I also came to terms with
the fact that a God powerful enough to create the sea could certainly
“cause the Israelites to pass through” while He “made the waters to
stand as a heap.”
As I mentioned earlier (part
one) liberals prefer the term “progressive Christian” (PC) but a
horse by any other name is still a horse. Most PCs don’t believe the
Bible’s miracles are true. To them the Bible’s simply an ancient book of
historical writings and moral precepts. The biblical accounts are
largely legends, myths and fables. On the other hand, orthodox
Christianity holds that God speaks to us through Scripture, hence it is
the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is objective (absolute) truth.
PCs reject the notion that the Bible is infallible and inerrant but
accept that it has some truth sprinkled throughout. When a PC comes to
accept the orthodox view of Christianity, his or her worldview crumbles.
Our postmodern culture stubbornly clings to a philosophical belief in
moral relativism. Moral relativism holds that all points of view are
equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual.
“Postmodernism, in an evident inconsistency, rejects some beliefs. It
absolutely denies the existence of a source of truth, morality, and
intelligibility distinct from man.”
When I was a liberal and someone disagreed with me on something, I’d
spout things like, “That may be true for you but not for me!” In other
words, end of discussion! Back then my truth was gleaned mostly from
personal experience. I never went to the Bible to find God’s truth.
Liberals never do!
Liberal’s worldview is incompatible with the biblical worldview. So in
order to create their own reality (their own form of Christianity) they
must ignore the rules of
biblical hermeneutics. Hence the Bible becomes a politically
correct, non-judgmental, all-inclusive, “chicken soup for the soul”
handbook for pseudo Christians. And that, my friends, is their aim.
Here’s cold hard fact: most PCs align themselves with the popular
culture’s view of morality, social issues, psychology, politics, and
whatnot. They do not cotton to a God who’s inflexible, nor do they
accept that in the future He will judge all mankind and that those who
reject Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Hell. No way, they say! All
of mankind will ultimately be saved through Jesus even if they reject
Him as their Savior in this life. What happens when Christians disobey
the rules? Their designer God understands how hard life is, thus he/she
will look the other way while human beings sin their brains out. He/she
is a God who loves ya, baby!
Is any of this in the Bible? No! But in order to make the God of the
Bible more acceptable to the popular culture, liberals must reinvent the
wheel. To accomplish this they have to undermine Church doctrine. So
doctrine is tinkered with, intentionally misrepresented, or scrapped
altogether! What gets scrapped includes some of the essential doctrines
of the faith for which the martyrs shed their blood!
And yet the Body of Christ has done little or nothing to stop liberals
and cult leaders from taking over entire denominations. These men and
women are false teachers! Usurpers! Heretics! Liars! Fakes!
The early church had to deal with this sort of thing, too:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable
heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction” (2
Who supports the churches and ministries of false teachers? Professing
Christians! So-called believers fill the pews of apostate churches—they
tithe—pat false teachers on the back—sell and purchase their books,
music, and CDs—show up at their conferences, lectures and rallies. In
the political arena the Christian Right works along side false teachers
who “bring in damnable heresies” to form alliances in the battle for our
country. Here’s the problem: working with apostates gives them
credibility. I admit it’s a dilemma. But is sleeping with the enemy
really the way to go? Apparently some think so.
Returning to the Barna Report (part
one) the survey purports that liberals are:
“[F]ar less likely than conservatives to strongly believe each of
• their religious faith is very important in
their life (54% of liberals vs. 82% of conservatives);
• a person cannot earn their way into Heaven
by doing good deeds or being a good person (23% vs. 37%);
• their faith is becoming an increasingly
important moral guide in their life (38% vs. 70%);
• the church they currently attend is very
important in helping them find direction and fulfillment in life (37%
• their primary purpose in life is to love God
with all their heart, mind, strength and soul (43% vs. 76%);
• Jesus Christ did not commit sins during His
time on earth (33% vs. 55%).”
What this tells me is that many liberals are befuddled. According to the
survey 77% do not believe that Christ is the only way to heaven, yet
Jesus clearly taught that the only way to the Father is through the Son.
In His own words:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me” (John
And 38% say their faith is not an important moral guide in their lives.
Where does their moral guidance come from if not from the Bible? Let me
Only 37% of liberals who attend church feel that it helps them find
direction — and they don't find church all that fulfilling. So 63% of
liberal churchgoers find direction from a source other than the Bible?
And what source would that be—...Oprah? Perhaps these Christians aren’t
fulfilled because they’re not spirit-filled!
What strikes me as odd is that so many contemporary churches are all
about me. Today’s churches are specially designed for the individual who
hopes to find personal fulfillment. To have their felt needs met. To
hear a preacher whose message (sermon) won’t offend anyone’s
sensibilities. Some Christians have the attitude: “If the church I
attend doesn’t meet my needs, I’ll find one that does.” Take that! And
they’re out of there.
It’s hard to imagine contemporary churches not meeting someone’s felt
needs. If you check on the Internet you’ll find churches boasting that
their “campuses” are a place to “get connected” and “experience life
Church leaders worry about attrition so they offer all sorts of trick
ponies to “get connected.” For example: edgy messages sprinkled with
crass talk; loud music that could blow the doors off the building to
attract the younger generation; drama skits; interpretive dance;
labyrinth walks; special holiday programs (with live animals no less);
career coaching; Christian counseling; a “Christian”12-step program
(“Celebrate Recovery”); “chick-chat”; book studies (The Shack,
which introduces readers to outright heresy); home fellowship groups;
“Christian” yoga; “fitness well-being”; senior game day; single’s
groups; teen and tween activities; book stores; sermon CDs; coffee bars;
do-nuts—the works! You give liberals what they want, they will come.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying churches shouldn’t offer coffee
and do-nuts or senior game day. Many marketing strategies tried by
churches actually do help Christians grow spiritually. But a lot of what
goes on in contemporary churches is off the wall! (See Recommended Links
below.) In some instances irresponsible church leadership promotes
practices that are outright occultic! (“Christian” yoga anyone?)
Yet even with all the programs churches offer to draw people in,
Christians still bounce from church to church to church. Why? Their
needs are not being met. News flash! Christianity is not about having
your needs met! It’s not about making yourself a better you!
It’s not about living your best life now! It’s not about becoming
prosperous and pain-free! What Christianity is supposed to be about is
loving God and getting sinners into heaven.
Barna’s survey really wasn’t all that surprising. The thing that stood
out to me was that liberals are not the only ones who believe the Son of
God sinned while on earth — some conservatives believe it too! This in
spite of the fact that the gospel writers tell us that Jesus Christ led
the perfect life. In other words, Jesus did not sin -- not even once!
Any professing Christian who believes Jesus sinned does not understand
“Those who would attack the Church and reject its gospel,” says
Albert Mohler, “must direct their arrows at the most crucial truth
claim of the New Testament and the disciples: That Jesus Christ, having
suffered death on a cross, though sinless, having borne the sins of
those He came to save, having been buried in a sealed and guarded grave,
was raised by the power of God on the third day.”
A subsequent Barna survey titled, “Most American Christians Do Not
Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist”
“[M]ost Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living
force, either. Overall, 38% strongly agreed and 20% agreed somewhat that
the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a
living entity.” Just one-third of Christians disagreed that the Holy
Spirit is not a living force (9% disagreed somewhat, 25% disagreed
strongly) while 9% were not sure.”
I’m sure this will tick a lot of people off, thus I’ll receive email
accusing me of being judgmental, however, “Christians” who think the
Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s power or presence aren’t saved. The
Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity:
“He is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, has a
will, and can speak. He is alive. He is a person. He is not particularly
visible in the Bible because His ministry is to bear witness of Jesus
“Some cults ? say that the Holy Spirit is nothing more than a force?.
This is false. If the Holy Spirit were merely a force, then He could
not speak (Acts
13:2); He could not be grieved (Eph.
4:30); and He would not have a will (1
“The truth is that the Holy Spirit is a person the same as the
Father and the Son are within the
What Barna’s surveys show is that although liberals profess Christ many
of them are not born-again Christians. How do I know this? God’s laws
are written on the hearts of His people. Sooner or later the Lord will
take center stage in the life of the person with a regenerate heart.
Sheep listen for the shepherd’s voice and follow him:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John
Sadly, today’s churches are full of goats that are choking out the
sheep. Rest assured, goats will not reside in Heaven:
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy
angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And
before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one
from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he
shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world" (Mat.
The early Church stood out in stark contrast to a culture steeped in
immorality, cruelty, violence, and death. Christianity became the
dominant faith, not because followers of Jesus Christ blended in with
Rome’s immoral, self-indulgent, me-centered culture, but because their
focus was on community. Christians valued the family. They looked after
the sick, the needy and the elderly. They also opposed abortion and
Two thousand years ago Christians pursued virtue and goodness. In a
word, holiness. Why was holiness important to them?
“And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy
feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he
said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look
upon God” (Exodus
When you draw near to God, remember that you’re on
For those who have been masquerading as Christians consider taking
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
What is truth? Truth is a person -- Jesus Christ! His very
words are contained in the pages of Holy Scripture. The Christians must
take Christ’s words seriously! Reading the Bible is important because it
contains God’s roadmap for Christian living. Glancing at it every once
in a while doesn’t cut it. God’s people must read it regularly as it is
armor against the forces of evil. And don’t pick and choose the
verses that speak to your heart, make it your mission to read through
the entire Bible and to thoroughly study it. How else will you become a
mature believer that’s adequately equipped to defend your faith?
Our Lord dubbed His followers the salt of the earth:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to
be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Mat.
This may sound harsh but it’s pretty obvious that the Body of Christ has
lost its savor. While the lukewarm Church sat idly by, truth was
trampled and countless ungodly influences inserted itself into Western
Civilization. Both Protestants and Roman Catholics turned away when
their Savior was sent packing. Because believers chose to mind their own
business, America’s on a slope so slippery we may never be able to climb
back up again. Who would have thought we’d find ourselves on the road to
European-style socialism? Is this what most Americans want? I doubt it,
but it’s being pushed down our throats whether we like it or not — and
it’s happening very quickly. Better wake up America!
My generation never
dreamed that our Judeo-Christian values would be openly mocked and
ridiculed by Hollywood and the media. Anyone who opposes the Left’s
radical social agenda is accused of spreading hate. Evangelicals are
demonized and called "intolerant fundamentalists” when nothing could be
further from the truth! If something isn’t done to stop the war on
truth, evil will continue to thrive and civilization as we know it will
The good news is that some
men and women of God are speaking out against the apostate Church -- and
they’ve got some harsh words for pseudo Christians. In a recent sermon,
Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church, Paul Washer declared:
What are your thoughts on this article?
“There is a terrible malady upon you and judgment is coming.”
Yes, judgment is coming. For this reason true followers of Jesus Christ
must make God’s invisible Kingdom visible to the unsaved — before it’s
too late. For part one click below.