As Christians celebrated the Resurrection on Sunday morning, the “reverend” pastor and senator Raphael Warnock took to Twitter to contradict the faith. “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” declared Warnock. “Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.” In fact, it isn’t, and we cannot.
Warnock’s theology amounts to warmed-over Pelagianism, a fifth century heresy that denied original sin and insisted upon the ability of humans to achieve perfection through free will without divine grace. While Christians believe that through the Crucifixion and Resurrection Christ conquered death and redeemed mankind, the heresiarch Pelagius considered these events unnecessary to salvation. The Church condemned Pelagius’ views at Council of Carthage in 418, but they have cropped up time and again throughout the centuries, notably in the form of progressivism.
Some of the most prominent “Christians” in recent American history have fallen into this error. While attending