The post-modern mindset has abandoned Biblical authority for personal feelings and wants to design the church services to be entertainment. This kind of thinking has introduced into worship things that cannot be supported by scripture. This kind of thinking is self-centered and not God-centered.
Liberalism is a great threat to our faith which denies the basic truths of the gospel. This attitude challenges and denies the absolute authority of the word of God and causes men to set aside God’s will in favor of their own subjective speculations and desires in religion.
Liberalism holds that there is no way to authenticate and prove as true one version of the Christian faith. The Bible teaches that the religion of Christ is the only true religion, and all others are false! (Acts 4:12)
Liberalism rejects the Bible as being the actual word of God to man. According to the liberal view, the Bible must constantly be reinterpreted in light of today’s scientific theories. The Bible teaches that God’s word is inspired, inerrant and thoroughly furnishes unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16-17).
Liberalism denies that the Bible has any inherent moral authority over men. According to this view, no act is to be judged right or wrong under all circumstances. Each person is encouraged to find themselves and be an authentic person before God. The Bible teaches that right and wrong are determined by the will of God. Those things which are condemned in scripture (homosexuality, as one) are wrong at all times and under all circumstances! (Gal. 5:19-21)
Liberalism has no concern with the New Testament concept of the church. According to this view, the church is only a social agency to be used in promoting universal justice and equality. The Bible clearly teaches that the mission of the church is not social work but the saving of souls through the preaching of the gospel of Christ (Luke 19:10).
In the time of Hosea, Israel turned away from God and His word to worship idols. The man of God prophesied that the next generation would do the same (Hos. 4:13). It happened then, and it is happening today. A generation ago, religious liberalism invaded the Lord’s church and now disobedience to God’s will is commonplace.
Liberal elements within the churches of Christ have made great progress toward turning the Lord’s church into a denomination. These fundamental changes include: (1) instrumental music, (2) no emphasis on baptism for the remission of sins (3) women’s roles in the public assembly (4) not accepting Bible authority and (5) accepting denominational fellowship. The bottom line is that a person is not seriously trying to please God if he plays fast and loose with Biblical authority! In every activity of worship and religion, we are obligated to “walk by faith” (II Cor. 5:7), and one can walk by faith only when he has Bible authority for everything he believes, teaches, and practices in religion (Rom. 10:17).
We must contend for the “faith which was once and for all delivered unto the saints” if we are going to have God’s approval (Jude 3).