Cal Thomas on Why Liberal Christians Aren’t Really Christian
Liberal faith, which is to say a faith that discounts the authority
of Scripture in favor of a constantly evolving, poll-tested relevancy
to modern concerns — such as the environment, what kind of SUV Jesus
would drive, larger government programs and other “do-good” pursuits –
ultimately morphs into societal and self-improvement efforts and
jettisons the life-changing message of salvation, forgiveness of sins
and a transformed life.
If the newspaper story is accurate, this
is where Clinton is on her faith: “In a brief quiz about her
theological views, Mrs. Clinton said she believed in the resurrection
of Jesus, though she described herself as less sure of the doctrine
that being a Christian is the only way to salvation.” This is a
politician speaking, not a person who believes in the central tenets of
same book that tells of the resurrection, also quotes Jesus as saying
“I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but
by me” (John 14:6). One might ask, which the reporter did not, that if
there are other ways to God than through Jesus, why did Jesus bother to
come to Earth, allow himself to be crucified and suffer rejection?
I can’t quite tell what Thomas means by liberal Christianity here.
But I know I disagree with his characterization of the view that “being
a Christian is the only way to salvation” as a central tenet of Christianity, unless Catholics do not count as Christians. (Of course, we’ve seen that one before as well.)