One of the most interesting aspects of the latest Barna study on whether or not there is a growing number of Reformed or Calvinist churches in America is the finding that many of the pastors surveyed are apparently culturally liberal. With Calvinism clearly in Southern Baptists’ past and present, this ought to trouble us.
I do not mean to speak ex cathedra on this issue, but I fail to understand how one can be theologically conservative and hold to the high view of Scripture that Calvinism/Reformed theology demands and be culturally liberal.
The Bible does not embrace liberalism or conservatism, but anyone who affirms the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God, it would seem to me, will natually gravitate toward conservatism based on principles taught in the Bible. Take homosexual marriage for example.
This is why I find the Barna findings so surprising and troubling if accurate. You can read the report here and draw your own conclusion. I’d certainly like to hear some other opinions on this.