Wednesday, April 05, 2006

With my encounters with several theologians and speakers whom I feel are in the liberal camp, I need an insight into who they are:

Liberal theologians are those who are more interested in imposing their own modern theological on biblical texts rather than allowing them to speak for themselves. They usually use selected passages of Jesus and Paul filtered through a modern ideological sieve. Liberal theology commonly denies that the blood Christ shed on the cross was a payment for sins or a legal imputation of righteousness of Christ to sinners. They have been typically offended by the view that the holy God judges sin and prefer to talk exclusively of the love of God rather than placing the love of God in the context of God’s holiness and just judgment of sin. (Oden, 2002)

This reminds me of my reading and listening of Carson’s writings and sermons, where he is utterly adamant about it. Never ever forget that God is a God of wrath. He is both holy and love. There are no two ways about it. One of his book title, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, gives a clue as to the nature of the love of God which exist in parallel with his wrath and holiness.

God is love. God is holy.

Picture by Terry Eaton

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