Posted by: reignlight | March 27, 2007

Modern Christian Liberalism Defined

I just read a terrific article tonight posted at galatiansc4v16 regarding liberalism in our churches today. For those of you who need a wonderful way to explain this prevalent mindset to others, feel free to share the link. The article was originally found on The Christian Research Institute website and is now off line for some reason or another, otherwise I’d credit the source directly.

What’s Wrong With Christian Liberalism?

They’re in our schools and in our churches! People who profess to be
Christian, yet deny the authority of Scripture, and compromise
essential doctrines. What is Christian liberalism?

Christian liberalism blossomed in the 19th century. In order to
adapt to modern trends, certain scholars began to apply
anti-supernatural ideas and Darwinian evolution to Scripture. The
miracles of the Bible were now considered myths. The deity of Christ
was replaced by a Jesus who was martyred for his humanitarian efforts,
and who did not literally rise from the dead.

In fact, Liberals have an extremely optimistic view of man. Mankind
is evolving religiously. World peace is man’s ultimate goal in which
the “Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man” reigns supreme.
Salvation is for the society rather than individuals.

However, evolutionism and the denial of miracles are diametrically
opposed to what the Scriptures teach. Although Christians can adopt
modern thinking, they should not let the “spirit of the age” become
their ultimate authority, especially when these thoughts contradict the

Man was created by God, not by accident, as evolutionists teach (Gen.
1,2). And if we deny miracles, we must also deny Christ’s physical
resurrection. But Scripture says, “If Christ has not been raised, your
faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Without a
literal resurrection, there can be no salvation.

Liberal scholars, like the Jesus Seminar committee, eliminate many
of the words of Jesus to mere legends. But in doing so, they’ve reduced
Him to a non-controversial figure instead of the unique Son of God. Why
was He crucified if He didn’t offend anyone? If His disciples were the
ones who created many of the famous sayings of Jesus, liberals ought to
worship them instead of Christ!

Ultimately, liberalism builds its house upon the shifting sands of
sinful men, but Christianity is built upon the rock of God’s Word.


We recommend the book entitled Christianity and Liberalism by J.
Gresham Machen. This resource is available through CRI. For shipping
and handling information, please call CRI or refer to our Resource
Listing. To place a credit card order, call toll-free (888) 7000-CRI.
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  1. Good site!!!

  2. Glad you enjoy the site 🙂 I’m not always able to post frequently but I’ll make it my objective to do so now that we’ve got internet at home. Spreading the Word of God is our most important task, especially in our day.

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