Evangelicalism and Liberation Theology – do they mix?

1960-0This is just a very quick post to bring a few things together and to prompt Calvin Smith to post something on the reasons why he doesn’t think that evangelicalism and liberation theology don’t mix.

Calvin says…

I know, I know! In light of a recent lecture I attended I’d promised to post a comment explaining why Evangelicalism and liberation theology simply don’t mix. Unfortunately, I’m still working on it. [source]

The other link I want to share is this one…

About that Anti-Israel Thing going on right now

Carla speaks about a conference in Bethlehem a certain conference being held there. She quotes:

…equip the global church to understand Scripture as it relates to the Palestinian context, and to discuss the theological importance of Peace and Justice in an Evangelical context.
Our hope is to provide a forum for evangelicals who take the Bible seriously to prayerfully seek a well-informed awareness of issues of peace, justice and reconciliation which are contextually sensitive as well profound to scriptural scholarship.

When I read the above quote it was clear to me that this conference is really about liberation theology and I wrote the following…

Clearly this is “Liberation Theology”. It is “Over Realised Eschatology” otherwise known as “Restoration Theology”.
Liberation Theology is humanistic and Marxist at its roots.
They don’t really understand what the Kingdom of God really is according to biblical exegesis.
“The kingdom of God does not mean food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” (Rom 14:17)
The bible and everything that Jesus came for was the salvation from sin! Even though Jesus fed the poor He clarified that He gives eternal food and water! Eternity does not belong in this world.
Calvin L Smith who has studied this extensively says…
In summary, then, premillennial eschatology envisages an apocalyptic end-times scenario, making it essentially pessimistic. On the other hand, postmillennialism’s social and political agenda, very much in line with the ethical utterances of the Old Testament prophets, offers a prophetic outlook that calls for action and social change. It is therefore utopian in character and (compared with premillennialism) optimistic in outlook. Immediately we can note a tension between both systems: one is apocalyptic, otherworldly, and concerned with a future Kingdom of God, while the other is prophetic, concerned with this world and society, and which focuses on a Kingdom of God here and now, established by the Church.
At the heart of  this type of theology is human effort ie; humanism…
see here for more info…

Here is a great place to start in understanding Liberation Theology!

Anyway… C’mon Calvin let’s hear what you have to say about the matter!

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5 thoughts on “Evangelicalism and Liberation Theology – do they mix?

  1. Sorry, Vee. Must have my new book with the series editors/publishers by the weekend, which means everything is on hold until then (I’m frantically wrapping up the last chapter). But I promise I will post the article very soon.


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