What Should Christians Do About Modernism, Religious Liberalism?

by David J. Stewart

The following helpful words are from Dr. John R. Rice, FALSE DOCTRINES page 416-418...

God's Word has clear instructions about what Christians should do about these who claim to be Christians but deny the essentials of the Christian faith, and are, in fact, infidels. No one has to argue or try to weigh reasons why support of modernists, fellowship with modernists, might do more harm than exposing them, leaving them.

Here is what God's Word says do:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:15).

Call it “witch hunting”? Well, it is still what Jesus commanded. Be on the lookout for infidels in your church or denomination.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” (2nd Corinthians 13:5).

Have you been misled by such infidel Sunday school literature or teachers in college or seminary?

“Earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3). One is a poor Christian who is not insulted when Christ's deity is questioned or when the infallible authority of the Bible is questioned. Contend earnestly, we are commanded. Defend the Bible and Christ.

Do not put yourself and your children under the influence of such false teachers, for “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). To use such Sunday school or other literature, to read such books, to sit under such teachers as question the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible, or the virgin birth, or bodily resurrection of Christ, is to “walk in the counsel of the ungodly”; often it is to “sit in the seat of the scornful.” It is wrong.

Do not let any man teach a class you are in, nor stand in a pulpit for which you are partly responsible who is a religious liberal denying or questioning the essentials of “the faith.” 2nd John 1:9-11 says:

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

One who does not stay with the Bible doctrine about Jesus Christ “hath not God,” is unconverted. You are not to receive him as a Christian, not to receive him into your house as a Christian, not to give a dime to support him, not even to bid him Godspeed! To give money to a denominational program that includes colleges or seminaries with any liberal teachers is a sin, strictly forbidden.

You are not to be in the unequal yoke of membership in a local church or denomination whose official stand is wrong on the essentials of the faith, such as the new Presbyterian Confession of Faith or the new curriculum prepared for the United Church of Canada. To have your name and presence thus putting your tacit approval on infidelity, thus encouraging others to support it, is to be responsible before God for ruin and eternal damnation of some. Thus you are “partaker of their evil deeds” who deny Christ and the Bible.

So it is with the preacher who stays in a ministerial association which has Catholic priests or rabbis or modernists in it, thus indicating that he regards them as Christian brothers, when they are actually unsaved. One may have fellowship with born-again Christians who differ on lesser matters, but one who denies some essential of the Christian faith is not a Christian, thus should not be endorsed as a Christian. So what to do?

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” —2nd Corinthians 6:14-18.

If you are a member of the big Methodist church, since most of your bishops are unconverted, unbelievers, your colleges and seminaries liberal, your denominational literature openly liberal, then leave them all! Your local church cannot decide its program, select clean literature, call a sound preacher; so leave it! That is hard, but God commands it.

So with you Presbyterians with your new openly liberal statement of faith, to stay on the denomination means you compromise your convictions, disobey the Bible, and very likely lead to the eternal ruin of your children by destroying their faith.

Baptists, if your local church program is such that you cannot be in full fellowship without supporting through your cooperative Program, seminaries and colleges, and denominational literature that is liberal, then come out! No one has a right to talk for Christ in testimony meeting and then talk against Christ and the Bible with his money. “Put your money where your mouth is!” Live like you talk!

Must one leave friends of a lifetime for Christ? Yes, very often. Must one give up a Sunday school class in a modernistic church when he teaches them the Bible? Yes, or really you are teaching them to stay where it is wrong to stay, to study literature that is against Christ, to follow preachers who are false prophets and who will break down their faith. Yes, the Bible says, “Come out from among them.”

Do you love Christ and His Word more then your denomination, more than your false leader?

Thank God for faithful men like Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980), who fight the good fight of faith, by exposing those imposters who exploit Christianity and the Gospel for their own personal gain and greed. Would to God we had many more men like Evangelist John R. Rice today. Modernists need to be exposed! Rise up oh Christian, let the voice of God's Word be heard! If we remain silent, then who's going to sound the battle cry?

The Christian life is not a playground, it's a battleground.