Separation series #2: Liberalism
The great divide in America is not red states vs blue states. It is not between Democrats and Republicans. Basically it is a conflict between liberal philosophy and conservative philosophy
The conflict between Liberals and Conservatives is more of a spiritual issue than a political issue, although it certainly has political repercussions. Liberals and Conservatives are found in both major political parties. The word liberal is a good word. The word means generous and broadminded. Proverbs 11:25 states, “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered himself.” However, the name liberal has been applied in the religious arena to those who deny the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible and the doctrine of Christ. A more accurate name for such would be heretic.
Liberals Worship Their Minds
Liberals consider themselves intellectually superior to Conservatives and they look down on those who believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God as ignorant, simplistic and inferior. Instead of allowing God’s Word to judge their minds, they judge the Bible by their own minds. They determine their own moral standards which are directly opposite from the moral standards of the Bible. That’s why when it comes to moral issues, Liberals and Conservatives are diametrically opposed to one another.
What Do Liberals Believe?
Liberals believe that the Old Testament writers had a warped understanding of God. They believe these ancient writers saw God as a capricious, vengeful, cruel despot. Liberals deny that the writers of both the Old and New Testaments were inspired of God. They believe that the erroneous thinking of the writers flawed their documents which became part of the Bible.
Liberals reject the deity of Christ, but they see Jesus as a good man who had a more enlightened view of God then the Old Testament writers. Liberals declare that because of His teachings, Jesus was rightfully called the Son of God. They deny that Jesus is the virgin born Son of God who lived a sinless life in a human body, then shed His blood on the cross as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. Instead, they affirm that Jesus died as a martyr for the things He believed and taught.
The Liberal sees God as being so kind and loving that He overlooks sin. Liberals reject that God would ever consign anyone to eternal hell. They teach that everyone is a child of God and that eventually everyone will be in Heaven. They say that it does not matter what you believe; all roads lead to Heaven.
The religious Liberal picks and chooses what he wants to accept in the Bible. If something speaks to him it becomes the Word of God to him. If it seems contrary to human reasoning and science, then he rejects it as myth. Most Liberals would reject a universal flood in Noah’s day. They would reject the miracles of the Bible, including the virgin birth of Christ and His bodily resurrection; concluding that His corpse lies as dust in some tomb.
When Liberals speak of believing in the resurrection of Christ they mean only that Jesus’ spirit rose in the lives of His followers. It’s true that every Christian is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ. The Bible teaches that the slain body of Jesus literally rose again from the dead three days later in a glorified state and is in Heaven today. Jesus is returning in that body to raise us from the dead, to judge His enemies and bring in His everlasting Kingdom of righteousness and peace. All of this is rejected by Liberals.
Liberals reject the creation of man and choose to accept the evolutionary theory. They see man as an animal that has evolved to a higher level. As an animal, they reject the idea of a human being having a conscience that enables him to recognize God’s moral standards and know when he has done right or wrong.
Because Liberals declare there are no absolute moral standards, but every man has freedom to do whatever he desires; they welcome the theory of evolution as reason to ignore Almighty God, The Creator; and reject the moral standards of the Bible. They reject the fact that all of Adam’s race is born with a sinful nature. They teach that if we just fan the spark of divine goodness in every man and woman, mankind will continue to evolve and become God-like. Because of this false premise, it colors their thinking about everything in life.
Whereas the Christian’s view of tolerance is to accept others without agreeing with or sharing their beliefs or lifestyle choices; the liberal’s view of tolerance is to accept the beliefs, values, lifestyles and the truth claims of all as of equal value.
Whereas the Christian’ source of truth, Christ and His Word, the Bible, are accepted as absolute and final; the liberal’s view of truth is relative. They tell us that truth is “whatever is right for you.”
Whereas the Christian’s understanding of right and wrong are determined by the Bible; the liberal claims that no one has the right to judge another’s views or behaviour as being right or wrong. Many Christians today have swallowed the liberal’s philosophy that Christians who so judge others are “judgmental”.
C.S. Lewis has this to say about such rubbish, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
How Their Liberal Beliefs Affect Their Positions
Because Liberals consider the Old Testament too harsh, they are generally opposed to the death penalty for capital offenses. They are also basically in favor of showing leniency for those who commit crimes. They are for lighter sentences. They argue that the criminal is not at fault alone. Rather, they blame society for the criminal’s behavior. To Liberals, criminals are not the problem; guns are the problem. They declare that if we remove guns from the people, that crime will decrease.
Because Liberals are convinced that man is basically good, they see no need for a strong military defense. Instead, they conclude man can bring about world peace through diplomacy alone.
Though most Conservatives care about the environment, Liberals are more incensed by environmental pollution than by moral pollution. Interestingly, the same Liberal who is opposed to the death penalty for murderers is usually for killing unwanted babies by abortion.
How do Liberals Operate?
The Liberal Intelligentsia promote class warfare. They try to convince the poor and middle class that they are victims of the rich. They see their calling in life to be Robin Hoods; stealing from the rich through excessive taxation to provide government programs for the poor. Instead of solving economic problems, they create more dependence on government. Many dependants see themselves as victims of societies inequities and gladly choose those political saviours who offer them the most money and the most security, even it if means less freedom.
Liberals promote their agenda and increase their power by teaching their religion of humanism and socialism in the public schools and secular universities where they are welcomed with open arms. Through their so called “progressive education” they have brought about the dumbing down of America in the past fifty years. Liberals desperately need to operate among naive, dependant people who will look to them as saviours.
Basically the difference in strategy between Conservatives and Liberals is that Conservatives use facts and appeal to the intellect, while Liberals appeal to emotions to make their points.
The Fairness Doctrine
The extreme Liberals are Socialists at heart, they are rabid in their desire and efforts to silence all opposition to their views. When popular conservative talk shows spring up, they are enraged and attack them furiously with what they call a “Fairness Doctrine” which is actually an attempt to stifle and control free speech.
By this so-called “Fairness Doctrine” for every hour of Conservative talk on the radio and television, they want equal time to let Liberals give their side. The foolishness about this is that they already have the freedom and opportunity to use the media as much as they wish. Who is stopping them from presenting their own side? Their problem is that few Americans want to listen to their drivel and few businesses want to support them.
Whose talking about fairness? The Liberals already have control of the public educational system from PreSchool through college. They already control the major new media. What more can they want but the silencing of Conservatism?
How did they gain that power and control? Through the spiritual blindness of Christians who allowed theological liberalism to take control of their churches over the past two centuries. Again, I assert that theological liberalism leads to political liberalism.
What is the Answer to Liberalism?
The only answer to the malaise of Liberalism is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When one finds salvation in Christ, and starts growing in his Christian faith, he is filled with hope and self-confidence as he learns to put his confidence in God. He no longer sees himself a victim, but as a victor over his circumstances. He develops a work ethic. He loves the Bible and rejoices in God’s holy standards and in his freedom in Christ. Because he has found new life and God’s solution to his problems, he desires to share the Good News with others.
If anyone ever had reason to be a liberal, I did. I was born into a poor missionary family. My father died when I was four. My mother could have taught me how poor we were and how dependent we were on others. If there had been government relief when I was a child, my mother could have opted for that relief. Instead of thinking myself a victim and looking for relief from others, I was taught the value of work and free-enterprise from childhood.
Come to think of it, I never even knew I was poor as a child. I knew nothing of scholarships or government grants. I worked my way through a Christian high school and Christian college, earning my tuition, room and board. I say all of this; not to boast, but to encourage you who have had it difficult in life. By the grace of God, I came to know Jesus from early childhood. He has given me the confidence and the enthusiasm to tackle the difficulties of life.
I thank God that Jesus is my Saviour, my Shepherd, my Provider, my Lord and my God. I thank God for the Bible, God’s Word that shows me how to live. I thank God for the high privilege of being an American citizen and for the freedom I have enjoyed all my life. I thank God for our police officers, fire fighters, and servicemen and women who are defending and protecting America with their lives. May God bless and protect them. May God continue to bless America with the freedom that comes from Him alone and may we Christians in America see our responsibility to take the Gospel of Christ to those around us and to those in other lands who are bound by Satan and his lies.
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