And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
We who live in the modern age live in a sea of humanism. Humanism is all around us. All justifications for evil are based on humanistic doctrines. All condemnations of evil are based on humanistic doctrines. All the ways which people propose will deal with the social ills are based on humanistic doctrines. Many local church ministries, which seek to help the needy and the poor are heavily influenced by humanistic doctrines, that except from their profession of Christ, they cannot be distinguished from secular humanitarian or non-government so-call "charities".
Much of the modern Church in the west has been influenced by false humanistic doctrines, which feed on the hearts of many and which cause them to harden their hearts against many teachings, including the doctrine of submission to government (Romans 13:1-7), wives' submission to husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24), the doctrine of Hell (See Revelation 20), usury (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:36; Deuteronomy 23:19-20; Luke 6:34-38), and of course, that one cannot serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
All the hostility that people, whether it be people of the world, or people of the Church of Jesus Christ towards either the Whole Bible or certain teachings of it are all the manifestation of rebellion and unsubmission towards God. That is what it is and there is no exception. It is their own rebellion, such that one need not accommodate or pander to the carnal 'sensitivities', that is, their rebellion, for their upset or offence towards true Biblical teaching. Pandering or accommodating for such people is not only itself the vile sinful fear of man. It is itself to compromise with the unrighteous. Proverbs 25:26 makes it clear:
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring (KJV).
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked (NIV).
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked (ESV).
What Proverbs 25:26 describes are the righteousness who cave into, or allow themselves to be corrupted by evil. To even think about conforming with the world's fleshly thinking is itself to fall before the wicked. You may say that you seek to fight evil alongside unsaved secular people, who use humanistic ways of dealing with the evil or with the social ill. Well, it is irrelevant that you seek to fight evil, as long as you continue to adopt or conform to the humanistic thinking of the world in doing so. That is exactly what you are doing by cooperating with unsaved secular people in fighting evils, such as prostitution or pornography. The Bible warns us about not becoming unequally yoked with the unsaved. Why? Because as long as one becomes unequally yoked in the unsaved, joining in their works of evil, adopting or conforming to their ways, including their very thinking, one corrupts oneself with evil:
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[b] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[c]
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
By being unequally yoked with unbelievers, one desecrates the temple of the living God, that is, the saint himself, by even adopting the thinking of the world, even to the slightest bit, but refusing the full counsel of God in fighting evil and fighting evil, in accordance to His ways in the way He demands. That is why it says in the Bible:
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
(2 Corinthians 6:17).
The humanism which has spread into the modern Church is manifested by the fear of man of many in the modern Church. Humanism fears man rather than God because it has a high view of man and a low view of God. That is simply natural to the flesh, and rears its ugly head in many in the modern Church. Even though a person may be saved, he may and does still fall into sin. Humanistic thinking and the fear of man is one of them, manifesting how certain doctrines in the Bible is not just unacceptable, but hated in the modern Church in the west, yes the Church.
Tell a woman in the modern western Church, that is, a true Christian, that she must submit to her husband because Ephesians 5:22-24 says so, and she will turn into an animal, an angry killer bull who cannot be restrained except for by being shot to death.
Tell a Christian in the west that by being in debt, he will not be able to serve God fully, but instead end up serving mammon, and he will froth at the mouth, and seek to torture and crucify you, and wish you death.
Tell a Christian in the west that usury is a sin, and he will ridicule you, hate you and mock you, reject you, slandering you and those who support you behind your back.
Tell a Christian in the west that God hates divorce and she will froth at the mouth, hate you, despise you and seek to make it known to all that you are a dangerous heretical person.
As much as it is easy to simply criticise such people and dismiss them as unstable and ignorant people who twist the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16), which they are, this must be seen as the manifestation of humanistic thinking that spreads through the Church and has hardened the hearts of many in the Church.
That is why humanism is so dangerous, a leaven to the lump, which even the slightest is enough to leaven the whole lump. Humanism is a doctrine of demons. It must be eradicated, rooted out from the Church and burned.
To Hell with humanism!