“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 (LSB)
The liberalization of the Church is the result of men compromising God’s truth for the sake of a false peace. This “peace” is between them and the world. The impetus for these compromises is a desire to not be offensive to those whom they perceive it is desirable for their particular portion of the visible Church to be liked or thought well of by them. In other words, they sand off the edges and soften the hard lines of doctrine in order to open wide their doors to those who desire to be included in their “religion,” but who refuse to obey the words of our Lord….
Then there are those who are working overtime to change the Church from one centered on the exclusivity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and His person to one that is pluralistic in nature in that all forms of mysticism are welcomed in. Those doing this attempt to justify what they are doing by twisting Scripture to support their “doctrines.”
According to Jesus’ own words, we know that this liberalization, in whatever form, is a clear violation of His commands. This is why men such as Bart Ehrman are contending that the record given to us in the New Testament of the life of Jesus and the history of the Church are misinterpretations of what really happened. If they do not desire to obey Jesus words (His commands) then they attempt to change the source of them in a vain attempt to nullify them and their authority, which is based in Christ’s authority as the Son of God.