Liberation Theology

Because of Barack Obama’s pastor, we’ve been hearing a lot about liberation theology. What is it? Sam Storms explains.

I haven’t heard the term much since the mid-1980s, when it was associated with Catholic nuns who aided Marxist insurgencies in Central America. It’s yet another variant of the phony social and political gospel. You might expect that given that the United Church of Christ boasts that they were the “first [denomination] to ordain openly gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons (1972).” No wonder the denomination also tell us: “When we baptize you into our community, we promise that we will never take it back – no matter what you discover about yourself or what others discover about you along life’s journey.” (We can assume that this unconditional promise excludes discovering orthodox Christianity and the ensuing need for church discipline.)

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