A Christian Manifesto

Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things

as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and

others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome

of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things

such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public

schools, the breakdown of the family, abortion, infanticide (the

killing of newborn babies), increased emphasis upon the euthanasia

of the old and many, many other things.

All of these things and many more are only the results. We may be

troubled with the individual thing, but in reality we are missing

the whole thing if we do not see each of these things and many

more as only symptoms of the deeper problem. And that is the

change in our society, a change in our country, a change in the

Western world from a Judeo-Christian consensus to a Humanistic

one. That is, instead of the final reality that exists being the infinite

creator God; instead of that which is the basis of all reality being

such a creator God, now largely, all else is seen as only material or

energy which has existed forever in some form, shaped into its

present complex form only by pure chance.

I want to say to you, those of you who are Christians or

even if you are not a Christian and you are troubled about

the direction that our society is going in, that we must not

concentrate merely on the bits and pieces. But we must

understand that all of these dilemmas come on the basis

of moving from the Judeo-Christian world view — that the

final reality is an infinite creator God — over into this

other reality which is that the final reality is only energy or

material in some mixture or form which has existed forever and

which has taken its present shape by pure chance.

The word Humanism should be carefully defined. We should not

just use it as a flag, or what younger people might call a “buzz”

word. We must understand what we are talking about when we use

the word Humanism. Humanism means that the man is the

measure of all things. Man is the measure of all things. If this

other final reality of material or energy shaped by pure chance is

the final reality, it gives no meaning to life. It gives no value system.

It gives no basis for law, and therefore, in this case, man must be

the measure of all things. So, Humanism properly defined, in

contrast, let us say, to the humanities or humanitarianism, (which is

something entirely different and which Christians should be in favor

of) being the measure of all things, comes naturally, mathematically,

inevitably, certainly. If indeed the final reality is silent about these

values, then man must generate them from himself.

So, Humanism is the absolute certain result, if we choose this other

final reality and say that is what it is. You must realize that when

we speak of man being the measure of all things under the

Humanist label, the first thing is that man has only knowledge from

himself. That he, being finite, limited, very faulty in his observation

of many things, yet nevertheless, has no possible source of

knowledge except what man, beginning from himself, can find out

from his own observation. Specifically, in this view, there is no place

for any knowledge from God.

But it is not only that man must start from himself in the area of

knowledge and learning, but any value system must come

arbitrarily from man himself by arbitrary choice. More frightening

still, in our country, at our own moment of history, is the fact that

any basis of law then becomes arbitrary — merely certain people

making decisions as to what is for the good of society at the given


Now this is the real reason for the breakdown in morals in our

country. It’s the real reason for the breakdown in values in our

country, and it is the reason that our Supreme Court now functions

so thoroughly upon the fact of arbitrary law. They have no basis for

law that is fixed, therefore, like the young person who decides to

live hedonistically upon their own chosen arbitrary values, society is

now doing the same thing legally. Certain few people come together

and decide what they arbitrarily believe is for the good of society at

the given moment, and that becomes law.

The world view that the final reality is only material or energy

shaped by pure chance, inevitably, (that’s the next word I would

bring to you ) mathematically — with mathematical certainty —

brings forth all these other results which are in our country and in

our society which have led to the breakdown in the country — in

society — and which are its present sorrows. So, if you hold this

other world view, you must realize that it is inevitable that we will

come to the very sorrows of relativity and all these other things

that are so represented in our country at this moment of history.

It should be noticed that this new dominant world view is a view

which is exactly opposite from that of the founding fathers of this

country. Now, not all the founding fathers were individually,

personally, Christians. That certainly is true. But, nevertheless,

they founded the country on the base that there is a God who is the

Creator (now I come to the next central phrase) who gave the

inalienable rights.

We must understand something very thoroughly. If society — if the

state gives the rights, it can take them away — they’re not

inalienable. If the states give the rights, they can change them and

manipulate them. But this was not the view of the founding fathers

of this country. They believed, although not all of them were

individual Christians, that there was a Creator and that this Creator

gave the inalienable rights — this upon which our country was

founded and which has given us the freedoms which we still have —

even the freedoms which are being used now to destroy the


The reason that these freedoms were there is because they

believed there was somebody who gave the inalienable rights. But if

we have the view that the final reality is material or energy which

has existed forever in some form, we must understand that this

view never, never, never would have given the rights which we now

know and which, unhappily, I say to you (those of you who are

Christians) that too often you take all too much for granted. You

forget that the freedoms which we have in northern Europe after

the Reformation (and the United States is an extension of that, as

would be Australia or Canada, New Zealand, etc.) are absolutely

unique in the world.

Occasionally, some of you who have gone to universities have been

taught that these freedoms are rooted in the Greek city-states.

That is not the truth. All you have to do is read Plato’s Republic and

you understand that the Greek city-states never had any concept of

the freedoms that we have. Go back into history. The freedoms

which we have (the form / freedom balance of government) are

unique in history and they are also unique in the world at this day.

A fairly recent poll of the 150 some countries that now constitute

the world shows that only 25 of these countries have any freedoms

at all. What we have, and take so poorly for granted, is unique. It

was brought forth by a specific world view and that specific world

view was the Judeo-Christian world view especially as it was

refined in the Reformation, putting the authority indeed at a central

point — not in the Church and the state and the Word of God, but

rather the Word of God alone. All the benefits which we know — I

would repeat — which we have taken so easily and so much for

granted, are unique. They have been grounded on the certain world

view that there was a Creator there to give inalienable rights. And

this other view over here, which has become increasingly dominant,

of the material-energy final world view (shaped by pure chance)

never would have, could not, has, no basis of values, in order to give

such a balance of freedom that we have known so easily and which

we unhappily, if we are not careful, take so for granted.

We are now losing those freedoms and we can expect to continue to

lose them if this other world view continues to take increased force

and power in our county. We can be sure of this. I would say it again

— inevitably, mathematically, all of these things will come forth.

There is no possible way to heal the relativistic thinking of our own

day, if indeed all there is is a universe out there that is silent about

any values. None, whatsoever! It is not possible. It is a loss of values

and it is a loss of freedom which we may be sure will continually


A good illustration is in the public schools. This view is taught in our

public schools exclusively — by law. There is no other view that can

be taught. I’ll mention it a bit later, but by law there is no other

view that can be taught. By law, in the public schools, the United

States of America in 1982, legally there is only one view of reality

that can be taught. I’ll mention it a bit later, but there is only one

view of reality that can be taught, and that is that the final reality is

only material or energy shaped by pure chance.

It is the same with the television programs. Public television gives

us many things that many of us like culturally, but is also

completely committed to a propaganda position that the last reality

is only material / energy shaped by pure chance.

Clark’s Civilization, Brunowski, The Ascent of Man, Carl

Sagan’s Cosmos — they all say it. There is only one final view of

reality that’s possible and that is that the final reality is material or

energy shaped by pure chance.

It is about us on every side, and especially the government and the

courts have become the vehicle to force this anti-God view on the

total population. It’s exactly where we are.

The abortion ruling is a very clear one. The abortion ruling, of

course, is also a natural result of this other world view because with

this other world view, human life — your individual life — has no

intrinsic value. You are a wart upon the face of an absolutely

impersonal universe. Your aspirations have no fulfillment in the

“what-isness” of what is. Your aspirations damn you. Many of the

young people who come to us understand this very well because

their aspirations as Humanists have no fulfillment, if indeed the final

reality is only material or energy shaped by pure chance.

The universe cannot fulfill anything that you say when you say, “It

is beautiful”; “I love”; “It is right”; “It is wrong.” These words are

meaningless words against the backdrop of this other world view.

So what we find is that the abortion case should not have been a

surprise because it boiled up out of, quite naturally, (I would use the

word again) mathematically, this other world view. In this case,

human life has no distinct value whatsoever, and we find this

Supreme Court in one ruling overthrew the abortion laws of all 50

states, and they made this form of killing human life (because that’s

what it is) the law. The law declared that this form of killing human

life was to be accepted, and for many people, because they had no

set ethic, when the Supreme Court said that it was legal, in the

intervening years, it has become ethical.

The courts of this country have forced this view and its results on

the total population. What we find is that as the courts have done

this, without any longer that which the founding fathers

comprehended of law (A man like Blackstone, with

his Commentaries, understood, and the other lawgivers in this

country in the beginning): That there is a law of God which gives

foundation. It becomes quite natural then, that they would also cut

themselves loose from a strict constructionism concerning the


Everything is relative. So as you cut yourself loose from the Law of

God, in any concept whatsoever, you also soon are cutting yourself

loose from a strict constructionism and each ruling is to be seen as

an arbitrary choice by a group of people as to what they may

honestly think is for the sociological good of the community, of the

country, for the given moment.

Now, along with that is the fact that the courts are increasingly

making law and thus we find that the legislatures’ powers are

increasingly diminished in relationship to the power of the courts.

Now the pro-abortion people have been very wise about this in the

last, say, 10 years, and Christians very silly. I wonder sometimes

where we’ve been because the pro-abortion people have used the

courts for their end rather than the legislatures — because the

courts are not subject to the people’s thinking, nor their will, either

by election nor by a re-election. Consequently, the courts have been

the vehicle used to bring this whole view and to force it on our total

population. It has not been largely the legislatures. It has been

rather, the courts.

The result is a relativistic value system. A lack of a final meaning to

life — that’s first. Why does human life have any value at all, if that

is all that reality is? Not only are you going to die individually, but

the whole human race is going to die, someday. It may not take the

falling of the atom bombs, but someday the world will grow too hot,

too cold. That’s what we are told on this other final reality, and

someday all you people not only will be individually dead, but the

whole conscious life on this world will be dead, and nobody will see

the birds fly. And there’s no meaning to life.

As you know, I don’t speak academically, shut off in some scholastic

cubicle, as it were. I have lots of young people and older ones come

to us from the ends of the earth. And as they come to us, they have

gone to the end of this logically and they are not living in a romantic

setting. They realize what the situation is. They can’t find any

meaning to life. It’s the meaning to the black poetry. It’s the

meaning of the black plays. It’s the meaning of all this. It’s the

meaning of the words “punk rock.” And I must say, that on the

basis of what they are being taught in school, that the final reality is

only this material thing, they are not wrong. They’re right! On this

other basis there is no meaning to life and not only is there no

meaning to life, but there is no value system that is fixed, and we

find that the law is based then only on a relativistic basis and that

law becomes purely arbitrary.

And this is brought to bear, specifically, and perhaps most clearly, in

the public schools (I’ll come to that now) in this country. In the

courts of this country, they are saying that it’s absolutely illegal,

from the lowest grades up through university, for the public schools

of this country to teach any other world view except this world view

of final material or energy. Now this is done, no matter what the

parents may wish. This is done regardless of what those who pay

the taxes for their schools may wish. I’m giving you an illustration,

as well as making a point. The way the courts force their view, and

this false view of reality on the total population, no matter what the

total population wants.

We find that in the January 18 — just recently — Time magazine,

there was an article that said there was a poll that pointed out that

about 76% of the people in this country thought it would be a good

idea to have both creation and evolution taught in the public schools. I don’t know if the poll was accurate, but assuming that the

poll was accurate, what does it mean? It means that your public

schools are told by the courts that they cannot teach this, even

though 76% of the people in the United States want it taught. I’ll

give you a word. It’s TYRANNY. There is no other word

that fits at such a point.

And at the same time we find the medical profession has radically

changed. Dr. Koop, in our seminars for Whatever Happened to the

Human Race, often said that (speaking for himself), “When I

graduated from medical school, the idea was ‘how can I save this

life?’ But for a great number of the medical students now, it’s not,

‘How can I save this life?’, but ‘Should I save this life?'”

Believe me, it’s everywhere. It isn’t just abortion. It’s infanticide.

It’s allowing the babies to starve to death after they are born. If

they do not come up to some doctor’s concept of a quality of life

worth living. I’ll just say in passing — and never forget it – it takes

about 15 days, often, for these babies to starve to death. And I’d say

something else that we haven’t stressed enough. In abortion

itself, there is no abortion method that is not painful to

the child — just as painful that month before birth as the baby

you see a month after birth in one of these cribs down here that I

passed — just as painful.

So what we find then, is that the medical profession has largely

changed — not all doctors. I’m sure there are doctors here in the

audience who feel very, very differently, who feel indeed that

human life is important and you wouldn’t take it, easily, wantonly.

But, in general, we must say (and all you have to do is look at the

TV programs), all you have to do is hear about the increased talk

about allowing the Mongoloid child — the child with Down’s

Syndrome — to starve to death if it’s born this way. Increasingly,

we find on every side the medical profession has changed its views.

The view now is, “Is this life worth saving?”

I look at you… You’re an older congregation than I am usually used

to speaking to. You’d better think, because — this — means —

you! It does not stop with abortion and infanticide. It stops at the

question, “What about the old person? Is he worth hanging on to?”

Should we, as they are doing in England in this awful organization,

EXIT, teach older people to commit suicide? Should we help them

get rid of them because they are an economic burden, a nuisance? I

want to tell you, once you begin chipping away the medical

profession… The intrinsic value of the human life is founded upon

the Judeo-Christian concept that man is unique because he is made

in the image of God, and not because he is well, strong, a consumer,

a sex object or any other thing. That is where whatever compassion

this country has is, and certainly it is far from perfect and has never

been perfect. Nor out of the Reformation has there been a Golden

Age, but whatever compassion there has ever been, it is rooted in

the fact that our culture knows that man is unique, is made in the

image of God. Take it away, and I just say gently, the stopper is out

of the bathtub for all human life.

The January 11 Newsweek has an article about the baby in the

womb. The first 5 or 6 pages are marvelous. If you haven’t seen it,

you should see if you can get that issue. It’s January 11 and about

the first 5 or 6 pages show conclusively what every biologist has

known all along, and that is that human life begins at conception.

There is no other time for human life to begin, except at conception.

Monkey life begins at conception. Donkey life begins at conception.

And human life begins at conception. Biologically, there is no

discussion — never should have been — from a scientific viewpoint.

I am not speaking of religion now. And this 5 or 6 pages very

carefully goes into the fact that human life begins at conception. But

you flip the page and there is this big black headline, “But is it a

person?” And I’ll read the last sentence, “The problem is not

determining when actual human life begins, but when the value of

that life begins to out weigh other considerations, such as the health

or even the happiness of the mother.”

We are not just talking about the health of the mother (it’s a

propaganda line), or even the happiness of the mother. Listen! Spell

that out! It means that the mother, for her own hedonistic

happiness — selfish happiness — can take human life by her choice,

by law. Do you understand what I have said? By law, on the basis of

her individual choice of what makes her happy. She can take what

has been declared to be, in the first five pages [of the article],

without any question, human life. In other words, they acknowledge

that human life is there, but it is an open question as to whether it is

not right to kill that human life if it makes the mother happy.

And basically that is no different than Stalin, Mao, or Hitler, killing

who they killed for what they conceived to be the good of society.

There is absolutely no line between the two statements — no

absolute line, whatsoever. One follows along: Once that it is

acknowledged that it is human life that is involved (and as I said,

this issue of Newsweek shows conclusively that it is) the acceptance

of death of human life in babies born or unborn, opens the door to

the arbitrary taking of any human life. From then on, it’s purely


It was this view that opened the door to all that followed in

Germany prior to Hitler. It’s an interesting fact here that the only

Supreme Court in the Western World that has ruled against easy

abortion is the West German Court. The reason they did it is

because they knew, and it’s clear history, that this view of human

life in the medical profession and the legal profession combined,

before Hitler came on the scene, is what opened the way for

everything that happened in Hitler’s Germany. And so, the German

Supreme Court has voted against easy abortion because they know

— they know very well where it leads.

I want to say something tonight. Not many of you are black in this

audience. I can’t tell if you are Puerto Rican. But if I were in the

minority group in this country, tonight, I would be afraid. I’ve had

big gorgeous blacks stand up in our seminars and ask, “Sir, do you

think there is a racial twist to all this?” And I have to say, “Right on!

You’ve hit it right on the head!” Once this door is opened, there is

something to be afraid of. Christians should be deeply concerned,

and I cannot understand why the liberal lawyer of the Civil

Liberties Union is not scared to death by this open door towards

human life. Everyone ought to be frightened who knows anything

about history — anything about the history of law, anything about

the history of medicine. This is a terrifying door that is open.

Abortion itself would be worth spending much of our lifetimes to

fight against, because it is the killing of human life, but it’s only a

symptom of the total. What we are facing is Humanism: Man, the

measure of all things — viewing final reality being only material or

energy shaped by chance — therefore, human life having no

intrinsic value — therefore, the keeping of any individual life or any

groups of human life, being purely an arbitrary choice by society at

the given moment.

The flood doors are wide open. I fear both they, and too often the

Christians, do not have just relativistic values (because, unhappily,

Christians can live with relativistic values) but, I fear, that often

such people as the liberal lawyers of the Civil Liberties Union and

Christians, are just plain stupid in regard to the lessons of history.

Nobody who knows his history could fail to be shaken at the corner

we have turned in our culture. Remember why: because of the shift

in the concept of the basic reality!

Now, we cannot be at all surprised when the liberal theologians

support these things, because liberal theology is only Humanism

using theological terms, and that’s all it ever was, all the way back

into Germany right after the Enlightenment. So when they come

down on the side of easy abortion and infanticide, as some of these

liberal denominations as well as theologians are doing, we shouldn’t

be surprised. It follows as night after day.

I have a question to ask you, and that is: Where have the Bible-

believing Christians been in the last 40 years? All of this that I am

talking about has only come in the last 80 years (I’m 70… I just had

my birthday, so just 10 years older than I am). None of this was

true in the United States. None of it! And the climax has all come

within the last 40 years, which falls within the intelligent scope of

many of you sitting in this room. Where have the Bible-believing

Christians been? We shouldn’t be surprised the liberal theologians

have been no help — but where have we been as we have changed

to this other consensus and all the horrors and stupidity of the

present moment has come down on out culture? We must recognize

that this country is close to being lost. Not, first of all , because of

the Humanist conspiracy — I believe that there are those who

conspire, but that is not the reason this country is almost lost. This

country is almost lost because the Bible-believing Christians, in the

last 40 years, who have said that they know that the final reality is

this infinite-personal God who is the Creator and all the rest, have

done nothing about it as the consensus has changed. There has been

a vast silence!

Christians of this country have simply been silent. Much of the

Evangelical leadership has not raised a voice. As a matter of fact, it

was almost like sticking pins into the Evangelical constituency in

most places to get them interested in the issue of human life while

Dr. Koop and Franky and I worked on Whatever Happened to the

Human Race, a vast, vast silence.

I wonder what God has to say to us? All these freedoms we have.

All the secondary blessings we’ve had out of the preaching of the

Gospel and we have let it slip through our fingers in the lifetime of

most of you here. Not a hundred years ago — it has been in our

lifetime in the last 40 years that these things have happened.

It’s not only the Christian leaders. Where have the Christian

lawyers been? Why haven’t they been challenging this change in the

view of what the First Amendment means, which I’ll deal with in a

second. Where have the Christian doctors been — speaking out

against the rise of the abortion clinics and all the other things?

Where have the Christian businessmen been — to put their lives

and their work on the line concerning these things which they would

say as Christians are central to them? Where have the Christian

educators been — as we have lost our educational system? Where

have we been? Where have each of you been? What’s happened in

the last 40 years?

This country was founded on a Christian base with all its freedom

for everybody. Let me stress that. This country was founded on a

Christian base with all its freedom for everybody, not just

Christians, but all its freedom for everyone. And now, this is being

largely lost. We live not ten years from now, but tonight, in a

Humanistic culture and we are rapidly moving at express train

speed into a totally Humanistic culture. We’re close to it. We are in

a Humanistic culture, as I point out in the public schools and these

other things, but we are moving toward a TOTALLY Humanistic

culture and moving very quickly.

I would repeat at this place about our public schools because it’s

worth saying. Most people don’t realize something. Communism,

you know, is not basically an economic theory. It’s materialistic

communism, which means that at the very heart of the Marx,

Engels, Lenin kind of communism (because you have to put all three together to really understand) is the materialistic concept of the

final reality. That is the base for all that occurs in the communist


I am wearing a Solidarity pin — in case you wonder what this is on

my lapel. We had two young men from L’Abri take in an 8 ton truck

of food into Poland — very bad weather — they almost were killed

on the roads. They got in just three days before the crackdown. We,

of L’Abri, have taken care of small numbers of each successive wave

of Europeans who have been persecuted in the communist nations,

the Hungarians, Czechoslovakians, now the Poles. A dear wonderful

Christian schoolteacher that we love very much (she’s a wonderful,

wonderful Christian young woman, brilliant as brilliant, and she

studied at L’Abri for a long time and she was one of the contact

points for the destination of the food) — thought that the crackdown

might come. So she sent me out this Solidarity pin. This wasn’t

made in Newark! This came from Poland. I have a hope. I hope I

can wear it until I can hand it back to her and she can wear it again

in Poland. That’s my hope! But all the oppression you have ever

heard of in Mao’s China, Stalin’s day, Poland, Czechoslovakia — any

place that you can name it — Afghanistan — all the oppression

is the automatic, the mechanical certainty, that comes

from having this other world view of the final reality only

being material or energy shaped by pure chance. That’s

where it comes from.

And what about our schools? I think I should stress again! By law,

you are no more allowed to teach religious values and religious

views in our public schools than you are in the schools of Russia

tonight. We don’t teach Marxism over here in most of our schools,

but as far as all religious teaching (except the religion of Humanism,

which is a different kind of a thing) it is just as banned by law from

our schools, and our schools are just as secular as the schools in

Soviet Russia — just exactly! Not ten years from now. Tonight!

Congress opens with prayer. Why? Because Congress always is

opened with prayer. Back there, the founding fathers didn’t

consider the 13 provincial congresses that sent representatives to

form our country in Philadelphia really open until there was prayer.

The Congress in Washington, where Edith and I have just been,

speaking to various men in political areas and circles — that

Congress is not open until there is prayer. It’s illegal, in many

places, for youngsters to merely meet and pray on the geographical

location of the public schools. I would repeat, we are not only

immoral, we’re stupid. I mean that. I don’t know which is the worst:

being immoral or stupid on such an issue. We are not only immoral,

we are stupid for the place we have allowed ourselves to come to

without noticing.

I would now repeat again the word I used before. There is no other

word we can use for our present situation that I have just been

describing, except the word TYRANNY! TYRANNY! That’s what

we face! We face a world view which never would have given us our

freedoms. It has been forced upon us by the courts and the

government — the men holding this other world view, whether we

want it or not, even though it’s destroying the very freedoms which

give the freedoms for the excesses and for the things which are


We, who are Christians, and others who love liberty, should be

acting in our day as the founding fathers acted in their day. Those

who founded this country believed that they were facing tyranny.

All you have to do is read their writings. That’s why the war was

fought. That’s why this country was founded. They believed that

God never, never, never wanted people to be under tyrannical

governments. They did it not as a pragmatic or economic thing,

though that was involved too, I guess, but for principle. They were

against tyranny, and if the founding fathers stood against tyranny,

we ought to recognize, in this year 1982, if they were back here and

one of them was standing right here, he would say the same thing —

what you are facing is tyranny. The very kind of tyranny we fought,

he would say, in order that we might escape.

And we face a very hidden censorship. Every once in a while, as

soon as we begin to talk about the need of re-entering Christian

values into the discussion, someone shouts “Khomeni.” Someone

says that what you are after is theocracy. Absolutely not! We must

make absolutely plain, we are not in favor of theocracy, in name or

in fact. But, having said that, nevertheless, we must realize that we

already face a hidden censorship — a hidden censorship in which it

is impossible to get the other world view presented in something

like public television. It’s absolutely impossible.

I could give you a couple of examples. I’ll give you one because it’s

so close to me. And that is, that after we made Whatever Happened

to the Human Race, Franky made an 80 minute cutting for TV of

the first 3 episodes (and people who know television say that it’s

one of the best television films they have ever seen technically, so

that’s not a problem). Their representative presented it to a

director of public television, and as soon as she heard (It happened

to be a woman. I’m sure that’s incidental.) that it was against

abortion, she said, “We can’t show that. We only shoe things that

give both sides.” And, at exactly the same time, they were showing

that abominable Hard Choices, which is just straight

propaganda for abortion. As I point out, the study guide that went

with it (as I quote it in Christian Manifesto [the book] with a long

quote) was even worse. It was saying that the only possible view of

reality was this material thing — this material reality. They spelled

it out in that study guide more clearly than I have tonight as to

what the issue is. They said, “that’s it!” What do you call that?

That’s hidden censorship.

Dr. Koop, one of the great surgeons of the world, when he was

nominated as Surgeon General, much of the press (printed) great

swelling things against him — a lot of them not true, a lot of them

twisted. Certainly though, lots of space was made for trying to not

get his nomination accepted. When it was accepted though, I looked

like mad in some of the papers, and in most of them what I found

was about one inch on the third page that said that Dr. Koop had

been accepted. What do you call that? Just one thing: hidden


You must realize that this other view is totally intolerant. It is

totally intolerant. I do not think we are going to get another

opportunity if we do not take it now in this country. I would repeat,

we are a long way down the road. I do not think we are going to get

another opportunity. If the Christians, specifically, but others also,

who love liberty, do not do something about it now, I don’t believe

your grandchildren are going to get a chance. In the present so-

called conservative swing in the last election, we have an

opportunity, but we must remember this, and I would really brand

this into your thinking: A conservative Humanism is no

better than a liberal Humanism. It’s the Humanism that

is wrong, not merely the coloration. And therefore, at the

present moment, what we must insist on, to people in our

government who represent us, is that we do not just end with

words. We must see, at the present opportunity, if it continues, a

real change. We mustn’t allow it to just drift off into mere words.

Now I want to say something with great force, right here. What I

have been talking about, whether you know it or not, is true

spirituality. This is true spirituality. Spirituality, after you are a

Christian and have accepted Christ as your Savior, means that

Christ is the Lord of ALL your life — not just your religious life, and

if you make a dichotomy in these things, you are denying your Lord

His proper place. I don’t care how many butterflies you have in

your stomach, you are poor spiritually. True spirituality means that

the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of all of life, and except for the

things that He has specifically told us in the Bible are sinful and

we’ve set them aside — all of life is spiritual and all of life is equally

spiritual. That includes (as our forefathers did) standing for these

things of freedom and standing for these things of human life and all

these other matters that are so crucial, if indeed, this living God

does exist as we know that He does exist.

We have forgotten our heritage. A lot of the evangelical complex like

to talk about the old revivals and they tell us we ought to have

another revival. We nee another revival — you and I need revival.

We need another revival in our hearts. But they have forgotten

something. Most of the Christians have forgotten and most of the

pastors have forgotten something. That is the factor that every

single revival that has ever been a real revival, whether it was the

great awakening before the American Revolution; whether it was

the great revivals of Scandinavia; whether it was Wesley and

Whitefield; wherever you have found a great revival, it’s always had

three parts. First, it has called for the individual to accept Christ as

Savior, and thankfully, in all of these that I have named, thousands

have been saved. Then, it has called upon the Christians to bow

their hearts to God and really let the Holy Spirit have His place in

fullness in their life. But there has always been, in every revival, a

third element. It has always brought SOCIAL CHANGE!

Cambridge historians who aren’t Christians would tell you that if it

wasn’t for the Wesley revival and the social change that Wesley’s

revival had brought, England would have had its own form of the

French Revolution. It was Wesley saying people must be treated

correctly and dealing down into the social needs of the day that

made it possible for England to have its bloodless revolution in

contrast to France’s bloody revolution.

The Wall Street Journal, not too long ago, and I quote it again in A

Christian Manifesto, pointed out that it was the Great Awakening,

that great revival prior to the founding of the United States, that

opened the way and prepared for the founding of the United States.

Every one of the great revivals had tremendous social implications.

What I am saying is, that I am afraid that we have forgotten our

heritage, and we must go on even when the cost is high.

I think the Church has failed to meet its obligation in these last 40

years for two specific reasons. The first is this false, truncated view

of spirituality that doesn’t see true spirituality touching all of life.

The other thing is that too many Christians, whether they are

doctors, lawyers, pastors, evangelists — whatever they are — too

many of them are afraid to really speak out because they did not

want to rock the boat for their own project. I am convinced that

these two reasons, both of which are a tragedy and really horrible

for the Christian, are an explanation of why we have walked the

road we have walked in the last 40 years.

We must understand, it’s going to cost you to take a stand on these

things. There are doctors who are going to get kicked out of

hospitals because they refuse to perform abortions; there are

nurses that see a little sign on a crib that says, “Do not feed,” and

they feed and they are fired. There’s a cost, but I’d ask you, what is

loyalty to Christ worth to you? How much do you believe this is

true? Why are you a Christian? Are you a Christian for some lesser

reason, or are you a Christian because you know that this is the

truth of reality? And then, how much do you love the Lord Jesus

Christ? How much are you willing to pay the price for loyalty to the

Lord Jesus?

We must absolutely set out to smash the lie of the new and novel

concept of the separation of religion from the state which most

people now hold and which Christians have just bought a bill of

goods. This is new and this is novel. It has no relationship to the

meaning of the First Amendment. The First Amendment was that

the state would never interfere with religion. THAT’S ALL THE


Madison and theSpectator Papers if you don’t think so. That’s all it


Now we have turned it over and we have put it on its head and

what we must do is absolutely insist that we return to what the

First Amendment meant in the first place — not that religion can’t

have an influence into society and into the state — not that. But we

must insist that there’s a freedom that the First Amendment really

gave. Now with this we must emphasize, and I said it, but let me

say it again, we do not want a theocracy! I personally am opposed to

a theocracy. On this side of the New Testament I do not believe

there is a place for a theocracy ’till Jesus the King comes back. But

that’s a very different thing while saying clearly we are not in favor

of a theocracy in name or in fact, from where we are now, where all

religious influence is shut out of the processes of the state and the

public schools. We are only asking for one thing. We are asking for

the freedom that the First Amendment guaranteed. That’s what we

should be standing for.

All we ask for is what the founding fathers of this country stood and

fought and died for, and at the same time, very crucial in all this is

standing absolutely for a high view of human life against the

snowballing low view of human life of which I have been talking.

This thing has been presented under the hypocritical name of

choice. What does choice equal? Choice, as I have already shown,

means the right to kill for your own selfish desires. To kill human

life! That’s what the choice is that we’re being presented with on

this other basis.

Now, I come toward the close, and that is that we must recognize

something from the Scriptures, and that’s why I had that Scripture

read that I had read tonight. When the government negates the law

of God, it abrogates its authority. God has given certain offices to

restrain chaos in this fallen world, but it does not mean that these

offices are autonomous, and when a government commands that

which is contrary to the Law of God, it abrogates its authority.

Throughout the whole history of the Christian Church, (and again I

wish people knew their history. In A Christian Manifesto I stress

what happened in the Reformation in reference to all this) at a

certain point, it is not only the privilege but it is the duty of the

Christian to disobey the government. Now that’s what the founding

fathers did when they founded this country. That’s what the early

Church did. That’s what Peter said. You heard it from the Scripture:

“Should we obey man?… rather than God?” That’s what the early

Christians did.

Occasionally — no, often, people say to me, “But the early Church

didn’t practice civil disobedience.” Didn’t they? You don’t know your

history again. When those Christians that we all talk about so much

allowed themselves to be thrown into the arena, when they did that,

from their view it was a religious thing. They would not worship

anything except the living God. But you must recognize from the

side of the Roman state, there was nothing religious about it at all —

it was purely civil. The Roman Empire had disintegrated until the

only unity it had was its worship of Caesar. You could be an atheist;

you could worship the Zoroastrian religion… You could do anything.

They didn’t care. It was a civil matter, and when those Christians

stood up there and refused to worship Caesar, from the side of the

state, they were rebels. They were in civil disobedience and they

were thrown to the beasts. They were involved in civil

disobedience, as much as your brothers and sisters in the Soviet

Union are. When the Soviet Union says that, by law, they cannot tell

their children, even in their home about Jesus Christ, they must

disobey and they get sent off to the mental ward or to Siberia. It’s

exactly the same kind of civil disobedience that’s represented in a

very real way by the thing I am wearing on my lapel tonight.

Every appropriate legal and political governmental means must be

used. “The final bottom line”– I have invented this term in A

Christian ManifestoI hope the Christians across this

country and across the world will really understand what

the Bible truly teaches: The final bottom line! The early

Christians, every one of the reformers (and again, I’ll say in A

Christian Manifesto I go through country after country and show

that there was not a single place with the possible exception of

England, where the Reformation was successful, where there wasn’t

civil disobedience and disobedience to the state), the people of the

Reformation, the founding fathers of this country, faced and acted in

the realization that if there is no place for disobeying the

government, that government has been put in the place of the living

God. In such a case, the government has been made a false god. If

there is no place for disobeying a human government, what

government has been made GOD.

Caesar, under some name, thinking of the early Church, has been

put upon the final throne. The Bible’s answer is NO! Caesar is not to

be put in the place of God and we as Christians, in the name of the

Lordship of Christ, and all of life, must so think and act on the

appropriate level. It should always be on the appropriate level. We

have lots of room to move yet with our court cases, with the people

we elect — all the things that we can do in this country. If,

unhappily, we come to that place, the appropriate level must also

include a disobedience to the state.

If you are not doing that, you haven’t thought it through. Jesus is

not really on the throne. God is not central. You have made a false

god central. Christ must be the final Lord and not society and not


May I repeat the final sentence again? CHRIST MUST BE


May we pray together?

Our heavenly Father, we come together, and we have no illusions

that these things are serious, but have no illusions, either, that they

were serious to the early Church when they watched their loved

ones dragged off and thrown to their death when all they had to do

was say that they worshipped Caesar.

We have no illusions that it was easy for Peter to stand and say that

he would obey God rather than the Sanhedrin. We have no illusion

that for our Reformation forefathers who won the liberties that we

have, not only in the church but in state, that it was easy for them

in those hard and difficult days.

And, our heavenly Father, we would ask tonight that you will

forgive the Christians of the United States. May we be repentant for

the silence of the last forty years, when we have denied what we

say we believe by our silence.

We ask Thee, that you will stir the Church of the Lord Jesus, across

this country, across northern Europe, across other places. Give us

that which, our heavenly Father, Wesley really understood, and

Finney, the evangelist that most people know in this country and

Whitefield and many of the others. A call for the individual to accept

Christ as Savior and come under the shed blood of Christ and pass

from death to life. A call for those of us who are Christians, oh God,

to bow our hearts more completely and not let other things get in

the way — to let the Holy Spirit have His place under the teaching

of Scripture and within the circle of the teaching of Scripture, and

then, Heavenly Father, to realize that everything belongs to the

Lord Jesus. That He died not only to take our souls to heaven — but

that our bodies will be raised one day from the dead.

The one day, as Peter said, just right after His ascension, “He’s

going to heaven until He comes back to restore all things.” That His

death there on Calvary’s cross is for us individually, but it’s not

egotistically individualistic. Our individual salvation will one day be

a portion of the restoration of all things. It is our calling until He

comes back again that happy day, to do all we can — while it won’t

be perfect as when He comes back — to see substantial healing in

every area that He will then perfectly heal, and that Wesley did

understand. Finney understood. Men like Blanchard, who founded

Wheaton College, understood that if there is a true preaching of the

Gospel, it carries with it then an action out into the social life around

us into the world. That the Church is to preach the Gospel, but it is

also to live the Good News — that there are answers to these

horrendous questions, and that we might see a turning back from

the absolute tragedy and tyranny which we face in our Western

culture and in this country tonight. Help us! Forgive us! Use us!

And Father, as we just think of the number of people sitting here

from so many backgrounds and different churches and different

levels of life: If only these things were carried out into something in

the power of the Holy Spirit… into the totality of life, as salt and

light… that we might make a change and save this country from

utter tragedy. Help Thou us, so we ask, and we ask it in no lesser

name than the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lamb and our God.


Francis A. Shaeffer


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