It’s called “Confessional Protestantism.” It’s small, and mostly unknown, but it’s solid.
The problem with contemporary Christianity is its liberalism. Trying to be popular with the masses, the church generally accepts the thinking of the contemporary world, feminism included. Being Christian, it adds to this mix a belief in Jesus Christ. But when the teachings of Christ conflict with liberalism, today’s church generally sides with the world, even if it tries to dress up worldly thinking in Christian clothing.
Today, many conservative Christians are theologically Christian but philosophically liberal. They believe in the Holy Trinity, and also in multiculturalism. They affirm that Jesus is the only way to salvation, and that we must stop making homosexuals feel excluded. They receive holy communion, and they protest for more rights for immigrants.
The way to stop this nonsense is first to identify that your highest authority is the written word of God, the Bible. Other authorities can be corrupted, but the Word of God is a matter of public record.
This is one way Protestantism is superior to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, at least when it comes to opposing liberalism. Although they revere the Bible, the latter two bodies place their buck-stopping authority elsewhere, whether in their Tradition or their Magisterium (the alleged special God-given authority of the Catholic Church.) Traditions and human authorities can be corrupted, but the written word of God is a matter of public record.
And the way to prevent misunderstandings of biblical teaching (whether innocent or deliberate) is to give in written form the tenets of your religious tradition. These are the creeds and catechisms that lay out in clear form the system that the Bible puts forward. The Bible is not, and was not intended to be, a textbook, but mankind also needs to have the important truths of the world laid out in a clear form suitable for instructing the young and refuting false teachers.
Not only that, but your church body must make it a rule that members will subscribe to the creeds and confessions. Affirmation of the truth should not be an option. Of course, some members of your church may harbor private doubts on some points of doctrine. But nobody is allowed publicly to oppose either the Bible or the creeds and confessions. The order of a society is publicly to be honored, for the good of the society.
And it is to be understood that the creeds and confessions have no authority by themselves. Their authority lies in being faithful summaries of biblical teaching, the Bible itself being the highest authority on account of being the Words of God.
And there are churches that operate like this. They’re called confessional Protestant churches. These churches have male leadership, enforce church discipline, and stand unambiguously for the Word of God.
[That is, they do these things if they really subscribe to the confessions. There are churches which appear to subscribe to the confessions, but do not.]
And when it comes to issues not strictly religious, such as punishment of criminals, the status of homosexuality, or proper relations between husbands and wives, these churches generally hold the line against liberalism. They recognize that Christianity is a comprehensive system, and therefore to endorse the world’s overall system of thought while injecting a bit of Christ-talk is to betray the church’s ultimate Head, Jesus Christ.
Although it’s a platitude to say that even the confessional churches have been corrupted to a certain extent by liberalism, it must be said. Unless you become a hermit you will have to endure liberalism in this life. But there is less of it in confessional Protestantism than just about anywhere else.
And there is also the message of salvation in Christ, a message that all mankind needs to hear.
A Catholic or Eastern Orthodox partisan might say that his religion solves the problem, whereas Protestantism is in disarray. But the basic error here is to fail to acknowledge that Catholicism and Orthodoxy are also in disarray. In the real world, where the religious rubber meets the road of life, the alleged authority of Rome or of Eastern Orthodoxy has also failed to solve the problem.
One might arbitrarily declare that theoretical Catholicism, the Catholicism that is “on the books,” is the correct Christianity. And likewise for Orthodoxy. But this declaration does not improve the situation. Even leaving aside the question of which religion best carries on the work of Christ, we need something with an actual record of opposing liberalism and the other errors of the world. Confessional Protestantism does this best.