“Religion is man at his lowest”

Who said this? Richard Dawkins? Christopher Hitchens? Sam Harris? Nope, the source of this quote is none other than Pastor John MacArthur. He said in this sermon.

Of course, he is absolutely right. He is preaching out of Romans 1, where the Apostle describes the human condition since The Fall.

MacArthur is describing Romans 1:22-23,

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures

Here is Johnny Mac’s quote in context,

How ridiculous. Religion..men create their own gods to accommodate their own useless ideas. You might think that religion is man at his highest. Let me tell you, religion is man at his lowest. False religion is man at the bottom…at the bottom.

MacArthur then quotes Romans 1:25,

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

He continues,

They kept worshiping, they developed the religion but they worshiped something of their own creation, or a creation of God, an animal, a fish, a star, a constellation, or an idol rather than the Creator. Verse 28 says it again, “They did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer.” It doesn’t mean they’re not religious, ah the whole world is religion, fanatically religious.

He then proceeds to describe what it is fallen mankind is religious about,

The idols come in all kinds of forms:

From primitive statues of the lowest cultures to the more elevated gods of self, and sex and mother nature

From the Roman eagle to the spotted owl

From the golden bulls of Egypt to the dolphin gods of environmentalists

From the worship of a stick to the worship of the Earth

From Aborigines to environmentalists

From pantheistic worship of the world to eco-feminism

From eco-feminism to Islam and every other religion

I’m not surprised that terrorism is associated with religion. It’s man at his lowest.

He wraps up the Romans 1 exposition with this,

Is it any wonder that as a society then, we are struggling with our ethics? Is it any wonder we are struggling with our morals? We’ve rejected God.

He gave us revelation and we rejected it. We rationalize it and call ourselves an elite educated advanced culture and we invent religion as if it’s an indicator of how high we have ascended when the fact of the matter is we’re going down at warp speed.

We have abandoned God and God has returned the favor.


4 Responses to “Religion is man at his lowest”

  1. sulochanosho says:

    Sure, religions and rituals are dead debrises.
    The only true religiousness is to live here and now totally.

  2. Laz says:

    Actually, what you cling to (“to live here and now totally”) is exactly what Romans 1 is talking about and MacArthur is preaching about.

  3. healtheland says:

    Reminds me of a little diatribe that I wrote awhile back.

    Serve Jesus Christ, Not Religion

  4. Matthew says:

    “Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
    Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

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