What is progressive Christianity? It is very difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a progressive Christian. One of the main differences between progressive Christianity and Christians in the Bible, is peoples’ views of God’s word.
Historically, Christians have viewed the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative guide for our lives. Progressive Christianity abandons Bible terminology and emphasizes their personal beliefs over Biblical mandates.
The language that so-called progressive Christians say is something along these lines, “The Bible is only a human book; I disagree with the writer on that issue; the Bible condones immorality in many places, so I am obligated to reject what it says in many places.” In progressive churches, personal experiences, feelings and opinions are valued more than objective truth. The Bible ceases to be viewed as the infallible word of God and becomes what a person feels to be the truth, which also becomes the ultimate authority for their faith and practice.
The language that so-called progressive Christians say is, “Scripture doesn’t resonate with me; I thought homosexuality was a sin until I befriended a gay person; I just can’t believe that Jesus would send good people to hell.” Progressive Christians are open to redefining and reinterpreting the Bible on hot-button moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, fornication, pedophilia, calling evil good, globalist movement, Islam, corruption in government.
In so-called progressive Christianity, the only sacred cow is no sacred cow! They believe that the church’s historic position on sexuality is archaic and needs to be updated within a modern framework.
They reason that the idea of a literal hell is offensive to non-Christians and needs to be reinterpreted. If you ask the so-called progressive Christian if they believe the Bible to be divinely and inerrantly inspired, they will answer “yes,” the Bible is inspired in the same way and on the same level as other Christian books. This is not how Christians have understood the doctrine of divine inspiration.
The language that so-called progressive Christians use in just about every word is “Love.” They pluck it out of its Biblical context, and it becomes a catch-all term for everything that is anti-authoritarian, non-confrontational and non-offensive which reflects their humanistic spirit of tolerance for sin. They say, “God wouldn’t punish sinners, because He is love. They also say it’s not our job to talk to anyone about sin; it’s our job to just love them.”
Many so-called progressive Christians in our society today find the concept of God willing His son to die on the cross to be appalling. The idea of blood atonement is de-emphasized or denied altogether and replaced with social justice and good works. They say, “Sin doesn’t separate us from God, because we are made in His image; we don’t really need to preach the gospel; we just need to show love to the oppressed.”
The bottom line is, “Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matt. 7:15). If one is a so-called progressive Christian, this belief system influences his/her approach to morals and ethics The idea that a person expresses in words and actions is demonstrated in his/her conduct. These words are products of their thinking, and this thinking comes from their philosophy and not from the Bible. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile” (Matt. 15:18).
--- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.