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"What is Liberalism?"

There are many avenues of thought. Mankind has always possessed opinions, likes, dislikes, and scruples. A scruple is defined as, "a motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions." Paul's record concerning scruples and the Christian is found in Romans 14:1ff. According to the inspired writer, Christians must avoid discussing their scruples for the sake of unity. Therefore, whether or not something is a scruple is a matter that a Christian is free to decide for himself; that is, according to his conscience. However, the line separating scruples and commands have become blurred. Many today have accepted the philosophy that commands are not laws that must be obeyed, but rather "suggestions," scruples that can be either followed or not followed. The question to the reader should be, "why has this become the case?" The answer can be given in one word, "liberalism."

Liberalism claims to have an absolute love for its fellow man. Liberalism claims that it has the power to right injustices. Liberalism claims to have the best intentions for all man. However, at the very heart of liberalism is hate. Hate for those who liberalism sees as unfair, including God. Hate for those who are wealthy, even going so far as to believe that all wealth should be stripped from those who have it and distribute it to those who have it not. This concept is called the "Robin Hood Complex." It is the idea that justifies stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Liberalism scoffs at the command of God that prohibits stealing thinking itself justified for the "greater good."

Liberalism does not want to see each man as an individual, but as a collective. Liberalism seeks to destroy the concept of individuality. Liberalism seeks to destroy the concept of exclusivity. Liberalism detests the spirit of exclusiveness. [i]Liberalism and exclusiveness are as incompatible as light and darkness.[ii]Exclusiveness is very restrictive, and liberalism views restrictions with intense disdain.[iii] The reason for this is that liberalism believes that man is not responsible for his actions. Liberalism spouts rhetoric such as, "I was born this way," "The devil made me do it," "I can't help it," "Life is unfair so it must be someone's fault," and "God is unfair because He allows evil to exist." This is now seen by the actions of those who espouse liberalism. Liberalism holds itself accountable to no one. Therefore, there are three words that sum up the spirit of liberalism, "no big deal."[iv]

Since the creation, man was instilled with free-will. Therefore, man is a free-will being. Free-will is the ability to choose. Man has the ability to choose right or wrong, good or bad, to love or to love not. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and suffered the consequences (Genesis 3:1ff). When one chooses to disobey the Holy and Righteous God of the universe, that one will always suffer consequences. However, the subject of free-will has become one of confusion. Liberalism teaches that man should scoff at free-will and call God unfair for allowing man to choose his fate claiming that God should be a babysitter and beckon to his every need; that is, God must do everything for man including saving him even without his obedience to God.  Others misuse free-will as a license to disobey God, and claim that God will never punish them for doing those things that "just come natural." It is the latter thought on which this article will focus.

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). This Passage should leave the reader with no doubt that obedience to God is a necessity. God has always demanded obedience from His creation. "And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22). God has finished His part regarding salvation. His grace was and is displayed through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 5:8-9). Now man must do his part, obey. Paul wrote, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). One obeys God when he obeys the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One cannot know God or be in fellowship with Him without obedience to the Gospel (I John 1:7).

God has revealed His will to man (II Timothy 3:16). Therefore, He has left man without excuse (Psalm 14:1). But mankind has offered excuse for sin time after time through the arrogant display of liberalism. Liberalism does not tremble. [v]This is seen in the actions of Judah. Judah's blushing cheek was replaced by the arrogant brow (Jeremiah 8:12). [vi]They had adopted the liberal "no big deal" attitude toward God's will and way and thus had lost the ability to tremble (Jeremiah 5:22). [vii]Sadly, the majority today display this same attitude toward Jehovah.

Liberalism is diabolical. [viii] It originated in the mind of the chief adversary of man just as surely as truth finds its origin in the mind of God. [ix] Liberalism seeks to create a division between God and man. [x] Liberalism mocks grace and the Bible. Liberalism deceives.[xi]Liberalism deludes man into confusing emotionalism with spirituality. [xii]However, true spirituality is man's discarding self-will and submitting to God's will.[xiii] Liberalism's spirituality is fleshly, emotional, shallow, and fleeting. [xiv]Liberalism's spirituality is self-centered.[xv]

Liberalism wraps the mind of man in a veil of darkness.[xvi]Liberalism expresses the "no big deal" attitude regardless of the truth of God. 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.[xvii]

Liberalism says that man does not have the right to protect the unborn. Ronald Reagan said, "There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right." Liberalism exchanges morality with subjectivity. Liberalism says, "I'm ok, you're ok." Liberalism says that there is no such thing as absolute truth or absolute morality. God says there is (John 17:17).

 

 



[i]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 202.

[ii]Ibid.

[iii]Ibid.

[iv]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 13.

[v]Ibid.

[vi]Ibid.

[vii]Ibid.

[viii]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 183.

[ix]Ibid.

[x]Ibid.

[xi]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 184.

[xii]Ibid.

[xiii]Ibid.

[xiv]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 187.

[xv]Ibid.

[xvi]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 193.

[xvii]Frank Chesser, "The Spirit of Liberalism" (Publishing Designs, Inc., Huntsville, Al., 2001), p. 197.




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