One of the current trends in Christianity is a combination of New Calvinism with a style of liberal theology of Barthianism, the writings of Karl Barth.
Why you would want to get involved in liberal theology, I don’t know.
The proponents of this swear by inerrancy – but they modify the meanings of inerrancy to suit themselves.
Interpretation of the Bible is almost always allegorical when the Bible seems to suggest a pre-trib rapture, the inerrancy of Scripture, a literal thousand year millennium, a literal bodily return of Christ, Israel being the Jewish people, or even the deity of Christ.
The sad part is, the Logos world is filled with these Neo-Barthians. Here’s a Neo-Barthian quote from a VERY popular course in Logos… “every book has an editor, and the Bible is no exception…”
What? Did you really just say that?
What does that mean? For those who’ve never encountered it, you just ran smack dab into Wellhausen-ism. julius Wellhausen was a German Theologian who popularized something called “documentary hypothesis”, that the Bible was written by multiple men at multiple times. Sounds correct, right? Until you discover he split Isaiah into two different men (one during Intertestamental times – this theory was exploded with the Isaiah Scroll at Qumran, but they STILL keep pushing it!), that four different men wrote the five books of Moses (JEPD), etc.
You’re not going to find Julius Wellhausen in heaven, i’m afraid. He was a rationalist, a funny word which means “unbeliever”.
Most Neo-Barthians are unbelievers. They LOVE Jesus Christ, but to them He’s a wise man, somehow mysteriously favored by God. They try not to get too worked up about the miracles – they may just be folk tales – and the majority of them may indeed believe the miracles happened. But essentially Neo-Barthians reject the deity of Christ, the inerrancy of the Bible, and other major topics. If you challenge them on it, they’ll be offended and deny it – unless you carefully question them on their beliefs. Talking to a Neo-Barthian is like talking to a Messianic – it all sounds good until you begin to pin them down: “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is eternally existent, God in the flesh, eternally the son of God?” Then suddenly they begin to make excuses and explanations.
Saying “I believe Jesus Christ is God in Human flesh, eternally co-existent with God the Father” is like saying “I went to the bank.” It’s a statement of fact. If you have to quantify that in any way, that’s major warning signs you’re not saved. Jesus Christ specifically warned His FOLLOWERS of this in John 8-9. Many of His FOLLOWERS became offended at His condemnation and left Him.
What would the Lord say to a Neo-Barthian? Well, for many of them, it’s going to be “away from me – I never knew ye.”