Easter Resurrection’s Message to Progressive Humanism: No, We Cannot Save Ourselves

Isaiah 2:22  “Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; of what account is he?

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it… It becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” This quotation is known to historians as the ‘Big Lie’. You can find its original description in Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’.

In his paper ‘Adolf Hitler: Psychological Analysis of Hitler’s Life and Legend’, Walter Langer of the OSS described Hitler’s 8 rules for applying the Big Lie to the German public in pushing forward his ideology.

“Rule #1: never allow the public to cool off; Rule #2: never admit a fault or wrong; Rule #3: never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; Rule #4: never leave room for alternatives; Rule #5: never accept blame; Rule #6: concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; Rule #7: people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; Rule #8: if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” Have you ever wondered how a highly educated and civilized society could endorse the greatest mass murderer in history within their midst? They listened to the Big Lie.   

We are seeing an ever-increasing display of the use of the ‘Big Lie’ now in the Progressive Movement. But unlike Hitler who targeted the Big Lie against the Jews, the Progressive Movement is targeting Christianity.

In January, MO Representative Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor, blasphemed the God’s name at the swearing in of 117th Congress by offering prayer to God “in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and the God known by many names and faiths. Amen and Awoman.”

An elected official representing Missouri replaced Jesus Christ with the Hindu god Brahma as the authority by which we pray to God. The Methodists historically follow Jesus Christ alone. Cleaver spoke heresy.

Three months later, a Progressive Senator applied the ‘Big Lie’ rules to continue the attack on America’s Christian foundation. And once again, he hid behind the guise of a Christian minister. Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of New Ebenezer Baptist Church, posted this tweet on Easter Sunday: “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.” 

Warnock’s Big Lie: the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection is about more than His resurrection. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the entire point of Easter! This week’s verse tells us what we all know: we are all mortal. But Rule #8 is a tenet of Progress Humanism: keep repeating it and people will believe it.

Behind this lie of the Progressive Left is their goal to implement Rule #4: never leave room for alternatives. Their focus is to implement a humanistic ideology (“we can save ourselves”) to replace the truth that has been the foundation of America’s faith for centuries: without Christ’s resurrection, there is no salvation!

Becket Adams, writing for the Washington Examiner, offers his rebuttal to Warnock: “You’d think a Christian minister would know man cannot ‘save’ himself. It is through Christ and His sacrifice on Calvary that man is saved. The idea that a ‘commitment to helping others’ is sufficient for salvation discounts the necessity of faith and the suffering and sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

Warnock’s characterization of Easter as some sort of feel-good holiday that reminds us to be good to one another is humorous, considering that Easter is about the aftermath of what happened to Christ, when men viciously beat, tortured, humiliated, and murdered the sinless son of God. Among other things, Easter is a reminder of the gravity of sin and of man’s nearly limitless capacity for cruelty and brutality.”

Isaac Schorr, writing for the National Review, also weighed in: “Nothing, nothing, is more transcendent than God’s only begotten Son becoming man, dying to absolve humanity of its sin, rising again, and consigning Satan, sin, and death to a final, eternal defeat. Easter is about man’s rescue by God Almighty, not ‘saving ourselves’ through some kind of secular self-improvement scheme. Easter is Christianity. Easter does not need a ‘more transcendent’ meaning. It already has the most important and delightful one of all.” As Christians, we must publicly stand against Progressive Humanism’s Big Lie. Germany’s true church waited until it was too late. If we as the Church do not learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

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