Friday, 6 October 2017

The "Protest"-ant spirit of Liberalism and the Abominable Fruit of its Rebellion

Many in the modern western protestant Church love to blame the secularists for their liberalism and how they ruined the west with all their humanistic movements. Few things satisfy the typical western protestant Christian than criticising and blaming sinners for sinning, be it secularists, islamists, or their favourite target, the catholics.

However, what many such rebellious protestants do not realise is that their protestant reformation which they so celebrate was of the spirit of such liberalism. Their liberalism, unlike that of the secularists, is of  worse kind, one that hides under the false guise of "righteousness" and "holiness" which has caused many to stumble and not be saved.

Such is a hard saying. But love must speak the truth, and so that is what one must do.

Before the reformation, the only denomination was catholicism. Indeed, even the most calvinist reformed protestants of the 21st century accept that the saints of old such as Polycarp and Augustine were true converts. They lived for Christ, suffered for Christ, and died for Christ. We may all look an admire that,  and praise him in such a trite way, in the typical way that many in the modern Church praise those who go on long-term overseas missions. But no, it is not for us to judge or admire, as it is not about what we may think. It is about what God thinks and God alone.

The protest-ant reformation claimed to fight heresy, and indeed there was much spiritual corruption in the catholic church by the end of the 15th century. As such, those of the rebellious spirit of protestantism, the spirit of legalism, which manifests in the spirit of liberalism, which many do not realise, took advantage of such circumstances to spread their rebellion. Just as misery loves company, rebellion loves company:

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
(Proverbs 4:14-19).

You may say, how are those protestant reformers wicked? They sought to sow discord, all under the false guise of correcting heresy. For they themselves planted the seed of heresy in the Church that so plagues her today. That heresy is that it is up to oneself to interpret the Bible for oneself where the Bible is "ambiguous".

Many protestant intellectuals of old, and of today, love to find ambiguity in the Bible, and debate about them, be it ambiguity about usury, and divorce and remarriage. By intellectual, I am referring to those who are theologically-oriented and use a purely academic approach in interpreting the Bible, rejecting all spiritual revelation, or rejecting spiritual revelation simply because it challenges them. 

There are even contemporary protestant intellectuals who make fools to themselves, in trying to argue that pornography is not sin, pleasure-seeking is legitimate, and that even lust and sensuality are good! They wrangle the Word of God, and twisting the Scriptures to their own destruction:

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

Who do they think they are in trying to mock God? My friends "be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7).

This has sadly led to not just liberalism in respect of money matters, but also sexual liberalism in the professing Church! And so many sadly follow the trend. Indeed, was he right when one person told me the professing modern Church in the west has become a circus. But I would say, it is worse than a circus. It has became that which is too shameful to speak about.

The belief in one's "right" to the money one has earned, as opposed to regarding it as money belonging to God and God alone is rampant in the protestant Church of today. That was how the rebellion started, with the idea of the false protestant ethic that work is determined by one's productivity, as opposed to one's faithfulness in serving God. 

Jesus' command that one must seek first the Kingdom of God and let God provide one's needs (Matthew 6:30-34) is absolutely despised by the majority in the modern protestant Church. They are not convinced by it, which is itself to despise not only Jesus' command, but Jesus Himself. Thus, the idol of money has already established its foothold.

The belief in one's "rights" to do as one chooses and as one pleases crept in, tickling the ears of the many who claim to seek Christ, but are only seeking him for the money and now, one's own pleasure. The idol of power had now made its foothold over the protestant Church.

With great shame, the belief that sex can be sought for pleasure has crept into the Church. Many in the Church may claim that they believe that fornication and adultery are sins, so as to imply that they are so righteous, unlike the pagans. Well, who else believes such are sins? The demons, and they tremble with fear, for they know they fate. 

A sad manifestation of such a vile, abominable, and self-centred hedonistic belief is the rise of "Christian dating" which is really just a defiance of God's will and plan for marriage, in seeking a relationship for oneself, instead of submitting to God and letting Him place you in a relationship He thinks is needed to sanctify you and teaching you to be holy and righteous and grow in agape love.

Even more disturbingly, there is the rise of young professing Christians getting married young, for the primary or main purpose of sexual pleasure. They seek to married for this reason, and despise the idea of having children, and as such, are embrace birth control, just like the world. Even when they do have children, they deliberately seek to limit their number of children so that they can enjoy their own lives more, but yet have children to care for them in old age. Such is double-mindedness, in wanting pleasure and fulfilling duties only to seeking more pleasure.

Such people are lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4). Yet, when the marriage ends because such pleasure is gone, they blame and curse God. The third idol of sex has made its stronghold over the Church.

Pleasure-seeking is deceptive. Such is the deceptiveness of sin. It promises a life of fulfillment, but the end is really an empty tunnel. Pleasure makes a person foolish in the mind, for he is merry and cares not about the reality. Sorrow makes a person wise, for he sees the reality: Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better (Ecclesiastes 7:3).

Yet, many protestant intellectuals try to justify their pleasure-seeking mindset by saying that God made such things for our pleasure so that we can enjoy Him more and be more drawn to Him. That is an an extremely dangerous and perverted half-truth that is so full of deception. Yet, a discerning person will see how deceptive such a ruse is. 

The error lies in claiming that one "enjoys" God. The Bible never speaks this way. Such is to speak of Him in an irreverent way, as though he is the object subject to our enjoyment.  It speaks of God as one who is to be worshiped and feared. The Bible does speak of delighting in the Lord (Psalm 37:4). Delighting in the Lord means to seek God joyfully giving Him the due to Him, and not seek Him as a means to an ends, being joy.

It is also God Himself who is to be worshiped. One worships God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Never in the Bible does it say that one worships God in pleasure, including pleasure in seeking Him, nor material things. Yet, so many in the modern Church in the west think that way, without realising it.

It is only a absolute and total obedience to God in all things that one can find true fulfillment.  True contentment cannot be found by self-will, acting independently from God, and seeking to gratify the lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes and pride of life. Such is rebellion against God which gives nothing but pain in the flesh, which is justified against those who are rebellious. It manifests in the form of godliness, but denies its power, because it strives to make man God, and God subject to man, disputing and twisting His teachings to suit oneself. Such is the way of many in the modern protestant Church in the west.

Separate from this whore of a church, those who strive to be holy and righteous!

The spirit of liberalism has established his stronghold over the modern western Church, blinding those who want their ears tickled. Eradicate and throw out all liberalism, which is of the spirit of rebellion, before it devours.