Theological Liberalism Lesson 2
Last time we left off with the verse 2 Timothy 4:3. We find ourselves living in an age where the “Forsaking of Sound Doctrine” is rampid.
The push for Churches to get bigger and bigger, more business like is happening all over the nation. So in order for their church members to feel close to one another they encourage the forming of what the call “Small Groups” Which are just many Church sanctioned “Bible Study Groups.”
I have never been a fan of “Contemporary Bible Study” Remember what we went over last time.
Liberal Christianity, broadly speaking, is a method of biblical interpretation,, an undogmatic (non authoritative) method of understanding God through the use of scripture by applying the same modern interpretation used to understand any ancient writings. Liberal Christianity does not claim to be a belief structure, and as such is not dependent upon any Church doctrine or creedal statements. Unlike conservative varieties of Christianity, it has no unified set of propositional beliefs. The word liberal in liberal Christianity denotes a characteristic willingness to interpret scripture without any preconceived notion of inerrancy (infallibility, no Errors) of scripture or the correctness of Church docrtrine. A conservative Christian and a liberal Christian, however, may hold certain beliefs in common .
What usually happens is you have a group together. That meets every week. And the Group leader usually picks out a video, or Book series. They listen to the video, or take turns reading the book. Then the leader opens up the forum for group discussion. There is no Authoritative teaching that happens in this setting. Remember because the Theological Liberal is not joined together by a “Set of Doctrines (Beliefs)” There is not someone with the Spiritual Gift teaching. It is more of a time for a Bible Book Review.”
And as a “Small group leader” shared with me. These settings are where our Church (mega church) goes over more in depth subjects of the Bible.”
Rick Warren comments on small groups in page 138 of “The Purpose Driven Life.”
He says: “When it comes to fellowship size matters: Smaller is better. You can Worship with a crowd, but you can't fellowship with one.” Remember his definition of Worship:
On page 64 he States:
“ Depending on your religious background you may need to expand your understanding of “Worship” . You may thing that Worship is Singing, praying, and listening to sermons as worship. Or you may think of ceremonies, candles, and communion. Or you may think of healing, miracles, and ecstatic experiences . WORSHIP CAN INCLUDE ALL OF THESE. Page 65 of the purpose Driven life.
We mentioned last time about his “Big Tent” philosophy. So Fellowship to Rick Warren is when we get together in Bible Book, or Movie Review groups and discuss subjects of the Bible. He says on page 138. that fellowship isn't “Waiting for Refreshments but Experiencing life together. Fellowship is defined as people gathered together sharing a similar interest. Which in the church setting is the Word of God.
On page 139 he states that “If your Church is the Boat, then “Small groups” are the lifeboats attached to it.”
Fellowship Biblicaly speaking can be “Waiting for Refreshments, and it could even be two buddies smoking cigars together. The idea is Believer's in Jesus Christ, while filled with the Spirit, spending time together.
Obviously the point is “Filled with the Holy Spirit.” If Believer's are engaging in activity that would get them out of fellowship, then it would no longer be Biblical Fellowship.
So what a ridiculous statement. I want to go back to his statement on “Small Groups”
“If your Church is the Boat, then “Small groups” are the lifeboats attached to it.”
Let me correct this statement. If your Church from the pulpit; is teaching Sound doctrine then that is the Boat. And the application of the word of God by its church members is the lifeboats. “The application of the word of God by its members” involves the exercising of ones Spiritual gifts.
The only way you can discover your Spiritual Gift is through the intake, Belief, and application of the Word of God.
So, many Christians are concerned by the State of our Nation. Commentators and Political Conservatives are calling for America to get back to her founding principles outlined by the Constitution. God is calling for Believer's in Jesus Christ to get back to the founding principles that he laid out in the scriptures.
We need to be less concerned about the music we play and more concerned about the message we hear from the pulpit. We need to have a self-examination. Are we more concerned with being entertained, or about growing in the word?
Do we find ourselves hungry for the word? Or hungry for hanging out at the “Country Club” called the local Mega Church.”
Maybe your hangup isn't the Mega church. Maybe it is some other form of the details of life. It could be Money, Success, Pleasure, Social life, Loved ones, Friends, Health, Sex, Materialistic things, or Status Symbol.
Remember Jesus said. Matt 6:24.
God has a definite Consequence for Nations who abandon God, and for Churches that abandon God.
The five cycles of Discipline. For a nation Lev 26:
The first cycle Terror, fear, loss of personal freedom due to negative volition to Bible doctrine.
Second cycle Economic Recession, and depression
Third cycle Violence and Breakdown of Law and Order.
Fourth cycle Military conquest, and foreign occupation of a nation
Fifth Destruction of a nation due to Maximum negative volition to bible doctrine
Rev 2: 1-5. Jesus says
(Remember here the Pastor of the Church is addressed as “The Angel” or Messenger. The Seven Stars are the Messengers of the Churches.” And the lampstands are the seven Churches. And what does he say? He says that
So Jesus states that if the Church leaves its first Love Jesus Christ. Then he will remove the Church. How? Through the Fifth Cycle of discipline, possibly, or He will not be in their midst. Anymore.
If that happens whether they know it or not they are being used for the benefit of Satan.
Lets go into what we didn't have time to go into last time.
“God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was truly in his heart.”
Selective (though not necessarily permanent) indwelling. The Bible declares that the Spirit was in certain Old Testament people, so there can be no question but that He did indwell in those days (Gen 41:38; Num 27:18; Dan 4:8; 1 Pe 1:11). But sometimes the Spirit is said to have come upon Old Testament people (Judg 3:10; 1 Sa 10:9–10). Is there any difference between being in and coming upon? Probably only that “coming upon” may indicate the possibility of going away as well (cf. Judg 15:14 with Judg 16:20). When the Lord contrasted the relationship of the Spirit to Old Testament men and those living after the day of Pentecost, He said that the Spirit had been abiding with them and that He would be in them (Jn 14:17). This seems definitely to indicate a difference in the pre- and post-Pentecost relationships, though the word abides shows that His ministry was not an erratic one in Old Testament times. Today all believers are permanently indwelt. This universality and permanency were apparently not guaranteed in Old Testament days.
Enablement for special service. The Spirit’s special empowerment was for particular tasks like the construction of the tabernacle (Ex 31:3) as well as for other mighty works (Judg 14:6; 1 Sa 16:13).
Ryrie, C. C. (1995, c1972). A survey of Bible doctrine. Chicago: Moody Press.
Before the United Hebrew Monarchy Israel lived as 12 Tribes. As they grew negative to the Lord the Lord would allow them to be punished, then eventually delivered by Leaders called “Judges”
God was their King, but the people eventually prayed to a actual “Visible” King.
First lets look do a review of the United Hebrew Monarchy was as follows
1000 BC to 960 BC was King Saul
960-920 BC King David
920-880 BC King Solomon.
After Solomon's death, the succession of his son Rehoboam, split the monarchy into two different nations. Israel and Judah. Due to Rehoboam dealt tactlessly with economic complaints of the Northern tribe the United Kingdom of Israel split. The Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
Hezekiah the King in our subject is the King of Judah from 617 BC -588 BC.
Turn to 2 Kings 20:12-21
In verses 16-19 Isaiah prophesizes of the Babylonian Captivity of Judah
There were three deportations of Jews to Babylon. The first, in 597 BCE, involving king Jeconiah and his court and many others, a second in 587 BCE of the next king, Zedekiah, and the rest of the people. The third in 582 BCE.
Rick Warren uses Hezekiah as an example of a time where God purposely became distant to test a Believers faith. No one is disputing that as believers we will go through Trials and Tribulations.”
Turn to James 1.
In these times if we don't have doctrine in our souls, it can feel like God has forsaken us. That's when the doctrinally ignorant Pastor will teach that “God's distant on purpose to test your faith.”
We read in James 1 That God gives us tests in our lives to Strengthen our faith. However if we stay filled with the Holy Spirit.” He will give us the answers and the Doctrinal support (Through the Scriptures) to help us come out of these tests not as Survivors, but as Warriors victorious in battle.
If we our faithful we will be given the tools to come out victorious in any scenario in life.
Turn to Ephesians 6:10-18.
He uses the example of Hezekiah . “God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was truly in his heart.”
This verse in used out of context by the author. He is trying to say that sometimes we don’t feel God’s closeness, but it is because God does this to test us. However what the author doesn’t mention is
1.King Hezekiah in 2 kings 20:14-15 Had pridefuly shown off the riches of the kingdom to Babylonians.
2.In 2 kings 20:16-18 Because of Hezekiah’s pride God announced that the Babolyians would carry away all that Hezekiah had shown them.
3.To be fair Hezekiah had confessed his sin of pride. 2nd Chronicles 32:26.
The Chronicler without giving details just states that God uses this situation to test Hezekiah and see what was truly in his heart.
A. Definition and Description.œ
1. 1 Jn 5:16, "If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not face©toªface with death, he shall ask and He [God the Father] will give life to him
who does not sin face©to©face with death. There is a sin face©to©face with
death; I do not say that he should ask concerning this category."
b. You are not to pray for believers who are dying the sin
terminating in death. You can pray for others as long as they have not
committed the sin terminating in death. The sin terminating in death is the
sin of not executing the spiritual life of the Church Age.
c. This does not open the door for you to malign or judge anyone.
You have to see this sin being committed, which means you probably have to
know the person intimately, e.g., husband and wife, friends, people in a
The sin face©to©face with death is not related to gossip,
maligning, or spreading of tales about the sins of others.
. The sin face©to©face with death is a sin which is repeated
many times and there is no rebound.
God has never made a judgment of anyone that excludes the love of God. Therefore, God's judgment of this person is always fair.
e. The sin face©to©face with death is maximum divine discipline
from the integrity of God. It is the highest form of disgrace that can
(1) Divine discipline results from the believer using his
own volition to create his own failures in life after salvation.
f. Failure to use the rebound technique of 1 Jn 1:9 results in
c. The sin face©to©face with death. This disciplinary death is
given to believers who refuse to execute the spiritual life.
4. The sin face©to©face with death is not a specific sin. It is the
believer residing and functioning in the cosmic system. All his human good
and sins add up to motivational evil toward self and functional evil toward
5. The sin face©to©face with death is maximum divine discipline, the
most painful experience in life with no alleviation. It implies loss of
reward and blessing and ashamedness at the judgment seat of Christ.
B. The Context for the Sin Face©to©Face With Death.œ
1. The context is the general doctrine of divine discipline. Divine
discipline is the sum total of punitive measures by which God judges,
corrects, and teaches the believer in time.
Heb 12:5-6, Ë
2. Divine discipline is confined to time, Rev 21:4.
3. Divine discipline results from the believer using his own volition
to create his own failures, Ps 7:14-16.
4. Certain sins are worse as far as divine discipline is concerned,
i.e., sins of the tongue that bring triple compound discipline, Mt 7:1-2.
If you have personal love toward God, you have impersonal love toward man.
So do not gossip, judge or malign others, Ps 64:7-8; Jas 4:11, 5:9.
5. For the believer in the cosmic system, there are three stages to
the sin face©to©face with death.
a. The first stage of divine discipline is warning discipline,
Rev 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone has heard My
voice and he opens the door [rebound], I will enter face©to©face with him
and dine with him [restoration to fellowship with God] and he with Me."
b. The second stage of divine discipline is intensive discipline,
Ps 32:1©5. Ps 118:17©18.
c. The third stage of divine discipline is the sin face©to©face
with death, Rev 3:16, "Therefore, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold
[unbeliever] nor hot [believer executing the spiritual life], I am about to
vomit you out of My mouth."
Phil 3:18©19, "For many keep walking concerning
whom I have communicated many times and now I keep on communicating even
though weeping that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ, whose
termination is ruin, whose god is his emotion, whose fame is by means of
dishonor, who keep on thinking about earthly things."
6. There are two categories of suffering.
a. Suffering for discipline is a teaching aid unless you ignore
it. This discipline is unbearable.
b. Suffering for blessing is bearable and accelerates your
spiritual growth by helping you to apply doctrine to the situation.
C. Documentation for the Sin face©to©face with death.œ
1. In the Old Testament, Ps 118:17-18.
2. In the New Testament, 1 Jn 5:16.
D. The sin face©to©face with death is related to the stages of
1. The stages of carnality are:
a. Reaction to Bible teaching or distraction from Bible teaching.
b. A frantic search for happiness.
c. Emotional revolt of the soul.
d. Locked in negative volition.
e. Blackout of the soul.
f. Scar tissue of the soul.
2. The sin face©to©face means shame at the judgment seat of Christ
with failure to receive your escrow blessings for eternity.
3.Maximum punitive action of dying the sin face©to©face with death
Turn to 1 Corinthian 3:12
t time this has happened. Genesis 19:26.