Liberal Christians Going Head-to-Head with Conservative Christians

Yes we are. I love everyone. Even Bill Clinton. I especially love my Christian Bothers and Sisters. But we will have issues if they reject sound Biblical teachings in favor of the politically correct, world view. And that is exactly what many liberal Christians are doing.

( – “Progressive” (liberal) Christian groups, attempting to dilute the political influence of their conservative brethren, are speaking up when conservative Christian leaders speak out.

The most recent example came on Wednesday, a week after Dr. James Dobson, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, discussed faith, sexuality and liberalism on CNN’s Larry King Live.

The Institute for Progressive Christianity — a new group — accused Dobson of making “highly inaccurate statements” and “crackpot assertions” during his conversation with Larry King. (typical liberal mantra. insult the person not the issues. -ed.)

In a lengthy news release on Wednesday, the IPC rebutted Dobson’s comments one by one. But it’s not so much what the liberal Christians are saying — it’s that they’re saying it at all.

Until now, conservative Christian leaders have been largely ignored by liberal groups and the mainstream media, except in cases where their controversial statements are held up for condemnation and ridicule.

Point, counterpoint

The Institute for Progressive Christianity describes itself as a “think tank comprising mainstream liberal Christians.” On Wednesday, it took exception to Dobson’s remarks that liberals “are often those who have no value system” and who embrace “moral relativism.”

The group also attacked Dobson’s beliefs on homosexuality. (Dobson rejected the notion that homosexuals are born that way and have no choice in the matter. He said he believes it’s a developmental disorder.)

The IPC also took issue with Dobson’s “serious misstatement” on “the separation of church and state.”

As Dobson told Larry King, the so-called separation of church and state is not found in the U.S. Constitution.

“The only place where the so-called ‘wall of separation’ was mentioned was in a letter written by Jefferson to a friend,” Dobson said. “It has been picked up and made to be something it was never intended to be. What it has become is that the government is protected from the church, instead of the other way around, which is that church was designed to be protected from the government.”

The IPC argued that Dobson’s comments are not supported by history. “While it is true that the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ is not found in the Constitution or the First Amendment, the concept was well understood by the leading thinkers of the time,” IPC Director Frank Cocozzelli said.

He added that Jefferson’s letter is considered by historians, legal scholars and the U.S. Supreme Court to be Jefferson’s “definitive statement on the meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

Many conservatives, however, disagree with those interpretations.

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