Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Keeping Them Ignorant in the Pews

I found this latest article: "Survey: Americans Don't Know Much About Religion" about the demise of religious literacy, where people don't even know basics, such as Luther's role in the Reformation or that the Catholic church teaches the "Real Presence" in their Eucharist to be quite interesting.

Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.

More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

Before I begin this, I had my days of deception and ignorance as well, it was interesting where deciding to learn about my then "Catholic faith" led, which was right out the door!

I still remember the day I asked two Catholic acquaintances, at a Catholic bible study if they believed in transubstantiation, then reading Catholic books and the Bible at the same time. In my case, I knew about the teaching that the bread and wine in the Catholic Eucharist, at least in Medieval times was believed to become the body and blood of "jesus" but had somehow wrongly figured this was not an expected belief anymore in the modern Catholic church and found out differently. In response to my question, those two ladies asked, "What is that?" and when I explained it, one said, "That can't be right, you have to be kidding me."

My own earlier ignorance included very little knowledge of the Bible, except for the smatterings acquired in Catholic school, [until I started reading it well into adulthood] and very little about the evangelical world. Even as recently as a few years ago, I thought all baptists were conservative and while maybe not all fundamentalist at least totally renounced Roman Catholicism. Little did I know.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." So I believe God will take into account what a person knows or doesn't know. The above does not entail that everyone be a biblical scholar to be born again, in other words God knows your gifts and your limitations as well.

With those who are born again, the Holy Spirit is continuously teaching us and showing us many new things. Even if studying God's Word for a lifetime, there is always something new to learn.

But in a society where things are getting more dumbed down which includes a public school system that seems more about brainwashing and socialization then real education, there is trouble afoot. So many of the churches, have massively watered things down, its like even the average person's IQ drops 20 points, as they teach you repetitive songs and do sermons on the most banal and uniformed topics. Think Joel Osteen and mega church extravaganzas and the mixture of church programs with modern entertainment, where they start doing sermons on movies. One result spiritual affect of all this dumbing down of Christianity has helped the growing apostasy along, this study found only 1 percent of young adults held a biblical worldview. That's a major problem.

More and more the hirelings probably figure the less people know, the less they will see through the deception. In other words, people are being kept ignorant in the pews on purpose, fed a diet of pop-psychology, watered down ecumenical "lowest common denominator" Christianity, cultural relevancy, celebrity worship and other distractions. This is why the churches especially have gone so bad, with people who are easily fooled, trained not to check anything out, or think for themselves, and probably the most gullible on earth when it comes to the politicians and hirelings.

This is why I met people online, usually outraged at me for imparting messages they disagreed with, who didn't even know what the Word of Faith movement was, or were unable to see anything outside of a two sided box...such as telling folks, all fundamentalist Christians who use the KJV Bible are Ruckmanites or Hyper-Calvinists.

I'm OK with people not knowing things, there is a lot for all of us to learn, but one dangerous premise I see growing in the "Christian" world, is this lack of love for the truth, so many never want to research anything, do not want to look, and do not want to learn. Running into endless numbers of folks like this has not been an enjoyable experience. In fact it was dismaying and shocking, how so many rejected even just basic honest examination or responses. Honest disagreement is one thing, but attacking the messenger stuff is another. My only conclusion, is that the hatred of learning, is based in spiritual darkness, and that those walking with God, while this doesn't mean they will agree with everything they encounter, will test all things as instructed by the Bible.

1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Add to that the many who think once they have escaped Catholicism or Mormonism, that no more discernment is needed once they have gotten themselves "safely" into an evangelical church. The Bible warns us about this as well: about growing deception and those who do not love the truth. I do not relate to those "Christians" who simply do not want to know anything new, or to examine their teachers or test everything by the Bible. This does not mean fellow born again brothers and sisters in Christ will not have a disagreement on smaller matters once in a while, but the attitudes there, are different, there is a difference between a teachable spirit that says, "I will go and examine what you have discussed", or presents their side in love, and one that is unteachable and starts in automatically with the personal insults.

2Th 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

The growing ignorance, is related to the growing spiritual darkness and the falling away we are now in.


Anonymous said...

They love not the Truth. The Word to them is foolishness. So they must "repackage" it to be more pleasant to society. Only problem with that is that instead of the Truth, they get the Lie.

Anonymous said...

This is precisely what occurred at the falling away. Apostates repackaged the Gospel to make it more palatable to pagan sensibilities. Rome has built her temple atop that foundation. Now the non-catholics, among whom are many erst-while catholics, are making a more modern "christianity" more palatable to the global sensibilities. It is pure HELL.

Bible Believer said...

I agree Anon #1, they do see the Word as foolishness so embrace the delusions and the lies.

Anon #2, you are correct about a modern false "Christianity" being eked out, it is one that is based in a false "global spirituality".