A liberal who plays at being a Christian to appease their conscience.
The term 'liberal Christian' is an oxymoron because it is not possible to hold the beliefs of liberalism and be in harmony with Biblical teachings at the same time. This would make the phrase 'liberal christian' is akin to the phrase 'evil, good person'.
A 'liberal christian' typically denies the blood sacrifice of Christ for attonement of our sins, does not attend church regurlarly, and does not pray. A 'liberal Christian' is infact, 'Christian' in name only.
Further, a liberal Christian does not recognize Christ as the sole avenue for salvation as taught in the Bible. A 'liberal christian' therefore does not have salvation, which, according to biblical teachings, is attained through the name of Christ exclusively.
Person1: I know this person who says their a Christian but gets drunk, parties, and supports murdering innocent babies. I thought the Bible teaches that getting drunk is wrong, Christians should seperate from the world (evil), and that murdering babies is wrong, what gives?
Person2: Don't be fooled, thats what one would refer to as a 'liberal christian', please do not confuse people like that with true Christians who follow the Bibles teachings. They are not Christians in any sense of the word.
A follower of the Christian church (any of them, since there are about 30 different denominations) that supports liberal ideology including but not limited to pro-abortion, sex whenever between any 2 legal adults, stem cell research, pro-legalization, anti-war movements, and, most importantly, the two things that set them apart from the Christian Right: FREEDOM OF RELIGION and SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, which if you'll remember is written and implied in the Constitution. Needless to say, there aren't too many out there, and most of them are really just moderates in the political spectrum.
Steve Irwin: Crikes! Looks like we've got ourselves a reeeal rare one here! If you'll look in the church here, you'll see a liberal PRAYING! This must be one of those Liberal Christians, a real rarity in the USA indeed!
A person who religiously identifies as a Christian but dislikes creeds and religious exclusion in general, has Open Communion
, embraces views of salvation that emphasize social and personal transformation as more important than some after-death status conferred by God onto the individual, views the social and moral teachings of Christ as integral to his role as Redeemer of the world, doubts or rejects Biblical inerrancy
, is open to panentheist
ic, and deist
ic notions of God, and/or is generally allergic to anything that smacks of fundamentalism
. Liberal Christians tend to be in mainline Protestant
denominations. Liberal Christians are not necessarily liberal in politics, though many of them are. Listening to Christian rock music does not make one a liberal Christian.
The first liberal Christian whose liberal religion I respected was a highschool classmate of mine. We were talking about homosexuality, and she reminded me that among the many things forbidden in the New Testament is that vain and haughty aberration of braided hair on women (which you will find in 1 Timothy 2:9).
A liberal Christian is one who is either (1) an atheist or naturalist who still believes in the moral and social teachings of Christianity usually with a humanitarian
emphasis (2) a Westerner who is trying to adapt Christianity to an Eastern form of mysticism in a garb more familiar to his own cultural tradition. Liberal Christians reject the supernatural elements in Christianity and try to retain certain other elements that they find attractive--e.g., the moral teachings or the sense of community or the feelings of fusion with God.
Liberal Christians also reject the inerrancy of the Bible. They do not look to the Bible for divine revelations from God nor do they view it as historically accurate. They view the Bible as they would any other piece of ancient literature, such as *The Iliad* and *The Odyssey* or the *Aeneid.*
The atheist type of liberal Christian emerged from the more radical aspects of the Enlightenment. Taking the Protestant skepticism about Catholic additions to the biblical text where stories of the supernatural seemed far-fetched and applying such skepticism to the Scriptures themselves produced an indiscriminate aversion to anything that violated the natural order. The result of this rationalistic scrutiny produced doubts about God's creation of the universe ex nihilo, miracles, the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus, Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and following this logic to its conclusion--to doub...