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Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?
New York Times ^ | July 14 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT

Posted on 07/15/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT by WilliamIII

IN 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Spong was a uniquely radical figure — during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition — but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States. Go to Columnist Page » Ross Douthat’s Evaluations

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Josh Haner/The New York Times Ross Douthat Readers’ Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (323) » As a result, today the Episcopal Church looks roughly how Roman Catholicism would look if Pope Benedict XVI suddenly adopted every reform ever urged on the Vatican by liberal pundits and theologians. It still has priests and bishops, altars and stained-glass windows. But it is flexible to the point of indifference on dogma, friendly to sexual liberation in almost every form, willing to blend Christianity with other faiths, and eager to downplay theology entirely in favor of secular political causes.

Yet instead of attracting a younger, more open-minded demographic with these changes, the Episcopal Church’s dying has proceeded apace.

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1 posted on 07/15/2012 4:35:41 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII
No such thing as liberal christianity.

That would be an oxymoron.

2 posted on 07/15/2012 4:39:51 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: WilliamIII

A more important question: are liberal christians christians?


3 posted on 07/15/2012 4:42:11 PM PDT by chesley (God's chosen instrument - the trumpet)
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To: elkfersupper
No such thing as liberal Christianity.

That's absolutely right. There are former liberals who are now Christian and former Christians who are now liberal. But there are no liberal Christians. The core tenets of liberalism are unalterably opposed in every aspect to the teachings of Christ.

4 posted on 07/15/2012 4:43:08 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: WilliamIII
Christianity Must Change or Die

Change what?

Change how?

God is eternal. The truth of the Resurrection is eternal.

5 posted on 07/15/2012 4:46:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: chesley
Are liberal Christians Christians?

No. Liberals lie (as is their habit) when they claim any connection with Christianity. As I posted in this thread, the philosophy of liberalism is counter to God's Word.

6 posted on 07/15/2012 4:46:24 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: WilliamIII

A saying that comes to mind...

You’re either on the wagon, or you’re not.


7 posted on 07/15/2012 4:53:16 PM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: WilliamIII

The Episcopal church is a religion that celebrates homosexuality and abortion. It was founded by an adulterer who murdered his opponents and the women who displeased him. There is nothing Christian about the Episcopal church or its founder. Episcopalians today don’t worship, they gather for emotional support. Their clergy are largely agnostic.If you were a bible believing Christian and became a member of an Episcopal parish, you would soon tire of being told of your therapeutic options.


8 posted on 07/15/2012 4:54:49 PM PDT by allendale
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To: WilliamIII

It’s not worth saving — Liberalism and Christianity is an oxymoron.


9 posted on 07/15/2012 4:55:43 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: WilliamIII
Yet instead of attracting a younger, more open-minded demographic with these changes, the Episcopal Church’s dying has proceeded apace.

When you cut away the roots, the tree dies. A church without the Holy Spirit is a dead thing.
10 posted on 07/15/2012 5:03:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: WilliamIII

Most of what passes for liberal Christianity is just the “vain philosophies of man”.


11 posted on 07/15/2012 5:11:51 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: WilliamIII

No. They can not be saved. They are no longer Christian. They are a political ideology. They have been dying for years. People can read. Once they read the Bible they know these “Churches” are lost. Have been for a long time.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 5:13:56 PM PDT by therut
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To: elkfersupper

You beat me to it.....”liberal” Christianity is NOT Christian.

Marxists—Liberals (now) with the twisting of the word “Liberal” to mean exactly the opposite of what John Stuart Mill and JFK stated-—and the so called progressives or leftists or socialists or atheists or Democrats or Satanists or Wiccans or muslims—whatever they call themselves now—are Godless people.

They want to eliminate the Christian religion because it created the best hope for mankind-—and true Christians do not worship the State and are hard to control and make into slaves. True Christians don’t fall for the Big Lie.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 5:17:00 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: savagesusie

Right. Liberals are not Christians - they are humannists who take over the Christians’ churches and then kick the Christians out.


14 posted on 07/15/2012 5:39:22 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: MachIV

Succint and on the mark.


15 posted on 07/15/2012 5:52:40 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: MachIV

Amen to that!


16 posted on 07/15/2012 6:20:15 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: WilliamIII
These faux 'churches' are more like dead men walking. They deny God's Word and they deny the working of the Holy Spirit.
They are just a social club of like-minded unbelievers.
They offer nothing. No Salvation, No Risen Christ, No Power, No Hope.
Just a bunch of man centered vain philosophies that lead to nothing.

Bishop Spong ... there is a name that belongs in the garbage heap of history's judas goats and false teachers. Wolves dressed in lamb"s clothing.

17 posted on 07/15/2012 6:20:41 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: WilliamIII

You can not be a liberal and Christian.


18 posted on 07/15/2012 6:23:14 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: WilliamIII
Sorry, article title is wrong:

"CanWhy Should Liberal Christianity Be Saved?"

Better.

My answer: see reply #4. Thank you re_nortex.

19 posted on 07/15/2012 6:37:59 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: WilliamIII

They might want to consider joining the Muslims. Neither is much of a religion and both believe in killing babies and butt buddies,


20 posted on 07/15/2012 7:05:38 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: elkfersupper

Yes! I have been preaching that sermon for a decade, at least. When I say liberal Christianity is an oxymoron most people look at me with confusion. Sigh.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 7:25:18 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: SaraJohnson

Amen, sister! That is SO true. Thank you.


22 posted on 07/15/2012 7:44:37 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: El Cid
Not a single denomination has gained more followers or contributions as a result of embracing the liberal agenda, including homosexuality.

Gaining acceptance from mainline denominations is only an excuse goal of the homo agenda. The main goal is to neutralize and render ineffective the denomination which they succeed in dragging down to their level.

23 posted on 07/15/2012 9:04:49 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: WilliamIII; All

Wow. There are a lot of ridiculous comments here about liberals not being Christians. It is apparent that most on this forum haven’t a clue about what makes a person a Christian. Do you all think keeping so-called “conservative” principles will get anyone to Heaven? Do you think modern conservatism is the easy substitute for trying to be saved by keeping the Law of Moses (which no one has ever been able to keep)?

This thread is as bad as when liberals try to describe their version of Jesus. It is obvious some here would try to make Jesus a Republican as if He is supposed to learn from us how things ought to be run.

I’m very disappointed at the ignorance here.

People are not born again by becoming affiliated with a political ideology. They get saved by hearing and believing the gospel.

Many truly born-again believers have no political affiliation. Many do not understand politics. Many vote democratic because they do not understand what they are voting for.

There are plenty of so-called conservatives on this forum going headlong to eternal damnation in the lake of fire. And there are a lot of believers in Jesus Christ who will make it into Heaven in spite of being deceived by politicians and news reporters.

Do you think Rush and Hannity and Savage are headed for the pearly gates because they espouse conservative views. I’ve got news for you. I’ve listened to these and other conservatives for years and never heard one give a testimony of how they were lost in sin and found salvation by God’s grace. Politics, even conservative politics, will not get anyone to Heaven any more than supposed liberal charity will.

Don’t act like fools. Don’t be modern Pharisees. By your words you will be justified and by them you will be condemned.


24 posted on 07/15/2012 9:48:21 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: WilliamIII

Why bother? The ELCA, PCUSA and the other looney left denominations are going into the Crapper where they belong. Meanwhile, the other Denominations that have maintained their Scriptural integrity are doing quite well. The PCA has had phenominal groth over the past several years.


25 posted on 07/15/2012 10:05:04 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: unlearner

Where do you go to church? What does your Denomination teach? If they are teaching Homo progressive theology, you are not in a church. You are in a Sunday feel good meeting that is held at a scheduled time every week.


26 posted on 07/15/2012 10:11:54 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: unlearner

>> I’m very disappointed at the ignorance here.

You’re not comprehending the issue.

You support the killing of nascent life? That’s a fundamental tenet of so-called Liberal Christianity.

You support the states’ redefinition of marriage; a direct assault against Christianity? Another fundamental tenet of Liberal Christianity.

Liberal Christianity is the form, not the person.


27 posted on 07/15/2012 10:25:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: unlearner

No political view will “get anyone to Heaven”.

However, there is a very serious difficulty with attempting to hold modern liberalism and Christianity: modern liberalism is one of that genus of ideology that essentially denies the Fall and fancies that man is perfectible in this world by worldly measures. In liberalism’s world there is no need of grace, just proper social engineering, social engineering that inevitably rejects the wisdom of ages found in the moral teachings of the Torah, the words of Our Lord, the letters of the Holy Apostle Paul, and the writings of the Church Fathers. To be a modern liberal and a Christian requires a sort of double-mindedness that Our Lord and His Apostles very much rejected.

Certainly some tendencies on the American right — for example, the atomism of Randian libertarianism or the extension of proper contempt for state-run social programs into contempt for the poor — are as anti-Christian as anything found on the left. But the core tradition of not just American, but Anglo-American conservatism (from Burke to Lord Acton to Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley, Jr.) is self-consciously Christian and holds views of society and human nature, which even when worldly-colored are far closer to those found in the Scriptures and tradition of the Church than is “liberalism”.


28 posted on 07/15/2012 10:38:28 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Army Air Corps

To give credit due, I believe that’s a direct quote from the Apostle Paul in perhaps one of the Corinthian epistles, but I can’t specifically remember which.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 4:50:16 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: re_nortex

I tend to agree, although I like to give anyone who says he is a Christian the benefit of the doubt. After all, it is God who judges in the end.

On the other hand, I can have an opinion, and it pretty much matches your own.


30 posted on 07/16/2012 5:54:15 AM PDT by chesley (God's chosen instrument - the trumpet)
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To: unlearner

“Do you think Rush and Hannity and Savage are headed for the pearly gates because they espouse conservative views. I’ve got news for you. I’ve listened to these and other conservatives for years and never heard one give a testimony of how they were lost in sin and found salvation by God’s grace. Politics, even conservative politics, will not get anyone to Heaven any more than supposed liberal charity will.”
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Heard someone say the other day, “you’ll never hear Rush start a sentence with, ‘I was sitting in church last Sunday, when the pastor said....’”. Lots of golf and vacations on Sunday, but I’ve never heard him discuss faith. Just because there are people who Christians agree with, doesn’t make those people saved Christians...but it’s not too late.


31 posted on 07/16/2012 6:01:52 AM PDT by rem_mitchell
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To: chesley

That would be a “no”, Bob...

“liberal” Christians’ belief is summarized as:
“I believe Jesus is my Savior, but there are many other ways to salvation.”

A self-contradicting statement. There is no reason for Jesus and the Cross if man can save himself.


32 posted on 07/16/2012 6:03:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: The_Reader_David

“Liberalism” is simply the political expression of the religion of Humanism, which began with the lie “you will be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

It will continue to be an influence in this world until its author is banished to the pit forever.


33 posted on 07/16/2012 6:10:58 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Correction: "Liberalism" is a political expression of the religion of Humanism. There are many species of libertarianism and even of American conservatism that over-stress the individual, to say nothing of various nationalisms and other leftist ideologies, that are also political expressions of the will the seat Man in the place of God, all of which ultimately despise the God-Man Jesus Christ even if some of them dress up as Christian.
34 posted on 07/16/2012 6:47:24 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: WilliamIII

Anybody who thinks this is just some right-wing nuts calling left-wing Christians unchristian just because they don’t vote conservative Republican…normally, I’d consider telling people to read John Spong’s stuff cruel and unusual punishment, but you really need to. We’re not talking about a guy who professes more or less orthodox Christianity and just lives it out by voting Democrat. Politics aside, we’re basically talking about a high-church atheist. And he’s as representative as any of the current leadership. The Episcopal Church of today is pretty much exactly what Spong said it needed to become to attract members in today’s world, and it’s bleeding to death. That’s not right-wing rhetoric, that’s simple observable fact.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 6:56:52 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: The_Reader_David

I have always saved Elliot’s analysis on my home page:

“The world is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time; so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and to save the world from suicide.”
T.S. Eliot, Christianity and Culture


36 posted on 07/16/2012 6:59:42 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: WilliamIII

I’m listening to a book called “Occult America.” It is not what I expected, but it actually explains a lot about “Liberal Christianity.”

First and foremost, it is anything but Christian. Mostly, it is a combination of “Spiritualism,” “New Thought” and Socialism. The Christianity part is just a very thin candy shell.

Another funny thing - a lot of this cr@p started in the North East, especially the western and central part of New York state, aka the “Burned Over District” or “Psychic Highway” (between Rochester and Syracuse) so it is mostly a Yankee thing.


37 posted on 07/16/2012 7:19:03 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: unlearner

Well, it is this thing about “Thou shalt not steal.”
Since most of Liberal Ideology is based on coercion and theft, any church supporting this has wandered a awful long way from the flock.

They have also departed from the Bible in their support of homosexuality. They have gone from loving the sinner and hating the sin, to loving the sin, too.


38 posted on 07/16/2012 7:25:29 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: WilliamIII
A fitting epitaph for apostasy.

But if conservative Christianity has often been compromised, liberal Christianity has simply collapsed. Practically every denomination — Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian — that has tried to adapt itself to contemporary liberal values has seen an Episcopal-style plunge in church attendance.

39 posted on 07/16/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: elkfersupper
Before people start adding me to lists, you should all know that I classify myself as agnostic / atheist.

Policitally, I am libertarian / anarchist, but I almost always end up voting Republican beause that is almost always closer to what I believe than what the other major party espouses.

I am 60 years old, have been voting since I was 18 and have NEVER voted for a Democrat.

I actually once voted for a Green Party candidate for State Treasurer because the Republicans did not put forth a candidate and the Democrat was a convicted felon

For this election cycle, I find myself in a sparsely-populated State with very few electoral votes, so I'm voting for Gary Johnson.

Regards,

40 posted on 07/16/2012 4:33:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: wjcsux

I am part of a non-denominational group that is Bible based. They do not teach or preach liberal politics or theology. Politics gets very little attention... less than I would prefer personally. That being said, the focus is not on saving people with a political agenda. Remember, most of the Jews who rejected Jesus did so because they were expecting a political and military savior rather than someone Who would save them from sin. That is exactly what I am talking about here. Homosexuality is identified as sin and preached against. But you do not have to be homosexual to be on your way to hell. And adopting conservative political views will not save you even if it went so far as to abstain from immorality.

My conservative views spring from my Christian world-view, but I do not confuse the two. A conservative world-view is, by itself, not enough to save anyone from sin.


41 posted on 07/16/2012 8:14:43 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: Gene Eric

“You’re not comprehending the issue.”

I think I do. The author made a clever play on words about salvation but with the intended meaning of preserving the existence of liberal Christendom rather than salvation from sin which is the real issue.

Many of the comments seem to indicate a similar misunderstanding that conservative politics is a prerequisite to being born again. While I do believe Christians who seek God diligently and grow in His Word will see through the deception of leftist politics, I also recognize that believers have different levels of maturity and also can be deceived.

“You support the killing of nascent life? That’s a fundamental tenet of so-called Liberal Christianity.”

I am 100% pro-life. Let me give you some examples of how true believers can be deceived on this issue. I have talked first hand with Christian doctors who delivered babies and prescribed birth control pills to prevent new mothers from conceiving too soon after giving birth. Birth control pills are definitely, scientifically and medically abortifacient. Some Christian doctors do not know this in spite of (or maybe because of) their medical training.

I have heard fertility clinics advertised on Christian radio programs. Anyone who understands life begins at conception should be aware that far more abortions are performed by these businesses than abortion clinics.

Even in the Christian movie called Facing the Giants, the star writer and director gives the reason for his Christian-informed decision to forego fertility treatments as being because they didn’t have enough money. What he should of told the doctor is that he believes life begins at conception and would not be able to violate his conscience by having a test tube baby requiring the formation of multiple embryos which will mostly be discarded, destroyed, or even worse, used for scientific research and then destroyed. This film-maker is definitely a true believer in Christ as far as I can see. He probably considers himself pro-life. Yet his ignorance and being deceived about this led to a serious mistake in an otherwise excellent film.

Bill Clinton’s pastor advised him that life begins when a baby is born and takes its first breath because God breathed into man who then became a living soul. This is not biblically sound, nor does Clinton seem to have any indication of being a believer; but it does show you an argument that could mislead a true believer.

“You support the states’ redefinition of marriage; a direct assault against Christianity? “

I believe what Jesus and the apostles taught, that fornicators (whether sodomites or heterosexual) must repent or will go to hell. I also believe there will be many people who never committed this particular sin who will be in hell for eternity, and some of them will be Republicans.


42 posted on 07/16/2012 8:43:00 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: The_Reader_David

I agree. I have also read many of your comments in the past and often find myself enlightened by them. Keep using your gift.

My point is not to agree with liberal theology but to point out that true believers have the capacity to be deceived by it as much as other lies. This will harm them and others, but it is still not the litmus test for what makes someone a believer or not.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 8:51:47 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: rem_mitchell

Agreed. I’m afraid though that he and many more “conservatives” may be close enough to the truth to be desensitized to the conviction of sin needed to be saved. An atheist knows he is not a believer. A Muslim or Hindu knows the same. But people who have grown up in or around Christianity are at great risk of mistakenly thinking they are somehow automatically Christian. Or even worse, they may have done some act that they think makes them a Christian - said a prayer, raised their hands, walked an aisle, got baptized, joined a church, etc. These might be good things, but they are no guarantee of a genuine salvation. I wish I could say otherwise, but I have no reason at all to believe Rush is a believer in Christ. His brother apparently is. So you are right. There is hope.


44 posted on 07/16/2012 9:02:23 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: Little Ray

You are right about liberal theology. Unfortunately there are real Christians who are deceived by it. If just the true believers in Christ who are caught up in this deception could be delivered from it, we would have a major shift in our country to the right. I wish I knew how to persuade more to rethink their beliefs on this. I do have one liberal leaning Christian friend who is starting to come around. We just need a few million more.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 9:08:29 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner

“But people who have grown up in or around Christianity are at great risk of mistakenly thinking they are somehow automatically Christian. Or even worse, they may have done some act that they think makes them a Christian...”
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Hadn’t thought of this. Food for thought.


46 posted on 07/16/2012 9:09:10 PM PDT by rem_mitchell
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To: unlearner
I have to agree with you 100%. I belong to a church that teaches God's Word, and makes no apologies about it. God's Word is not up for debate. A "Conservative world view" and and nothing else comes under the "works clause" in Scripture.
What disturbs me is "Christian denominations" like the PCUSA and ELCA diluting Scripture to be politically correct. God isn't impressed. If what I posted to you offended you, please forgive me.
47 posted on 07/16/2012 10:30:11 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: unlearner

>> I think I do. The author made a clever play on words about salvation but with the intended meaning of preserving the existence of liberal Christendom rather than salvation from sin which is the real issue.

By “issue”, I was referring to the criticism of Liberalism, and the negative impact it has on Christianity — specifically, the “understood” forms of abortion, and the homosexuality you generalized as fornication. The comments condemned this negative influence, but I didn’t notice comments suggesting Liberals are undeserving of Salvation.

I certainly wouldn’t question your Faith nor comprehension of it.

FWIW, I’m not that interested in qualifying how others practice their faith. That’s between them and whatever they’re praying to. On the other hand, I take exception to the abuse of my Faith which is most often condemned by the Left, and misrepresented by some in the Liberal camp.


48 posted on 07/16/2012 10:54:12 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: unlearner

Well, as a Methodist, all I can say is Thank God for the African Methodists. If not for them, we’d have gone the same way as the Episcopals.

Was in Tallahassee this weekend. Drove by my father’s old church, St. John’s Episcopal. Most of the congregation decamped and they’re left with a tired old pile that costs a fortune to maintain and a Bishop with expensive tastes.

Meanwhile, the Anglican church they joined are getting ready to build a Cathedral!


49 posted on 07/17/2012 6:42:27 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: unlearner

Thank you for your kind words. Give glory to God if anything I write here at FR is truly enlightening.

And you are right: the double-mindedness needed to believe both the Gospel and “liberal” ideas is quite feasible for fallen men and women. The best thing to do with such folks is to pray that the Gospel will prevail in their hearts. Unfortunately when they act publicly in ways which will deceive others, especially into confounding modern “liberal” ideas with the Gospel, it is also necessary to publicly oppose them.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 8:53:22 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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