The Conspiracy of Unbelief
The heart of humanism is the rejection of God's rule over the earth. The most obvious
symptom of humanism is the rejection of predestination by God.
No one rejects predestination. The humanist does not reject predestination; rather he
works very hard to bring the future to pass: the future that he desires. He insists that
man must predestine the future. He manipulates, and controls, and passes laws, and
works very hard. But he comes to disillusionment and despair, because God does not
relinquish control. As an illustration, Karl Popper has pointed out, all the socialistic
models for the future fail, because no one can predict scientific invention, and new
inventions make all social models irrelevant. God has simply placed the future in His
Own hands, and only He can tell what it will be.
At one end of the humanist predestinarian landscape is the scientist who seeks to control
the future by controlling evolution. The brave new world comes in by genetic engineering,
or birth control. Others think to control the future by scientific manipulation of the money
Predestination by Chance
Somewhere in the middle of the landscape is the one who denies everything but chance.
Things just happened by chance until man arrived on the scene. Since then, man might
do a tiny bit here or there to influence the future in a small way, but the gods of chance
rule all. The future will come if it comes, and will be what it will be.
At the far other end of the humanist landscape are the various conspiratorial theories. Men
first abandon faith in God; then they begin to abandon humanist ideas of the goodness of man
and his control of his own destiny. The loss of faith in God results in loss of faith in man. Many
then fall farther and farther into the black hole of conspiracy theories. The world is in control
of evil groups who work to bring the future to pass. It is the Jews; or the Muslims; or British
Imperialists; or Marxists; or Tri-Lateralists; or Catholics (Roman variety); or the Council on
Foreign Relations; Internationalists; One-Worlders; Freemasons; Free-Traders; Corporations;
New Agers, the NEA, etc. The list never stops, but one theme runs through: man and his destiny
are under the control of an elite of totally depraved men, for depravity only applies to these evil
ones, not to "common" people.
The logical result is devil-worship, for Satan is given the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for
he is in control of all things. Whatever god is allowed into the system is a remote God, who we
hope someday will intervene and put things to rights after we have proved our faith by fighting
the devil all our lives.
There is no doubt that wicked men conspire against God and against His people. Man would
pluck God from His throne if they were able. But there is no end of studying conspiracies, and
it is all futile and unnecessary. Luther's famous hymn expresses the faith of the church, "A
Mighty Fortress Is Our God," which was inspired by Psalm 91:2: "I will say of the Lord, He
is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."
"Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand:
for God is with us. For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that
I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy [Hebrew: conspiracy],
to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; nether fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." (Isaiah
"I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from
the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
stand, and I will do all my pleasure." --Isaiah 46:9,10.
In this passage the will (counsel/pleasure) of God is linked to His foreknowledge. God knows the
future because He wills the future. It is not that He has some cosmic crystal ball that permits
Him to see into the future. God is the only Being like Himself. He knows the future because He
has complete control of the universe that He made. It is His will that will stand. It is His pleasure
that will be done in the earth. Man's only question is this: Will I delight in the will and pleasure of
God as it is revealed in Jesus Christ, or will I seek my own pleasure in defiance of Him. Either way
my future is not in doubt. God has made His pleasure perfectly clear.