Discernment ~ Part Two ~ Progressive Christianity??

“Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong;
rather, it is the difference between right and almost right.”
Charles Spurgeon

Apostasy, from the Greek word apostasia: A defiance of an established system or authority; a rebellion; an abandonment or breach of faith.

We are living in a perilous age. Societal lawlessness is no longer the exception, but the rule. The Church should be in a perfect position to reach the lost. Instead, many churches are distancing themselves from their evangelical, conservative, biblical roots to align with ‘progressive’ ideology.

I grew up in the deep South, where denominational lines were generally aligned under their central covering as Protestant. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. The neon billboard may say “First Baptist Church”- but it is not the name on the sign that should assure us. And I will tell you why.

I have deep concerns regarding the modern movement toward ‘progressive’ christianity. Look up ‘progressive christianity’. I did.

All quotes are direct quotes, and all added emphasis is mine.

(Per Roger Wolsey, as an excerpt from his book, Kissing Fish: Christianity For People Who Don’t Like Christianity) “Progressive Christianity is an approach to the Christian faith that is influenced by post-liberalism and postmodernism and: proclaims Jesus of Nazareth as Christ, Savior, and Lord; emphasizes the Way and teachings of Jesus, not merely His person; emphasizes God’s immanence not merely God’s transcendence; leans toward panentheism rather than supernatural theism; emphasizes salvation here and now instead of primarily in heaven later; emphasizes being saved for robust, abundant/eternal life over being saved from hell; emphasizes the social/communal aspects of salvation instead of merely the personal; stresses social justice as integral to Christian discipleship; takes the Bible seriously but not necessarily literally, embracing a more interpretive, metaphorical understanding; emphasizes orthopraxy instead of orthodoxy (right actions over right beliefs); embraces reason as well as paradox and mystery — instead of blind allegiance to rigid doctrines and dogmas; does not consider homosexuality to be sinful; and does not claim that Christianity is the only valid or viable way to connect to God.(1)

Sadly, Mr. Wolsey’s ‘definition of progressive christianity’ goes much further. I’d encourage all discerners to read just how very deadly his views (and those of his own denomination) are. Here are several recent paragraphs that should make his position clear. (2)

Then, per Gregory Jenks in Taking The Bible Seriously But Not Literally ,“The events represented in the Bible [are] more often fictional than historical the Bible may need to be read contrary to its literal and historical significance. For its own sake as much as for ours, the Bible needs a demotion.” (3)

And, per the Canadian Center For Progressive Christianity: “We believe that the Bible is a human construction and it is, therefore, full of both human promise and human error. We believe that no humanly constructed book can be the authoritative word of God.” (4)

Another from the infinite wisdom of Mr. Wosley: “Humans haven’t ‘fallen’ from some idealized status or state of being, and there was no literal ‘original sin’.”

So what DO ‘progressive christians’ believe?

Mr. Wolsey has an answer. “Christianity can be vital without claiming to be the best or the only true religion. In contrast to mainstream Christianity’s lukewarm “tolerance” of other religions, progressive Christianity pro-actively asserts that it is not the best or the only. Progressive Christians take pains to claim simultaneously their own Christian faith and their support of the complete validity of other religions.

Well, where might one find a ‘progressive christian’ congregation? Mr. Roger Wolsey provides instruction for that, too. “You may not be able to find a progressive church near you. If not, you’ve got some options. One is to help to try to transform the most liberal one you can find toward being a progressive congregation.”

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who directs the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder(5)

~ To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. ~ Isaiah 8:20

It does not matter how you spin it, Christianity is NOT progressive. There is no such thing as a little poison, a little false doctrine, or a little sin.

Apostasy is veimagery much alive and well. We are surrounded by proof, provided we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Woe to any church that contradicts scripture.

These are NOT times in which BIBLICAL Christians should keep silent. The devil is on a mission. But so am I.
Be vigilant. Be blessed, Y’all.

~ Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (Christ’s return) will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed…2 Thessalonians 2:3

(1) See: Quotes
(2) Roger Wolsey: A Definition of Progressive Christianity
(3) Gregory Jenks: Taking The Bible Seriously, But Not Literally
(4) Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity
(5) Wesley Foundation, University of Colorado at Boulder

(c) 2015