Of previous presidential elections, one of the most remembered catch phrases was “It’s the economy, stupid,” used to remind phone-bank workers to always steer the conversation back to the economy, as it was seen as a winning issue for the candidate.
Christians should use a reminder phrase of their own: It’s the truth, stupid.
I read a lot of blogs, from all viewpoints, on many subjects. For liberal, progressive “Christians,” one popular topic is the death of Christianity, and how to survive Christians must abandon traditional theology and embrace liberal theology.
Lost in their dissertation is what is true, or in other words, what does the Bible proclaim?
As a representative of liberals, consider Bishop Spong and his 12 thesis. We’ll get these from the diocese of Newark, and while we won’t cover every one, you’ll quickly understand the point: It’s the Bible, stupid.
- Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead. So most theological God-talk is today meaningless. A new way to speak of God must be found.
- Since God can no longer be conceived in theistic terms, it becomes nonsensical to seek to understand Jesus as the incarnation of the theistic deity. So the Christology of the ages is bankrupt.
- The biblical story of the perfect and finished creation from which human beings fell into sin is pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense.
- The virgin birth, understood as literal biology, makes Christ’s divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible.
- The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.
- The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.
- Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. It therefore cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.
Let’s look at what some of the twelve points really mean; Spong’s “Christianity”:
- Denies the deity of Christ. (#2)
- Denies the virgin birth. (#4)
- Denies the creation. (#3)
- Denies the inerrancy of the Bible. (#2, #3, #4)
- Denies the atonement of the cross. (#6, #7)
The Bible instructs on all those ideas, and contradicts what Spong would like us to believe. Your question: is Spong smarter than God and His Word?
This is the poison of liberal theology as it infects the church, denying virtually all of Christianity while maintaining the name. It stems from post-modern philosophy and its desire to rebel against God.
Liberal theology frequently aligns itself with radical far-left politics. It’s always fun to point out to those people—using their own liberal theology methods—that Jesus was a Republican, not a Democrat (note: people seem to miss the point of the article, so be sure to read to the end).
You must be careful as the poison of liberalism infests the church. They may use the same terms, read the same Bible, and even pray, but make no mistake — liberal theology is not in any way Christian, as even atheist Christopher Hitches said:
I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.
You know it’s danger-time when an atheist professes a better understanding of foundational Christian theology than many pastors preaching weekly from the pulpit.
It’s time for each person to do their homework and study for themselves. For those that do, you’ll quickly discover liberalism holds nothing more than rebellion against God’s Word, and a desire to create a semblance of Christianity, all while denying its foundation.
It’s the Bible, stupid.