Christian sociologist George Barna defined biblical worldview as being based upon a foundation of eight beliefs:

1.      Absolute moral truths exist.

2.      The Bible defines these absolute truths.

3.      Jesus Christ lived a sinless life during His ministry on the earth.

4.      God created the universe and continues to rule it today.  He is omnipotent and omniscient.

5.      Salvation is a gift from God.  It cannot be earned through good works or behavior.

6.      Satan is a real living entity.

7.      Christians have an obligation to share the gospel with the unsaved.

                  8.      The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

Shortly after the Civil War, the Protestant church began to divide over a literal interpretation of Scripture.  Liberals began to move away from Scripture as the sole authority in order to accommodate “rational truth,” which they saw as incompatible with the Bible.  These liberals embraced the “essence of Christianity” rather than the inerrancy of Scripture so they could synthesize their Christian thought with so-called scientific findings of the day, most notably Darwinism and social Darwinism.  One of the preeminent voices to emerge in defense of absolute truth shortly after the turn of the century was a Princeton Theological Seminary professor and Presbyterian minister, J. Grescham Machen.  Machen, who would later lead a split within the Presbyterian Church over the rejection of biblical orthodoxy, wrote in 1923 what became the definitive work for Bible-believing Christians in their battle with liberalism.  It was titled Christianity and Liberalism.  Machen said that liberalism was not only theologically wrong but was not connected at all to true Christianity.  “What the liberal theologian has retained after abandoning to the enemy one Christian doctrine after another is not Christianity at all, but a religion which is so entirely different from Christianity as to belong in a different category.”  In Machen’s description the argument was no longer between two views of evangelism, conservative and liberal, but rather a conflict between two religions.  Liberalism is “a type of faith and practice that is anti-Christian to the core,” Machen wrote. What has transpired in the mainline denominations over the last one hundred years gives us clear evidence of the results of this abandonment of absolute truth.

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