LIBERALISM AND ITS FRUIT
Liberalism is diabolical. It originated in the
mind of the chief adversary of man just as surely as truth finds
its origin in the mind of God. Liberalism is one of the most
formidable weapons in Satan's arsenal to the subversion of truth.
Jesus said. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know
them (Matt. 1:20). The fruit of liberalism bears witness
to its fiendish nature.
Liberalism divides. Liberalism creates a
division between man and God. The spirit of liberalism separated
Adam and Eve from the perfection and innocence of Eden. If Eve had
not allowed the no big deal spirit of liberalism to
surmount her very big deal attitude toward God's
prohibition regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
she and Adam would never have lost their purity and been severed
from the Tree of Life.
For approximately half a century, Isaiah preached to
the dying nation of Judah. The nation had wrapped itself in the
filthy garments of sin. Every national pore oozed with iniquity
(Isa. 1:5-6). Like Sodom, Judah wore her sin as a symbol of pride
(Isa. 3:9). Truth lay dead in the street (Isa. 59:14). Like those
of Noah's day, their thoughts are thoughts of
iniquity (Isa. 59:7). They refused God's counsel so they
could add sin to sin (Isa. 30:1). They called
evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20).
Therefore, the prophet affirmed, Your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face
from you, that he will not hear (Isa. 59:2).
Judah would never have descended into such depths of
human depravity had she not developed an insouciant attitude toward
the Word of God. During the normal course of its useful life, an
automobile will not deteriorate into a non-usable state as long as
it undergoes regular maintenance. Even so, the spiritual mind
cannot wane in its attitude toward the Word of God from a
trembling reverence status to a no big deal
status as long as it experiences consistent maintenance. However,
apart from such diligence, the spirit of liberalism will work its
devious, erosive power on the mind until one acquires the
disposition that will not hear the law of the Lord
The church is presently reeling under the divisive
power of liberalism. Liberalism does not ascend to the podium and
exclaim, I have come to divide and conquer. Liberalism
dons the cloak of a coward. Liberalism is a dissembler. Liberalism
is a wolf in sheep's clothing (Matt. 7:15). It
creeps in unawares (Jude 4). It works
house-to-house until it amasses sufficient numbers to raise the
flag of victory. The faithful remnant are often left with no
alternative but to leave the work to which they have devoted the
better part of a lifetime, lest they be numbered among those who,
refusing to abide in the doctrine of Christ, hath not
God (2 John 9). At the apex of its evil work, the X-ray
of liberalism is now plain for all to see. Its detestable picture
is reminiscent of the loathsome sight that Ezekiel beheld when he
finally dug through the wall of the temple (Ezek. 8:7-12).
Liberalism deceives. Herein lies much of its
power. It sounds so good to those who have neglected to have their
spiritual senses exercised to discern both good and
evil (Heb. 5:14). Liberalism deludes man into confusing
emotionalism with spirituality. Hands extended heavenward with a
strained, teary countenance, goose flesh, and feelings of mental
lightness are not evidences of spirituality. A warm, fuzzy feeling,
physical exuberance in the assembly, and conversations laced with
praise God and similar expressions are not proofs of
spirituality. A soft, sweet voice, a saintly look, and a Bible on
the dashboard of one's car do not certify spirituality. Charisma,
a pleasant disposition, and involvement in religious activity do
not confirm the presence of spirituality. Dimmed lights, hand
holding, swaying, hugs, and spine-tingling sensations in an
emotionally charged assembly are not signs of spirituality.
Spirituality grows out of faith, and faith is based on
the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). Spirituality is a manifestation of
one's attitude toward God and His Word. One's attitude toward the
Word of God is one's attitude toward God. Spirituality reveres the
Bible. One can no more sever spirituality from a trembling
reverence for every jot and tittle of the law of God than he can
cleave blue from the sky. Spirituality exclaims: I have
respect unto all thy commandments (Psalm 119:6);
Teach me thy statutes (Psalm 119:12); I
will delight myself in thy statutes (Psalm 119:16);
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do
I delight (Psalm 119:35); So shall I keep thy
law continually for ever and ever (Psalm 119:44);
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have
loved (Psalm 119:47); The law of thy mouth is
better unto me than thousands of gold and silver (Psalm
119:72); O how I love thy law; it is my meditation all
the day (Psalm 119:97); How sweet are thy
words unto my taste; yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth
(Psalm 119:103); and, I love thy commandments above gold;
yea above fine gold (Psalm 119:127).
Spirituality is man's discarding self-will and
submitting to God's will. It is faith's responding to the source of
faith (Rom. 10:17) in the obedience of faith
(Rom. 16:26). It is love's obeying God (John 14:15). Spirituality
is faith working by love (Gal. 5:6),
responding to the teaching of grace by denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, and living
soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world
(Titus 2:11-12). Spirituality is faith's and love's
exercising diligence to grow and mature spiritual virtues so as not
to be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8). Spirituality is faith's
and love's refraining from the works of the flesh
(Gal. 5:19-21) while engaging in the fruit of the
spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
Spirituality is the practice of pure and undefiled
religion in caring for widows and orphans and living godly in this
evil world (James 1:27). It is restoring the fallen (Gal. 6:1);
working to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of
peace (Eph. 4:3); being tenderhearted,
forgiving one another (Eph. 4:32); abounding
yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment
(Phil. 1:9); in everything giving thanks (1
Thess. 5:18); seeking first the kingdom of God and his
righteousness (Matt. 6:33); and loving God supremely in
addition to one's neighbor as one's self (Matt. 22:37-39).
Spirituality is: Thus did Noah, according to
all that God commanded him, so did he (Gen. 6:22);
Thus did Moses, according to all that the Lord commanded him,
so did he (Exodus 40:16); Then Zerubbabel the
son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech the high priest,
with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord
their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their
God had sent him, and the people did fear before the Lord
(Haggai 1:12); And immediately there fell from his
eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and
arose and was baptized (Acts 9:18). Void of argument,
debate, human reasoning, and expressions of self-will, spirituality
is love's compelling faith to obey God.
Spirituality is Aaron's submissive silence in the
presence of his slain sons (Lev. 10:6-7); Moses and Aaron's
incarceration of the man who violated the Sabbath until they
received instructions from on High (Num. 15:32-36); Samuel's,
Speak, for thy servant heareth (1 Sam. 3:10);
David's, We sought him not after the due order
(1 Chron. 15:13); Micaiah's, What the Lord saith unto me,
that will I speak (1 Kings 22:14); Job's, I
repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:6); Peter's bitter
weeping (Matt. 26:75); and the publican's, God be
merciful to me a sinner (Luke 18:13). Spirituality is
man in reverent fear of God; man in veneration of the Word of God;
man's acknowledgement of his sinful state in the sight of God; and
man's pleading for mercy as a gift from God.
Liberalism's spirituality is fleshly, emotional,
shallow, and fleeting. Biblical spirituality is mental, spiritual,
profound, and constant. Liberalism's spirituality has a ho-hum
attitude toward any aspect of divine law inconsistent with its own
view of truth. Biblical spirituality possesses a deep, inflexible
reverence for every letter in every word in every verse in every
chapter in every book of God's revelation to man; for the
judgment, mercy, and faith matters as well as the
mint, anise, and cummin matters (Matt. 23:23).
Liberalism's spirituality is raucous, showy, and theatrical.
Biblical spirituality is quiet, unpretentious, and personal.
Liberalism's spirituality applauds the speaker. Biblical
spirituality pays homage to God. Liberalism's spirituality is
self-centered. Biblical spirituality is God-centered.
Liberalism deceives man into viewing humanly devised
family life centers as an authorized, divinely acceptable work of
the church. What does a two-million-dollar material structure
complete with a gymnasium, walking track, theater, popcorn machine,
pool tables, and various other toys have to do with evangelism,
benevolence, and spiritual edification? In connection with its
amusement center, the sign of a particular congregation issued an
invitation to sign up for basketball and cheerleading. That is
light years away and in some book other than the Bible as
contrasted with, Join us for worship and Bible study. In
a weekly publication placed in various business establishments
throughout the city, this same congregation has a prominently
displayed advertisement which reads in part,
Upward Cheerleading. As an Upward Cheerleader you
will enjoy an Upward Cheerleading shirt, pom-poms,
spirit decals, parent's handbook, the Upward Bible,
end-of-the-year awards, individual award after each
game, and one-hour practice and game each week. Cost
per cheerleader is fifty-five dollars.
The co-sponsor of this advertisement is a local denominational
church. The Upward Bible contains testimonials from professional
The spiritual mind stands aghast at such palpable
foolishness. There is not a reasonable man in the church who would
argue for such puerility's being associated with the church in
Jerusalem, Antioch, Philippi, or Thessalonica. Laodicea? Perhaps.
By such conduct, this congregation has demonstrated its inability
to discern the nature, mission, and work of the church for which
Jesus died. This congregation is joined by many others of kindred
spirit throughout the brotherhood.
Suppose spiritually minded elders are characterized by
deep love for God, the truth, the church, and the souls of dying
men. Acutely aware of their stewardship accountability for proper
use of His money, they have at their disposal two million dollars.
They can either construct a physical edifice full of amenities to
appease the flesh, which provides a place for those under their
oversight to relax and recreate, or they can send ten missionary
families to some receptive mission field and support them fifty
thousand dollars each for four years with the potential of saving
hundreds, perhaps thousands of souls destined for eternity. Is
there any doubt whatsoever as to which decision they would make?
There is a family life center in God's plan for man.
It is called the home, and it is God's center for family life. Each
room in God's blueprint is designed for man's happiness and
well-being. There is the instruction room. Children
receive instruction from various sources and, upon the basis
thereof; they build a life. God's formula for child-rearing is
threefold: Love God with all your being, receive His Word into your
heart, and teach it incessantly to your children (Deut. 6:4-9).
Children are admonished to hear the instructions of thy
father, and forsake not the law of thy mother (Prov.
1:8). There is no substitute for parental instruction.
There is the example room. The best of
instruction can be quickly nullified by a bad example. Children
must have parental visual aid to accompany their teaching.
Jehoshaphat walked in all the ways of Asa his father, he
turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the sight
of the Lord (1 Kings 22:43). Ahaziah did evil
in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and
in the way of his mother (1 Kings 22:52). The difference
in Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah was the difference in the example of
There is the entertainment room. God's
blueprint has the entertainment room in the home, not the church.
Zechariah pictures the return of God to Jerusalem and the
restoration of the city with the delightful scene of children
playing in the streets (Zech. 8:5). There is
a time to play. Families need to spend some fun-time together.
Instead of go play, there is a time when parents need to
say, Let's play. Innocent fun and merriment is the
responsibility of the home, God's family life center -- not the
Consequently, a humanly devised family life center as
an adjunct to the church is an empty counterfeit for the real
thing. Family life centers are monuments to the flesh. They are
indicative of modern society's propensity for materialism,
pleasure, and self-indulgence. They are shrines to the
one generation. They constitute a monumental misuse of
God's money laid aside for spiritual purposes. It is frightening to
reflect upon elders' having to account to God on the day of
judgment for such flagrant abuse of His money. But all
the silver and gold and vessels of brass and iron are consecrated
unto the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord
(Josh. 4:19). Not one penny of the spoil of Jericho was to be
taken by Israel and used for common purposes. If Achan and his
family suffered death for Achan's misuse of a handful of items
consecrated to God, what must be God's attitude toward elders who
would take massive amounts of financial gifts consecrated by God's
will for spiritual uses and build entertainment centers for fleshly
gratification? Only a philosophy as patently deceptive as
liberalism could convince men who once understood the spiritual
nature, mission, and work of the church of the legitimacy of such
obvious profane use of financial gifts intended for evangelism,
benevolence, and spiritual edification to the glory of God.
Liberalism deceives man into viewing children's
church as a practice acceptable to God. The Bible is silent on
children's church. Inherent in the title is its own condemnation.
The same philosophy would allow teenagers' church, senior citizens'
church, singles' church, young marrieds' church, divorcees' church,
blue-collars' church, and professionals' church. The Lord
established His church (Matt. 16:18). However, the world has never
accepted it, and some in the church are eager to revise it.
There is no divine authority for children's church. The
absence of a thus saith the Lord says that God
doesn't want it, like it, or approve of it. A thousand reasonings
within the human mind cannot alter God's pattern for the church.
Man's thoughts are not God's thoughts (Isa. 55:8). What man likes,
feels, and thinks are not the criteria for determining things
acceptable with God.
Children's church is a blatant intrusion upon God's
legislative prerogative. By such action, man has tampered with
God's design for the worship of the church. He has disrupted the
unity of the assembly. Children's church is not an expression of
faith, for faith is based on what God says (Rom. 10:17), and there
is no word from God authorizing this practice. Grace
teaches (Titus 2:11-12). Children's church is not a
response to the teaching of grace, for there is no word from grace
granting permission for this practice. The blood of Christ has
ratified the New Testament (Matt. 26:28). Children's church is not
a demonstration of reverence for the ratifying power of the blood
of Christ because there is no confirmation of this practice in the
The rupture of the family is a national tragedy. On
almost every level parents have turned over the responsibility for
their children to someone else. One of the many blessings of the
assembly is in its promotion of family unity. A family united in a
worship assembly of the church is a portrait of loveliness.
Children's church destroys this bastion of family oneness.
There are lessons for children to learn in the worship
assembly as designed by God. Observing adults sitting quietly in an
assembly in reverential awe of God, engaging in divinely ordained
acts of worship, can have a profound influence on a child. When a
parent leaves the assembly with a child, he should learn quickly
that it is for the purpose of discipline, not play. It is not
unusual for a small child to amaze an adult by what he has gleaned
from a worship assembly of the church.
On one occasion a two-year-old child was playing in a
pew during the Sunday morning worship hour, seemingly oblivious to
the sermon being preached. During the course of the lesson, a few
brief references were made regarding the yoke that Jeremiah wore,
symbolizing the yoke of Babylon on the neck of Judah (Jer. 28).
Several days later, having received no input from the parents
concerning the lesson, the child approached the preacher and said,
Tell me about Jeremiah's yoke.
The church has a weekly appointment to meet with God
and one another in one place (1 Cor. 11:20; 14:23).
Children's church is an effort to fulfill man's desire, not God's
will. There are some elders who are concerned about truth, but have
implemented this practice due to insufficient study and reflection.
There are others who have been so deceived by liberalism as to
render them incapable of discerning its true nature.
Liberalism darkens. Christianity is a taught
religion. God foretold the nature of His will under Christ when He
said, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write
it in their hearts (Jer. 31:33). God writes His will on
the heart of man through preaching, teaching, and study. The last
words of Christ on earth mandated the preaching of His will to the
world (Mark 16:15). Only God can draw men to His Son (John 6:44).
That drawing power is exercised through teaching. It is
written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every
man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father,
cometh unto me (John 6:45).
Emanating from God, that which is taught is truth.
Pilate raised the question, What is truth
(John 18:38)? Jesus answered that question one chapter earlier when
He affirmed, Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is
truth (John 17:17). Truth enlightens. The psalmist
averred, The entrance of thy words giveth light
(Psalm 119:105). The good news from Christ is a light that
shines (2 Cor. 4:4).
A mind severed from divine truth is an indescribably
appalling thing. When a man refuses or neglects to allow the
illuminating power of God's truth to continually shine in his
heart, hence molding and shaping his thoughts, the fountain source
of all actions (Prov. 4:23; Matt. 15:18-19), the results are always
tragic. Cain closed his mind to the light of truth and
subsequently, reddened the earth with his brother's blood (Gen.
4:1-8). The antediluvian world discarded the light of God's truth
and transformed the world into a cesspool of sin (Gen. 6:5). The
first generation of Abraham's descendants to exit Egypt rejected
the light of God's will and were buried in the wilderness.
An unnamed man dismissed God's instructions for
observing the Sabbath day and died under a hail of stones (Num.
15:32-36). Korah, Dathan, and Abiram spurned God's authority in
Moses and the priesthood in Aaron and perished in the heart of the
earth (Num. 16). The period of the judges was a ceaseless cycle of
Israel under subjugation to foreign nations because they succumbed
to their own will instead of walking in the light of God's truth
(Judges 21:25). David's temporary departure from the light of God's
way led to the dark world of adultery and murder (2 Sam. 11).
In the closing years of his reign, Asa left the lighted
path of truth he had so faithfully walked, and died in the grip of
a great disease (2 Chron. 16:12). Walking in the light of truth
brought prosperity to righteous Uzziah (2 Chron. 26:5).
But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to
his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord
his God and went into the temple of the Lord to burn
incense upon the altar of incense (2 Chron. 26:16).
Smitten by God, he died a leper (2 Chron. 26:21). The Pharisees
substituted the murky world of tradition for the clear light of
truth, thus sealing their own doom (Mark 7:1-13). The Roman world
rejected the light of God's word and their foolish heart
was darkened (Rom. 1:21). A state of almost
incomprehensible perversity is demanded for the God of all love,
mercy, and longsuffering to be left with no alternative but to say,
I have given up on you. However, these divine sentiments
are affirmed three times in Romans 1:22-32. When time comes to its
inevitable end, having repudiated the light of God's truth, the
masses of the world will hear those mournful words,
Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for
the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).
Liberalism wraps the mind of man in a veil of darkness.
The spirit of liberalism abrogates the enlightening power of truth
and brings on the night. Inherent in each of the foregone examples
is the no big deal spirit of liberalism regarding the
truth of God. Sin resulting from fleshly weakness succeeded
immediately by penitence and prayer is one thing, but willful,
planned, and continuous sin can only ensue when one possesses the
indifferent spirit of liberalism toward the Word of God.
Liberalism desecrates. Intrinsic in one's love
for God is an ineffable, venerate spirit for everything associated
with God -- every syllable of the Word of God. It was this very
spirit that motivated Enoch to walk with God
(Gen. 5:22); Noah to cautiously follow the pattern from God in
constructing the ark (Gen. 6:22); and Bezaleel and Aholiab to
exercise exceeding diligence in following the meticulous blueprint
for the tabernacle and the apparel of the priest (Exodus 35-39). It
was this very spirit that motivated Moses to comply with the will
of God and take the blood of the ram of consecration and
put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear and upon the thumb of
his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot
It was this profound sense of veneration for God and
His will that provoked the faithful in Israel to refrain from
eating the meat of the peace offering on the third day (Lev.
19:5-8); planting two kinds of crops in the same field or wearing
a garment made of wool and linen (Lev. 19:19); eating the fruit of
newly planted trees in Canaan until the fifth year (Lev. 19:23-25);
covering the ark of the covenant with badger's skins of any color
than blue (Num. 4:5-6); using fruit trees in bulwarks in besieging
a city (Deut. 20:19-20); taking the mother in addition to the young
from a bird's nest (Deut. 22:6-7); and yoking an ox and a donkey to
the same plow (Deut. 22:10).
It was this very spirit that impelled Jehoshaphat to
say to Ahab, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord
besides that we might inquire of him? (1 Kings 22:7);
that motivated Obadiah to risk his life in saving a hundred
prophets of God from Jezebel's wrath (1 Kings 18:13); Jehosheba to
save Joash from Athaliah (2 Kings 11:2); and that incited young
Josiah to initiate spiritual reforms in the dying years of Judah
prior to the Babylonian captivity (2 Chron. 34).
It was this very spirit that urged Paul to say,
That ye all speak the same thing, and that there by no
divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together in
the same mind and in the same judgment (1 Cor. 1:10); to
warn against preaching any other gospel (Gal.
1:8), or any other doctrine and to withdraw
from those who did (1 Tim. 6:3-5); to hold forth the church as the
one body of Christ (Eph. 4:4; 1:22-23), the object of God's love
(Eph. 5:25), the only sphere of reconciliation (Eph. 2:16); and
that which Jesus saves (Eph. 5:23); and to present God's exclusive
pattern for the worship of the church (1 Cor. 11-16), reinforced
with If any man think himself to be a prophet or
spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto
you are the commandments of the Lord (1 Cor. 14:37).
Liberalism extracts the sacredness from spiritual
things. A disposition of heart that would open the door of
fellowship to religious groups unknown to the hallowed halls of
divine truth, deny the exclusiveness of New Testament Christianity,
characterize the intrusion into God's holy presence with an
unauthorized act of worship as no big deal, and assert
that the church for which Jesus shed His blood must change or die
is profane. A disposition of heart that would hold up the church
that belongs to Christ before an assembly of sectarians as an
object of scorn, reduce the profound nature of spirit and truth
worship to shallow theatrics and emotionalism, and categorize
doctrinal matters as merely optional is irreverent.
Referring to the Holy Spirit as a guy, to
Jesus Christ as J. C., and commencing one's prayer to the
majestic God with Dear Daddy is evidence of liberalism's
desecration of sacred things. A youth minister from a congregation
drunk on the spirit of liberalism appeared before an assembly of
high school students at a Christian school. Slovenly dressed, he
began his remarks with derisive references to the school's dress
code. At that moment his cell phone rang. He lifted the phone and
said, Hello, God, I'll get back to you. Such is the
shameless, disparaging irreverence of liberalism. In November of
1992, Andre Resner, a professor at Abilene Christian University,
wrote an article for Wineskins, edited by Rubel Shelly
and Mike Cope, entitled Christmas at Matthew's House. He
initiated his article with a crass description of Judah's adultery
with Tamar (Gen. 38). He then proceeded to suggest that what
transpired between Boaz and Ruth at the threshing floor (Ruth
3:8-14) was far from innocent. Having referred to David and
Bathsheba's adultery, he brazenly culminated his blasphemous piece
by depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, as another sexually
questionable woman. Such are the unspeakable depths of the
coarse, vulgar, irreverent desecration of spiritual things to which
liberalism can descend.
Liberalism dominates. Jesus said,
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin
(John 8:34). Sin demands subservience. Sin wants to reign (Rom.
6:12). Sin is not satisfied with anything short of total dominance.
This trait is innate to liberalism. Liberalism enslaves the mind.
Liberalism is determined to wield the scepter over man's mental
activities. Liberalism is jealous. It is territorial. It allows no
room for conservative thinking. Liberalism will not crack its
mental door to a single conservative thought. Conservative
contemplation is liberalism's worst nightmare.
When one enthrones the spirit of liberalism in his
heart, he is no longer free. As is characteristic of communism,
liberalism does not permit man to think for himself. Independent
thinking is liberalism's enemy. Liberalism does not share its
space. Liberalism shouts, It's my way or no way! It
imprisons the mind. At the height of its power, its walls are
impenetrable. Generally speaking, one just as well attempt to bore
through concrete with a toothpick as to drill through the mental
wall of liberalism.
The dominating power of liberalism renders one
incapable of giving ear to those of a converse spirit. It is not
possible to tell one something who already knows everything.
Liberalism has no questions, because it already knows the answers.
Liberalism demands an audience, not a discussion; an assembly, not
a debate; spectators, not participants; a lecture, not dialogue.
There is no equal time in liberalism's world. Liberalism's feelings
of superiority brand those of contrary convictions as unworthy of
its attention. It views with eyes of pity those who would be so
presumptuous as to assume a position counter to its own.
The demon-possessed man of Gadarea was controlled by
Legion (Mark 5:9). He lacked the ability to speak for himself. It
was the unclean spirit who confessed the deity of Christ (Mark
5:7); who answered the question of Jesus concerning his name (Mark
5:9); and who pleaded with Jesus to be allowed to remain in the
country (Mark 5:10). When Jesus broke Legion's dominion, the man
was found clothed, and in his right mind (Mark
5:15). Liberalism is demonic. It possesses the mind. It enters to
retard, injure, wreck, and ruin. Questions posed to a man dominated
by liberalism fall on mentally deaf ears. The ability to answer
requires autonomous study and thought, conduct prohibited in
liberalism's domain. Occasionally, the power of truth will shatter
the repressive might of liberalism. The result is spiritual freedom
and the restoration of one's right mind. Liberalism destroys.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of
God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when
he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then
when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and
sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James
When sin can draw a man to the close of his life and inscribe
the end, the result is always death. Such is the nature
of liberalism. Unchecked, the spirit of liberalism will carry a
soul ever downward to its inevitable destruction.
Once liberalism pierces the mental door and commences
its erosive work on man's trembling reverence for the absolute
authority of every thus saith God, there is no
end to its destructive work. There are no warning signs or stop
signs on the road of liberalism. The biblical road is replete with
such signs, but liberalism has removed every one of them. A man
traveling on the unhindered road of liberalism who says to himself,
This far, but no further, is self-deceived. Liberalism's
appetite for something new, different, exciting, and emotionally
titillating is insatiable. The search for experiences to placate
the flesh is unending.
Only the most supreme form of arrogance would reserve
for itself alone the right to apply the no big deal
spirit of liberalism to some biblically addressed matter. If one
man has the right to attach this spirit to a selected aspect of
biblical teaching, every man has that right. The end result is
every man's doing that which is right in his own
eyes (Judges 21:25), the elimination of any need of the
Bible, the destruction of New Testament Christianity, and eternal
perdition for every soul that bears the fruit of liberalism.
From the book The Spirit of
Frank Chesser. Used by permission.
Ordering information for this book is found at the
close of the editorial.
Table of Contents
THE SPIRIT OF LIBERALISM
The front page article in this issue is one chapter from
a new book called The Spirit of Liberalism by
Frank Chesser. There are 20 chapters in this book and every one is
a jewel. After obtaining permission to reproduce a chapter of this
book, it was difficult deciding which one to print because every
one of them need wide distribution. We would love to print the
entire book but such is not possible. The best thing for our
readers to do is purchase a copy and literally absorb its contents.
Brother Chesser has hit the nail on the head in
dissecting liberalism -- its philosophy, approach, undermining,
back-handed, diabolical scheme to destroy the Lord's church and
everything that is true and right.
Chapters include: Liberalism Does Not Tremble,
Liberalism and the Past (Part 1, 2, 3), Liberalism and Grace,
Liberalism and the Cross, Liberalism and Love, Liberalism and
Faith, Liberalism and Law, Liberalism Gospel and Doctrine,
Liberalism is Progressive, Liberalism and Preaching, Liberalism and
Missionaries, Liberalism and Youth Ministers, Liberalism and
Christian Schools, Liberalism and Marriage, Liberalism and the Role
of Women, Liberalism and Pride, Liberalism and its Fruit,
Liberalism and Exclusiveness.
A preacher for the liberal movement in the church
has described the use of the mechanical instrument in worship as
'no big deal.' ... These three words sum up the spirit of
liberalism. In spite of its intense denial, liberalism has no
respect for the absolute, unmitigated authority of the Word of God.
Liberalism is self on the throne. It is self with a propensity for
its own way. It is emotions over mind, flesh over spirit, and man
over God. ... Liberalism is man's feigning reverence for God and
His Word while paying homage at the shrine of self-will. Liberalism
does not tremble (pp.12-13). ... If liberalism possessed
the ability to tremble, it would literally shudder to the core of
its being at the sound of the names of Nadab and Abihu (p.18).
Had Nadab and Abihu ever had and thus maintained the frame of
mind, 'it's a very big deal,' toward even the most meticulous
aspect of God's revelation, the fire of Leviticus 10:1 would have
been authorized fire, not strange fire. There is as much New
Testament authority for the use of machinery in worship as there
was Old Testament authority for the fire which Nadab and Abihu
used. Wherein lies the difference in unauthorized strange fire and
unauthorized strange music? If God refused to accept the very
element He had requested because it was secured from an
unauthorized source, is it not presumptuous of liberalism to assume
that God will accept a totally different kind of music from that He
has authorized? Paul affirms that there are lessons to be learned
from Nadab and Abihu (Rom. 15:4). What has liberalism learned? That
entering into the presence of God with unauthorized acts of worship
is 'no big deal?' God obviously viewed what Nadab and Abihu did as
a 'very big deal' (pp.20-21).
Liberalism believes and practices that there is
no such thing as a pattern for approaching God in worship, that
grace covers deviations from God's will, that feeling that
something is right makes it right, that worship experiences that
fail to stimulate the flesh are not spiritual, that old ways of
worship must bow to new ways if we are to attract a crowd, that
placating the flesh with worship that feels good is more important
than glorifying God by yielding to His will, that approaching God
in worship with unauthorized acts is 'no big deal' (p.27).
Liberalism preaches a grace that it does not
understand and to which it will not listen. Grace furnishes a
pattern for entrance into God's presence, but liberalism denies
even the concept of a pattern. Grace teaches, but liberalism will
not learn. Grace tugs at man's heart, imploring him to move in
harmony with its melody, but liberalism is too busy marching to the
beat of its own drum. If liberalism were teachable it would cease
to exist (p.36).
The spirit of liberalism is Cain's receiving the
'grace of God in vain' (2 Cor. 6:2) at the altar of self-will (Gen.
4:5); Nadab and Abihu's nullifying grace with 'strange fire' (Lev.
10:1-2), Jereboam's sinning against grace with a perverted pattern
of worship 'devised of his own heart' (1 Kings 12:33), and the
Pharisees' spurning grace with humanly contrived 'vain worship'
(Matt. 15:9). ... The brazen, unauthorized liberties of
the grace of liberalism include audible prayers of women in the
presence of men; the efforts of a choir, soloist, or praise team to
draw attention to itself and fostering entertainment; an expensive
playground called a 'family life center;' and childish activities
such as clapping, hand raising, and swaying that intrude upon the
solemnity of spirit and truth worship. ... The grace of
liberalism is alien to the grace of the Bible (pp.36-37).
The spirit of liberalism loathes the exclusive
church of the New Testament. The liberal spirit detests the very
concept of exclusiveness. Every humanly devised religious
institution on earth is a monumental lie, a product of the spirit
of liberalism's intent on having its own way, a counterfeit for the
real thing, and an enemy of the cross of Christ. Not a drop of the
blood of Christ was shed for Islam, oriental mysticism,
Catholicism, or denominationalism. Reverence for the blood of
Christ, the New Testament ratified and sanctified by that blood,
and the church purchased with that blood would bring an end to
their existence in a mere moment of time (p.42).
There is no blood on the mechanical instrument.
There is no blood on clapping, praise teams, choirs, and solos.
There is no blood on family life centers -- empty substitutes for
the home, and exhibitions of parental neglect. There is no blood on
the act of women's praying audibly in the presence of men. There is
no blood on the dedicating babies, theatrical performances, and
non-Sunday days for partaking of the Lord's supper. There is no
blood on second marriages following a divorce, void of fornication
and an innocent party. If strange fire unconfirmed by the blood of
animals brought death, what of strange music, teaching, and actions
unstamped by the blood of Christ? (pp.42-43)
The 'no big deal' spirit of liberalism is a
playground for man's self-will. It is an invitation for men to
'cease not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way'
(Judg. 2:19). It is a license for man to elevate feeling above
objective truth. It destroys spirit and truth worship. It nullifies
the distinctiveness of the church. It is the path to total apostasy
from New Testament Christianity. Indeed, it is an adversary of the
cross of Jesus Christ (p.43).
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