Saturday, October 03, 2015


"Their lies also have led them astray,  Those after which their fathers walked." Amos 2:4.
The insidious nature of a lie is that it begins to shape your walk.  For the lie to endure,  you must live it. Until the lie is fully embraced in every way, the inconsistency will threaten to expose it and make the lie to unravel.

Those who reject the lie are a threat. Sometimes the inconsistency is the mouth and life of someone else who can expose the lie.  This person is a danger to the lie.  The liar must malign anyone who will expose the lie.

This is why Jesus was always in danger.  It is why the apostles and early Christians were in danger because the Gospel in their mouths was a threat that would expose the lies of Rome,  Greece,  Jerusalem,  and wherever Christians went.

Until we let go of lying ,  we are in danger of being overtaken by it.

Paul said,  "each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another." Eph 4:25.

Friday, October 02, 2015


As a preacher my heart goes out to preachers who minister in the Word which is a work where much of his fruit is never seen and, sometimes, not appreciated in this life. 
The prophet Isaiah said, "But I said, 'I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My reward with My God.'" Is a. 49:4. 
I'm not where that great prophet was, I'm not so discouraged, but the nature of the faith work means every humble preacher does wonder from time to time. 
Sometimes we only see the good work of the preacher in the way that we look back over our lives to see how the hand of God has worked in, through, and for us. The work of the preacher is seen through the evidence of time. His work has born visible proof which he will acknowledge is evidence of God's work. And then sometimes he may never see that what he planted was watered a generation later and came to fruition. 
I've known a few preachers who were clearly God's instrument. 
Floyd preached so that I knew what preaching was supposed to be. Biblical, interesting, relevant, and funny too. 
Later I heard a brother preach a gospel meeting in Denver - must have been on '86 - and while listening my soul seemed to grow a few feet taller. He talked about grace so that my love for God grew in that hour. 
Still later, Dan was my teacher for a year. His preaching was without shouting or drama but the message was a well aimed arrow to the soul. He's a hero to me. 
I don't know where I would be today without the good preaching I've heard over the years. And I hope such men know their faithful preaching was not vain. The years they spent on preaching has a great reward. 
Men may not know the good you have done, dear preacher, but God knows and does not forget.
Said in respect for the preachers who did not veer to the left or to the right. Dan Mayfield


"In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me." - Hosea 5:15

“Seek Me that you may live." - Amos 5:4

"Seek and you shall find..."


A friend went to the 2015 Harding Lecture where in one class the teacher taught error on divorce and remarriage saying "I just don't think God wants a man to live alone for the rest of his life."  Thankfully, a Brother in another class taught the truth on marriage. What's wrong with this reasoning that says, "I don't think God would want..."?

First, what a man thinks isn't as important as what God thinks.  Jesus said marriage is for life. God feels very strongly about breaking vows.
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery." Lk 16:18
Second, there are consequences to sin and sometimes the consequences are lifelong; sometimes the consequences last for eternity.

The emotional argumentation, saying, "I just don't think God would want...." is meant to tug at hearts and is a direct challenge to the justice of God. "That's harsh; that's just too hard", are words aimed directly at Jesus Christ and are a challenge to His teaching. Following this kind of emotional pablum will always lead to more error.  Using this kind of argumentation someone could also say,

"I just don't think God would send someone to hell because he didn't get wet in baptism"?  Or, "I just don't think God would condemn someone who loved a man instead of a woman."?  Or, "I just don't think God expects for women to live out their lives in silence."?  Or, "I just don't think God is so strict He would condemn someone for adding a little life to the worship."?  Or, "I just don't think God would want us to be unhappy in a bad marriage."?

It's sad to me that this is the kind of teaching that is allowed to be heard at a lectureship these days!

Let me ask these weak-livered preachers if God wants children to spend the rest of their lives bouncing between two homes, being divided through custody bouts, suffering loneliness and guilt that they are to blame? Do you think God wants children to have that or does God want children to be raised by the mama and daddy that made them? Do you think maybe that God cares about bigger things like the keeping of vows and that the marriage truly picture the relationship between Christ and the church?
"32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband." Eph 5:32,33.
Marriage from the beginning was established by God to show the relationship of Christ and the church. But this godless society knows, nor cares, a thing about that. No fault divorce is rampant so that marriage, the home, and the emotional, physical, and spiritual welfare of children is the casualty.  Do you think God wants that?  We can't take a hard stand for marriage and the home if we are going to give voice to those who cave on Jesus' words.

In the same chapter that Jesus tells the Pharisees, "No, you can't divorce for any reason", Jesus says to a rich young ruler that he must give away all of his money if he wants eternal life, Mt 19:21. That was an object lesson showing the sacrifice that is required to follow Christ. Carrying the cross for Jesus sometimes means living the rest of your life as a single man or woman.

Now the little preacher today - who might be suffering from low testosterone levels and should have that checked out - would say the exact same thing to the rich young ruler that, "I don't think God would want a man to live the rest of his life in poverty."  What you think does not matter.  A lifetime of giving up idols is the price we all have to pay if we want eternal life. And whether it's an adulterous marriage or riches, what God wants is putting the sin away or else an eternity in hell is the fate. And the Preachers and Elders who compromise on this will be doubly judged for leading others astray.

So marry well. And stay married. Work out your problems. A successful marriage is always possible if we act like Christ. Don't be selfish; but be sacrificial. Honor your wife and wives respect your husbands. Study the Scriptures, instead of man's books that tell what they think and don't think, so that you are prepared to teach the truth.

I say this will love for God's children, but also with a bit of indignation for the false teachers who mislead some.

Thursday, October 01, 2015



"Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine." Pro. 3:9,10. 
When I see the principle in the Bible that godly people bring their first fruits to God, I wonder if it doesn't follow that God wants the first fruits of our time? Or are the 168 hours given to us in a week only ours without any requirement that a few of those premium hours be given to God?

Now some might protest that there's nothing here about bringing the first fruits of our time.  Well if a man were to devote all of his time to himself, would he have time to worship God? If all of a man's time were spent on sleep, work, and recreation, where would be the time for confessing Christ and for spreading the Gospel?  Where would be the time for prayer and meditating on the Word of God?  What hospitality would be demonstrated by Christians if some of their time isn't laid aside to be given to God? Clearly there must be carved out of a man's calendar the time for advancing the cause of Christ.

I would not want to become legalistic about the accounting of time Christians spend in service to God, but I only wish to establish the principle that God should get some of our time.

Now add to this principle that there is some time that is more valuable than other time.  Some time in the day is conducive to prayer and to Bible study. And some time in the day and week is more favorable to the outreach to lost souls. Again consider the amount of time men devote to their own interests. After a man has worked to support his family and such responsibilities have been met, he is freer to choose how to spend the remaining hours of the day. Naturally and rightly he spends time with his family since the family should not be neglected.  Now it would be right to say that all of this time spent in the day is honorable and pleasing to God, but it is also true that there is more work of Christ to be done beyond work and home. The Gospel must be go to world. It must go to our neighbor. We must therefore decide the best time to reach these souls. It is usually going to be some of the premium time of the day. The Gospel must go to the people we cross paths with at the gym and coffee shop. And as the Gospel goes to the lost world, it necessarily takes time from our calendar.  This is God's will that we give both quality and quantity time from our week to advance the cause of Christ to build the His Kingdom.

To the worship of God on the first day of the week, to the evenings when other men are distracted with hours of sitcoms and favorite television programs, and to the quiet early mornings and late evenings most conducive to communing with God, it is a spiritual truth that men should give some of their premium time to the cause of Almighty God and to His Son, Jesus Christ.

I offer this humbly, Dan Mayfield

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DID GOD CREATE EVIL? by Dan Mayfield

Since God is sovereign and only good comes from Him, some try to attribute weakness to God or they try to lay blame for sin at God's feet. But God doesn't sin and he doesn't encourage people to sin. 

Since this is the case, people wrestle to understand why there is sin? They wonder if God is the author of evil? The answer is no. Someone has pointed out that as dark is the absence of light, so evil is the absence of good.

Solomon said, "
Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.” Eccl 7:29.

God makes men good. Man does the evil all on his own. 

Evil is disobedience. It is the absence of God and His will in a person's life. As the wise man said, God made men good and they went astray. This is what the Bible says time and again that man is rebellious and guilty, Rom. 3:9,23. When God gave free will, it meant God allowed that evil would be done. But free will is also necessary for men to love and put faith in God. Without free will there would be no evil. But there would also be no faith and true love.

God did not create evil. Evil is what happens when free will agents do the opposite of God's will.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015



"They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity." Hos 4:8

"And as raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they have committed crime." Hos 6:9

"With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies." Hos 7:3

The political and religious leaders take special delight to be over a corrupt generation of people. They remind me of something Paul said to the Romans, saying, "and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." Romans 1:32.

Corrupt and ungodly leaders can only maintain power if the sheep are also corrupted. They pacify and soothe the masses, they give them bread and games, said an ancient Roman author. Today such leaders build stadiums and encourage the people to come to the modern coliseums. And the masses are satisfied and soothed. And there is no shortage of bread being handed out to keep the belly satisfied.

"for their bread shall be for their hunger only" Hos 9:4.

Ungodly leaders have nothing to offer for the soul. What they give the masses is for the belly only. They can never admit there is a soul. Thus they turn to giving bread for the belly. They give delightful noises to soothe the beast, but like King Saul, the harp doesn't bring the man closer to God. The ungodly political and religious leaders need to keep people spiritually in the dark. The masses must remain carnal. The spiritual man will see through the manipulating ways of ungodly priests and kings. But the carnal man is one who appreciates the outward dress and the outward things of a man. They are impressed by his articulate speech and the outward presentation. But the spiritual man sees the spiritual things and knows that the bread and games are the devil's tools to control men.

If you are a Christian, beware the leader who gives your flesh what it wants. Instead surround yourself with leaders who call you to a life of service and self-sacrifice. Beware those who make worship a show. This is merely another manifestation of bread and games. Flee from the preacher who shows he spends more time fixing his hair and dressing himself than he spends reading and digging into God's Word. Beware the one who shows he has more in touch with the things of this world - games, politics, entertainment, money - but he leaves the lingering question if he's communing regularly with God. Such leaders no matter how polished, know that the polish is being applied to conceal an empty spirit.

Don't be played by a carnal leader in the land, nor in the church. Draw near to God and get close to those who are close to God.

I say this with humility. Dan Mayfield;+ephesians+2:15;+colossians+2:14;+hebrews+8:6-7;+romans+7:6-7;+2-timothy+3:16-17;+john+12:48;+john+10:10;+john+14:6;+matthew+7:13-14;+matthew+7:21-23;+matthew+28:20;+john+3:16;+john+8:24;+john+14:15;+matthew+22:37-38;+romans+6:17;+luke+13:3;+acts+3:19;+2-corinthians+7:10;+matthew+10:32-33;+romans+10:9-10

Sunday, September 27, 2015

As they had their pasture, they became satisfied,
          And being satisfied, their heart became proud;
          Therefore they forgot Me. - Hosea 13:6

In satisfaction came pride. There is a great deal of spiritual danger for the man who reaches the satisfied place in his life. He can begin to think more of himself and less of God. Proverbs says 'give me neither poverty nor riches "That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Pro. 30:9.  In Israel the Lord took the people from slavery and nothingness to be great. But with the greatness came pride. And pride forgets everything but the proud one. Pride credits man and not God. And the forgetting doesn't take long to set in and perpetuate itself.

When God blesses you, stay close to Him and praise Him every day for everything you have. And don't just give lipservice to Him. Show it. Give and serve make your life a living sacrifice to Him who has blessed you. Anything short of this will lead a man to ruin.

Bless you. Dan

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Paul is talking to the church in Ephesus about the unified body and how God aims for it to grow up into the image of Christ.

When Paul says, "speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ", it is God's plan that mind and spirit, body and soul, thinking and heart all must be involved in the growth of the church.

When a man is overcome with emotion but he hasn't got the truth, it goes nowhere. When another man speaks the truth but he is cold and heartless, it will miss the mark. The God of truth is the God of love. For the church to fully represent Him, we must be doggedly Scriptural and we must always show the lovingkindness of God. The truth must be spoken with love. Both are essential to do God's work.


"Since Israel is stubborn like a stubborn heifer,
can the LORD now pasture them
like a lamb in a large field?" - Hosea 4:16
Why are so many people going to hell? Though all men are God's creation, He doesn't intend to save them all. Why has God devised a means of salvation that won't save everyone? Why couldn't God come up with a system to appeal to every soul? The answer is that no matter how tailored the plan is to each man, the majority won't submit to anything.
"18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God 19 For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the Scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe." 1 Cor. 1:18-21.
Does God desire that all be saved and has God even provided that all can be saved, 1 Tim 2:4; Heb 2:9,10? Certainly, but most men have a problem with God.

A worldly man, the man of the world, the one brought up to value human intellect will reject God through his faulty and empty thinking. Such a man will reject the message of Jesus Christ and His cross.

Do we feel bad for those wise souls who shake their fists at God and who curse the very idea of an Almighty? Well such people are in a terrible predicament, for sure. But it is their own doing. Their trespass is not much different than every other crime committed since the beginning of time. Sin is sin. The devil himself turned against his Maker and I wouldn't say I feel sympathy for the devil. The fallen angel personally knew the glory of Yahweh and still he rebelled. So I do wish that all would repent and know God's salvation, but they are rebellious enemies of Christ on whom the righteous judgment of God will fall.

Some might say, "But if God really wanted to save the wise of this age, couldn't He just as easily have spoken to their pride and vanity? Couldn't God have spoken to the lusts of other men?" The answer is no, God couldn't do that without making Himself no God at all. To devise a salvation that catered to one man's vanity and to another man's carnal appetite would require God change His very nature. To do so, He would cease to be God. To appease the carnal and wise of this world, God would have had to compromise His own just and good nature. To satisfy the hater, God would have had to make Himself less than God.

And still men would reject Him. If God could have planned a salvation that even the vilest and most rebellious sinner would have liked, most sinners would still have rejected it. See, God can't change who He is and it is this that the rebellious spirit hates. As in the days of Hosea, who said, "So My people are bent on turning from Me.",so most men are disposed to do the opposite of what God says,  Hos. 11:7. The rebel, even if given the key to heaven with no strings attached, would still spit in God's face and demand that he be allowed to rule on the heavenly throne. This rebellion is their defect and it will send them to hell.
"4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God," Rom 2:4,5.
The wise Scribes and debaters of the age have so exalted themselves that they would find fault with any overture from God. God could come down wearing a Dallas Cowboys football jersey, yelling "Cowboys first, Me second", and the rebellious would be saying, "Cowboys first, You last!" God could have shown kindness in a million ways and the rebel spirit would find fault and take the gifts without a thank you. God could make concessions for every objection and the rebel would see these as a reason to reject Him. It's hard to feel sorry for the person who won't show appreciation for what he's been given every day.

The Cross is the greatest peace offering to all sinners that none could ever surpass it. "For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him. 20 And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself." Col 1:19,20. Do you see what God did? God offered the peace offering Himself and all that God requires is for sinners to accept it and turn away from their sinful lifestyles. The rebel sinner knows deep in his soul he's not alone and that the Maker is real. But like the devil, he simply will not be told what do and or what to believe.
"God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble", Jas 4:6.
Knowing that the obstinate and stubborn man will not listen, we should preach the cross to those who haven't rejected the possibility of God. For these type who are truth seekers, Jesus puts a beautiful face on God. Looking at Jesus, the sinner sees the very glory of God, Jn 1:14; 14:9. To know Jesus is to know the Father, and to know the Father is eternal life, Jn 17:3. The man who accepts the reality of God, accepts there is knowledge beyond what the wise, debating Scribe of any age can offer.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is right here before you. The truth comes from the Sovereign Lord and it says for sinners to turn from sin and be holy in all of their behavior. This is the only way to be saved. Without His sacrifice and atoning power in His blood, you will stay in your sins. Without obedience to Him, the sinner cannot take hold of God's kind and generous gift. Anyone who rebels against God's grace will meet God in his rebellious condition and he will have no defense in the judgment. There won't be any pity for the sinner who rejected God's kindness a million times in his lifetime. There will only be justice with a verdict of guilty for the one that does not believe, 2 Thess 1:6-9. The angels in heaven will say 'amen' to God's justice. And the wise debater of this age will only suffer with eternal regrets.

The story is a happy one for the souls that refused to believe the lies that this is all there is to life. It is going to be a happy story for the souls who have trembled at the cross after learning of both God's justice and love demonstrated there. For the person who looks by faith, its not a burden to repent and follow Jesus. For a truth seeker, the rebel spirit seems foolish, Ps. 14:1 (look it up). For the person who didn't buy the debating lies of professors and philosophers, he will think it quite a gift to be forgiven and have the chance to walk daily in the light of God's grace.

God is well-pleased to save you if you believe in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who died on the cross and was raised from the grave on the third day. Jesus, the Lord, lives so that you can live. And you will live if you believe the wisdom of God in the cross. It is before the cross that you learn to turn from sin. At the cross you learn to confess that it's good news. You won't hold your tongue. And at the cross, you learn that you too must die, be buried and be raised in baptism for the remission of your sins, Colossians 2:12,13.
"3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection," Rom 6:3-5.
God's salvation is offered to all who seek it. But rebellious men won't be saved; they simply won't accept it. God's love they hate, and God's judgment they despise, and so they go to hell.

I say this in love. Dan Mayfield
1 Sam 15:23ff says "For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.""

YOU SHARED IN THEIR SINS - Appointing unqualified men to the office

"Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin." 1 Tim 5:22.

The laying on of hands here was the ceremonial approval given to men, Acts 13:3; 1 Tim 4:14. If the Preacher or the Elders are hasty to install someone as an Elder without doing the due diligence to protect the church against an unqualified man, the Preacher and Elders will share in that man's sins.

The church is designed by God to grow and come to maturity, Eph 4:11-16. This will lead it to the point where certain men are qualified to serve in the work of Shepherding the flock, 1 Tim 3:1-7; Tit 1:5-9. This is a time of blessing but it can be a time of destruction if the wrong men are appointed to the position of Elder.

It's true that some men will hide their true selves. "The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after." 1 Tim 5:24. Even a lack of spirituality will be concealed and not become evident until he stands before God's judgment throne. For this reason the church must be extra diligent to follow appoint Elders who meet the qualifications. Hence the reason Timothy is told not to be hasty in laying hands upon anyone.

A 75 year old Brother in Christ told me about the congregation he just left that installed five Elders. The present Eldership was approached by him about some of the selections but his concerns were ignored. When the Leaders were warned that one of the men was a novice, the Elders said they will teach him after appointing him! Who can doubt the foolishness of this?

So that we do not share in the sins of others, let's make sure that we raise up god-fearing men who live the Christian life. And when they are appointed Elder, feel confident that they are exactly what God designed the Elder to be. We will share in the sins of others if we cut corners.

I say this in love. Dan Mayfield


A sinner is only saved by his faith if he obeys. I have had "faith only" people explain to me that the book of James is emphasizing faith that works AFTER salvation. They explain that faith for salvation has no works. This is an error.

James is most definitely talking about active faith in the Christian life. But consider this that there is only one kind of faith that saves. The faith that keeps you saved is the faith that got you saved. The faith that God looks for is always responsive to the word of God before you.

Look at James 1:18. It says we were brought forth, birthed, fathered, born through the word. So what's the connection between the two? James says God brought us forth, and the indirect object is "by the word". In other words, there can't be any "bringing forth" without the word. If a sinner is to go from being lost to "brought forth", the word must have it's say in the matter; i.e. the word must be obeyed. The word of truth, both the hearing and obeying it, is indispensable to being born anew by the Father. It's His plan. This means that in the book of James, even the threshold and initial salvation isn't without works.

Compare James 1:18 with 1 Peter 1:22,23. Peter says in verse 22 that obedience to the truth leads to a purified soul. And in verse 23 Peter says that through the living and enduring word of God you are born again. Again, as with James 1:18, Between being lost and being born again/purified is the obedience to the word of God. This explains further what James means by being brought forth by the word.

Therefore, faith that saves is faith that is obedient to the living and abiding word of God. So there is only one faith that saves. It is always obedient. James may be primarily talking to those already saved and the necessity of obedient faith, but understand that faith to be saved is obedient faith. If you are lost and are confronted with the Gospel, in faith you obey the Gospel and are saved, Romans 1:5; 16:26. And if you are saved and confronted with the word, in faith you obey and do good. There is only one faith that is always obedient to the word that confronts you. Put your faith in God and do His word, and God will proclaim that your faith saved.

God bless you. Dan Mayfield


We have all heard the saying, 'practice what you preach'. Our words have more power if they are lived. When we live it, we believe it. And if we aren't living it, nobody listens to what we ourselves clearly don't believe.

Last night in our evening group Bible study, Hosea's marriage to a woman of harlotry was the discussion. God said because Israel is committing harlotry, Hosea was to take a prostitute to be his wife and have children with her. Hosea was to be a living illustration to the people.

This kind of dramatic living out the message wasn't and isn't new to God. Ezekiel had to take a piece of luggage and dig through the city wall as an illustration for the rebellious people that they were about to be sent into exile, Ezek 12:1-3. And Jeremiah had to wear the dirty and unwashed linen girdle as a message to the people of their uncleanness before God, Jer. 13. So for the prophet Hosea to be asked to marry an immoral woman was a powerful, living message to the people of their own unfaithfulness to God.

As I reflect on the message of Hosea having to literally live out the message, it came to me that it's no different from what God calls for every Christian to do. Jesus said for us to "deny yourself, taking up your cross daily, and follow Me." Lk 9:23. The Christian reflects in his or her life the cross of Jesus. In thoughts, words, and conduct we are a living representation of Jesus. The Christian's life reflects the glory of God. When we are living the message, it is like being salt and light in the world. When men taste and see our lives, they very naturally glorify God.

O God, that I might live the message today. O Father, that I might portray the death of Christ by my dying to self and to sin. O God, that I might reflect your truth and love so that a poor sinner will find hope and turn to believe in Your Son. Amen.

I say this in love. until you live the message, it won't have power and it won't preach. - Dan M

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Francis Schaeffer said that humanistic reasoning only leads to despair and that the humanist comes to only value personal peace and materialistic wealth. In other words, the humanist only cares about himself. He doesn't even care for his own children and grandchildren. If he says he still cares, then he's not fully invested in what his philosophy demands. The humanist may say he loves, but it's only his conscience that won't admit the truth that he's a selfish man who cares only for himself. Fully immersed, and detached from God, He is the center of the universe and he is all that matters.

As I think about Schaeffer's words, I see the ugly conclusion that in chasing personal peace and materialism, the humanist is gratified by detachment from people, and attachment to things. Is that not a sobering thought? It might answer why there is so much destruction of life in our humanistic world. Life has no meaning.
Now this meaningless, self-centered existence is exactly what you get when you are fooled to leave God out of your world view. If you don't have God, then the universe and your own life has no real meaning. You are just an accident, a chance meeting of atoms, that happens to breathe and think. But without God, you have to conclude you are going to return to the dust and there's nothing more beyond that. It is an abysmal philosophy of life.
The personal peace a humanist seeks is achieved through selfish pursuits of drink and drugs and materialistic acquisitions. How many people today are sustained day to day only by being high? It's rampant. The personal peace is an illusion and so the drugs have to be taken to achieve the escapist peace.
Escapist peace is really the detachment from the world by feeling good. Imagine if you will someone who takes a drug or drinks alcohol to such a measure that his or her mind is not in the least bit able to connect to the real world that you or I are in at this moment. They are escaping from the existence they've been fooled to believe in. The utopia they conceived that was freedom from the mystical or fanciful controls of an Almighty God turns out to be an empty place with no meaning. And so when they have turned from God, they turned to meaningless existence. They have no meaning. Their children and grandchildren have no meaning. And so they are reduced to feeling good through escapists means.
Escapism is pursued not only by drug highs, but it is also pursued by the the thrill of stuff. The materialistic pursuit of getting stuff. The lust for more stuff. Shiny stuff. Fun stuff. More and more must be acquired to keep the humanist excited and "alive". If he or she doesn't get more and more, he will think what is the point. Contentment doesn't figure into the world view of the humanist.
Feeling good is god to the humanist. He has nothing else. He has closed his perfectly good and able mind to the thought that stuff doesn't come from nothing. He has battled and beaten down his own spirit that cries out for meaning and for an affinity with the Creator. In doing so, he's destroyed any chance of real happiness and meaning. He has believed a lie. The old lie. Once a man has fully accepted it, he's become a selfish, empty, self-centered, self-gratifying, narcissistic fool. No God and no hope is found where his humanism has led him.
Think about it, Christian. We are all fighting the battles of sin. We are not immune to the temptations to set God aside in the pursuit of feeling good and acquiring things. If it ever takes hold in you, you will leave God. Why? Because humanism is a false god. And no person can serve two masters, Mt 6:24.
Bless you. Draw near to God. Love God. Love your neighbor more than yourself. True happiness and fulfillment is found only in Jesus Christ. Did not Jesus teach that the abundant life comes through death to self and living to God? Yes, Jesus is right. - Dan Mayfield
Note, Schaeffer was no "prophet" in the Biblical sense, but he like many insightful individuals, like Orwell and other thinkers, could see where all of this was going.

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