In my first tidbit, I argued:
1.“man’s philosophies are at least as dangerous to God’s kingdom as
2.“theology gives birth to philosophy”
3.“Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, and Liberals all derive their
philosophy from a deity!”
The foundational text supporting the above propositions is:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. -Colossians 2:8(NAS)
This incredible text declares on one side is Christ or the Word of God, and on the other side are the i.philosophies, ii.deceptions, iii.traditions of men, and iv.the elementary principles of the world.
Another visual looks like this:
Christ vs World/Enemy of God
Word of God vs i.man’s philosophy
iii.traditions of men
iv.elementary principles of
The result of rejecting Christ and adopting man’s philosophy is to be “taken captive” (esomai & sulagogeo), which means to fall; and to lead away, to seduce, to spoil, captivity. The truth of Colossians 2:8 is the foundation for honestly evaluating the philosophies and behaviors of Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and Conservatives.
First, I decided on these four areas because their beliefs and actions currently dominate our culture! On the most fundamental level, their positions are often referred to as the ‘Left’ and ‘Right’. Second, it is critical to note that all the above positions are occupied by men with sin natures. This means, over time, each position has changed--sometimes for the better or worse. I repeat, there is no political party that has ever perfectly aligned with God’s will! Over the decades and centuries, as men and women come and go through the election process, there have been good and evil people on every side---which is THE reason for the contemporary confusion and deception!
Third, evil has always been present because man’s nature is evil, however what makes this particular moment different from the past is the time in which we now live. We are unequivocally living in the last day, which means men will intensify their evil, which forces God to intensify His wrath. My objective here is to uncover the philosophy of man which drives man’s current push to evil.
Finally, if I had to offer one fundamental component allowing us to identify the evil of this day, it would be 2Thessalonians 2:3, which declares, before the rise of Anti-Christ there will be a great falling away from the faith, a.k.a. apostasy. Very simply, falling away from the faith, means falling away from the Word of God, i.e.the Bible. In other words, because faith comes by hearing God’s word(Rom10:17), as people abandon the Bible, they will fall away from the faith.
Here is the key: as we look at the different positions you will be able discern its good or evil by its rejection of scripture or alignment with scripture!
Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.