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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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October 10, 2010 Posted by | Liberalism | Comments Off on Liberalism

The Kingdom of God in America

America was founded as a Christian nation.  Although that truth has been removed from the modern history books used in public schools today, the fact remains that the colonists who came over from England and  settled along our eastern shores, came not primarily to seek gold and wealth; nor did they come to these shores to gain freedom from religion,  but freedom from the control and the oppression of a State Church and for freedom to worship and serve God according to the dictates of their conscience.

 

These colonists were not merely religious; they were Christians.  Listen to testimonies of this down through the last four centuries. 

 

John Winthrop, aboard the Arabela in 1630 reminded the colonists, “We are a company professing ourselves fellow members of Christ.”

 

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French philosopher who visited America in 1831 wrote, “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America.”

 

President Woodrow Wilson in 1911 wrote, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”

 

President Truman to Pope Pius XII in 1947 wrote, “This is a Christian nation.”

 

Former Governor of Mississippi, Kirk Fordice stated on CNN,  “Christianity is the predominate religion in America. We all know that is an incontrovertible fact.  The media always refers to the Jewish State of Israel, they talk about the Muslim countries of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.  We all talk about the Hindu nation of IndiaAmerica is not a nothing country. It’s a Christian country.”

 

Though the Seeds of Righteousness had been planted in the heart of the Colonists, it wasn’t long before Satan had sowed his tares in hearts.  The colonists needed to be revived.  In answer to prayer, God sent godly preachers to them, men such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield.   They preached the Gospel to tens of thousands during the decades of  1730-1740.  People got right with God and their hearts were prepared for their struggle against England and for the founding of America, a new nation free from the control of a state church and free to worship and serve God.

 

Our founders cried to God in prayer for wisdom and unity as they began the process of establishing this Republic.  Our founding documents, including our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are filled with reference to our dependence upon God. Our nation’s hallowed buildings and monuments  are filled with Biblical  references carved in stone  to God’s glory and to our sacred purpose as a nation

 

Wherever God is at work, you can be sure the devil is also at work attempting to undo what God has done.   By the end of the 18th century, Liberalism had begun to take control of seminaries and pulpits across America and was turning America away from the God of their fathers.

 

WHAT IS LIBERALISM?

 

Liberalism is basically the denial of the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.  It is the denial of the deity of Jesus. The Liberal may use the adjective divine to describe Jesus as being God-like, but they reject the deity of Christ,  the truth that the man Jesus who walked in Palestine 2000 years ago and then died on a cross, is God in a human body. Of course, along with that rejection of the deity of Christ, was the denial of His virgin birth, His miracles and His bodily resurrection.

 

A liberal is at heart a Unitarian, that is, one who denies the Trinity,  He is at heart a Universalists, that is, one who believes “all roads lead to Heaven and eventually all will be in Heaven”.  They repudiate the truth that Christ rejecters suffer for eternity in Hell.

 

A liberal rejects the Biblical truth that God created the universe in six days simply by the power of His Word. He would rather choose to believe his god of chance, evolution, as the answer to the source of life on earth. He would reject the universal, world wide flood in which all but Noah and his family and the animals in the ark were annihilated.

 

The liberal  judges the Bible by his own mind and refuses to submit to the Bible which  judges all men as sinners under God’s judgment.

 

The liberal’s idea of Christianity is subjective,  based on his reason and experience. He refuses to base it on the Bible.  He interprets it in the light of limited knowledge and teaches it with his unregenerate mind simply as an ethical way of life that we must all strive to live.

 

I argue that if Jesus is not God, as He claimed to be,  then He was a liar and a fraud and therefore not a good teacher. Therefore a liberal is inconsistent in claiming to follow Christ.

 

HOW DO LIBERALS WORK?

 

Liberals believe they are building the Kingdom of God by capturing the hearts and minds of the masses through gaining control of our educational system, our legislative system and the media over the past century. They have been very successful at that. The public school system and most colleges and universities teach the religion of liberalism and humanism.  The way they have accomplished that has been to legislate the Bible from the classroom or in some cases teach it only from a Liberal perspective.  Thus Satan has accomplished his purpose  in turning America, a nation founded on Christianity, into a secular nation.  With their liberal values, they have turned well over half of America into a liberal, secular, godless nation.

 

The National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, founded about sixty years ago,  unite liberal minded churches who advance the liberal social gospel throughout our nation and the world.

 

American Liberalism began in New England in the latter part of the eighteenth century when a handful of Boston area ministers called for a modern rational Christianity.  Hence Liberals were often referred to as Modernists up through the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Their so-called enlightenment ideas gave rise to American Unitarianism and Universalism at the dawn of the 19th century. Perhaps the major fountainhead of Liberalism in America has been Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From there it has spread to most of the major denominational seminaries and State Universities.

 

Again, I remind you that Liberals basically feel they are building the Kingdom of God on earth. Their goal is to promote their idea of the universal fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.  For more on this subject go to  my link LIBERALISM.

 

WHAT IS FUNDAMENTALISM?

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, in response to the rising tide of liberalism in America,  a group of Bible believing ministers and seminary professors from the major Protestant denominations rose up to form the Fundamentalist Movement, a movement who, as the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:17, was set for the defense of The Gospel.

 

These Fundamentalists, though having their denominational differences, agreed on what became known as the Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. They were godly Christian scholars who agreed that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God,  that Jesus is God in human flesh, born of the virgin Mary, and that He  suffered and shed His blood on the cross to make a perfect atonement for the sins of all mankind. Fundamentalist believe that Jesus arose in His glorified body back to Heaven and that He is returning one day to judge the world and set up His Kingdom on this earth.

 

An important doctrine that marked the Fundamentalist Movement was an insistence on Biblical separation from apostasy.  This is clearly taught in the Bible in both the Old and New Testament.  Some of the major New Testament passages on this subject are found in Romans 16:17-18,  II Corinthians 6:14-18,  Ephesians 5:11  II John 7-11  Jude 3-4 and Revelation 18:4.

 

 

WHAT IS NEO-ORTHODOXY?

 

The Liberal’s dream of bringing in the Golden age of the  Kingdom was dashed with World War I and further crushed with World War II.  About that time a new theological movement was exported from Germany,  Neo-Orthodoxy. 

 

An Orthodox Christian is one who holds faithfully to the Christian Faith. 

 

The term Neo-Orthodox was actually a contradictory term.  How can one come up with a new position concerning the Christian Faith which was once  for all given to the Church, as Jude 3 teaches?

 

No, the term Neo Orthodox was a misnomer for this new theological movement from Europe.  A better name would have been Neo-Liberalism. This new theological movement that swept America‘s seminaries almost a century ago was another  “wolf in sheep’s clothing” about which Jesus had warned.  This new movement was rooted in the works of Kant, Schleimacher, and Hegel.  The works of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner and Soren Kierkegaard popularized it in America. Reinhold Niebuhr, a promoter of the Socialist Party in America, was also a leader in this new movement.

 

The Neo Orthodox are masters of double-talk. They say, “Though the Bible is not inerrant, it becomes the Word of God to us whenever it speaks to us.”   Though they deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, they wax eloquent when they preach on the Resurrection at Easter.   Though they deny that Jesus shed His blood on the cross to appease the wrath of God for our sins, they preach eloquently on the cross of Christ and His love for us.

 

If our sins do not incur for us the wrath of God and eternal damnation in hell fire, then why on earth did Jesus go to the cross and endure  the worst torture and means of death that anyone could ever devise?  Why did He have to show His love to us that way?  That doesn’t make sense. In fact, it would be sheer stupidity.

 

If you were in your front yard watching your home burn to the ground and a fireman should rush into your house, knowing there was no one to save, yet should stay there and burn to death to show his love for you, that would be ridiculous.

 

If on the other hand you were in the burning house trying to escape and a fireman should come rushing in to help you escape and in the process he should die in the flames, that would be an act of pure love.

 

Neo Orthodoxy, which denies the truth that all men are sinners and are sentenced to eternal damnation in Hell fire, teaches the irrational doctrine that Jesus endured the torments of death on a cross just to show how much He loves us.   Of course, He loved us.  He died on the cross and shed His blood because He loved sinners and He paid the penalty of death that we deserved to pay in Hell for eternity. He paid that penalty for a world of sinners by enduring the death that we all deserved to pay. Those who reject Christ as their Saviour will suffer in Hell for their own sins.

 

Christ’s death on the cross makes no sense unless He died to be the propitiation or to appease God’s wrath that we deserved to suffer for our sins.  See my link on PROPITIATION for more on this.

 

Neo-Orthodoxy denies the orthodox position of inerrancy and verbal, plenary inspiration. By that term we mean that every word in the Bible is completely inspired by God and is accurate, whether it refers to science or history or anything else.  Neo-Orthodoxy teaches that as the authors of the Bible wrote, they interpreted the events or the words of Jesus,  writing their own flawed interpretations. But in this gobbledygook of error, “the Bible becomes the Word of God whenever it speaks to us”.

 

Whereas Orthodoxy accepts the Bible as the complete and sufficient revelation of God to us, Neo-Orthodoxy believes that the Bible is merely a medium of revelation.  Orthodoxy claims it is God’s Revelation to us.

 

To the Neo-Orthodox, truth  is defined as that which is relevant to his experience  or to his personal interpretation, making the discovery of  truth a mystical experience, rather than a concrete fact.  See my article on EXISTENTIALISM on this web site for more on this confusion that is associated with Neo-Orthodoxy.

 

Neo-Orthodoxy further teaches that Scripture is not the only form of revelation, but that further revelation can be directly obtained from God as He speaks directly to us apart from the Scriptures.  This explains the modern “prophetic ministry” which has become a norm in liberal and Charismatic Churches. 

 

Speaking of the gift of prophecy, let me clarify.  In the early church, before the Bible was completed,  there were those who had the gift of prophecy.  In the early church service one with this gift would stand up and prophecy, declaring truth given to him by God.  When the Bible was completed, that gift, along with the gift of tongues, vanished away, according to I Corinthians 13:8-10

 

If a church has come to the place where she believes that Truth is revealed directly and that it is subject to the interpretation of each individual  and that God is still declaring new truth and new revelation, then they have departed from the Truth of God’s Word and according to Revelation 22:18-19 they bring judgment on themselves.

 

We hold and preach the Bible, the complete Word of God.  Let’s not lose it by departing from it to seek new revelations and mysticism, the very foundation of Liberalism and Neo-Orthodoxy.

 

WHAT IS NEW EVANGELICALISM?

 

By the 1940’s a number of Fundamentalists were fighting one another over issues that had nothing to do with the defense of The Faith.  There was a spirit of negativism and legalism in some quarters of this movement.

 

With Neo Orthodoxy sweeping the country, a new generation of Fundamentalists were enthralled by what they were hearing from the Neo Orthodox. They thought,  “They sound so much like Christians. Surely they must be our brothers in Christ.” 

 

In 1950 a group of these former Fundamentalist leaders decided in a meeting in Pasadena, California to disassociate themselves from the Fundamentalist movement and become known as the New Evangelicals. Christianity Today, a brand new periodical, began to be published to promote this new movement. I remember as a young pastor receiving some of the first issues.  The New Evangelicals  reached out to the Neo Orthodox.  They invited them to teach in their Colleges and Seminaries.  They invited them into their pulpits.  They worked with them in ecumenical evangelistic crusades.   They channeled the converts into their churches.  For all intents and purposes, they eradicated the theological  differences between them.

 

These New Evangelicals were “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.” That is, they were giving up their Biblical stand against false doctrine and ignoring the Biblical doctrine of separation  because some Fundamentalists were bringing a bad name on the Fundamentalist movement and because they felt that they were basically one with the Neo Orthodox.

 

Chances are you have never heard the terms Neo Orthodox or New Evangelical. They are both passé and irrelevant today.

 

In the meantime, over the past sixty years or so,  this compromise has had a tsunami-sized negative influence in Christian churches. The Christian’s compromise with unbelief has resulted in a massive almost sudden change in the church.  I’ve watched it happen before my eyes as it grew with blinding speed in the early 60’s  and it has broken my heart.

 

There is theological confusion in churches and Christian colleges and seminaries across our land and they are beginning to accept the old fashioned unbelief of the liberals.   If I were a parent of college students today, I would be very cautious of some “Christian” colleges. I’ve observed graduates of these schools come out with a disdain for the Biblical doctrines and values and with an acceptance of liberal values.

 

Modern churches are more concerned about giving people what they want to hear, inoffensive preaching that does not  cramp their sinful lifestyle; rather than preaching the truth that often offends. We Fundamentalists are often branded legalists for our stands against sin.  For a correct  understanding of legalism I challenge you to go to my study of Galatians under the category FREEDOM. There you will learn what true legalism is and how the Apostle Paul dealt with it.

 

As one who loves and appreciates beautiful, inspiring Christian music, I grieve over its loss to the past two generations. Though some modern Christian composers have given us some quality Contemporary  Christian music, volumes of beautiful Christian music written and sung prior to the ’60’s has been lost to this current generation.  Why discard generations of Scriptural, beautiful hymns of the church to limit yourselves to one style of music?

 

I’ll agree that some of the Christian songs we teens sang in the ’40’s and ’50’s were silly and insipid; but most of what we sang in church and in our youth meetings had spiritual substance and was sung to music that lifted us to Heaven. I grieve when I think of what modern Christians have never known and its replacement with irritating noise lacking melody, harmony and a solid Biblical message, with it’s relentless, same, boring rock beat. Congregations no longer sing four part harmony in the typical church. I listen to them attempt to sing, groaning in a monotone, looking up at the screen, not knowing where the melody is going.

 

Churches today are majoring on fleshly worship experiences and minoring on preaching.   The average Christian today has little or no appetite for Biblical preaching. But we should not be surprised.  Paul warned it would happen. Read II Timothy 4:1-4

 

All of this has resulted in the weakening of Christians and making them more susceptible to the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil.

 

I think we have almost come full circle.  Christians from evangelical churches are  accepting the liberal’s view of missions as simply meeting the social needs of people, with little or no thought to the preaching of the Gospel that saves a sinner from hell.

 

I am not advocating that Christians should not help meet the material and health and educational needs of the lost in third world countries.  I’m simply warning that if that is all we are doing we are helping well fed, well clothed, educated, healthy sinners continue on their way to hell.

 

My prayer is that God would bring the Church back to the solid preaching of the Word of God and make us aware of the subtlety of Satan.  At the same time, may we be loving and kind in our dealing with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

 

I challenge you to read through Paul’s thirteen Epistles and note how much concern and attention he gives by inspiration of God to warning of the dangers of compromise with unbelief.  Read the warnings Jesus gave in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7.

 

“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”  Luke 18:8  I wonder!

 

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”  Revelation 22:20

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Liberalism | Comments Off on The Kingdom of God in America

Liberals “Bringing in the Kingdom”

Liberalism is basically the denial of the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.  It is the denial of the deity of Jesus. They may use the adjective divine to describe Jesus, but they reject the deity of Christ,  the idea that the man Jesus who walked in Palestine 2000 years ago and then died on a cross is God in a human body. Of course, along with that rejection of the deity of Christ, is the denial of His virgin birth, His miracles and His bodily resurrection.

 

A liberal is at heart a Unitarian, that is one who denies the Trinity,  He is at heart a Universalists, that is, one who believes “all roads lead to Heaven and eventually all will be in Heaven”.  They repudiate the idea of Christ rejecters suffering for eternity in Hell.

 

A liberal rejects the Biblical truth that God created the universe in six days simply by the power of His Word. He would rather choose to believe  in evolution as the answer to the source of life on earth.  He would reject the universal, world wide flood in which all but Noah and his family and the animals in the ark were annihilated.

 

The liberal  judges the Bible by his own mind and refuses to allow the Bible to judge him as a sinner.

 

The liberal’s idea of Christianity is subjective,  based on reason and experience. He refuses to base it on the Bible.  He interprets it in the light of modern knowledge and teaches it with his unregenerate mind simply as an ethical way of life.

 

HOW DO LIBERALS WORK?

 

Liberals believe they are building the Kingdom of God by capturing the hearts and minds of the masses through gaining control of our educational system, our legislative system and the media over the past century.  The public school system and most colleges and universities teach the religion of liberalism and humanism.  The way they have accomplished that has been to legislate the Bible from the classroom or in some cases teach it only from a Liberal perspective.  Thus Satan has accomplished his purpose  in turning America, a nation founded on Christianity, into a purely secular nation.  With their liberal values, they have turned well over half of America into a liberal, secular, Godless nation.

 

The National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, founded about sixty years ago,  unite liberal minded churches who advance the liberal social gospel throughout our nation and the world.

 

American Liberalism began in New England in the latter part of the eighteenth century when a handful of Boston area ministers called for a modern rational Christianity.  Hence Liberals were often referred to as Modernists up through the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Their so-called enlightenment ideas gave rise to American Unitarianism and Universalism at the dawn of the 19th century. Perhaps the major fountainhead of Liberalism in America has been Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From there it has spread to most of the major denominational seminaries and State Universities.

 

Again, I remind you that Liberals basically feel they are building the Kingdom of God on earth. Their goal is the universal fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.   

 

WHAT IS NEO-ORTHODOXY?

 

Liberalism’s dream was dashed with World War I and further crushed with World War II.  About that time a new theological movement was exported from Germany,  Neo-Orthodoxy.  Orthodox describes one who holds faithfully to the Christian Faith.  The term Neo-Orthodox was actually a contradictory term.  How can one come up with a new position concerning the Christian Faith which was once and for all given to the Church, as Jude 3 teaches?

 

No, the term Neo Orthodox was a misnomer for this new theological movement from Europe.  A better name would have been Neo-Liberalism. This new theological movement that swept America’s seminaries almost a century ago was another  “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that Jesus had warned about.  This new movement was rooted in the work of Kant, Schleimacher, and Hegel.  The works of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner and Soren Kierkegaard popularized it in America. Reinhold Niebuhr, a promoter of the Socialist Party in America, also had a part in this new movement.

 

The promoters of Neo-Orthodoxy are masters of double-talk.  Though they deny the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible and though they deny the deity of Christ, including His virgin birth, His miracles and His bodily resurrection from the dead;  they are masters of double talk. I sat in a Neo-Orthodox seminary  and listened to a theology professor teach the glories of this false doctrine.  We studied the works of Emil Brunner until I was so sick of this poison, that I quit this so-called Conservative seminary in the middle of the year.

 

The Neo Orthodox would say, “Though the Bible is not inerrant, it becomes the Word of God to us whenever it speaks to us.”   Though they deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, they wax eloquent when they preach on the Resurrection at Easter.   Though they deny that Jesus shed His blood on the cross to appease the wrath of God for our sins, they preach eloquently on the cross of Christ and His love for us.

 

If our sins do not incur for us the wrath of God and eternal damnation in hell fire, then why on earth did Jesus go to the cross and endure  the worst torture and means of death that anyone could ever devise?  Why did He have to show His love to us that way?  That doesn’t make sense. In fact, it would be sheer stupidity.

 

If you were sitting in your front yard watching your home burn to the ground and a fireman should rush into your house, knowing there was no one to save, yet should stay there and burn to death to show his love for you, that would be utter stupidity.

 

If on the other hand you were in the burning house trying to escape and a fireman should come rushing in to help you escape and in the process he should die of asphyxiation, that would be an act of pure love.

 

Neo Orthodoxy, which denies the truth that all men are sinners and are sentenced to eternal damnation in Hell fire, teaches the irrational doctrine that Jesus endured the torments of death on a cross just to show how much He loves us.   Of course, He loved us.  He died on the cross and shed His blood because He loved sinners and He paid the penalty of death that we deserved to pay in Hell for eternity. He paid that penalty for a world of sinners by enduring the death that we all deserved to pay throughout eternity.

 

Christ’s death on the cross makes no sense unless He died to be the propitiation or to appease God’s wrath that we deserved to suffer for our sins.  See my link on PROPITIATION for more on this.

 

Neo-Orthodoxy denies the orthodox position of inerrancy and verbal, plenary inspiration. By that term we mean that every word in the Bible is completely inspired by God and is accurate, whether it refers to science or history or anything else.  Neo-Orthodoxy teaches that as the authors of the Bible wrote, they interpreted the events or the words of Jesus,  writing their own flawed interpretations. But in this gobbledygook of error, “the Bible becomes the Word of God whenever it speaks to us”.

 

Whereas Orthodoxy accepts the Bible as the complete and sufficient revelation of God to us, Neo-Orthodoxy believes that the Bible is merely a medium of revelation.  Orthodoxy claims it is God’s Revelation to us.

 

To the Neo-Orthodox, truth  is defined as that which is relevant to his experience  or to his personal interpretation, making the discovery of  truth a mystical experience, rather than a concrete fact.  See my article on EXISTENTIALISM on this web site for more on this confusion that is associated with Neo-Orthodoxy.

 

Neo-Orthodoxy further teaches that Scripture is not the only form of revelation, but that further revelation can be directly obtained from God as He speaks directly to us apart from the Scriptures.  This explains the modern “prophetic ministry” which has become a norm in liberal and Charismatic Churches.

 

If a church has come to the place where she believes that Truth is revealed directly and that it is subject to the interpretation of each individual  and that God is still declaring new truth and new revelation, then they have departed from the Truth of God’s Word.

 

Let’s not lose the Truth by departing from it to seek new revelations and mysticism, the very foundation of Liberalism and Neo-Orthodoxy.

 

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Liberalism | Comments Off on Liberals “Bringing in the Kingdom”