I read a lot of blogs of all types, but one thing catching me by surprise was a number of people on a liberal Christian blog saying they didn’t like Easter, were depressed, didn’t celebrate it, didn’t understand it, had doubts, or something similar.
What? The defining event of Christianity?
Perhaps it’s because they don’t really understand Easter.
You see, religious people of the liberal/progressive type use dialectic reasoning to shift definitions and modify (or ignore) what the Bible says. Those groups don’t really know what they believe, because they’ll believe anything (and everything … or nothing). That’s the ruinous, deadly poison liberal theology and post-modern philosophy infect the church with.
Post-modern liberals deny truth, so the absolute truth of Easter and the Gospel are lost on them. Some liberals even go far as to replace Easter (the Gospel) with good works and other strange ideas. For those in that group, it’s no wonder they’re confused.
What is the Gospel?
For all those liberal progressives, let’s remind everyone exactly what the Gospel is, from Paul:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:1–5 NKJV)
Paul reminded the Galatians that anyone accepting another Gospel is (to paraphrase) in big trouble. The Gospel is NOT social justice, good works, common good, happy thoughts, heaven on earth, or any other liberal/progressive theological nonsense. It’s quite simple:
- Humans are sinners missing God’s requirements.
- Thus, to be with a perfect God the penalty for sin must be paid.
- That penalty requires a perfect, sinless sacrifice.
- Jesus paid that penalty for us.
- He died, and rose the third day (Easter!).
- By accepting Him as Lord and Savior we can have our sins forgiven.
Now, that’s good news.
The Poison of Liberal Theology
If you’re confused on what the Gospel is, it’s no wonder Easter—the very foundation of Christianity—becomes confusing as you’ve lost the objective of Christianity, replacing it with some liberal, progressive mumbo-jumbo.
That’s the problem caused by liberal, progressive, emerging, post-modern theology (or whatever else the latest fully buzzword-compliant term is) — once you ignore what the text plainly says, you’re left with nothing as anyone can make the text say anything they want, so the text does say anything, which means it says … nothing.
And that folks, could certainly cause confusion over Easter.