Last Sunday I presented the introduction to developing a Biblical Worldview. I made the case that: 1) most professing Christians do not have a thoroughly biblical worldview, and 2) that Christians are engaged in a battle for their minds—will be seek to develop the Mind of Christ or will we be held captive by the philosophy and empty deceptions that other worldviews offer?
Developing a Biblical Worldview is of extreme importance if we are going to live righteously and advance the Kingdom of God in this world. As we discovered last week, only about 4% of professing Christians in America actually have a Biblical Worldview. The church’s singular failure in recent decades has been the failure to see Christianity as a lifestyle that governs every area of existence and speaks to both the moral and the physical order of the universe. My goal in this sermon series is to help you begin the process of developing a worldview that is based on the Scriptures and not popular culture.
Christians, in my humble opinion, are going to have to become radical counter-culturalists. I believe that, because we are living in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile to public displays of or expressions of faith—especially the Christian faith. In other words, we’re going to have to become Biblical Christians with a worldview permeated by the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul was beheaded because his worldview of Christ-is-Lord came crashing headlong into Rome’s worldview that Caesar-is-Lord. In the early 21st century the biblical worldview that Christ-is-still-Lord is crashing headlong into the worldview that Secularism-is-Lord.
Secularism is the natural consequence of Naturalism. Naturalism, as you’ll remember from last week, is the worldview that “the world is all there is”—that there is no such thing as the supernatural. The naturalist worldview maintains, therefore, that the culture must be thoroughly secular—devoid of any religious influence. The result of the ever increasing secularization of America is expressed by the Prophet Isaiah when he writes: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20, NIV84)
The result is that secularism has become the predominant way of thinking in most of the power centers of society including our educational system, official government thinking, our judicial system, and our mass media outlets. Secularism is the worldview of the cultural elites of our society who are attempting to mold our culture into their perverted and godless image. Today almost every major magazine, newspaper, television network, secular book publisher, and movie producer is a committed secularist, surrounding himself or herself with editors and newscasters and associates who seldom permit anything to be presented that contradicts their viewpoint. This has resulted in the exorcism of God from virtually every sphere of public life.
This morning, I want to look at the first question that every worldview must answer: Where did we come from and who are we? In answering that question, I want to lay the foundation for every doctrine found in the Scriptures. It is the belief that God spoke the universe into existence, created life and providentially rules over His creation.
Conclusion: Does life have a purpose? Is there meaning to existence? These are among the most significant questions human beings face over their lifetime. I submit that Naturalism does not give us any answers. It is a totally purposeless, uncaring process.
A biblical worldview, however, answers both parts of the question: God spoke the universe into existence, created life, making man the pinnacle of his creation, and providentially rules over His creation. It’s a worldview worth holding and it’s a worldview worth defending.