Listening to an old Walter Martin message titled “The Cult of Liberalism” and his warning applies more today than when he spoke over 20 years ago. I wonder what he would think of today’s repackaged failed liberal theology of the past. As Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun — just previous un-Biblical ideas wrapped in new terminology and sold to unsuspecting victims.
One idea Martin presented was how all these corruptions begin — with a corrupt view of the Bible as something other than God’s infallible, inerrant Word. The Bible does not contain the Word of God, it is the Word of God; a mountain of meaning exists between those two ideas.
Liberals and progressives always begin with the premise only parts of the Bible apply — and they’re the only ones qualified to tell you which parts apply and which don’t.
Qualifications for elders? Chuck that one. Sexual perversion? We’ll keep some, and chuck some. Rules on adultery? We’ll keep those … for now. Marriage? That’s “evolving” so who knows tomorrow?
Once the liberals begin to chop up the Bible, how do you know anything? You don’t. You have a form of Christianity, while denying all that makes Christianity Christian.
Why do they do this? Simply put, rebellion. They want to look like Christians while living any way they wish, or as Paul told Timothy they would have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.
Many people recognize heretics when they’re wild-eyed on TV, but not when liberalism infests the church. Liberals may use the same terms, but anybody even casually reading Paul’s letters knows social justice has nothing to do with the gospel, as Paul exactly defines the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15.
Anyone believing social justice is the heart of the gospel is either wildly uniformed (or hasn’t read the Bible), or for some reason wants to deceive you into believing something not existing in the text.
Test everything against the Bible, and when someone slithers up to you speaking of social justice and the Gospel, ask them where that appears anywhere in the New Testament.
… and you’ll be met with a deer-in-the-headlights look, because they know it’s not there.
You have an individual mandate to help those in need (and we’ll leave the definition of needy undefined), but nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus or any apostle tell you the church should abandon its mission and lobby government to seize assets from one group to give to another (social justice).
Social justice remains a godless extreme political ideology, not a Christian one.
Only post-modern liberal, progressive theology could make such an association. It’s sure not in the text.
A fun idea when you encounter those in rebellion against God (oops, modern theology, or liberal, progressive, or whatever the buzzword-of-the-month is), tell them warnings against adultery and so on were only for that time, we’re more modern so if a husband wants to visit strip clubs, be a drunk, consort with prostitutes … that’s fine.
I’m sure their wives (or husbands for those liberal wives) would quickly abandon modern, progressive, liberal theology in less than a heartbeat — it turns out not even proponents of liberal theology accept what they’re shoveling.
If they don’t buy what they’re shoveling, why should you?