A New and Rising Liberalism

What are some examples of this new liberalism in evangelical churches today?

– ever changing complentarianism; increasing discomfort with male headship

– milquetoast response to gender and sexual confusion in our day

– Christianised ‘me-too’

– shallow politicisation of pulpits

– CRT in the church and theological academy

– deficient or non-existent pastoral theology

– flawed understandings of God’s grace and Christ’s love

– honouring the language of scripture but ignoring the substance

– grace over truth

– love over law

– justification over sanctification

– unity over fidelity

– empathy over communion

– tone over substance

– feelings over the content of faith

– culture over Christ

– The theological liberalism of the past was afraid the modern man wouldn’t think the Christian faith was reasonable in the face of science. Modern Liberalism’s God is worried we might think too highly of him.

– Modern Liberalism has too low a view of sin and God’s word (as did the older liberalism).

– Modern Liberalism has a fundamentally therapeutic view of redemption. The main concern is not that we are actually right with God but that we feel better about ourselves and our relationship with God.

– Modern Liberalism has little to say about the Christian life today. Biblical ethics is almost completely neglected.

– Modern Liberalism is nearly obsessive about the world’s understanding of justice but apathetic about God’s.

– Modern Liberalism worships a God who can save our souls but who either doesn’t or can’t transform our natures in this life.

– Modern Liberalism has virtually no place for a robust doctrine of sanctification, and it lives in fear that any discussion of sanctification is both legalistic and moralistic.

– Modern Liberalism has a low view of the local church and local church pastors.

– Modern Liberalism has little theological discernment.

Reformed Christians have spent the last century dealing with the arguments and categories of early 20th century liberalism, but those battles have already been fought. We will be outflanked if we continue to prepare for the ideological battles of the last century. As those who should understand the times, we need to understand the nature of the liberalism arising in Christianity today. This ethical liberalism, which is really a lack of genuine repentance, threatens to undermine the church in this day and in the next few decades.

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