It’s time for something a little different.
Maybe you’ve heard the term “Progressive Christianity.” If not, more than likely you’re familiar with its teachings. Though it lacks a formalized creed, its proponents teach a few basic principles:
- God is love, and nothing BUT love.
- In fact, love is God.
- Jesus was a great teacher and role model who MAY have been — but probably wasn’t — God’s Son incarnate, crucified, buried, and resurrected.
- Aside from the actual words of Jesus, Scripture is fallible, not to be considered authoritative or divinely inspired.
- What matters — ALL that matters — is doing good (a fluctuating concept defined not by the Bible, but by current cultural norms and by those who preach the progressive gospel).
Below, I will link to several articles that elaborate on the concepts presented above. Meanwhile, I simply want to share what has recently become heavy on my heart and mind.
IT IS NOT LOVING to preach a Gospel that has been stripped down and whittled away until all that remains is what makes people comfortable.
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, and contained in the Gospels themselves, a common thread is: “Beware of false teachers.” Few things are more dangerous than somebody you trust reassuring you that the path you tread is perfectly safe — that, in fact, it will lead to ultimate happiness and fulfillment — when, in fact, that path is bringing you steadily closer to destruction and ever farther from the God who created and loves you.
In the name of love, the world is increasingly being taught that Jesus’ love simply means being kind, following your heart, and professing a nebulous form of “spirituality.”
THIS. IS. NOT. LOVE.
Love — and by the way, we all know this — means doing what is best for the other person…and what is best does not always feel good. It means telling the truth; it means encouraging one another to do, not what will bring immediate and ephemeral happiness (e.g., avoiding responsibilities, eating only junk food, or using drugs), but what will bring ultimate and lasting fulfillment.
If this didn’t matter, I’d stay silent. But I believe Jesus’ words about Himself, and about the Scriptures, and I am therefore greatly saddened by current trends among those who claim Christianity.
Yes, it’s uncomfortable to acknowledge our sinfulness.
It’s humbling to admit that our good works alone are insufficient; that we need a Savior.
It grates against modern sensibilities to suggest that a morality exists outside and above ourselves, independent of our feelings and opinions.
But if it’s the truth, and if I truly love my neighbor, then I can’t afford not to share it.
If you’re interested in a more in-depth look at what I have briefly described here, I highly recommend (for starters) these articles:
For a basic but clear introduction to how progressive and historic Christianity differ: https://www.alisachilders.com/blog/the-gospel-according-to-progressive-christianity-is-it-really-good-news
For a look at how authors often promote seemingly subtle and harmless modifications on biblical Christianity: https://christianmomthoughts.com/10-signs-the-christian-authors-youre-following-are-subtly-teaching-unbiblical-ideas/
For an examination of the common claim that Jesus Himself was a progressive: https://oklahomaapologetics.com/progressive-christianity/jesus-not-progressive/
For my own more thorough exploration of what it means to share God’s truth out of love for others: https://naughtbeallelsetome.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/what-true-love-looks-like/
For an analysis of the progressive church and its shaky foundations: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2016/01/twelve-reasons-why-progressive-christianity-will-die-out.html