For many people the word “Christian” has lost or changed meaning. It used to mean someone who was an authentic follower of Jesus. Now it is often used as a synonym for nice, as in, “She’s a really Christian person,” or to describe someone who goes to church sometimes while rejecting the essentials of the faith.
Theological liberals tend to get very wounded if you imply that they don’t hold Christian views. They’ve been in false-teaching churches so long and have such a low view of scripture that they think that is the way church is supposed to be.
It is ultimately God’s job to assess who truly trusts in Jesus and who does not. I’m not qualified and wouldn’t want the job even if I was.
Jesus did say that you will know them by their fruit and that we should make right judgments, so it is fair to examine people’s lives to see if they have evidence for their faith. But mistakes can be made during fruit inspection. We would have probably thought that Judas was the real deal and that the criminal on the cross was not.
But it does seem fair to point out when self-described Christians don’t hold views that have historically applied to Christians, as shown in the Bible, countless creeds and denominational statements of faith. The views of theological Liberals mock the cross and the blood of the martyrs who died — and who still suffer and die today — rather than recant their faith.
First, consider this conversation:
Me: I’m a Muslim.
Real Muslim: No, you’re not.
Me: Really, I am, and I’m offended that you say I’m not.
RM: Do you believe the Koran is the word of God?
Me: No, of course not. A man wrote it, and it has obvious errors like saying that a body double died on the cross instead of Jesus. It was written hundreds of years after Christ, and even sources outside the Bible claim that Jesus himself died. And don’t get me started about all the violence it encourages! Why trust the Koran?
RM: Do you believe in Allah as the one true God?
RM: Do you like Jewish people?
RM: Do you eat pork?
Me: Mmmmmmm . . . bacon.
RM: You aren’t a Muslim.
Me: Yes I am!
Sounds ridiculous, right? Now consider this:
Me: Are you a Christian?
Liberal theologian: Yes.
Me: Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God?
LT: No, not a bit of it. Even though it claims to speak for God roughly 3,000 times, I think those are all made up by people.
Me: Do you think Jesus is God?
Me: Do you believe any of the miracles recorded in the Bible are true?
LT: Of course not. I’m too smart for that. Miracles can’t happen. Writers made those up.
Me: Do you think Jesus is the only way to salvation?
Me: Do you believe that Jesus physically rose from the dead?
Me: Do you believe that we are created in God’s image and that we should protect innocent human life?
LT: Abortions for any and all reasons at any time are fine with God. Jesus is pro-legalized abortion. We get to decide who the real “persons” are.
Me: Do you look for opportunities to share the Gospel as outlined in the Bible?
LT: Of course not. All religions (or no religions) are valid paths to God. God loves us unconditionally. We don’t need a Savior.
Me: Do you realize how radically different your basic views are from those of Christians throughout the last 2,000 years, especially to the countless Christians who died rather than recant their faith?
LT: Sort of . . . but we’re so much smarter than they were.
Me: Indeed. But how can you claim to be a Christian?
LT: How dare you question my faith?!
Is the first conversation different from the second?
I haven’t had that precise conversation with any liberal Christians, but it is a highly accurate composite. Try it yourself. You may find that their views are even more bizarre. I’m almost certain that any of the “Jesus Seminar” members would answer the questions that way. For example, I read a book co-authored by Marcus Borg (a member of the Jesus Seminar) and he held all the heretical views noted above and more.
These people may be decent citizens and friendly neighbors, but calling themselves Christians wildly distorts the meaning of the word. I wish the frauds would be honest for once and officially switch to professing atheism or Hinduism, which are much more in line with their views.