PMT 2015-102 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Millennial views represent an important feature of a Christian worldview. How the world is developing and how it will end necessarily impact one’s worldview thinking. In our day secular humanism is the dominant worldview, crushing out all opposition. But secular humanism is built on air — literally on a chance explosion 13.7 billion years ago. Or perhaps 13.8 billion years ago, depending on who you read.
Postmillennialism is a key component of a truly biblical, and ultimately optimistic worldview. My commitment to postmillennialism is not a side venture in my thinking. It is key to what I believe to be the truth of Scripture. Unfortunately, too many evangelicals are unaware of worldviews and worldview thinking. Because of that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). And if Christians are not self-consciously aware of the biblical worldview, they will un-self-consciously pick up on a secular worldview by osmosis from our culture.
And one key promoter of secularism and anti-Christianity in our (American) culture is Hollywood. We all enjoy movies. But we do not all understand the (sometimes) hidden worldviews governing any particular movie. Consequently, we inadvertently begin to absorb the Hollywood worldview of the moment. And thus begins the process of societal rot and cultural decline.
Of course, as a postmillennialist I believe that this will ultimately be overcome. But it will not be overcome by a people of God destroyed for lack of knowledge. Rather it will succumb to a people of God who:
“Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” (Eph 6:13–18)
Great Commission and the Christian Worldview (9 CDs)
by Ken Gentry
In these nine lectures Dr. Gentry demonstrates the world altering consequences of the Great Commission. An important and encouraging study on the biblical foundations of the Christian worldview.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com
My congregation is sponsoring a “Hollywood Worldviews Seminar” in September to help equip the saints to more effectively engage our culture. If you live in the Greenville, SC, area I would urge you to come and study with us on Friday evening, September 18 and Saturday morning, September 19. This will be an interesting, challenging, and free conference. (Please note: we will not have a nursery.)
If you cannot make it to Greenville, I recommend that you contact Brian Godawa to discuss having one of these seminars at your church. Check out his seminar page on his website: http://www.godawa.com/Speaking/HWSeminarBrochure.pdf
We will win the victory in history, but not by sitting on the sidelines, thinking very little while grinning a lot.