Good-by, Phil Donahue
We will miss your arrogance. You were pretty good at turning your self-righteous guns on Christians, Muslims, Jews and others: "They have a book. They know what is right and wrong; hence, they are better than you," you loved to pontificate.
But it is almost impossible for a man to see his own arrogance. You, of course, knew what was right and wrong, not from a book, but from your superior wisdom and autonomy. You knew what "everybody knows," or at least should know, and would know, if they had been content to learn at your feet!
This arrogance is in the warp and woof of human nature, and none of us is free from its effects. There is one glorious doctrine of Scripture which militates against the natural arrogance of man. Predestination is that doctrine, and is the only antidote for self-righteousness.
In the end the arrogance did you in. People got tired of the self-righteous moralizing, especially as the morals of society crumbled around them.
"God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence" (I Cor. 1:27-29).
Pastor C. W. Powell
Trinity Covenant RCUS
Colorado Springs, CO