It was saddening today to hear of another brother preacher falling to the error of liberalism.
Liberalism in religion is defined as loosing where God has bound. It has to do with errors that arise in how God authorizes what must be done in work and worship in the church and how the Bible must be understood.
There is a great chasm that exists in religion. There is one God, but dozens of religious bodies in the world. How can that be if there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all,” (Ephesians 4:5-6). Liberalism says that because God has not specifically condemned a thing, that thing may be done. Liberalism looses where God has bound.
For example, the only music in the church God commanded is singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). No other form of music is acceptable to God for he spoke of no other. Yet, there are people who believe the use of instrumental music in worship is a matter of personal opinion. The problem with that idea is that it doesn’t square with what God has said and done in the Bible.
The confusion in so many religious bodies is because men either don’t know or don’t care how God authorizes. Because they don’t believe God has spoken to man today through his word in the New Testament has caused and is causing division. So many religious bodies observe baptism, but teach it is not necessary for salvation. If it isn’t, then why observe it? Many teach the Lord’s Supper instituted by the Christ himself may be observed any day of the week, although the church observed it on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). If the example is the first day of the week, then why observe it any other time?
Then, there are those who bind where God has not bound. They are against the church caring for the home, orphans’ homes and condemn those who wish to join together to preach the gospel. They are not happy when those who wish to do God’s work cooperate with others who also wish to do the same. Why? I’ve never understood why.
Unless men can shake their antibiblical and untrue ideas about the Bible, unless they learn to apply appropriate measures to interpret God’s word and unless they reject loosing where God has bound and binding where God has not bound, the religious world will always disagree and divide.