the United Church of Christ have just launched a new ad campaign “God is still speaking, – never place a period where God has placed a comma”.
It’s a fascinating approach to liberal theology and, first of all, it’s well worth going to see. Here’s an organisation that has thought hard about how to present it’s case.
But, then we turn to the case in hand.
First, is God “still speaking”?
Well, yes and no. Of course God still speaks to Christians today, He speaks to them through the Holy Spirit, convicting them, encouraging them and so forth.
But, no. God no longer speaks in the sense that He has nothing new to say.
Hebrews 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
The point that the writer to the Hebrews goes on to make for 13 fantastic chapters, is that a final word has been spoken. There is nothing new to be said. Christ is the culmination of all that has been spoken before and nothing needs to be added.
But even if God were to speak again, what would He say? No-one could know, but what we do know is that it would not be in contradiction to what He has said before.
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
God is unchanging. That should be a source of comfort for us as Christians. A God that changes would place our salvation in jeopardy, a God that changes would not be trustworthy. But, on the contrary, back to the writer to the Hebrews, as he sums up his masterful 13 chapter argument..
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
But that’s not all. Go and check out the website for yourself and see the way that the case has been presented in a short promo video
There’s a church building with a pair of bouncers who turn away a gay couple, let in some nice middle class families, and then bans a number of people from different ethnic backgrounds.
The misrepresentation is appalling, but we’ve got used to it. One of the liberals’ key tools is to make us appear like rascists. In which case the Lord Jesus Christ was a “racist” because the same one who said,
John 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
both statements of universal call
Matthew 19:4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Male and Female, the equivalent of Jesus being racist, according to the United Church of Christ. Perhaps someone should tell them.