Theology means the study of God. Liberal Theology means the study of God from a liberal perspective. So…what is liberalism?
1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition of liberalism:
1.Of a free heart; free to give or bestow; not close or contracted; munificent; bountiful; generous; giving largely; as a liberal donor; the liberal founders of a college or hospital. It expresses less than profuse or extravagant.
2.Generous; ample; large; as a liberal donation; a liberal allowance.
3.Not selfish, narrow on contracted; catholic; enlarged; embracing other interests than one’s own; as liberal sentiments or views; a liberal mind; liberal policy.
4.General; extensive; embracing literature and the sciences generally; as a liberal education. This phrase is often but not necessarily synonymous with collegiate; as a collegiate education.
5.Free; open; candid; as a liberal communication of thoughts.
6.Large; profuse; as a liberal discharge of matter by secretions or excretions.
7.Free; not literal or strict; as a liberal construction of law.
8.Not mean; not low in birth or mind.
9.Licentious; free to excess.
If one knows anything at all about the nature of God, the first seven entries align with God’s word1--describing Biblical principles such as generosity and unselfishness to which every Christian should aspire. For example, generosity is encouraged in Proverbs 11:25(NAS). The KJV actually uses the word “liberal” for the same word translated as “generous” in the NAS version. In addition, the Bible uses other synonymous words in place of the word “generous” such as “bountiful”(2Cor9:6). The above definitions also convey freedom (Gal5:1,13); the pursuit of knowledge(Pro2:3;Pro4:7;Pro10:14;Col2:3); while rejecting selfishness(Mat20:28; Phil1:17(NAS); Jms3:14(NAS). Obviously, the first seven definitions of ‘liberal’ portray the Biblical values of generosity, selflessness, and freedom.
YET… for these very reasons, many believers are deceived! But Why? Because as Galatians 5:9 (AMP) declares: “A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump…” In other words, although leaven is small when added to bread, it is that critical ingredient that enlarges the entire loaf. The Bible uses leaven to represent sin. As a little sin goes without discernment, it eventually fills, overwhelms, and destroys.
Although there are so many good definitions of liberal, its deception lay in its ninth definition: Licentious; free to excess. In reality, the ninth entry ‘is’ Liberalism’s literal face—while the previous eight definitions serve only as masks. Dictionary.com defines ‘licentious’ as: sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd, unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless, immoral.
Galatians 5:19 teaches that the word lasciviousness is a work of the flesh and a synonym for licentiousness which in the Greek means: sexual excess, absence of restraint, insatiable desire for pleasure, arrogance, insolence referring to words; wantonness, lustfulness, excessive pleasure.
However, the actual practice of lasciviousness might be better defined as ‘one thing leads to another’! Why? Because the actual practice of sexual sin naturally descends to new lows. By nature, sin is not stagnant, but can only spiral downward(Jms1:15) toward ever-increasing evil. Therefore, and ironically, the freedom of Webster’s first 7 good definitions is completely offset by the evil of the ninth!
However, by marketing the above good points, Liberalism has been able to mask the horror of its licentiousness (lasciviousness), giving it credibility in the minds and hearts of many. This mask is a façade, covering its real face, hiding its real agenda…until it is adopted AND established in the culture! Yet remember, this liberal mask only deceives those people who want to be deceived. John 3:19 clearly describes this evil phenomenon: “…men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Other liberal masks include: equality, compassion, tolerance, love, and kindness, etc. Liberals will wear one or more of these masks to gain approval or acceptance so that they may be thought of as morally superior.
What I find incredibly disheartening is that the aforementioned masks are able to fool good people because the values originate in the Judaeo-Christian ethic of which America still possesses a remnant. Yet, and I repeat, under these masks of Judaeo-Christian values lay some of the greatest evil of our present day: Communism/Socialism, intolerance, racism, atheism, hatred (especially of Christians & God), antisemitism, envy; and of course, liberalism’s greatest attraction: sexual license!! Allow me to remind you: licentiousness equals sexual license!
At its core, liberalism is a doctrine of the religion of Atheism.2 However, along with liberalism which is atheism’s social doctrine, some of atheism’s other doctrines are the following:
-Communism/Socialism/Fascism, its political doctrines;
-Darwinism/Evolution, its science doctrine;
-Relativism, its life doctrine;
-Lasciviousness, its sexual doctrine.
In conclusion, what we are seeing in today’s culture is the practice of Liberal Theology. For example, Liberalism deals with sin3 8 ways:
1.Ignore sin. In their hearts, liberalism ignores God’s Word,
rejecting His definitions of good and evil in order to live anyway
they want—calling it freedom. Mottos: “to each his own”; “if it feels
good do it!
2.Reject sin. They become embolden, and begin to publicly
challenge anyone who stands on God’s word. Here they begin the
process of rejecting America’s foundational Christian roots and
the character of our nation’s Founders. The separation of church
and state4 also begins here.
3.Promote sin. Liberals begin to publicly act on their sin, mock
God, His word, parade their sin through the streets and explode
it on social media, entertainment, sports, etc. Here is where they
use public schools to impose and indoctrinate sexual perversion
as their primary weapon to groom children.
4.Ban the righteous. The process of banning God, His Word, and
the persecution of the righteous begins. Religious broadcasts and
free speech are censured by the media, and businesses are
persecuted and Christians cancelled.
5.Legislate sin. They publicly act to codify sin, while also making
Biblical righteousness illegal. America is currently here!
6.Fine resistors. Liberals impose financial fines on those who resist
their views. Churches fined for gathering and having services
during covid. Preaching against sin is hate speech. Some of
America is here!
7.Imprison. They will eventually imprison those who reject their
8.Martyrdom. Liberals will ultimately murder those who reject
Without the Word of God, the natural mind will accept the politically correct but unscriptural Liberal Theology. Like Noah in the day of evil, let’s continue to pray and stand strong as “preachers of righteousness” knowing that we have been given the “ministry of reconciliation” to a generation lost in their sin.
Obviously, liberalism does not come from God! (1Tim4:1)
1The eighth entry is questionable.
2However, liberalism can also be designated a religion, without much debate.
3Liberalism uses sexual license as its primary weapon to open the door for its other positions.
4The liberal re-definition of the ‘separation of church and state’ is the ‘separation of God from the state’. In the liberal mind, separating church and state means to remove God (and the Bible) from every public place first, which ultimately climaxes in its removal from every private place. The best evidence of this is Nazi, Germany.
Faith alone saves, but a faith that saves is not alone. -John Calvin