Note: I post this to discuss the problem of Christians dealing with the thinking of the culture, not to attack the Catholic Church or any denomination.
The Emergent Pope: Francis and the Crisis of Catholicism (Pt. 1)
By Wallace Henley, Special to CP
September 25, 2013|10:09 am
The crisis of Catholicism, which makes it difficult for many who respect the Catholic Church to link with it, is the issue of authority. For the Pope to disregard clear biblical teaching about the necessity of Christ's atonement for humanity's salvation, is apparently no great problem for Francis, since the Bible is not the exclusive authority in Catholicism. The Church looks to the Magisterium, the sanctioned accumulation of its own traditions, interpretations and pronouncements over the centuries, along with the Bible. Too frequently, this conglomeration of doctrine becomes the standard for measuring the Bible.
Evangelicalism has its own biblical authority crisis. Liberal evangelicals try to adjust biblical revelation to suit the demands of a culture in flux. They speak of "making the Bible relevant" to today's generations, as if the Bible were not eternally and absolutely relevant across all times and places.
Another set of evangelicals abuse biblical authority by allowing cultural style to drive theology. Bravo for efforts to communicate the eternally and absolutely relevant truth of God's word in a relevant way – but not to the point of denying and rewriting key biblical truths to suit the style du jour.