Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Christocentric = Bibliocentric


I've noticed that one of the most common ways liberal "Christians" try to present their false doctrine is by calling it "Christ-centered" or "Christocentric" while labeling the doctrine of anyone who is more conservative than them, "Bibliocentric." They also conjure up such absurdities as "Bibliolatry." I've been in a number of churches that would proudly call themselves fundamentalist, and of the people who attend these churches, all I can say is that they are some of the most Christ-focused people I've ever known. I've certainly never seen anyone worshipping a Bible and the claim that conservative Evangelicals worship the Bible is about as ignorant as claiming that orthodox Catholics worship Mary. What these liberals really mean, although they'd never say it, is that for them actually believing the Bible to be true is making the Bible an idol. Of course there's no problem in believing the convenient parts of Scripture to be true - those parts that can be twisted to fit a post-modern, amoral agenda. But when it comes to parts of Scripture that might go against our reason or agenda, they go out the window and anyone who would believe such Scriptures become guilty of "Bibliolatry."

But the subject of this post is looking at the terms "Christocentric" or Christ-centered and "Bibliocentric" or Bible-centered. When a church claims to be "Christ-centered" at the expense of being Bible-centered it almost invariably means that that church has embraced a false-christ. It means that that church has embraced a christ stripped of his command that we be holy and "sin no more," a christ stripped of his dying on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God, a christ who saves all regardless of whether or not they turn to him and be "born-again," as the True Lord Jesus Christ commanded.

The fact is that Bibliocentric=Christocentric. The Old Testament looks forward to, prophesies of and prefigures our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels are the only source of a picture of the true Christ. And the rest of the New Testament teaches us how to believe and live in the light of Christ. Any distinction between "Christ-centered" and "Bible-centered" is a false dichotomy.

I've published this quote from Francis Schaeffer before on my blog but it fits so well here that I want to quote it again:
We have come then to this fearsome place where the word 'Jesus' has become the enemy of the Person Jesus, and the enemy of what Jesus taught. We must fear this contentless banner of the word 'Jesus' not because because we do not love Jesus, but because we do love Him. We must fight this contentless banner, with its deep motivations, rooted into the memories of the race, which is being used for the purpose of sociological form and control. We must teach our spiritual children to do the same.

This accelerating trend makes me wonder whether, when Jesus said that towards the end-time there will be other Jesuses, He meant something like this. We must never forget that the great enemy who is coming is the anti-Christ. He is not the anti-non-Christ. He is anti-Christ. Increasingly over the last few years the word 'Jesus', separated from the content of the the Scriptures, has become the enemy of the Jesus of history, the Jesus who died and rose and who is coming again and who is the eternal Son of God. So let us take care. If evangelical Christians begin to slip into a dichotomy, to separate an encounter with Jesus from the content of the Scriptures (including the discussable and verifiable), we shall, without intending to, be throwing ourselves and the next generation into the millstream of the modern system. This system surrounds us as an almost monolithic consensus.

-Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason

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