Theology means the study of God. Liberal Theology means the study of God from a liberal perspective.
This past week I had several detractors. Therefore, before proceeding forward, allow me to back-track and fully explain ‘Liberal theology’. First, my initial statement: ‘Liberal Theology is a study of God from a liberal perspective’ is better served as ‘Liberal Theology means a study of the Liberal god.’ My original statement seems to imply something I never intended to convey; that Liberalism worships the God of the Bible, but simply interprets it differently. On the contrary, there are two ways to understand Liberalism:
1.Liberalism is a doctrine of atheism. Atheism is a religion and Liberalism is one of its
2.Liberalism is a religion itself. Liberalism is religious belief having its own god.
Although there is a difference, both produce deception. And to be honest, I have used both to make different points, although I actually accept the first as fact.
But why do I believe these two points? There are two basic reasons. First, liberals do not use the Bible as their plumb-line to determine good and evil, and right and wrong. They use their feelings, and the writings of their liberal forefathers: such as, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, James Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, Charles Darwin, Freidrich Nietzsche, Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, Margret Sanger, Alfred Kinsey, to name a few. Of course, all atheists, and all liberals.* Liberals then take these beliefs, and as much as possible, mix them with the Judaeo/Christian ethic, allowing them to deceive ‘proud’ Christians.
Second, liberalism misunderstands that God does not use their definition of religion. For example, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, are all defined as religions. They possess canons of scripture, or ecclesiastical laws or doctrines, which are written down. They possess ‘holy’ men, who are consecrated and ordained for certain positions. Therefore, they are recognized as ‘organized’ religions, and the people who practice these religions are considered ‘religious’. Yet, this is not how God categories people. God categorizes people by their belief. In other words, you don’t have to be part of an accepted, organized religion to be religious, as just defined. Why? If you will remember, in the first tidbit, I wrote: Theology drives philosophy; or what you believe about God, drives what you believe about life!
Take for example, the first sin. There was no accepted religion in Adam and Eve’s day. Yet, they sinned, were kicked out of the garden, and transferred their sin to each of us! Was Satan’s deception a religious belief? You bet it was! In spite of the fact that no organized religion existed!
Another example is Matthew7:23, which declares there are some people who will call Jesus ‘Lord’, which the Bible declares as necessary for salvation(Rom10:9), yet Jesus still says to some, “I never knew you”!!! In other words, although they made the correct “religious” statements, Jesus still rejected them!
A third example is found in Matthew 16:21-23. Jesus informs his disciples of his death and resurrection. Peter doesn’t want Jesus to leave, and especially not die, so he understandably responds with, “Never Lord!” The Bible says, Jesus turns and looks Peter straight in the eye, and says, “Get behind me, Satan!” Was Peter offended? I’m sure he was! Yet, the point is that Peter’s simple, sincere words, he thought were kind and compassionate…originated with Satan! Peter’s words were religious! They were contrary to God, yet they were not part of any organized religion!! The Bible declares in 1Timothy 4:1, that ‘demons’ have doctrines. Do these doctrines of devils refer only to false religions? NO! Misunderstanding this truth is one of great errors of those who adopt liberalism!!
Luke 11:35, says there exists a light—by which men see—that God considers darkness! Colossians 2:8 says, there are 4 areas that militate against Christ: philosophies, vain deceits, traditions of men, and rudiments of the world. These four descriptions do not fit the definitions of accepted religions---yet the verse clearly says the positions end with a rejection of Christ!!!
Therefore, because liberalism is not part of any formal religion, does not mean their beliefs are not religious. On the contrary, my very point is that liberalism’s beliefs are religious!
But how can I be so confident that their doctrines are contrary to God?
1.Their beliefs and doctrines do not align with God’s word. (See this series of tidbits)
2.They accept, encourage, market, and legislate what God calls sin.
3.Liberal proponents reject the Bible as the standard for good and evil.
4.They excuse their rejection of the Bible by attributing it to a wrong interpretation.
I continue to challenge liberals who claim Jesus to cite one ‘liberal’ position that aligns with the teaching of the Bible! I have yet to receive even one!
This series of tidbits is designed to expose liberal positions that God categorizes as contrary to His word!
In conclusion, as I continue to compare liberalism with the Bible in this series, you will understand better why I believe that Mormonism and Jehovah Witness doctrine is closer to the Biblical text than liberalism. Of course, as I have already said, the reason is that: Liberalism a doctrine of the religion of atheism!
*For example, reference the book: ‘Ten Books Who Screwed Up the World’ by Benjamin Wiker
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