Secularism is a Protestant heresy that disdains all higher authority and relies upon a depraved conscience and brazen arrogance in its drive toward complete license upon the death of the living God. Many aberrant streams of humanist thought had prepared its' way, primarily English deism in the 17th century which had all but openly rejected true Christian faith and the Enlightenment of the 18th century which had launched vigorous, sustained attacks against Christian theism. (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 41) Unifying the various forms of humanism, including secular theological liberalism, is the rejection of the God Who exists outside of the time-space universe with particular animosity directed toward Jesus Christ God incarnate, man created in His spiritual image, Original Sin, higher Moral Law and sexual ethics, the inerrant authority of the Bible, and the exclusive way of spiritual salvation through Jesus Christ.
Secular theological liberalism emerged during the 19th century in Germany with its first real manifestation at the University in Tubingen. One of its' most important and devastating incursions into Divine Truth was its' assertion of a pagan view of an immanent god-and-christ force. And as the principle doctrine of theological liberalism is evolution energized by the living god-force, then Christian theism is a living religion,
â€œâ€¦subject to change, and must in fact be changed (for to) the laws of evolution everything is subject under penalty of death â€” dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself affirmed that our most holy religion, in the man Christ as in us, emanated from nature spontaneously and of itself. Nothing assuredly could be more utterly destructive of the whole supernatural order.â€ (PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE MODERNISTS, ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X, SEPTEMBER 8, 1907
Furthermore, as all things, including our Lord Jesus Christ God incarnate, must be subject to the laws of evolution,
â€œ..then Christ, according to what they call His real history, was not God and never did anything divine, and that as man He did and said only what they, judging from the time in which He lived, consider that He ought to have said or done.â€ (ibid)
Secular theological liberalism's immanent god-and-christ force is the Western theological expression of ancient pantheism. This approach owed much to the philosophy of Georg Hegel (1770-1831), and provides an important link to the Renaissance, a spiritually traumatic time in which the spiritual roots of many people were shaken free of Christianity. As a result, they eagerly embraced the pantheistic /materialistic occult traditions â€” Epicureanism, Hermeticism, Theosophy, Buddhism, reincarnation, karma, esoteric Cabbalism, alchemy, neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism â€” sweeping into Christendom at that time.
In his two books, "The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age" and "The Occult Establishment," historian James Webb chronicles the outbreak and subsequent rise of an occult intelligentsia as it emerged out of the Renaissance. Webb's main point is that since the Renaissance, a powerfully influential occult community existing at the highest levels of society has been both the intelligentsia and the real powers behind what has been variously called the Progressive Underground, the Anti-Establishment, and the Counter Culture, the aim of which is twofold: first, the total destruction of the Old Order based on Christianity, and second, the creation of a neo-pagan New World Order which is to rise out of the smoldering ashes of the Old Order.
In his impressively-researched essay, "From Old Gnosticism to New Age," Alan Morrison reveals that important Gnostic thinkers from Jakob Boehme (1575-1624), to Friedrich Schelling (1775-1854), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and Hegel were the philosophical heirs of ancient gnosis. Hegel's writings in particular were very much influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic Kabbalist and disciple of both Jakob Boehme and Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722). (SCP Journal 28:4-29:1, p. 33)
Swedenborg played an important role in the contemporary Western fascination with extraterrestrials. In his book, "Scientific Mythologies," James A. Herrick traces the 'aliens from outer-space' myth back to certain Renaissance astrologers, occultists, and mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) who claimed to not only receive telepathic secrets from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences. Over time, Swedenborg's astral plane 'space travels' gave birth to what Herrick dubs "The Myth of the Extraterrestrial." (p. 43)
G.W.F. Hegel was a master-magician and as secular theological liberalisms' approach owes much to his philosophy it behooves us to know something about him.
Hegel was an important member of the occult intelligentsia. He closely studied the magic traditions, including Hermeticism, esoteric Kabala, and theosophy as well as mesmerism, psychic phenomena, dowsing, precognition, and sorcery. Hegel informally aligned himself with Hermetic societies, the Luciferian Illuminati, materialist-Freemasons, and the pantheist-Rosicrucian's. He professed belief in a pantheistic Earth Spirit, the model for theological liberalism's immanent god-and-christ forces. (Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Glenn Alexander Magee, 2001)
Of particular interest to Hegel was Hermeticism, the secret science of magic created by Hermes Trismegistus Thoth who lived in ancient Egypt. In his Biographia Antiqua, the English occultist Frances Barret wrote that Hermes "communicated the sum of the Abyss, and divine knowledge to all posterity."
The foundations of Hermeticism are forbidden knowledge â€” revelations â€” revealed to Hermes during trance-states and out-of-body experiences. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurias Trismegistus relates Hermes mystical encounter with The Great Dragon. Calling itself Poimandres, the Mind of the Universe, the Dragon transformed itself into a glorious being of Light and proceeded to 'illuminate' Hermes with the forbidden knowledge that would eventually find its' way into Hegel's dialectic, theological liberalism, and Marx's dialectical materialism, which is Hegel's dialectic reworked. (www.themystica.com/)
The pseudo-scientific theory of evolution dovetails neatly with theological liberalisms' idea that life spontaneously emanated from nature (matter) by and of itself and that all things and life-forms, even Jesus Christ, are subject to continuous change, therefore must in fact be changed according the laws of evolution, which are themselves alive. In this approach, everything that exists are living processes of evolution, making the earth, religion and even our Constitution living manifestations of evolution.
With earth now a living entity and man as one with or an aspect of the living earth, the stage was set for theological liberals to begin prioritizing the building of a pagan kingdom of God (immanent) on earth. Earthly kingdom building manifests itself as the "social gospel" with its' stress on taking dominion of nature in order to save it, collective salvation instead of individual salvation and the idea that "Government" is the living temporal manifestation of the god-force of which all men are aspects of, therefore belong to. Morrison comments:
"In this kingdom, the "brotherhood of man" could come to live in peace, justice and harmony in the world. For in preference to the application of salvation to the souls of individuals, the church began to cultivate a concern for social action and socio-political utopianism." (Alan Morrison, p. 34)
By the 1960s, secular pagan theological liberals were brazenly declaring the death of the living God Who exists outside the time-space universe, Who is both wholly "other" (apart from man and earth) and immanent with the time-space universe, for it is His power that sustains all things.
Morrison writes that early on, "Playboy" magazine regularly featured interviews with death of God neo-pagan theologians in order to justify its' role in the sexual revolution which began in the '60s:
"We death-of-God theologians, along with a good many others today, accept without reservation the relativistic intellectual and spiritual climate of our time...We have given up believing that there is something about Christians that makes our views inevitable or necessary or (by definition) better alternatives. We merely represent one of possible intellectual options today." (p. 34)
At the very bottom of theological liberalism are two myths: the myth of â€œuniversal evolutionism" and the mythical cosmology that matter is the ultimate reality (scientific materialism). These myths leave no room for rational, propositional unchanging truth. This is why Secularism in its many permutations is dogmatic about subjectivism, the dangerous notion that there are no right ways and no wrong ways, all directions, which can include everything from Satanism to Sharia, can lead to the same place.
Morrison notes that the "satanic seed planted in the mid-1800s in Tubingen," which itself was the result of Gnostic-occult-pantheist-inspired Hegelian philosophy, evolutionary scientism and the mythical cosmology that matter is the ultimate reality,
"....has finally come to flower in our own time. That these people continue to remain within the auspices of the Church is one of the more bizarre anomalies of this present age. Truly, 'the court which is outside the temple (of God)...has been given over to the Gentiles' to be trampled by them underfoot. (Rev. 11:1-2) But it will not always be so." (Morrison, p. 34)
Rushing to align themselves with theological liberalism in its' trampling-agenda are 'contemporary' Christians, liberalized Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, the Emergent Church, 'New' Evangelicals, Evolutionary Christians, and Evolutionary Theists.
In our own age, the lethal combination of occult philosophy, humanist naturalism (neo-pagan materialism/pantheism), subjectivism, and evolutionary thinking has finally begun to achieve the Devil's ultimate goal of deicide---the killing off of the living, personal God of the Bible and His Revelation. When His 'death' has been accomplished and,
"the witness of the Gospel has come to an end, the most intense persecution of the Church yet will begin to take place a short season before the return of the Lord (Rev. 11:7)," said Morrison who adds that, "there will be a sifting of the wheat from the chaff---and the true nature of the satanic stream of theological liberalism and all that it has spawned will be revealed for all to see (Rev. 13:7-10)" (p. 35)