The Problem with Liberalism – It’s an Issue of Faith

man_question_markIntroduction
A predominant theme that is seen within progressive liberalism, as well as liberalism as a whole is the idea that the “ends justify the means.”

Abortion
If you speak to a liberal about the moral issue of abortion, they will state that the underlying fundamental premise to be considered is the privacy of a woman, as defined by the Supreme Court in 1962.

This Supreme Court stated:

The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy. In a line of decisions, however, going back perhaps as far as Union Pacific R. Co. v. Botsford, the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution. In varying contexts, the Court or individual Justices have, indeed, found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment; in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments; in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights; in the Ninth Amendment; or in the concept of liberty guaranteed by the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment. These decisions make it clear that only personal rights that can be deemed “fundamental” or “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty,” are included in this guarantee of personal privacy. They also make it clear that the right has some extension to activities relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, and child rearing and education.

The court stated that a woman’s right to privacy was more paramount to the question before them than the right of the life of the child.

Liberals that purport to uphold the right to abortion state that the issue at hand is the freedom of decision a woman concerning her own reproductive rights.

Yet, the reality of the situation is that the issue at hand is the killing of a baby within the womb.

How can these individuals sidestep this most fundamental violation of human humanity and morality?

The safest place in all of creation for a baby should be in the womb of its mother.

Yet abortion – the most evil of acts known to man – is moralized based upon a less relevant issue of privacy.

Perhaps we should consider the much more monumental effect upon the baby that is killed, before we make that issue subservient to the mother’s desire.

How do the Liberals come to these conclusions?

The premise that is used here, and concerning many other issues which are immoral is that they use the rationality that the “ends justify the means.”

Though it goes by different expressions, such as “serving the greater good,” or “doing something wrong for the right reason,” or even “choosing the lesser of two evils;” these are all rationalizations to do what is evil.

The first problem is who decides what is the “greater good” and what is the lesser good?

What this means is that the liberal must first decide who they consider to be God in their life.

Because the only way that you can determine that you are the supreme judge or the one to determine what is the “greater good”, you must have placed yourself in the place of a god.

If the God of the Bible says that it is a sin to murder, and most grievously so when it comes to abortion; you must either sidestep what this God has mandated, or invalidate that this God exists, choosing to take the place of god yourself.

There are individuals that say that they are Christians who are liberals, and somehow attempt to justify the murder of babies in the womb by using these type of justifications.

Sometimes they use other methods such as interjecting different words to detach the literal meaning of something or remove the emotions; such as calling a “baby” a “fetus,” or stating the issue is not “murder” in the womb but “reproductive health.”

It has always been a tool of the devil to falsely use words, either by substituting or changing their meaning in order to confuse a subject.

This is easily seen in Genesis chapter 3 (the temptation of Eve) as well as in Matthew chapter 4 (the temptation of Jesus).

Yet most assuredly, the predominant foundational justification used by the devil and his children is the “ends justify the means.”

Homosexuality
What about the consideration of homosexuality as it is rapidly changing our environment in an insidious way, attacking both the foundation of marriage and the family, yet more importantly defying God’s Word.

God declared in the beginning that marriage was a union between one man and one woman – period.

However now we see that this sin is gaining acceptance based upon the issue of civil rights.

The idea is that the liberty guaranteed in the Constitution, as also stated above concerning abortion; gives individuals the right to make certain choices concerning their lifestyle, though homosexuals adamantly disagree and state that it is not a choice that drives their sexuality; they state they are born that way.

They state that it is because they are born this way that it is their inalienable right to practice this behavior.

They attempt to reduce the issue from one of what people do, to who people are, and thus attempt to establish it as a civil rights issue.

In both cases the concept of a false narrative based upon the greater good is employed.

The true Christian believes that the Bible is the Word of God and as such teaches that God is God, and that we are His creation and subject to His rules, such as “Thou shall not murder’, and ‘Man shall not lie with man.” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13).

The Real Issue
Underlying every premise that is used to contradict God and His Word is the justification that there is a greater good that must be achieved, that the ends justify the means.

The greatest problem with this is that it sacrifices the issue of trust and fidelity.

Faith
Faith, both biblically speaking and functionally speaking within human relationships is the most fundamental, as well as foundational value individuals can ever hold.

Based upon the Bible, this is one of the foundational values wherein we are created in God’s image, which explains why faith is necessary to access grace in order to reestablish a relationship with God which man violated because of not trusting God.

A Few Examples – “If you cannot trust…”

  • If you cannot trust your spouse, you are miserable and your life is unstable. You are constantly suspicious, which whether based upon reality or not, creates tension in the relationship.

Mistrusting
And even if trust is not violated, if you are innocent, yet thought to be untrustworthy, there is nothing worse than being accused of something that you are innocent of.

Meaning, that faith is just not something that we exercise; it’s something that we mandate to receive when it is warranted.

This is why God felt so violated by our lack of faith in Him.

It is an insult to accuse Him of being untrustworthy, especially when all He has done are those things that are good for us and His creation.

A lack of faith is one of the most grievous of acts in that when someone deserves our trust and faith and we refuse to give it we display a lack of justice, and a lack of righteousness. 

Yet it is not only in our relationship with God, it is in everything that faith is a necessity.

  • To continue the thought, if you cannot trust your parents, from a mental health aspect you grow up and develop personality disorders ranging from an inability to establish intimate relationships to a confusion of reality because of the felt need to be deceiving.

Where parents cannot be trusted, a child is brought up in a situation which is analogous with being a survivalist, doing what they must do to survive, that breeds a need to deceive in order to protect oneself.

Do we now understand why this generation that we live in is a most faithless generation we have ever seen since the establishment of our nation?

In the 60s we had free love, free relationships, non-responsibility; all of this occurring whenever we had voted to kill babies in the womb, and to take God out of our schools because of deference to those that did not believe.

You talk about environment that insults the value of faith and trust, this is it.

And now this generation has grown up to the extent that divorces are more common than lifelong marriages.

What does this mean?

It means that people don’t trust each other and are not willing to commit themselves for the rest of their life to another person – choosing not to divorce is an issue of faith.

This is what the children of the 60s, that grew up to be the adults of the millennium have learned, to not trust or act trustworthy.  They’ve learned not to exercise faith, and taught the same to their kids.

Biblical faith is more than just an issue concerning salvation; faith has to do with every aspect of our lives; especially when it comes to the laws of the land as seen in the two issues of abortion and accepting heterosexuality.

  • Let us continue the thought, what if you cannot trust your business partner?  You can’t sleep at night reeling in your mind how your partner may be stealing from you and undermining all your hard work, threatening your very livelihood, destroying your reputation within the community, while at the same time violating a most sacred of trust you placed upon them.
  • What if you cannot trust your government?  What better describes the climate that we live in, but the complete lack of trust in our governing body.

We have a leader that lies without ever realizing he habitually lies due to his narcissism; who lives by the rationale that he is serving the greater good.

He is driven by pride to the extent he cannot even conceive that he is lying because this would endanger his self-image; his self-deceit which is created by his own ego.

Have you ever seen anybody use the word “I” more than this man?

Have you ever seen anyone change his mind more than this man?  Not based upon an evolution or a growth in personality.  No, his pride would not allow him to humble himself enough to admit that he was wrong and is now right.

This is how God catches up crafty men in their own vanity.

The sin of pride that drives this coward is the same sin of pride that won’t allow him to cover up his sin more successfully.

Yet the one thing that you can say about him is that he sincerely believes in his own belief system.

I have no doubt whatsoever in his complete sincerity in the choices he makes.

His right hand man, the man that is supposed to represent law enforcement and justice in United States is so unrighteous. Yet what is the rationality of the utter lawlessness which he operates within?  He is righting a wrong – serving the greater good – because the ends justify the means (If you disagree, please go to another website – you are too blind for this article to help, or give words to your thought; and anything else we might say here does not concern you.  I know this sounds harsh, but the days are short, and the truth has been trampled for far too long – those that can see must step outside the shadows at least to speak with each other concerning the truth which the Holy Spirit makes plain to the Elect).

And yet where is the Congress?  Where is the integrity that would fight such evil? (I now think there are a few good brave men up there) It is not seen because of cowardice and their refusal to sacrifice themselves for the right reason.

Our legislators have no faith in their constituents, that they would vote them back in office for opposing our leader.

Again the children of the 60’s have become those who do not have faith in anyone in the millennium, not even God.

  • Now the ultimate question, what if you cannot trust God?

As someone who has watched over 600 people pass from this present life into eternity, I’ve never seen an actual atheist die.

First let’s consider the premise.

Shadow Boxing
If you do not believe that something exists, where does the passion come from that makes you fight against it?

Now there those that would say it’s not the reality of God that warrants their passion, it is the fight against this false premise that drives them.

Yet for every person that I’ve ever met that claims to be an atheist, at the core of the issue in every instance is always pride.

By demanding that God exists, which violates their own belief system; their pride and therefore their self-worth feels like it is assaulted.

That drives the passion to fight against the concept of a deity that they refuse to admit exist, and openly state that if he did exist, they would refuse to obey.

So is it any wonder that the children that grew up from the 60’s, that learned not to trust, are now the very rulers who do not trust their constituents, who validate immoral laws concerning the killing of babies in the womb, and the concept of homosexuality.

Is it any wonder that we that are faithful have learned we cannot trust them as well?

Biblical faith is never blind – It is Based upon Something, God’s Word
Many in the church, because of their superficial handling of God’s Word, teach an experiential type of faith that is sensual in nature.

Sensual in the aspect that it is based upon one of our five senses, wherein faith is developed based upon what we sense: what we see, what we taste, what we hear, what we smell, or what we touch.

(If you want to do an interesting study, take those five words or synonyms of them, and do a word study in the Gospels using them concerning the ministry of Jesus Christ.)

However, we are told 2 Corinthians 5:7,

“For we walk by faith, not by sight”

Because, the Bible states in Romans 10:17,

faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

So why do our churches teach an experiential type of Christianity, a type of Christianity wherein they take God’s Word and attempt to connect it to their own experience in order to validate God’s Word, especially within the Pentecostal environment.

It’s because this is the lazy way of doing ministry.  It’s hard to dig deep into God’s Word to produce faith based upon God’s Word.

The Basis for Faith
What Romans 10:17 is talking about is teaching God’s Word in a way that opens up God’s Word and shows those things that take time and energy to present.

Jesus said in John 5:39,

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

There are Scripture references concerning Christ in the book of Isaiah, Zachariah, Micah, Psalms and other places, but very few preachers teach about Jesus from the Old Testament.

However, examine the following Scriptures:

Luke 24:27 – “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”

Luke 24:44-47 – “Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

Acts 8:35 – “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”

Acts 26:22-23 – “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:  That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

Acts 28:23 – “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Romans 1:1-3 – “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 – “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Hebrews 10:7 – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Biblical faith is based upon God’s Word, But How:

  • Faith begins and grows, when we thoroughly examine what God has prophesied in His word concerning those things that were future at the time, which took place within the time frame of when the Bible was written; and was fulfilled exactly as God stated.
  • Faith begins and grows, when we examine the over 300 prophecies of Jesus Christ’s First Coming in which He fulfilled all that was in God’s Word.
  • Faith begins and grows, when we see the prophecies that the Bible made concerning cultures and events that would exist after it was written and that the reality of life as seen through anthropology and history proved those prophecies to be trustworthy.
  • Faith begins and grows, when we see the depth of knowledge that is found within the Bible wherein our only conclusion is, this book could not have been written by man; wherein the Bible has taught so many deep truths that science is just now caught up with wherein the authorship of this book should be established.
  • Faith begins and grows, when we see the depth of wisdom that is found within the Bible wherein our only conclusion is, this book could not have been written by man; wherein there are no errors or falsehoods.
  • Faith begins and grows, when we examine the hundreds of prophecies of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming and the last days in which fulfillment is starting in our current generation (In total: 8,362 predictive verses; 1,817 predictions on 737 separate matters.).

The following wise expressions concerning God’s word ring in with truth:

“The Bible is such a book, as man could not write if he would, & would not write if he could.”

“The New Testament is concealed in the Old, and the Old is revealed in the New”

“The Bible: in the old the new is contained, in the new the old is explained.”

“An apparent Biblical contradiction is the Holy Spirit’s way of getting the reader’s attention so as to point out a hidden deep truth, which must be examined at great expense, in order to discover the precious faith building treasure it contains.”

“To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it.  They just scroll to the bottom and click ‘I agree.'”

Faith is to be Based upon God’s Word!
It is God’s Word, the Bible wherein faith is to begin and grow – based upon a confidence that is established when repetitively God’s Word shows itself to be trustworthy and the vehicle of faith.

Once this confidence is established – based upon God’s Word – it is then that faith grows based upon when our experience further validates what God’s Word has already established.

Yes there is a place for experience, but never as the primary agent of faith, yet always as a secondary, or peripheral validation.

Concerning faith, it has been wisely stated that its function can be seen in the acronym of the ABC’s of faith.

When faith is seen, this is the conclusion of faith – action should be the outcome of faith.

We know that belief, which in the English translation of the word means “cognitive assent,” shows that it is a “mental process.”

If faith does not grow beyond mental belief, it is fruitless.

This explains James words as found in James 2:19, which states:

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

The ABCs of faith

Action based upon Beliefs of stained by Confidence

As stated this is how we see faith acted out in a person’s life, we observed the end result of their faith in their actions, but prior to this there was the belief, the mental assent which began the process of faith, yet did not stall there.  Faith was mixed with confidence – this confidence is what Romans 10:17 is talking about.

We have confidence in our faith because of God’s Word, and an examination of its track record, which proves its trustworthiness.

This is the reason for Psalm 138:2, which states:

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Because God’s name holds no value to us unless we can trust what He says: His Word.

This is why a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is the only way to interpret the Bible – as seen in how every person in the Bible who interpreted a previous passage or prophecy did so literally (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, James, to name a few) – this is our example on how to handle Bible interpretation.  

Word’s Word takes itself literally, as seen in God’s Word itself.

When God appears to box Himself in by exactly and literally saying something, we have an opportunity to examine if what He said takes place, or if what He said is insightful and wise; and that in return builds a track record which we refer to as confidence.

Biblical faith cannot be separated from the Bible.

This is why we must dig deep into God’s Word and teach those things which build confidence in God’s Word, but more importantly in the God that dictated it.

We have faith in God because of what He said – because if you cannot trust what a person says, you cannot trust what they may or may not do based upon those words.

All of this was established by God in the beginning when he literally spoke to Adam and presented an opportunity for him to obey based upon trust and faith in God.  Instead Adam chose to walk according to his own senses and his own fear of loss, because of his awareness that Eve had violated her faith relationship with God.

Adam’s lack of faith was his lack of trust that God would be able to deal with the situation that Eve had created by disobeying what God had said.

In Adam’s own mind he decided that he wanted Eve and would do anything to stay with her.  Man chose the woman over God, he chose to break faith with God and not trust Him in the process.

This is why God excused himself from the reality of man’s senses – from his sight – and set up the gospel, the Good News that man would have an opportunity to again establish a relationship based upon his faith in God’s Son who would come to redeem him.

The justice of God demanded that there be punishment for the sin that man displays.

Yet the love of God provided mercy in that the punishment could only be paid by someone who did not deserve it: a Man that was pure and without sin.

How many of us have said it is not fair that one man brought death to all of mankind? Yet in God’s righteousness, another Man could bring salvation to all that would believe.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  (1 Corth. 15:22)

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”  (1 Corth. 15:45)

This is why faith is a requirement to enter into God’s grace.

Grace is God’s unmerited favor – getting something good which we do not deserve.  We also obtain God’s mercy – not getting something bad that we do deserve.  It is through God’s unmerited favor that we receive not only salvation, but a relationship with God, because the foundation of every relationship is faith.

This is the irony of liberalism and progressive liberalism.

The mantra about doing the wrong thing for the right reason might be better stated that they do whatever it takes for the “greater good.”

They told the American people that the forced fee premium of ObamaCare was a penalty, not a tax; until they went to the Supreme Count and said it was a tax because this is the only way they could win – they lied for the greater good.

Liberals and progressives will do and say anything to win.

They will do anything to forward their own agenda which they see as the “greater good,” even if it is to distort the meaning of words, even if it is to rewrite history and lie about our forefathers concerning the role that Christianity had in their lives.

Read the words of George Washington concerning his love of Jesus Christ, and how Jesus Christ was his personal Savior that redeemed him from hell.

His words are the words of a born-again believer, and there are many others: John Adams, Samuel Adams, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Rush, John Witherspoon, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, John Clay, and Noah Webster Just to mention a few.

So the lack of integrity – the dishonest foundation of anyone that proposes that the ends justify the means, that they can do anything for the greater good, causes values to fall by the wayside and in the aftermath breeds an atmosphere were faith is impossible.

How can you trust a man if you cannot trust what he says.

God is trustworthy due to His consistency.

He is who He says He is, and will do what He says.  

That is the basis of our faith unto salvation through His grace.

This is why you cannot trust liberals or progressives (and when I say progressives I don’t mean only liberals, there are Republican progressives, examine the life of Teddy Roosevelt and you will find a man that would do whatever it takes to win, that lived by the mantra that the ends justify the means.  He was a true progressive Republican that could not be trusted, at least if you would go beyond the whitewash of liberal history to study the truth of this man’s life), and therefore cannot maintain an environment of faith – a relationship of trust.

As a believer in Jesus Christ you cannot be a true liberal who justifies the killing of babies in the womb, or promotes homosexuality – just to mention a few of their platform statements – and still maintain the correct and literal understanding of God’s Word with any consistency; and therefore maintain a faith relationship with God and integrity.

I will not say that you cannot be a liberal and be saved.

There are many deceived individuals, even believers (notice how many times Jesus told believers to be aware of deception and false teachers).  

What I will say is that you cannot be an individual of integrity, nor mature faith and to hold to liberal ideals that are so antithetical to God and God’s Word.

It is not me judging.

Simply examine what God’s Word says about the principles that are held by these individuals – and do so literally without attempting to change the words.

See what God says Himself.

The ends justify the means breeds an environment of inconsistency that faith cannot grow in.

And where faith cannot grow, access to God’s grace is impeded.

Is it any wonder that our culture is so messed up?

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