I sincerely believe that I real biblical conservatism must be framed around Revelation 22:18-20
——————————– I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.… ——————————–
Many conservatives will cite this verse against Liberals who take away scripture out of *arrogance*. But is is also important that this verse (in context) decrees a warning against those who add to it – which is what some will do in the name of conservatism and will do out of *insecurity*
Subraction: Liberalism + Arrogance = Consequence: Spiritual Death
Addition: Crypto-liberalism/pseudo-conservatism + Insecurity = Consequence: plagues (judgements)
As a second note – I think that it is important to note that the New Testament was written under an ‘eschatological urgency’ (the concluding essence of these verses, when properly framed together) that many in the modern church seek to eschew and condescend. This is essentially a broken ‘dialectic’ in terms of running to one extreme/thesis (denial of the importance of an eschatological urgency/mindset, for example) because one has been abused by a hyper-eschatological escapism, which is just as bad and just as scripture-warping.
Charles Page [11/04/2015 6:49 PM]
the urgency was the very soon coming of Christ and the writers understood this urgency. It was the perilous times spoken about.
Charles Page [11/04/2015 6:52 PM]
“Yes, I am coming quickly.” words spoken by the prophet before 70 AD
John Kissinger [11/05/2015 11:49 AM]