Chuck Queen, a progressive Baptist, says that “Jesus is not the same as Christ.” The historical Jesus is one thing, but “Christ” is cosmic, embracing non-Christians as well as Christians.
This gives us a lucid glimpse into liberal theology, how they can use the historical-critical approach to Scripture (saying that we can know little about the historical Jesus), while still talking about “Christ” in a universalist way. But it also shows the importance of Christology. And the danger of thinking that the creeds of the historic church are unnecessary.
In addition to violating St. Peter’s confession (“thou [Jesus] art the Christ”) and St. John’s warning about antichrist, who denies that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (1 John 4:2-3), Rev. Queen is committing an array of ancient heresies. Like what? [Read more...]