22 April 2018 LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE ? Apparently we have accepted the usage of these terms as denoting several viewpoints among spiri-tual Christian believers. Have we thought of them as being scriptural terms? Do their meanings and usages have a scriptural base? In the forefather's writings of past centuries and more recent, the terms seem to be absent. When have these terms come into usage and acceptance? In our changing world, there continue to be words and usages that become popular or in vogue. Was this the way that "liberal" and "conservative" arrived on the scene? We sometimes hear the comment made that a man, group, or denomination is liberal or conservative. What is generally meant by such? Webster's Dictionary rendering of the two words are: Conservative: "tending to preserve established traditions or institutions and to resist or oppose any changes; modest and cautious." Liberal. "not orthodox, is not restricted, not strict (a liberal interpretation of the Bible), broadminded, favouring reform or progress, open minded to ideas that challenge traditions." To be orthodox (according to Webster) is "to conform to the usual beliefs or established doctrines, as in religion; conforming to the Christian faith as formulated in the early creeds and confessions; generally conforming to traditions." Is it an appropriate question whether "liberal" and "conservative" could relate to the scriptural terms of "spiritual" and "carnal"? Would not a carnal person generally be liberal with himself? Would not a spiritual person be consistently conservative? If a spiritual person can be liberal or conservative, then in our thinking, where would we place God? Is He a "liberal" or a "conservative"? In the sense we are considering, God is unchanging, He is not permissive or loose and casual. Yet in one sense, He is liberal when it comes to grace, mercy, and forgiveness, as we come to Him with brokenness, He is liberal On the other hand, a person who is "liberal" is generally not sensitive to change in small things. He does not think of them as important issues that would infringe on nonconformity to the world. He or she is not so concerned about new styles and fads that become evident among the brotherhood. Would not to "earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3) fit the definition of conservative? In worldly Christendom today, we are judged as being legalistic and trusting in our works if we teach and practice self-denial, which was taught by our forefathers. Our detractors say we do not understand justification by faith. True believers totally embrace the doctrine of justification by faith, knowing that there is nothing that justifies a man except his faith in the blood of Christ. We love and are very thankful for that truth. But today, in modern Christian thinking, man can be of the world and still claim justification. If a Christian, or the church, takes on more and more of the world's ways, when does the claim of justification not qualify as truth? Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. May we be diligent to conserve the faith once delivered to all of mankind.
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