“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3 (NKJV)
“Christianity is the very root and foundation of Western civilization.” – Dinesh D’Souza
The church doesn’t need this ungodly world to dismantle and destroy the foundations of Western civilization. She’s doing it herself. The root of civilization is Christianity, the root of Christianity the Bible. The world preaches another gospel and the church has followed suit (Galatians 1:8-9).
Compassion, faith, forgiveness, goodness, grace, honor, integrity, justice, love, and mercy are just some fruits of Western civilization. Unbelievers think these values and virtues are universal, but they’re not. This fruit is exclusive to Christianity and the Bible. Produced by the Holy Spirit, it is the righteous character of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22-23). He’s the vine and we’re the branches (John 15:5). We must abide in Christ if we are to bear fruit; without him we can do nothing (15:5). So if we cut ourselves off from this holy root, then our fruit will die.
Cutting herself off from the root of Western civilization is just what the church is doing. She tries to teach its values without stating their source: the Bible. The church produces clean books, films, and television shows. But she doesn’t tell audiences what makes them clean: the gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in the Bible. The church doesn’t want to beat audiences’ heads with that Bible either, although the Word is God’s holy hammer. If people want the Word to fall on their heads like soft dew and rain, then they must trust and obey (Deuteronomy 32:2). Disobedient unbelievers feel only fire and a hammer (Jeremiah 23:29).
One recent example is the TV series “When Calls the Heart” (2014), based on Janette Oke’s books. I love this show, but not the false gospel that producer Brian Bird preaches through it. He wants to give audiences the values of civilization without the Bible, which he calls medicine. Yet only the Bible is true medicine. Giving audiences any other is worldly wisdom. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). So sinners can’t believe without the Bible.
The church also tries to call Christian values universal. For example, “A Long Way Off” (2014) tells the story of the prodigal son, but producer Michael Davis said, “The story of the prodigal son is not unique to any religion. I’ve always been drawn to that story because it’s universal, and stories that are universal can appeal to many different people on many different levels.” This story, found only in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32), is a parable of the repentant sinner returning to God. No other “holy book” contains it. Other religions don’t preach justice, sin, repentance, or salvation. They have no Jesus Christ. So claims of universality are nonsense.
All this pseudo-Christianity has no spiritual power (2 Timothy 3:5). It isn’t saving anyone, just making money for pseudo-Christians. I hope their money perishes with them (Acts 8:20).
Civilization without Christianity is hell on earth. It makes a man think he’s good when he’s not (Psalm 14:1-3, Ecclesiastes 3:18, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 19:17, Romans 3:23). Then it gives him fig leaves and calls them a “robe of righteousness” (Genesis 3:7, Isaiah 61:10). But fig leaves can’t enter heaven. Only robes made “white in the blood of the Lamb” can (Revelation 7:14). When will this self-made emperor open his eyes and realize he’s naked? If he does repent, his salvation won’t be the work of the church. She’s doing all she can to keep sinners spiritually blind and naked. It is the church’s duty to warn sinners of hell and judgment – to preach the biblical gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Yet she refuses.
The only firm foundation is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). He’s the living Word of God (John 1:1, 14). Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word is eternal (Matthew 24:35). If we don’t build our lives on an eternal foundation, then we will be destroyed. So will our civilization.
Greek and English translations of the Bible produced the Reformation in Europe. A return to the Bible produced revivals in England and America. It’s sustaining persecuted believers in China, which now has the largest Christian population of any nation on earth. Yet the Western church treats the Bible like an antique toy. John Wycliffe (1320-1384), William Tyndale (1494-1536), and countless others didn’t sacrifice their lives so a worldly church could throw the Bible away.
The Bible is heavenly bread, milk, and meat (Deuteronomy 8:3, John 6:35, 1 Corinthians 3:2, Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2). It’s a divine treasure, given to us by God for salvation (Psalm 119:162, 2 Timothy 3:15-16). We shouldn’t trade this precious Bible for cheap trinkets. If Western civilization is destroyed, then the church has no one to blame but herself.
- Jay Grimstead and Eugene Clingman. Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues. Ventura, CA: Nordskog Publishing, 2014.
- Vishal Mangalwadi. The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.