This refers to a broadminded approach of theology that does not hold to the absolute authority of Scripture. It majors on freedom from this world’s bondages (social, political, economic) with little or no appreciation of the eternal perspective, and often explains away the miracles, virgin birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is ‘having a form of godliness but denying its power’ by turning from the truth and freedom in Christ to self-effort and myths without reliance on the supernatural power of God (1 Cor 1:25; 2 Tim 3:5, 4:3,4). Man’s way is the wrong way, for it is the blind leading the blind (Prov 14:12, 16:25; Lk 6:39). While it is commendable that people seek to raise the living conditions and standards of others, the most important issue of eternal life is not to be neglected. The Bible condemns those who preach a different gospel to that of the apostles (Gal 1:8). The scope of these liberal teachings that present a social gospel range from denying the diety of Christ and the necessity of His atoning death through to embracing homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle which the Bible condems (Rom 1:26,27; 1 Cor 6:9,10; 2 Pet 2:1).
Is Christ at the center of all I do?
believers (who have not adopted liberal views but hold to the Word of God) are not being the life-transforming ‘salt and light’ we should be (Mt 5:13-16). Instead of presenting Christ to hurting humanity as the integral foundation of our faith and witnessing to His saving power, we have often kept quiet and disowned being associated with Him (Mt 10:33). By isolating Him to the sidelines and treating Him as just a spectator rather than the vital source of life and centre of our lives, His influence on our lifestyle is severely diminished (Jn 14:6; Act 17:28). We would do well to evaluate our spirituality for Jesus warned that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” will enter into heaven, but only those who do God’s will (Mt 7:21-23). This requires a personal relationship with, and not just a knowledge of God. Both the natural and spiritual aspects go hand in hand (Mt 23:23,24). The Bible is seldom consulted as to how to live a life pleasing to God nor the instruction to "keep oneself from being poluted by the world" followed (Rom 12:1,2; Col 1:10; Heb 13:16; Jas 1:27).
In contrast, the evangelical approach sees the gospel focus of freedom, through Christ, from sin and its penalty as the foundation, and from that basis these other issues can then be adequately addressed. When the heart is transformed by coming into right relationship with Christ through salvation, this provides the solid foundation from which the other issues can be adequately addressed. Do not explain away the power of the gospel that can save but embrace and live out the truth of the Bible.