Liberal Christianity (Progressive Christianity):
Modernism, Emerging Churchism, Universalism and more
Written and compiled by Chris Lawson (October 2006)
Does this sound familiar?
"There is no literal hell. The Bible is full of errors. The virgin birth of Christ is a myth. Jesus did not rise bodily from the grave. Jesus is not God!"
So the reasoning of Liberal Christianity goes!
Liberal Christianity, otherwise known as progressive Christianity - or Liberalism within a modern Christian context, is an ongoing movement that has clearly departed from traditional Christian orthodoxy. Liberal scholars, oftentimes trying to be politically correct, seek to harmonize biblical teachings with science, humanism, other secular fields, and even other religions.
What inevitably follows in the name of scholarship and "the wideness of salvation" (Robert Schuller, etc.) is an outright rejection of at least one or more of the fundamental teachings of the historic Christian faith. This downhill slide generally begins with the outright rejection of biblical inspiration and inerrancy. Essential bible doctrines such as the Triune Nature of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the Deity of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Birth, Christ’s Bodily Resurrection, the Authority of Scripture, and Salvation by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone are passed off as being narrow minded and too fundamental. Liberal Christianity has so much diversity of opinion that all but the biblically sound doctrines are fully accepted.
This diversity of opinion is a central characteristic of Liberal Christianity and this is one of the reason why it is so difficult to define Liberal Christianity with great precision. Liberal Christianity, found within many denominations throughout the Christendom, continues to ravage the faith of the undiscerning across the globe. It must be noted that Liberal Christianity is often described as Modernism. It might be better to say that Modernism is a movement within Liberal Christianity, as not all Liberal Christians would consider themselves to be Modernists.
The Emerging Church movement for one, with its blatant perversions of the Authority of Scripture, is just one aspect of 21st century Liberal Christianity.
But what does the Bible say?
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14:6-7)
Liberal Christianity in all its deceptive disguises is outside the parameter of sound biblical theology. Because of this, any denomination or church where Liberal Christianity spreads will be subject to the leavening, numbing and damning influence that it produces. Simply put, Liberal Christianity is lethal to sound biblical theology. The historic Christian faith is not something to be toyed with at the behest of carnal theologians and who do not have the Spirit of God. If one does not assess the Bible based on what the God of the Bible says about His own Word, personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be corrupted or stunted to no end.
God has given us His Word to lead people to salvation through Christ, and to protect people from evil. Sadly, many people who profess to be Liberal Christians not only undermine the Word of God, they proceed to destroy the true salvation message of the Bible. Rejecting the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture and then proceeding to reject salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone is generally the end of the Liberal Christian.
“Holy Father...I have given them thy word... Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:14-17)
If Jesus prayed that we would be sanctified by God's Word, than we should learn more of God's Word and trust God more. The following articles are provided to help the reader have a deeper grasp on the importance of God's Word.
Article by John Ankerberg & John Weldon
Listen to world renowned Bible Scholar, Hermeneutics professor and cult expert Dr. Walter Martin as he refutes Liberalism and its evils.
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- Modern Scribes and Pharisees by Dr. Walter Martin
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- Neutering the Bible by Dr. Walter Martin
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