Protestant liberal thought in its most traditional incarnations emphasized
1.) The universal Fatherhood of God
God is not a Judge to any man. God loves all men indiscriminately. All men have a Democratic claim upon God. There is no eternal distinction between elect and reprobate.
2.) The universal brotherhood of man
Men are all brothers. This means when the implications are teased out that all men are heaven-bound since all men have God has Father and are Brothers.
3.) The infinite value of the human soul
Souls are so infinitely valuable that God would never cast one into hell. Souls are so infinitely valuable that Capital punishment is always wrong. Liberals often believe that they can rescue any soul from a wayward path by re-education.
4.) The example of Jesus
All talk is about the moral example of Jesus that men are to follow. This cunningly leaves out any talk about the juridical and propitiatory work of Jesus Christ on the Cross as the only hope for men’s acceptability with God. One is saved by following Jesus’ example. One is not saved by the Cross work of Jesus Christ. Liberals talk a great deal of “walking in Christ’s steps,” and very little of the necessity of Christ’s death to be right with God.
5.) The establishment of the moral-ethical Kingdom of God on Earth.
In Christian eschatology, God brought in the Kingdom and is bringing in the Kingdom by the finished work of Jesus Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit upon the Saints to live out Christ in all of Redeemed men’s callings consistent with the Revelation of Scripture. In Christian Humanist Liberal eschatology man, quite apart from the work of the Spirit and the instruction of Scripture brings in the Kingdom in keeping with his autonomous sense of oughtness. This means that any Kingdom the Liberal successfully brings in is an anti-Christ humanist Kingdom. The Liberal Kingdom of God has often been relativistic, pluralistic, and non-doctrinal.
6.) Ethics over doctrine and experience over Scriptural authority.
Schleiermacher, one of the chief theological mavens of Liberalism emphasized that the essence of Christian faith is a state of mind called ‘the feeling of absolute dependence’ This absolute dependence was not arrived at by learning the Scriptures and so knowing God but rather this feeling of absolute dependence was an intuitively arrived at immediate self-consciousness of being in relation with God.
7.) Liberal Christian scholars embraced and encouraged the higher biblical criticism of modern Biblical scholarship with its inherent anti-supernatural presuppositions.
You can sniff out a Liberal by being very pointed with questions put to them on the Supernatural. Don’t let them fool you with their poetic and contradictory language. Ask them directly …”Did Jesus Christ who was dead and buried bodily arise alive again from the grave so that post-resurrection photographs of Him with His disciples could be taken?