Briefing # 8 The stronghold of liberal progressivism actively has been working against the Church since the 1900s. There is a major deception at the heart of this stronghold … that liberalism and liberal progressivism IS Christianity. In actual fact, though, it is not Christianity at all.
It is a different religion and a worldview that is completely opposite to the Biblical Christian faith.
The deception of this stronghold is that the language it uses often is from the Christian vocabulary, but its meanings are completely different. Satan, in collaboration with human sinfulness, has created a powerfully effective stronghold that truly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
As we may surmise from the results of this demonic stronghold,Satan’s purpose is:
• A departure from the Biblical Christian faith that proclaims Jesus Christ alone as the Way, the Truth and the Life and the only way to have communion with God the Father.
• The loss of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change lives and to lead to salvation.
• Satan’s plan is to deceive the Church into so becoming the world that it has no power to transform the world according to the vision of the Kingdom of God.
• The weakening of the Church so that it crumbles before Satan’s assaults disguised as other faiths, such as Islam; so-called spiritual trends like the New Age movement; or ideologies such as socialism or capitalism.
We see the results of Satan’s purpose through this demonic stronghold most vividly in my own denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). Parker Williamson of the Presbyterian Lay Committee has documented the results of this stronghold in an excellent book titled Broken Covenant: Signs of a Shattered Communion
The demonic stronghold of liberalism and liberal progressivism also has had devastating effects in the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom, as well as in many other once-vital denominations around the world
To back up these claims regarding Satan’s purpose, we carefully must show that liberalism and liberal progressivism are, in fact, a demonic stronghold masquerading as a religion that is completely different from Christianity.
We shall find that liberalism and liberal progressivism have a different:
• Understanding of humanity.
• Way of Salvation.
• And, indeed, is masquerading as a religion that is completely different from Christianity.
Mark Patterson, a great pastor-theologian, clarifies these issues. His analysis is part of the videotapes that Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries created when it was fighting against the work of an official Peace Unity and Purity Task Force that developed an “Authoritative Interpretation” to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that was guided by liberalism and liberal progressivism. In his analysis, Dr. Patterson clearly shows the contrast between Christianity and liberalism/liberal progressivism.
His analysis is supported by and, indeed, is a present-day application, of the analysis done by J. Gresham Machen in his brilliant 1923 book Christianity and Liberalism. As part of this briefing, there is a chart that highlights portions of Machen’s arguments to illustrate the contrast in worldviews between Christianity and liberalism/liberal progressivism. It is highly recommended that you read the whole book. biblebelievers.com/machen/
This analysis is extremely important if one is to understand the buildings blocks of liberalism and liberal progressivism. Undertaking a study of this analysis,in turn, will provide the “intelligence” that is needed to understand how the Holy Spirit may be leading us to pray so that the sham religion of liberalism/liberal progressivism may be overcome.
Satan has so cleverly woven this stronghold into the fabric of the Church that many Christians, including ourselves, sometimes may be blinded to its deception. It especially is important, then, to look at this carefully and through the eyes of wisdom and discernment.