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An astute observation of late is that a morality and a culture are defined by what they are against, by what they prohibit. The old morality which forms the basis of Christianity and American civilization before the 1960s defined itself in large measure on the Ten Commandments, which is a statement of things that the God of the Bible is against and that we may not do. The new morality is really based on self-will, but must still define itself by what it is against. Its basic principle is captured in the oft-quoted maxim “it is forbidden only to forbid,” and for legal purposes, it is summed up in the catchy word “discrimination.”
Liberal/left moral appeals, whether religious or political, are deceptive because they seem to appeal to a common morality which is not there. There can be no common ground, other than coincidental in a specific situation, between a morality striving for self-denial in the interests of obeying God, and a morality governed by self-will, even if the morality of self-will uses language of compassion and mercy and claims divine blessing.
Example - Argument - Sensibility - News - Redemption
A recent example of liberal/left argument appealing to a sensibility of “good news” and redemption, yet really denying the Biblical message of obedience to God’s specific commands in Scripture, is a Patheos article earlier this summer by Roger Wolsey, a vocal advocate of “progressive Christianity.” Essential to the “progressive” viewpoint is that God is not a monarch that we obey on pain of eternal punishment, but simply wills happiness for all creatures. Self-will is no longer the enemy, as it is in orthodox Christianity, but the point of reference in striving for a better world. Jesus’ ethical teachings and ministry are the focus of the progressive gospel – understood as admonitions to a better and happier future – not salvation...
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