Albert Mohler says “embarrassment is the gateway drug for theological accommodation and denial.” The line appears in his article in the latest issue of the 9Marks journal, “Air Conditioning Hell: How Liberalism Happens.” Mohler argues that many evangelicals slip into liberalism simply because they are ashamed of certain doctrines. He enumerates four phases of backsliding that evangelicals go through on their way to liberalism.
First, a doctrine simply falls from mention.
Second, a doctrine is revised and retained in reduced form.
Third, a doctrine is subjected to a form of ridicule.
Fourth, a doctrine is reformulated in order to remove its intellectual and moral offensiveness.
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