God. Only that Word can penetrate “even to dividing soul and
spirit.” Only that Word came from God. Only that Word can
be used to “correct, rebuke and encourage” the brethren. Only
that Word can inoculate any congregation against the evils of secular
 Robert L. Waggoner, “Biblical Theism vs. Secular Humanism: A
Class to Train Theists to Confront Humanism” (DMin diss., Erskine
Theological Seminary, 1999).
 NIV. All subsequent biblical quotations will come from the NIV.
 C. B. Keeney, “Agreement with Justin Imel,” Unpublished contract with the Alum Creek Church of Christ, 2000.
 Alger M. Fitch, What the Bible Says About Preaching (Joplin, MO: college Press Publishing Company, 1989), 111.
 Sidney Greidanus, The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988).