5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:5-10 NASB
In very recent days, I have become aware that there is a movement afoot in mainline denominations towards evangelization. That’s a good thing. It’s been many, many years since the mainline churches have made any kind of organized effort towards spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing lives transformed.
I am in a group in my local church who are reading and discussing the book, Unbinding the Gospel by Martha Grace Reese. One of the things we’ve been reading about is how evangelism knows no theology. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you are liberal/progressive, conservative/evangelical, or moderate/mushroom, you can still do evangelism. Of course, the liberals and moderates seem to have a really tough time motivating themselves to actually share their faith in Jesus Christ with anybody; and it’s not the easiest thing in the world for evangelicals to do it either, oddly enough!
I have personally found myself struggling inside with the whole idea of liberal evangelists. I mean, why should anybody who believes that all religions lead to God, evangelize? Why should anybody who doesn’t believe in hell, evangelize? And the liberals themselves are having the same struggle! Liberals are used to selling their church to people in order to get more people in the pews, more money in the coffers, and more supporters for their liberal social agenda. But share their faith? To do that one must have faith, and very few liberals do!
The more I think about this whole thing, the more I’m convinced that in the end, the ones doing the evangelizing, that is, sharing their faith and bringing the transforming power of the Word of God to people, will be the evangelicals. We can’t count on the liberals to do it effectively, and any claims of the Holy Spirit working through the liberals to bring people to Christ, while not impossible, are very suspect. Why, that would be like giving your dog a steak and expecting him to bring it back to you intact! It just ain’t a-gonna happen!
Is God bringing people together, liberals, moderates, and evangelicals alike, and working through that grouping to save people despite their disparate theology?
Can you say, “Duh!”?
Doesn’t the Bible tell us not to be unequally yoked? How can we go arm-in-arm with people who deny the deity of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture? What fellowship does light have with darkness?
Let’s take a look at the passage at the top of this post.
The liberals say they have fellowship with the Father, yet by their rejection of the authority of the Scriptures and their refusal to believe Jesus was who He said he was, they are still walking in darkness. Therefore they lie and do not practice the truth. (v.6)
The liberals say that they have no sin, that sin is an outmoded concept that is no longer relevant for us today. They are deceiving themselves and the Truth is not in them. (v.8)
The liberals say, for example, that homosexuality is not a sin even though the Bible says clearly that it is; that the homosexuals have not sinned. They make God a liar, and His word is not in them. (v.10)
There are many more verses we could examine that would prove that liberals/progressives, who claim to be Christians, do not know what they are talking about. More importantly, they do not know the Lord Jesus, but are wrapped up in themselves and their own sins. It is, in fact, the liberals/progressives who need to be evangelized; they shouldn’t be evangelizing, for as Jesus said in Luke 6:39, “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Anybody who doesn’t know the Lord cannot evangelize, for that person doesn’t know the way to the Kingdom himself! How can he lead somebody else there?
No, my friends. The liberals cannot evangelize, because they’re not Christians.