Last month, a new leftist religious organization announced its inception to battle the alleged domination that Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson and I have on modern-day politics. This organization, the Christian Alliance for Progress, is hardly “Christian.”
You may say, Falwell, that’s a pretty harsh statement. Well, let’s take a look at this new group so we can determine if it is actually exhibiting the precepts of true Christianity.
In announcing its formation, the Christian Alliance for Progress unveiled what it called its “Jacksonville Declaration,” an open letter to the political and church leaders of the religious right that “challenges and invites them to return to a Christian foundation of compassion and justice, values that Jesus passionately taught and lived.”
First, the sole purpose for Jesus’ ministry on earth was stated in His own words: “… for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Any organization that deems to calls itself “Christian,” simply must have as its basis the reality that Jesus asserted that salvation could come only through Him.
I wonder if the leadership of the Christian Alliance for Progress would state that Jesus Christ, who conquered death following His crucifixion, is the singular avenue to eternal life in heaven? If not, how can the name Christian be suitable for this organization?
Second, the Christian Alliance for Progress says it will “speak out when conservative Christians misrepresent the Gospel to support their misguided political positions.” These positions include “equality for gays and lesbians” and “honoring the sanctity of childbearing decisions through effective prevention, not criminalization of abortion.”
It sounds like the Alliance got its talking points from Howard Dean. The group is simply falling in line with untold numbers of past liberal church groups that have promoted abortion-rights, homosexual rights and anti-war sentiments.
Joseph Loconte recently commented in the Wall Street Journal (July 1, 2005) that while the Christian Alliance for Progress claims to be “firmly founded on the teachings of the Gospel,” students of the Gospel “may be surprised at how neatly such an agenda fits the Democratic Party platform.”
Here is a reality of the Bible: It clearly forbids homosexual behavior and, for that matter, any sexual activity outside the bonds of male-female marriage. The Word of God unmistakably speaks against homosexual behavior in Romans chapter 1, describing a time in history when, as today, men and women gave themselves over to unnatural sexual relations. There can be no mistaking that these passages condemn same-sex relationships.
Founders of the Christian Alliance for Progress can label themselves “Christian,” but they are willfully daring to distort and dispute biblical writings forbidding homosexuality.
Further, abortion is clearly not the will of God. The Bible does not expressly address abortion, but in Psalm 139, we see a beautiful and remarkable picture of Almighty God ministering to us even within the womb:
“But you covered my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works” (Psalm 139: 13, 14)
Bottom line: Personhood begins in the womb at conception; and the Bible is clear – “Thou shalt not kill.”
I often wonder how in the world leftist theologians can read this dramatic passage and continue to be lost in their abortion-rights quagmire.
The Christian Alliance for Progress describes its as “progressive,” but its leaders’ so-called broad-minded efforts toward tolerance have blinded them to how the Bible instructs us to live.
Finally, the Alliance calls for peace and an end to war, but they cannot understand that the only true peace that man can know comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He was not a hippie do-gooder, but rather the Son of the Living God who came to Earth to pave the one way to heaven for mankind. To present Him as anything less is an outrage.
Dr. Ed Hindson, renowned theologian and Liberty University professor, writing in the August issue of National Liberty Journal, stated: “If liberals want to debate these issues on biblical grounds, let them go right ahead. Because they will lose, not only the debate, but also any influence they might hope to have among spiritually minded people. They are correct when they insist we do not speak for them, and they certainly don’t speak for us. Their new Alliance for Progress will simply result in one more organization in regress.”
Many Americans are seeking to discover the true peace of Christ and real meaning for their lives. While evangelical Christians will continue to be denounced and despised by the fashionable left, we must continue to devotedly and passionately take the truth of the Gospel into the world.
It is my sincere pleasure and privilege to be laughed at and scorned because I have chosen to walk with and live out my life in servitude to the Christ of the Bible.