Liberalism and the Church


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Liberalism is bad in politics and is even worst in church. Liberalism is the idea that the next new thing is the best thing. Liberalism is the enemy of all orthodoxy, of dogma, of sound doctrine and good theology. I heard a very famous preacher saying that he does not like to start his talks with Scripture because then it looks like he is preaching. Somebody needs to tell this preacher that there is nothing wrong with having a conversation centered around the Lord, but that there is also, absolutely nothing wrong with preaching. The Bible tells us to preach the Gospel.[1]

         There is no new model; the model is all through the letters of the Apostles. “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV)

         We are called to pray[2], we are called to fellowship[3], and persevere in the doctrine of the apostles[4]. We are called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry[5], to share the gospel with the lost and to live holy lives.[6] Furthermore The church has a government; the church is not a place where everybody gets to do whatever they want without consequences. There are things that God approves and there are things that he does not. The church is a place of love, but it is also a place of judgment.[7] The church is a place of freedom,[8] but also a place of order.[9]

         The original apostles were use by God to give us the modus operandi. There is no other place to look for ultimate truth. I do respect traditions; when Scripture backs them up. I do respect the church’s fathers that came after the apostles and, the men and women of God through the history of the church, but only those who upheld the Word as the maximum authority. I do not demand perfection, I am not perfect myself, but when I see folks minimizing God’s Word and/or lifting traditions and opinions of men to the level of the Word, I am sorry, but you are a heretics!

         The more we seek for new things and move away from the apostles’ teachings the more we are going to mess this thing up. We are not called to search for the next new thing; we are call to search for the ancient paths,

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)

         The old paths are already there; liberalism will try to convince you and me that we must seek something new. Beloved, orthodoxy is a good word; dogma is a good word and sound doctrine and good theology are good things. I encourage you to stop going after this hippie gospel generation and look back, way back to the start of the church, look at our history and at the price that many men and women paid and continue to pay for the truth.

[1] Mark 16:15

[2] First Thessalonians 5:17

[3] 1 John 1:7

[4] Acts 2:42

[5] Ephesians 4:12

[6] First Peter 1:16

[7] First Corinthians 5:12

[8] 2 Corinthians 3:17

[9] First Corinthians 14:40

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