The fight is real. I am watching it in real-time. I am seeing the warning signs that are telling us we are almost at the point of no return. What is it that I'm referring to? Our view of God, the Bible, and humanity. Let me explain theological liberalism has crept into the church and it's destroying us. Now, I'm not talking about behavior modification, no I'm talking about our worldviews. We have seen in just a couple of weeks Christian 'leaders' step out and denounce their Christianity and say they are no longer Christians. This entire thought process is foreign to me and the people in the Bible as well. Men and women who truly encounter the God of the universe in the Scriptures were transformed. Let me be incredibly clear. These 'Christian leaders' who have come out and renounced their faith are not/were NOT Christians. How can I say that...well, God's word says it.
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 1 John 2:18-19.
If these Christian leaders were true followers of Christ they would have stayed the course. So because they did not stay the course we can deduce that they are not followers at all. They may have walked and talked like a follower, but the evidence shows us they were imposters. It matters how we view God, the Bible, and humanity.
1. Our view of God. Many Christians have a view that God is nothing more than a magical genie who grants wishes. Case and point this quote from Kenneth Copeland "I am a billionaire, because the assignment that the Lord gave me, He said: 'I want you to begin to confess the billion flow." If we view God as a means to end we will not have the proper understanding of who God truly is. God is the most sovereign, holy, and worthy being in all of the universes that deserves our worship regardless. Anything less than that is idolatry.
2. Our view of the Bible. Many people including 'Christians' view the bible as a good book or an inspiring book, but those views are fundamentally flawed if that's as far as you go. God's word is the final authority for all of life. As well as for all of humanity. We will be judged according to God's word. The Bible is inspired and it literally the breath of God on paper. If we do not view God's word in this light we will inevitably fall into the trap of humanism. We will end up making ourselves god and that is exactly what the devil did in the book of Genesis. So when we prop ourselves up as the final authority who does that make us exactly like?
3. Our view of humanity Something that is espoused in the world in which we live is that human beings are basically good and we just have flawed moments. I know that sounds really catchy, but it's a very dangerous view to hold to. Because when sin entered the world it fractured and destroyed everything. That includes our goodness.
God's word is very clear.
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6
So God's word says that we are not good, so what makes us good? It's Christ that makes us good.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
So if we as humans have any good it is not our own. It is because of Jesus Christ alone. Our worldview matters. It will matter how and where you will spend your eternity. I want to plead with you Christians, don't allow an anti-Christ (progressive liberalism ) worldview to slip into your head. The enemy will try and set up shop in your life. Don't give him any ground. Keep your focus on God's word and on Jesus himself. You will never go wrong.
God's word says it best.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8.