Holiness Humanism
Bob Bedford
I Corinthians 10:31

I was preparing an original oratory to present at the speech tournament in my senior year of high school. The subject of that speech was a condemnation of the prior year’s Supreme Court ruling outlawing prayer in the public schools. My research included a study of the “Humanist Manifesto”. This ruling was a major step in the secularization of American culture. One of the prior steps in that process was seizing control of the public school system a few decades earlier by humanists.

Humanism is an attitude concerned chiefly with human beings: their values, capacities and achievements. It is the elevation of mankind as its own god to the exclusion of the Creator. Even though debunked by its founder in his later years, evolution is now taught as a fact without scientific proof.

Humanism has invaded every department of government and religious arguments are banned from the courtroom. Judges no longer make pretense that justice will prevail in their courts. They are courts of secular law and leave no room for morality. It is the epitome of absurdity for schools and local governments to celebrate Christmas without any recognition of Christ. But because federal judges are without a moral conscience, they have imposed secular humanism on the majority.

But humanism is not just the kingpin in government. It invades every institution of society. While at first glance “holiness humanism” might seem like an oxymoron, we need to look a little closer. In this context, I’m referring to our institutions we include in our holiness banners.

It is man who has created denominations, distinctive local churches, colleges and other schools, mission organizations, etc. Even though we may give lip service to Christ as the head of the Church (Eph. 5:23), mostly we operate as headless institutions. Other parts of the “body” have seized control. We feel it necessary to protect our distinctives, letting people know where westand. We are far more concerned about our reputation than we are about God’s honor. Jesus never created any institution – He was probably aware that we would soon substitute institutions of our making for the vital presence of a holy God. Holiness is not imparted by conformity to club rules but by the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit.
Holiness remains a name by which we identify ourselves. But we no longer do “all to the glory of God”. (I Cor. 10:31) We celebrate our heritage but we lack the fervor. It was solely for the glory of God that early Methodists invaded America “to spread scriptural holiness across the land and to reform the nation.”