Liberal theologies often appear to be short-lived, faddish, unstable. They are like city buses, one comes by every few minutes, headed in a different direction. Here is one list of many of them. Since around 1900 non-orthodox theories and gospel alterations include: “[Social Gospel], Neo-orthodoxy, Demythologization . . . Theology of Secularization, Situation Ethics, Theology of Hope, Theology of History, Process Theology, Theology of Being, Mysticism . . . [Liberation Theology, Black Theology, Theology of Feminism, Environmentalism, Postmodernism, Eastern thought-New Age, Globalism, Positive (no sin or judgment teaching) Gospel, Get-Rich Teaching and the Emergent Church].” –Contemporary World Theology: A Layman’s Guidebook, Harvie M. Conn, Presbyterian and Reformed Pub.
“Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119.89).
Like a ship without a rudder is pushed in many directions by the passing winds and currents, so is the soul without eternal truth.
1. False teaching including the cults typically deny the deity of Christ and His full payment for the penalty of our sin. The devil’s goal is to steal one’s salvation. Beware of any teaching that detracts from the person and work, the centrality of Christ. Watch out for the attitude–“I know more than Almighty God. I can out think and outsmart the eternal wisdom in the Bible and Judgement Day.” If one rejects the Creator God’s absolute truth, he unlocks the slimy snake in the bottom of the heart. Anything goes. Blasphemies crawl out.
2. Theology is above all, the study of God. Good theology focuses on the nature, character and glory of Almighty God and what He has created, His deeds, His works. Biblical theology is not necessarily in line with the latest social or political agenda.
3. Man is created to believe something. Once leaving the truth something else will fill the void. –Warren Wiersbe. Satan mixes truth with error. Man is so gullible. Avoid toxic teaching–spray painted rebellion that attacks God’s Word.
4. Does the fleeting nature of many of these theologies and philosophies suggest that they may have been found wanting, shallow, unsatisfying, quickly out of style or flawed? God’s truth offers truth, forgiveness and rest. The flesh prefers the new and novel–something to stir the feelings–glitz and glam, froth and foam.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim 4.2-3 NAS).
5. What are the chances that any man-centered theology is lasting truth? Given their faddish nature, how long might it last? Can I really trust this quick sugar to guide me? When will Dr. Hotshot’s new book/seminar outshout the last fad? “The human heart is a factory of idols.” – John Calvin.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119.105).
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain [empty] babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerned the faith.” (1 Tim 6.20).
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Prov 30.5-6).
“Woe unto him that striveth [quarrels] with his maker.” (Isaiah 45.9).
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov 16.25).