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The liberal Church: We need to cut the noose but we don't believe in scissors

Updated on May 14, 2012
Liberal Churches love the noose, and it's choke hold.
Liberal Churches love the noose, and it's choke hold.

It has been weighing heavy on my mind in recent years that the Church is on an increasingly slippy slope- the slope of liberalism. And if it is indeed on a slope, then where does this slope end?? All slopes go downwards, and if we are moving away from God and His ways and going downwards instead, what does that infer about our destination, but a pit, and the deepest darkest unending one at that?

Liberalism in Christianity has always puzzled me. When I became a Christian at my conversion I had never felt more free and more fulfilled. An immense sense of satisfaction dwelt within me and became prominent in my life. I could not understand therefore, that a person who has been set free from the slavery of being in sin could want to shun the ways of the Bible and walk straight back into sin- and to call it liberal?? What?? What on Earth is liberating about having been freed from a soul-oppressing bondage and then walking straight back into it? Could you imagine a slave having gone through the worst and soul destroying oppression being set free by a gracious and loving savior, then plotting to find ways back into slavery?

I just don't get it. Why when Christ has paid such a great price for us (and indeed we were bought at a price, we are not our own!!) would we contrive ways to undo our freeing?

It is the voice of the Devil, a murderer and a liar from the start, who confuses us into thinking we have a better idea of freedom than the one God shows us. That's fairly strange, seeing as we had complete freedom to begin with and we gave it up for a piece of fruit (in the Garden of Eden), and then we had to suffer separation from God and religion and laws were given to us to help us appreciate God's holiness and how we fall short. But the most amazing thing happened! God sent His own Son to pay the price for our sinning and falling short of His perfectness and set us free from being hostage to a life of sin itself, but also from having to follow all the impossibly difficult to follow rules of the Old Testament (The Law itself). Whoopee, Hallelujah, you would think, but erm no. This shade of freedom (Though your sins be red as crimson yet I will make you white as snow, and, I will remember your sins no more) doesn't look good on me, I must find something a little darker, a little spoiled/ blemished. Ideally with some heavy chains that weigh me down so I cannot walk in the freedom to be holy that makes me so very uncomfortable. My chains, oh how I miss my chains.....

You wouldn't think this marketing scheme by the Devil would work, but...
You wouldn't think this marketing scheme by the Devil would work, but...

In what kind of world does a person hanker for the weight of sin, when Christ Himself has already taken it? In what kind of world do you have more freedom when you are chained?

And in what kind of society does the image of Freedom, the Church abandon God's teaching on freedom in Christ, for liberty serving the other Master who offers more 'options'.

Indeed we the Modern Western Church for the most part are tying a noose around our own neck and we seem to be too afraid to pick up the scissors to cut it. We need a turn back towards biblical integrity if we are to cry freedom in Christ's name. We need to take up the Sword Of Truth that is God's Word and we need to cut the ties that bind.

For the noose is ever tightening....

The Liberal Church- We're not sure what goes, but probably most things...
The Liberal Church- We're not sure what goes, but probably most things...


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    • gracefaith profile image

      gracefaith 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well my comments are well overdue in response to all your feedback! I am so sorry it's two years late! I had got so busy when I started my Bible College degree that I totally forgot to check my notifications on here anymore! Oh well forgiveness is the name of the game! :P


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      Christinme 5 years ago

      God bless you gracefaith . I totally agree with you.

      Man is looking to man for Gods revelation, thats the problem. In many "churches" salvation is presented as no more than a "get out of hell free card" . This leads followers to continue in sin .

      It grieves me that some are totally missing the point of what life in "Christ" truly is. I thank GOD that HE enlightened myself and my husband HIMSELF.

      May you be blessed for your understanding . xx

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      gracefaith,very interesting hub. The church should never be conformed to this world. A revival is needed for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      gracefaith: Thank you for this hub. What yous are saying is so true. Christians are no longer protecting their faith and allowing liberalism to filter in.

      I liked the title and the first thought that came to mind as I read it is that we don't need scissors, Jesus would set it a fire.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      What type of liberalism are you referring to? Political, theological, or economic liberalism. I agree that theological liberalism is a problem, as the Bible then becomes just a bunch of allegorical stories with little meaning to life. The other forms of liberalism depends upon the definition, because there is a classical liberalism which is actually current economic conservatism. There is social liberalism in politics that does not necessarily intersect with the new economic liberalism. I agree that churches need to emphasize Biblical integrity. Interesting take.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      It is scary. I have not read the Bible in a long time, but I find myself thinking about it all the time now. I recall reading passages about what is to come saying, "what's wrong will be right and what's right will be wrong."

      It did not make any sense to be until recent years.

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      gracefaith 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jenna,

      I know exactly what you mean,and I am glad you feel the same way. I really hope and pray for revival in the Church of Christ so it genuinely wills to live in the fitting Holy matrimony with Christ as opposed to being unfaithful with the lover that is liberalism.


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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      You spoke right to my heart. I have been grieved by the increasing liberal direction of the church. They are trying to make sin seem cosmetically attractive.

      Well done!