Liberalism questions the nature of the Bible and denies its inerrancy, infallibility, and authority. Liberalism denies that the Bible is the Word of God and insists instead that it contains the Word of God. This is a false teaching. This article looks at one of the promoters of this teaching, Emerson Fosdick.
The article looks at the history of the church in North America, especially the effect of liberalism on the church. In this analysis it focuses on the nature of reactions by conservatives. An observation is made that over time, the general membership of the church has not taken seriously the value of doctrinal confession.
Liberalism says the message must change for the church to reach the world, while the seeker-sensitive approach calls for a change of methods. This article shows that God gave both the message and the methods: these are the means of grace—preaching, sacraments, and prayer. These are essential to church growth.