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Liberalism, Evangelicalism, & Historic Christianity

Though evangelicals and liberals are often at each other’s throats in the culture wars, this division is best understood as a kind of “sibling rivalry.” Whereas liberals tend to focus on creating “our best world now,” evangelicals talk about having “your best life now.” But either way, the focus is on what we are doing either individually or collectively, right here and now. In contrast, the historic Christian faith has always focused our attention on God and his grand story of redemption which culminates in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (originally aired 10-22-17).

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As Martin Luther pointed out, the reason that his reformation took hold, whereas the reform movements of Wycliffe and Huss did not, was due to the fact that they were primarily concerned, not with doctrine, but with behavior. Luther was primarily concerned about theology, and he knew that proper behavior would follow from that. In our day, Christians don’t appear to be all that interested in doctrine any longer. In fact, Rick Warren even said that we need a new reformation of “deeds not creeds.” Once again we’re focused on ourselves rather than on the the good news that we have been called to proclaim.

Steve Parks

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