THE WORLD TODAY SERIES #10

MORAL DEGENERATION

The Degenerate Man

Several eschatologists have dwelt on the theme of end-time moral degeneracy; some have embellished their discussions of this topic with charts that graphically depict the downward trend of society. Actually, charts are no longer needed to demonstrate our condition; the depth to which we have descended is now so pronounced that our present situation is plain for all to see.

There is little doubt that the moral degeneration in the Western sector was due, in large part, by the prosperity of the “developed” nations and the conscious effort of humanist educators to indoctrinate their students in the humanist creed. In its current prosperity, the Western world is simply following the often-repeated eight-stage cycle of bondage: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to selfless courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to material wealth; from wealth to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; and from dependence right back into bondage.

It is important to appreciate that this phenomenon, wherein we appear to be transitioning from dependence to bondage, is natural to fallen mankind. Furthermore, it is a cancer that is not limited to one or two Western nations; it is common to all. Jesus described its final stages well in His message to the Laodicean Church, Revelation 3:14-19, as described elsewhere.

The contribution of humanistic education to the corruption of Western society has been described elsewhere. But that, along with the complacency of wealth, are just two elements of what appears to have been a perfect storm of anti-Christian forces hard at work in our world over the past two or three centuries. Another huge component has been the incursion of anti-Christian philosophies into our seminaries, and from there into the world at large through mainstream pastors who were poorly equipped to feed their flocks with the Word of God. The result was a weak and secularized Christian society that stood by mute and confused as science falsely so called, embracing evolution and uniformitarianism, took over as society’s dominant paradigm.

A few years ago the pastor of my Church expressed a deep concern over what he perceived to be our approach to the moral cliff. The overt event that prompted this premonition of disaster was the proceedings of a meeting of a Christian theological society that we both had attended. In that meeting some of the supposedly premier Christian thinkers in the Northwest had begun to express the relativism of the “emergent Church” movement, which claimed that truth, including Biblical truth, was basically unknowable and could not be discerned through Scripture, no matter how diligently one tried to understand it. My pastor, clicking his tongue, had commented that such thought represented our entrance onto the slippery slope of moral degeneration. Indeed, as subsequent events bore out, his concern was more than justified. Since that time, a host of what were formerly mainstream Protestant denominations as well as more than a few Catholic parishes have admitted openly-practicing gays to positions of ecclesiastic authority and responsibility, justifying that move on the basis of private, self-serving and contradictory interpretations of Scripture, and justifying that move on the rejection of absolute truth under the corollary claim that Scripture itself is basically unknowable. Beyond that fist-shaking move against God, more churches have turned to a social gospel which attempts to place man at the forefront of his own salvation. Yet more in the way of fist-shaking is the de-emphasis of Scripture itself in the worship services, and the substitution of a brand of music for the uplifting hymns that mocks nobility of spirit.

But the religious side of things, albeit the primary and most important element, is just one facet of our moral degeneration. Recently, observing that our secular lives have been given over so completely to self-indulgent, openly sinful behavior, my pastor threw up his hands in disgust, saying that we’re past the slope and into free-fall.

More recently yet, my state of Washington just passed two bills, one declaring homosexual marriage to be legal, and the other making it legal to consume marijuana for purely recreational purposes. Women, sporting nose and tongue rings and body tattoos, have hardened themselves into something resembling the baser kind of man and quite different than what God intended. Apparently, this is going to be the new normal. What we don’t seem to appreciate is that this is simply the beginning of an ever-more-rapid degeneration into a filthy morass that at the bottom will lead to an inability for self-support, or self-governance, which will lead to out-of-control crime and violence and a society that, without harsh and rigid control measures, could not be self-sustaining. Such a society has existed in the past. One instance of it was the world of Noah, another was life in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

This descent into a hell of our own making will demand a one-world government that must rely on unspeakable cruelty and rigid repression simply to survive. Our descent into this new world order is enthusiastically supported by the media.

The Agenda-Driven Media

The media, with few exceptions, is dominated by the humanistic mindset. As a result, self-indulgence is promoted at every opportunity. Hardcore pornography has been available for some time now on television, Its availability is, for all practical purposes, unrestricted. People of any age can watch it at any time. To the younger generation who are far more comfortable in the electronic world than their elders, the safety net of parental control is mythical, serving more to lull unwary parents into complacency than anything else.

One no longer has to turn to an explicitly pornographic channel to be sexually stimulated. It’s everywhere, including prime-time sitcoms and talk shows. It’s also de rigeur to insert homosexuals and/or gay themes into shows. The way it’s done is blatant and gratuitous, much of the time having no particular relevance to the primary topic of the show. It’s done that way on purpose, a social-engineering ploy having the intent of making the audience accept homosexuality as normal behavior.

The humanist media’s perspective on politics is complementary to its moral values. Its wholehearted support for the liberal socialistic agenda is on open display. This agenda includes an indifference to absolute truth so pronounced that unsupported statements, half-truths and outright lies are employed at every opportunity for self-service. An unjustified focus on news and commentary that supports the latest social engineering theme is commonplace. Such themes in the past have included humanistic indoctrination, socialistic wealth redistribution, global warming, gay rights, abortion rights, pot-smoking rights, gun control, indifference to traditional Christian values and outright hostility toward traditional Christianity. The trend is toward increasing governmental control over the population and the development of the perception that our primary allegiance is to government rather than God.

Even our toddlers aren’t exempt from media brainwashing. Perhaps, given their innocence, theirs is the worst. Not only are they introduced to shows that are contrary to Christian values, but they are indoctrinated into wanting toys that promote humanistic values. In the shows that they watch they are even told, albeit subtly, how to play with their toys.

What Scripture Has to Say About Amorality

Earlier under the topic of humanism, we had cited Paul’s description in Romans 1 of the type of person that a humanistic mindset would produce. In that passage, Paul had identified a number of character flaws that the humanist would display. All of these degeneracies, including a deliberate disbelief in God, come from a common source, that being a blindingly profound selfishness. Just a glance at the humanist manifesto is sufficient to highlight its most common trait, that of pandering to self-indulgence. The implementation of humanism in schools and in the removal from the family of the ability to discipline its members has indeed resulted in the increase of selfishness in our younger generations.

Paul embellishes upon this description of the degenerate person in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, this time asserting this person to predominate at the time of the end:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; from such turn away. For of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with diverse lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

“But they shall proceed no further; for their folly shall be manifest unto all, as theirs also was.”

Perhaps the saddest Scriptural commentary on the end-time godless and depraved person is given in Revelation Chapter 6:

“And I beheld, when he had opened the sixth seal and, lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

The End of the Age has finally arrived. The earth is obviously in distress, and the people who dwell upon it are terrified. They know the source of their agony and fright: Jesus the Holy Lamb, son of an angry God. Yet this God is so alien to them that they prefer to hide rather than repent.

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One response to this post.

  1. I don’t know if you have perhaps read “The Vanishing Conscience” (John F. MacArthur), but if not then I highly recommend it. It is the best discussion of moral degeneration today that I have yet read.

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