This morning I attended a “liberal” Episcopal church where the liturgy that was prayed was codified 500 years ago, although this liturgy (it is based on the Liturgy of St. Gregory and/or the Tridentine Mass) is actually at least another 500 years older. Structurally it follows the same pattern with much of the same content that the Eastern Church Divine Liturgy has been praying for 500 years before that, probably longer, but the records to prove it one way or the other don’t exist. They do this because Sunday morning worship is not a free-for-all, but rather a divinely appointed service where we worship God in the manner appointed by the church for the purpose of pleasing God, and not humans.
The week before I was hounded by a co-worker to attend a local “conservative” church called RiverzEdge (yeah, a “z” and no space before the “E,” which is capitalized – this too may be divinely appointed, but I can’t find the exact reference, which I think is in ezEkiel … I’ll get back to you on that). The worship block was going to be cut short a bit (he mentioned this because he knows I despise praise music) to provide plenty of time for the comedian who was top billing at this particular Sunday morning service. RiverzEdge does this because the believer is free to express their faith in the manner that they like, and evidently what they like is to be entertained, even more than singing praise music. (I declined the invitation, by the way.)
Definition of Liberal:
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
Okay, let me get this straight. Which of these is the liberal church?