Every Knee Should Bow. . .Every Tongue Should Confess

Dr. John Dewey was one of the charter members of the atheistic American Humanist Association.  That is a matter of record in the Humanist Manifesto I.  In his sermon titled Listen to Your Heart, American Presbyterian Pastor Ben Haden told of the death of Dr. Dewey’s wife.

He said, “Dr. John Dewey did not believe there was a God.  He’s the father of the whole modern system of American education.  What he did not believe has seeped down into every one of our minds through public education and private education.”

“. . .But mark well, what Dr. Dewey did when his beloved wife died.  He went to a minister in New York City–unannounced, ‘Sir, I would like for you to bury my wife,’ he said.”

“. . .’Sir, you don’t understand the kind of funeral I would conduct,’ said the minister.  ‘I would talk about Jesus as the Son of God having come from heaven and having become flesh.’  Dr. Dewey said, ‘I know.'”

“The minister went on, ‘No, I don’t think you realize what I’m talking about, Dr. Dewey.  You see, I never conduct a funeral without talking about both death and life.  And, Doctor, the reason you would not want me is that I believee in the resurrection of the body by the power of Christ.’  Dr. Dewey quietly replied, ‘I know.'”

“‘But you wouldn’t want me to conduct that kind of funeral for your wife?’ the minister asked.  Dr. Dewey responded, ‘Yes, sir, that’s why I came to you.'”

Philippians 2:9-11 says, “Therefore also God highly exalted (Jesus), and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”  (NASB)

The choice is really very simple.  I can bow my knee and confess who Jesus is, voluntarily and in faith during this life, or I can do so involuntarily, in spite of my faithlessness when this life is done.  What a tragedy to live my entire life rejecting and denying Jesus Christ only to be compelled to honor Him and confess His name as I descend into hell.

About kainosktisis

I am a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my life's greatest ambition is to follow Him for the rest of my life.
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