Since Constantine converted in c.313AD to ‘Christianity’ and made it the official religion of the Roman Empire, secular authorities have been trying to control the church. Constantine began a persecution of non-conformists. Some of these non-conformists were actually heretics, while others simply didn’t respect the authority of a secular ruler over the Kingdom of God. Since then, history has been repeating itself.
This phenomena can be described more carefully as secular authority trying to control the ideology that relates to religion. It may be by establishing a official ideology that all must adhere to, or simply by persecuting non-accepted ideology.
The separation of church and state was meant to deal with this. The idea was that by preventing the state from interfering with religion, the church would be able to express itself free of the kingdom of man.
Unfortunately, this doctrine has taken a secular twist that has allowed it to be used again for the purpose of secular control of the church.
No longer does the state wish to have an official church, but rather an ideology which replaces church with a new ‘secular’ religion.
Religion tends to be an ideological system that answers four basic questions:
(a) who are we?
(b) how did we get here?
(c) what should we so while we’re here?
(d) who is God?
Religion does not have to specifically believe in supernatural dimensions, because that would exclude many animist and pantheistic beliefs where spirituality is infused within nature as a subunit of the physical. It simply has to answer the four questions above.
This new state sponsored, media hyped, intellectually elite, politically correct religion answers all four of those questions with its basic doctrines.
(a) who are we? humanism;
(b) how did we get here? Darwinism
(c) what should we do here? Pursue happiness (humanism), be nice to each other with “equality” and “tolerance” (socialism), submit absolutely to the state (socialism/communism).
(d) who is God? because Darwinism teaches that we are the most evolved, secular humanism concludes we must be. More recently this has become so preposterous that many have suggested aliens. This doctrine has been called ‘atheism’.
As said above, this can be completely materialistic and is a form of pantheism.
The state sponsors it by promoting it’s answers to each of the four questions.
(a) the state is human centred and so individualism is the new icon of policy;
(b) huge science grants from the state to Darwinism and Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
(c) increased big governance aimed at delivering ‘happiness’ for conformists and by persecuting “intolerant” non-conformists (think christian bakers and wedding cakes).
(d) promotion of atheist ideology through “separation of church and state” while shoving secular humanism down the throat of students (ie by defining secular authority as atheists).
In the name of secularism the state now has it’s own official religion. In the name of Separation of Church and State, secularism has become a religion imposed on all.
As the state begins to try to replace the church with itself, people can hear sermons by Professors in secular humanist seminaries (‘secular’ universities), seek the counsel of humanist psychologists who ‘pastor’ the happiness-seekers, and be evangelised in schools, colleges and the media.
Thankfully, Christ has bigger better plans.
The Kingdom of God
Jesus Christ the eternal and living Word of God says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)