Five Steps for Relating to Theological Liberals
1. The desire for the Christian faith to be free from the word of God in mood, methods, morals, or message.
For many of us happily immersed in the world of conservative evangelicalism, liberalism is a highly suspect word. Strictly speaking, though, liberalism (the desire for freedom or liberation) is amoral. That is, the morality of freedom is entirely contingent upon the subject from whom we desire to be liberated.
To be free from sin, from injustice, the tyranny of the devil or to seek to assist others in their liberation from such is a noble quest. We want to be liberal there. But the desire to be free from the Word of God (whether written or incarnate), lays bare the essence of our sinful depravity.
And the kicker is that the desire to be free from the Word of God manifests itself in more than one way.…