Today is Easter, the holiest day on the Christian calendar, how we remember that Jesus died for our sins and then rose again to eternal life.
But today, of all days, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), the newly elected senator from Georgia and an ordained minister for many years, tweeted out something that shocked a lot of people.
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) April 5, 2021
“The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”
Now of course nothing is more transcendent on Easter or in Christianity than the resurrection. Christians believe it is only because Jesus died and rose to save us from our sins that we are in fact saved. Pretty much the whole point of Easter.
As many people pointed out to Warnock, some accusing him of promoting heresy on Easter.
This is a heresy. We cannot save ourselves. https://t.co/KJXvzSqlXA
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 4, 2021
Just casually tweeting out some heresy on Easter Sunday https://t.co/eQMKp5Z4Y7
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) April 4, 2021
No. The resurrection of Christ is the entire meaning of Christianity – without it there is death and the grave for Christ. https://t.co/2vkxMfCiUA
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 4, 2021
Rev. Warnock, with respect, the whole point of Easter is that Christ died to take away the sins of the world and rose to show they were sealed in the grave. Christ saves, nothing else. It’s disheartening to see you, a fellow clergyman, downplaying the central tenet of our faith.
— Woakus ‘Go to Dark Gethsemane’ Wunita (@woakus_wunita) April 4, 2021
What was additionally troubling on top of what he tweeted, was how many people defended it without seemingly even understanding what the problem with it was.
Joy Reid went all in defending @ReverendWarnock’s heresy only for Warnock to delete the tweet
Happy Easter everyone pic.twitter.com/BOXrFrwmB8
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) April 5, 2021
And led to some out and out apostasy:
And Jesus wisely told us not to worship him but to awaken to the kingdom of heaven inside us. He was pointing us to enlightenment. To awaken to the morality that lives in us – the divinity that we are – not to be in a patriarchal relationship with an Idol.
— Dr. Rebel P 🇺🇸😷 #BLM (@RebelPussy) April 5, 2021
Some tried to argue that Warnock was talking about doing good works. But the problem with the comment wasn’t about the importance of good works, but failure to seemingly understand the fundamental necessity of the dying and rising of Jesus for the salvation, that one does not “save” oneself.
This is what the heresy of liberation theology does—reduces the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to self-salvific moralism and thereby making ourselves God. https://t.co/6gShUluWI6
— Darrell B. Harrison (@D_B_Harrison) April 4, 2021
“This is what the heresy of liberation theology does—reduces the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to self-salvific moralism and thereby making ourselves God,” radio host Darrell B. Harrison, who works at John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, said. We can see that’s exactly where some of the defenders of Warnock were going in their arguments.
Apparently, at some point Warnock realized that the tweet was earning a backlash and deleted it.