Evangelicals and Liberals

The difference between the Evangelical and the Liberal is :

The Evangelical believes in the authority of the Word of God, but not it’s power.

The Liberal believes in the power of the Word of God, but not it’s authority.

The evangelical will talk all day about the authority of the word of God.  I once heard a “sermon” against evolution at a Baptist church that went on for 45 minutes, and said that evolution was false because the bible said so.  Therefore it must be false because the bible said so.  So it must be false because… Yet, the evangelical will ascribe no power to the word.  It is the human heart that decides to follow Jesus, not the power of the Holy Ghost, who, through the Gospel calls gathers enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth.  The Word can actually be an impediment to conversion (being powerless) so excitements must be added. (Musical, theatrical, power-pointical, etc.)

Meanwhile, the Liberal will speak about the power of the word.  I have heard liberals wax eloquent about incarnation in ways that would bring tears to your eyes. But they don’t like talk about”The word.”  For it has no authority.  (The acknowledge it’s power but speak of it in other terms – Gospel, sacrament, liturgy, etc.) The following is a direct quote, “The doctrine on which the church stands and falls is justification, not the word.”

Or, as the old joke goes, “An evangelical is someone who says to a liberal, ‘If you call me a scholar, I’ll call you a Christian.'”

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2 Responses to “Evangelicals and Liberals”

  1. The Evangelical believes in the authority of the Word of God, but not it’s power.

    The Liberal believes in the power of the Word of God, but not it’s authority.

    Pretty flipping succinct. Thanks!

  2. […] I…).  So also in the church, there is power and authority.  I am not speaking here of the power and authority of God’s Word.  Rather I am speaking of the power and authority that various individuals have in the […]

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