If one were asked the question, how do liberals think? It would be tempting to answer it, “they don’t.” While that may often seem to be the case, they actually do have a method of thinking. Not a good method, but a method nonetheless. Their process has at least three characteristics that come to my mind. Perhaps you can think of more.
First, liberals often base what they think on their emotional response to the situation. That poor woman did not intend to get pregnant, and now she is down and depressed about. The liberal says, “don’t worry about it, you can get an abortion and that will relieve your mental anguish.” Tell the liberal that abortion is murder and more times than not he will just ignore that. Liberals in the church will do the same thing. Here is the member who is such a great musician, and he wants so bad to show his love and praise for God through that talent, so to make him feel better, a piano is moved in for the song service and he plays it. He is happy now. That is all that matters, right? It matters not that we have authority for singing (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19), but not for playing. The way the liberal thinks, there is no need for such authority.
Second, if one were to ask for a one word description of how liberals think, the word would definitely have to be, change. It does not make any difference to the liberal whether change is even needed. He likes to change things for change sake. He is bored with things remaining the same. Even when change is needed, he doesn’t carefully analyze whether or not the change thought of is lawful to make; “change is needed, this is change, so we will do it.” That happens in the church, but if change adds to the Word of God, it adds to the liberal, the plagues that are written in the book. If it takes away from the Word of God, it removes his name from the book of life (Rev. 22;18-19). Paul warned Timothy that the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine (2 Tim. 4:3). When men do not endure sound doctrine, what do they do? They change it. But Paul instructed Titus to hold fast the faithful word (Tit. 1:9), and to speak the things which become sound doctrine (Tit. 2:1). Liberals change sound doctrine by changing that which is taught or practiced, and will do so without regard to whether the change is according to scripture or not.
Third—and this has to do with how liberals defend, among other things they do—the improper changes they make. They accept half-truths. They consider only the facts that seem to agree with their change. If they would look at all of the facts, they would realize their change is wrong. But they will not do that, because they are liberals. A liberal will read John 3:16, and say all one has to do for salvation, is believe. Try to show him that baptism is essential to salvation (1 Pet. 3:21), and he will reject it. He will argue against the truth all day long. Why? Because in his mind it contradicts John 3:16. All it really contradicts is his decision to accept some passages of scripture to the exclusion of others.
The liberal believes he can do whatever he wishes to do so long as he declares, “I am doing this to the glory of God.” He does not think about, or if he does, he rejects the truth that God, not him, decides how God is to be glorified. God has given us everything we need to know for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1;3). Therefore, He has given us every way in which He will be glorified.
So much, then for men—like say for instance, football players—who say they play football to the glory of God. Now that’s liberal thinking to the hilt!