What does the “New Theology” term mean?

truth is not relativeThe New Theology is a movement that steered away from the orthodox or fundamentalist theological thought, originating in the late 19th century and aimed at reconciling modern concepts and philosophy with theology.

The modern secular humanistic views present the concept that truth is relative. Purged of Biblical absolutes, it puts man at the center of all things instead of God. Proponents of this belief claim that Jesus came to deliver us from the absolutes of the law.

But the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill (or keep) it (Matthew 5:17,18). Instead of doing away with the law, Jesus magnified it (Isaiah 42:21) as the perfect guide for right living. Jesus pointed out that “thou shalt not kill” condemns anger “without a cause” (Matthew 5:21, 22) and hatred (1 John 3:15), and that lust is adultery (Matthew 5:27, 28). And He added, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15 ).

Did Jesus suffer and die to save us IN our sins, and not FROM our sins?

Jesus explains the necessity of loving obedience that leads to happy life, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; … These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:10, 11). And He promised the obedient abundant life (John 10:10). Believing the devil’s lies of disobedience brings pain and deprives people of true fulfillment and finally leads them to death (Romans 6:23).

The New Theology rationalizes the truth and makes no clear line of distinction between Christ and the sinfulness of man and no distinction between a lost man and a saved man. The personal relationship with God becomes not significant. Instead, it promotes an explicit universalism wherein everyone is saved (Gnosticism). And what people believe as far as doctrine is concerned becomes not important. Sadly, Satan will use this compromising approach in theology to deceive the world and unite all faiths together in a one world religion, which will ultimately exalt him as a god (2 Thess. 2:4).

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