The Gospel of Matthew vs. the modern ethos of liberalism

The Gospel of Matthew does not support the ethos and zeitgeist of modern liberalism. Jesus:

  • Amplified Old Testament ethics on divorce and lust — contrary to modern culture’s mockery of Biblical ethics on sexuality, marriage, divorce.
  • Reinforced the marriage ethic of God joining together a male and a female into a one-flesh union not to be separated.
  • Extolled celibate singlehood for the sake of the kingdom — instead of treating celibate singlehood as a curse.
  • Told a man to skip his father’s funeral because the kingdom was more important.
  • Repeatedly emphasized the coming dichotomous judgment of eternal torment/punishment and eternal life for the wicked and repentant — instead of demanding that God’s goodness implies universalism.
  • Endorsed the ministry of the abrasive John the Baptist, who found himself in jail over publicly preaching repentance over the sexual ethics of a public leader (Herod).
  • Prioritized the spread of the word/message as the primary way of growing the kingdom — instead of seeing the kingdom as chiefly spread through silent acts of charity. Miracles and works complemented, demonstrated, and supported the more fundamental message.
  • Over time (strategically not too early), increasingly provoked the Jewish leaders to escalation and offense — something modern culture would decry as divisive and combative.
  • Spoke of self-denial as the life of true discipleship — instead of changing your personal identity to suit your desires.
  • Promoted direct confrontation of professing believers when sin occurs in the body of Christ, and even excommunication — instead of unqualified “acceptance” or “tolerance.”
  • Harangued the Pharisees in a way that today is considered “unchristlike.”