Nicolás Gómez Dávila savaged the liberal Christianity of his day, and much of what he says still applies to the politically, socially, and culturally progressive church:
In their childish and vain attempt to attract the people, the modern clergy give socialist programs the function of being schemes for putting the Beatitudes into effect.
The trick behind it consists in reducing to a collective structure external to the individual an ethical behavior that, unless it is individual and internal, is nothing.
The modern clergy preach, in other words, that there is a social reform capable of wiping out the consequences of sin. From which one can deduce the pointlessness of redemption through Christ.
Of course, this is little different than H. Richard Niebuhr’s famous quote:
A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.
The liberal church is not the only church that struggles with this, however. Conservative Christians also have problems with wanting to wipe out the consequence of sin. This is what happens when sin — be it abortion and homosexuality or racism and inequality — is primarily someone else’s problem, resides outside ourselves (though liberals are more guilt ridden about this than conservatives, and tend to embrace those sins), and thus nothing the individual Christian believer actually needs to repent of. What the world really needs in this scheme is not repentance, but correction and reordering, so that sin can be eliminated.
This never works.