- Stresses man’s reason.
- Fits Scripture to secular science.
- Considers Genesis 1 – 11 fable and discounts these chapters as poetry.
- Uses modern thinking to understand the Bible, instead of the other way around.
- Emphasises the social gospel.
- Uses generic “love” as the measure of all things.
If we measure success by numbers rather than by purity of doctrine, then the Scriptures must be altered, diluted, and perverted to have the greatest possible appeal at the moment. The smallest points of doctrine will grow in significance, as (Christians)1 wander away from the truth in search of error’s success.The power of the Word of God…comes from the Word alone. We do not need to make the Word reasonable, appealing or relevant. The Trinity, incarnation, virgin birth, atonement, and resurrection of Christ are beyond human reason, absurd to the world, yet transcending everthing the world can imagine.Adding reason to the Word, the fundamental weakness of Roman Catholicism and sectarians alike, must eventually lead to placing reason above the Word. The saying is true, as C.P. Krauth said,Young Arminian2, old Socinian3. In other words, the person who adds reason to the Word in his youth will become a Unitarian4 in his old age.
Every denomination which has given reason a place along with Scripture has succumbed to Unitarianism as well, from the Reformed5, who formerly taught inerrancy, to the Roman Catholics, who once condemned evolution and the historical-critical method of studying Scripture.
- Original reads “Lutheran”. Jackson writes primarily to Confessional Lutherans.
- Arminian – A follower of the teachings of Jacobus Arminius who taught that man has free will to choose God.
- Socinian – The belief that Jesus was only human, not divine. Socinians deny the trinity.
- Unitarian – One who denies the trinity, the divinity of Jesus, and often believes all will be saved. Unitarians are not Christian.
- Jackson uses the term “Reformed” to refer to all non-Lutheran Protestant Christians.