(Photo: Norman Geisler)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – America no longer has a Judeo-Christian basis and it is up to Christians to help re-establish the nation's foundation before freedom is completely lost, said prolific author and theologian Dr. Norman Geisler.
"We are losing our freedoms because we are losing our Judeo-Christian basis for the freedoms in America," Geisler said in a recent interview during the National Conference on Christian Apologetics hosted by the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. "The founding fathers all, without exception, showed an inseparable unity between integrity and liberty, between virtue and our freedoms.
"Now that we no longer have a Judeo-Christian basis for our country we are realizing that we are losing all our freedoms along with it," he explained. "Our job is to speak to the culture and help re-establish our Judeo-Christian basis or our freedom is going to be swept away."
Geisler, who co-founded SES with Ross Rhoads in 1992, was a speaker at the conference and on hand for the seminary's inauguration of new president Dr. Richard Land. He has authored and co-authored more than 80 books and written hundreds of articles. Geisler, 82, has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at seminaries in the U.S, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now teaches at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, Calif., as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
He was asked during the interview, taped for Dave Garrison's Faith & Liberty radio talk show, what he thought were the most critical issues in America.
"The most pressing issue in America politically is [that] we are losing our freedom," Geisler said. "The most pressing issue in America theologically is the inerrancy of the Bible, the battle is still going on [and] it has been revived recently. The most pressing issue in terms of philosophy – pluralism, relativism, and naturalism – [meaning] all views are true, there is no absolute truth, and miracles don't occur so you can't believe in the Bible."
He was asked about how he sees the political and economic matters of today and what role Christians should play in the mix.
"I see that Jesus said be salt, be light, occupy until I come, do good to all men, especially to those in the household of faith – the Bible is filled with commands for us to be in the world, but not of the world to speak to the culture without being of the culture," he said.
When asked by The Christian Post what impressed him most during his time at SES, he said, "What I remember most is God's faithfulness to His principles if you believe them and keep them."
Geisler described the fact that Land is the new president of SES as a "coup."
"I think that Dr. Richard Land is going to be a great blessing to the seminary. He is an exceedingly talented man, highly trained. The seminary is more than fortunate to get him," he said. "For the seminary to land Dr. Richard Land is a great coup and I look forward to great things to happen in the future."