A Down-Graded Gospel Develops a Destitute Church
The plight of the modern Church and the individual Christian partaking of a downgraded Gospel is that it becomes difficult for them to listen to the call of the Scriptures, let alone from a minister or someone sitting in a pew. For the modernist-Church or Christian no longer accept the factual statements of the Word of God; the Bible, to them, is a group of writings populated by the opinions and feelings of its authors which were influenced by the cultural mores of their era.
One example, the Liberal-Christian or Liberal-Church based upon such theology takes the position that the Apostle Paul did not have a proper view or understanding of homosexuality and lesbianism. Then they go about destroying the impact of the First Covenant by proclaiming that these sexual sins are of no effect in this modern age, for as with shell-fish, pork and other dietary restrictions of the Old Testament, they have been done away with by the New Testament.
The problem with this type of theology is that it can rid an individual, a congregation or collection of Churches of all sins which they no longer wish to be constrained from. So, soon, other sexual sins are explained away as the other two perversions. These Churches and their deceitful teachers will go as far to say that Jesus would condone homosexuality, lesbianism and all other manner of sex sins; often basing this upon the response to the stoning of the adulterous woman in the Gospel of John 8:7.
Of course, the real problem with this heinous theology is that to them the Bible is not without error, it is simply a set of stories, a list of paradigms to live by, not direct commandments from on high by Jehovah God. Once the down-grading of the Gospel of Christ begins, it soon consumes more, and to them it must erase all inequality in the Bible. This down-grading theology is a favorite of feminists, homosexuals, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators, supporters of abortion and those who feel themselves disenfranchised. For them the sins in the Bible may be explained away, either by attacking the writer or by subtly changing the meaning of a word here and one there, to achieve their goal.
An unthinkable idea for a Christian, no more than sixty years ago, is the backing of abortion. The modernist doctrine finds no direct Scripture forbidding it so it must be acceptable. Yet, they neglect the injunction of Deuteronomy 30:19, to “choose life.” Nor do these who seek to find no guilt in killing the innocent regard John the Baptist and his filling of the Holy Ghost while in his mother’s womb.
The obvious danger when doubt arises about the Bible is the loss of faith, but these Liberals have adjusted their faith to include or cherry-pick pet doctrines which support their life-style. Pastor Robert Shindler wrote:
The first step astray is a want of adequate faith in the divine inspiration of the sacred Scriptures. All the while a man bows to the authority of God’s Word, he will not entertain any sentiment contrary to its teaching. “To the law and to the testimony,” is his appeal concerning every doctrine. He esteems that holy Book, concerning all things, to be right, and therefore he hates every false way. But let a man question, or entertain low views of the inspiration and authority of the Bible, and he is without chart to guide him, and without anchor to hold him.
The modernist Christian seeks paradigms, but only those which buttress their self-conviction (rather than Scriptural and Holy Spirit conviction), searching for any reflection or echo which supports their claims (rather than looking into the perfect Law of Liberty), while freely following their feelings; which emotions have most often deceived and misguided them. These which wish to put away the Old Paths run after any social whim and latest thoughts on equality, yet, having forgotten what Proverbs 3:5 states: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
For too long we have evaluated these theologians, Churches and their congregants, from a traditional point of view; while addressing the doctrines they have embraced, we have called sin, sin, but we have often missed The Sin, which is common to them all: a lack of reverence for the Holy Bible. We, lovers of the Bible, the very of Word of God, must comprehend that this is not as with other small doctrinal points which denominations have been quarrelling over for decades, even centuries, but is an all-out attack on the very foundation of our Faith, the Bible, the written Word of God. This single doctrine, while having different points of origin for each of its followers, and possibly dissimilar causes, are in unison with regards to the lack of veracity of the Bible. We too must be united, we must foster a culture in our Churches, in our families, for a love of the Bible, and its inerrancy. Cover to cover, Word for Word we must teach the whole counsel of the Bible, or we may soon find ourselves in the same destitute condition as those adhering to Modernist Theology.
A. W. Pink, with great respect for this subject penned: “Almost all doctrinal error is really, Truth perverted, Truth wrongfully divided, Truth disproportionately held and taught. The fairest face on earth, with the most comely features, would soon become ugly and unsightly if one member continued growing while the others remained undeveloped. Beauty is, primarily, a matter of proportion. Thus it is with the Word of God: its beauty and blessedness are best perceived when its manifold wisdom is exhibited in its true proportions. Here is where so many have failed in the past. A single phase of God’s Truth has so impressed this man or that he has concentrated his attention upon it, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Some portion of God’s Word has been made a “pet doctrine,” and often this has become the distinctive badge of some party. But it is the duty of each servant of God to “declare all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).”
I close this article with some Scriptural reminders of who God is, along with His Word without error, and the timelessness of his commandments.
(Psalms 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
(Psalms 119:152) Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
(Isaiah 40:8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
(Luke 21:33) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
(Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
(Malachi 3:6) For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
 (Romans 1:26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
(Romans 1:27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
 (John 8:7) So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
 (Deuteronomy 30:19) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
 Luke 1:15, 36, 41
 Down Grade II, by Robert Shindler, the April 1877, edition of, The Sword and the Trowel.
 Hebrews 4:12; James 1:25; Jeremiah 17:9
 Jeremiah 6:16
 Acts 20:27
 The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, Chapel Library edition, 1993, page 102
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