Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister in middle 19th century, used God as the basis of all things. But don’t be deceived: God was only a word to Parker. His entire emphasis, as a transcendentalist, focused on humanity, not God. He didn’t believe God ordered Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Or that Jesus was the finality of God’s revelation. Or that Jesus was Deity. Or that the Bible was God’s final revelation to mankind. Or that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary had any impact on forgiveness of sin.
Still...Page Smith, author of a multi-volume series on American history, didn’t believe Parker’s heresy would be so offensive today—1981, The Nation Comes of Age, 504. Though, at the time, Parker wrote, even clergymen and lay members of his own Unitarian church proscribed and disfellowshipped him. This in the middle nineteenth century.
Smith was correct in 1981. He would be even more correct in 2019. America since the 1960’s has continued into a theological liberalism that no mega or meta church growth has even slowed. In fact, the growth of huge churches has coincided with the greatest possible societal immorality.
Ours is an age of tolerance of all behaviors, with devotees of homosexuality and illegal immigration demanding and receiving acceptance while opponents of each are damned as intolerant. Indeed, our society is intolerant of believing all that Parker denied. And intolerant of believing homosexuality is a sin against God and illegal immigration is an offense against the role of law and order.
We now pay for the Biblical ignorance so glaringly obvious. And it will get worse, leading to the satanic corruption that considers everything about God is bad and all that mocks God is good. Indeed, what Satan wants is now a reality in America. For he wants everyone to believe that what society must fear is absolute faith in the ONE God and HIS CHRIST!
Some of us will contest every effort by Satan to have his way. We will confront him, wherever he appears, with the Complete authority only Jesus Christ possesses and exercises. We will keep preaching Jesus Christ alone as Truth. Come what may. However unpopular Jesus is. We choose to be condemned with Jesus by the age; we’ll never align ourselves with the age against him.