The Daily Telegraph reports an attempt by a liberal Anglican group called ‘Inclusive Church’ to offer an olive branch to those who dissent from the liberal feminist/homosexualist agenda.
Those who are conservatives need to try to get inside the skin of the typical liberal. He really does not believe in such a thing as revealed moral and doctrinal truth which stands for all time. He really, honestly believes that religion is a human construct that not only may, but must adapt itself in every age. He really believes that this adaptation process is like evolution, that we are growing and understanding more and more about ourselves, our world, and therefore God in every generation. This can only be a good thing. It must be progress, and therefore what is new and what is now must, de facto be better than what is old and then.
Therefore there are two things which are absolutely necessary: First of all, it is the Christian’s obligation to launch out into the new with boldness. This is what the liberal understands to be ‘faith’. It means stepping out of the boat to walk on the waves. The liberals’ favorite Bible passage is the sheet of unclean beasts being lowered down to Peter, and Peter being commanded by the Holy Spirit to ‘kill and eat.’ This is a foundation text for the liberal. They wield it like a sword, along with the text beloved of charismatic Christians about ‘new wine for new wineskins’ and the new wine bursting the old wineskins.
The second thing which is fundamental and foundational for liberals is therefore the need to be open minded and receptive to all things new, and the corollary of this is that tolerance of new things and new ways is mandatory. Since there is no objective theology or morality it goes without saying that we must be open, accepting and affirming of all who differ.
When inclusive church therefore invites the members of FOCA to the table, or the liberals beseech the Anglo Catholics to sit down and talk they cannot conceive that both groups have certain principles and beliefs that are non negotiable. They cannot fathom that there are people in the world who call themselves Christians who are so close minded, so locked in the past, so ignorant, insensitive and just plain stupid.
This is the black hole at the heart of liberalism, and why liberalism and historic Christianity simply don’t mix. Mgr. Graham Leonard has said, (and I paraphrase) “There are now two divisions within Christianity, those who believe the faith is revealed supernaturally and demands our obedience and submission, and those who believe that the faith is a human construct which should, and must be adapted to every age.” These two are oil and water. They will never mix.
Finally, the liberals’ foundational Scripture texts are actually (of course) true. We do need to be open minded, step out of our little boat, walk on wave, be ready for the power and upset of the Holy Spirit and do daring things for God. The problem is, like all heretics, the liberals take one truth to the exclusion of all others and pound it home so that all other truths are distorted by it and life itself becomes a perverted and twisted mess.