In the 1999 movie "The Matrix", Neo is living what he thinks is an ordinary life when offered the opportunity to "unplug" from the collective mass delusion of the "Matrix" and experience true reality. In his book "Apostate - The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West" (book is here), Kevin Swanson identifies key apostates (authors, thinkers, philosophers, and leaders) who laid the foundation for apostasy and the eventual downfall of Christian Western civilization. In his concluding chapter he exhorts Christians to "unplug yourself and your family from the matrix". He does not mean that we should move to the middle-of-nowhere, live off the grid and become hermits. Rather, he is advocating that we not subscribe to the increasingly belligerent and widespread, destructive message of secular humanists in its many and diverse forms.
Secular humanism, an atheistic form of humanism, has erected a cultural house of cards destined for collapse. Hawking flashy, counterfeit goods in almost every area of life, it promises freedom, happiness, fulfillment and life to the fullest. In reality it ultimately delivers the opposite - dependency, enslavement, ruin, despondency, hopelessness and death. A human secularist claims the right to do, essentially, anything he pleases.
As Alexander Solzhenitsyn observed, humanism offers no solution at all to mankind’s desperate condition. He puts it this way: "If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature.” In his 1978 Harvard University address, Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned about a “destructive and irresponsible freedom” in the West, “Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence.”
Secular humanism places society in that very predicament. Secularists cannot escape the conflict between its overarching priority on individual rights and the ideals of commitment. “[T]he individual must experience a full range of civil liberties in all societies. This includes a recognition of an individual’s right to die with dignity, euthanasia, and the right to suicide” (Humanist Manifesto II, 1973, Section 7). “Humanists believe that the right to...abortion, and divorce should be recognized” (Section 6; cf. Kurtz, 2000, p. 47).
As Caleb Colley, Christian Apologist observes,
"Coupling this with the humanists’ favored right to “the control of one’s own body...sexual preference and orientation,” and “reproductive freedom” (A Declaration..., 1988), we infer the clearly implied message: It does not matter what you do concerning your own family, as long as you recognize the whole world as your family, and avoid telling someone else what to do; your responsibility is to fulfill your own sexual passions with indiscriminate abandon.
Shadia B. Drury wrote for the Council for Secular Humanism: “[C]onservatives are nostalgic for traditional societies in which the individual was buffered from the terrifying power of the state by ‘intermediate institutions’ such as the family and the church” (2007). The obvious implication is that where the state is empowered by the majority, it should possess unlimited authority even may eradicate the religious establishment. In effect, the state may impose its defined standard of truth, justice, and virtue as long as the majority has elected the decision-making officials. (The fly-in-the-ointment here is the Biblical truth that everyone without exception has terminal indwelling sin and that most will choose to remain enslaved (Matt 7:13-14). Thus the majority will inevitably choose wrong.) One does not have to be a Christian to appreciate that humanism powered by pure reason alone cannot succeed. Even Emmanuel Kant, writing his Critique of Pure Reason during the height of the German Enlightenment, understood this.
The Biblical worldview is diametrically and unalterably opposed to that of a secular humanist world in full-scale rebellion against the Creator. ("World" in this context does not refer to the created world nor to the human race, but to the current condition of human affairs in alienation and opposition to God - i.e., John 7:7; 8:23; 14:30; 1 Cor 2:12; Gal 4:3; 6:14; Col 2:8; James 1:27; 1 John 4:5). The god of this age (Satan) has successfully blinded the minds of the unbelieving world (2 Cor 4:4). But so powerful is this mass delusion, that even unwary Christians can be entrapped (Mark 13:22). Believers who succumb to this pipe dream may be truly saved but will tragically find their life's work burned to ashes at the judgement seat of Christ (1 Cor 3:13-15).
As I wrote earlier here,
Satan’s most potent weapon is not physical sickness, which he sometimes has the power to wield (as with Job, or Paul’s thorn in the flesh, or the woman in the synagogue in Luke 16), and not even physical destruction which he sometimes is permitted to bring about (as with Job’s possessions and children, or the martyrs at Pergamum in Rev 2:13). His most powerful weapon was unleashed in the Garden of Eden – deception (Gen 3:1-5; Rev 12:9). It is his nuclear weapon, his weapon of mass destruction that was successfully used for maximum devastation in the Garden of Eden. It is the same weapon unsuccessfully tried against his supreme opponent: the Son of God in the wilderness at the inauguration of His public ministry (Matt 4:1-10)
What counters deception? Truth. Truth renders deception impotent.
As the tenets of secular humanism proliferate through virtually every facet of the culture (i.e., the arts, education, work, play, music, sexuality, family, marriage, the military, the Corporate world, Hollywood, advertising, civil government, civil law, health care, mass media, etc.), constant vigilance and discernment is necessary. It is all-to-easy to find oneself unintentionally entrapped in this subtle cancer as there is no part of the culture left untouched. This poison is also successfully infiltrating some quarters of the church with major denominations capitulating. Even within denominations that remain faithful, we witness some congregations buying into the fantasy and departing the faith (1 Tim 4:1).
Unplug yourself and your family from the matrix. Test everything (1 Thess 5:21) and reject everything that fails the test. Only those with their feet firmly planted in and operating from the Biblical worldview are empowered to help others ensnared in the morass. Only the absolute truth inherent in the Biblical worldview has the power to free us from the matrix's potent web of deception.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17,ESV)