What Could Possibly Be Wrong With TEC Liberal Christianity

Simply put, it does not provide answers for sinners.

Great post over at Stand Firm illustrates this.

I am a sinner. In my prison ministry, I minister to those who even the most liberal in TEC would consider sinners. Without Jesus paying the price for our sins, sinners have no hope. In their desire to eliminate inconvenient sins and belief in things the post-modern world finds difficult to believe, liberal Christianity simply guts the faith and makes it useless for sinners.

I wonder if it is useful for anyone.

Christianity is for people who are willing to admit their guilt and receive forgiveness.  Otherwise, it is a waste of time.

3 Responses to “What Could Possibly Be Wrong With TEC Liberal Christianity”


  1. 1 Alice C. Linsley February 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Not only does the Episcopal Church fail to proclaim the Good News to sinners, it misrepresents what is truly “good” for us. Euprepius blessed us with this benediction: “May fear, humility, lack of food and Godly sorrow be with you.” He understood.

    Read about what is good for us here: http://fatherstephen.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/what-is-good-for-us/

  2. 2 Fr. Michael Bertrand February 22, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Powerful clip. Surprises me that ER would run something like that- maybe someone who’s seen the rest of the content could indicate if that exchange was framed positively or negatively.

    In any case, gives me nightmare flashbacks to CPE.

  3. 3 ralph February 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Well, liberal christianity must seem useful to some people, otherwise the diocese of Newark, for example, would have ceased to exist about a decade ago (sure, the numbers have dropped there, but some people keep coming back for more).

    Better questions to ask would be, to what degree is liberal christianity (and conservative christianity for that matter) true or false, faithful to God or serving some other master(s), following Christ or deluded and wandering blind? ‘Usefulness’ as a criterion assumes that we know what is good for us. Heroin may seem useful for an addict. A diet of spiritual fluff may seem useful for someone programmed to believe that their self esteem and affirmation is of tantamount importance.

    But I agree with your sentiments. I have come to the conclusion that liberal christianity has little to offer to truly nourish the soul. And I too found the clip very powerful.


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