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the trouble with ‘liberal christianity’

November 11, 2011

 

This week I read a great article on examiner.com by self-described former evangelical Christian William Hamby. Hambly does a terrific job outlining some of the problems with Liberal Christianity such he sees them. Here’s an excerpt:

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What does it mean to be a “liberal Christian?” What is it exactly that separates “Nice Christians” from the vitriolic firebrands dominating the American airwaves?  I am often told that there are lots of good Christians out there who don’t hate gays, atheists, or liberals, but what exactly do these folks believe and why?

Specifically, we must ask why a group of Christians feel like it’s important to identify themselves by beliefs they do not have.  For starters, they probably don’t believe that homosexuals are abominations, or that they deserve death.  (Or at least a good old fashioned fag drag.) Perhaps they don’t believe that everyone outside of their church is a hellbound heathen.  Perhaps they don’t believe that atheists are immoral and depraved.  Maybe they don’t believe the Bible is inerrant.

The thing is, they are not being especially good Christians by maintaining these beliefs.  They are being good people.  The Bible — the inspired word of God, and the ultimate codebook for Christianity — disagrees with such liberal attitudes.  In both the Old and New Testament, homosexuality is strongly denounced.  In the entire Bible there is not one passage specifically mentioning homosexuals in a positive light.  Likewise, the Bible is quite clear on non-believers, especially in the New Testament.  (The Old Testament doesn’t have a well developed concept of eternal punishment.  Hell in the modern sense was introduced in the NT.)  Heretics, non-believers, and heathens are destined for the lake of fire.  The Bible also specifically mentions its own inerrancy.

In order to be a “liberal Christian,” one of several tactics must be used:

Find out exactly what Hamby thinks those tactics are by reading his full article here.

[Thanks to William Hambly for permission to share his article.]

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2011 12:29 pm

    I agree totally. I find it very frustrating trying to talk/debate/argue with liberal Christians. There seems to be no hill they are willing to die on. Everything becomes a matter of opinion. At least with the fundamentalist I know exactly where they are coming from.

  2. November 13, 2011 11:00 pm

    What kind of Christian is the “right” kind? If you are a fundie, then you are too conservative. If you are “liberal” then you are not following the Bible so you are a hypocrite and a liar. It seems like it’s a damned if you do-damned if you don’t scenario. This sounds like I’m offended. I’m not, really. I’m just curious as to what your opinion is on this. Is it wrong for people who are Christians to interpret their faith according to how they perceive God?

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