"Marsha G.Witten [not a Christian] offers an in-depth analysis of preaching on an important New Testament text: the Parable of the Prodigal Son. She finds that the transcendent and awesome God of Luther and Calvin -- whose image informed early Protestant visions of the relationship between humans and the divine -- has been greatly softened in demeanor in American Protestant [PCUSA & SBC] churches, with only some resistance from "conservative" traditions." Princeton University Press (December 1993)
The evangelical message: God's nice, we're nice so let's all be nice. There's now no difference between Unitarians, the PCUSA and Southern Baptists. Grace is never a surprise, it's an 'Of course you're saved! We're all saved!'