“The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.”
Much of the current debate among the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field—more than 20 candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring—has focused on the rising prominence of socialism promoted by contenders such as Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
Given the perpetually left-leaning philosophy of most Democratic leaders, that is really no surprise. When the demise of personal responsibility—Warren has suggested that every college student be forgiven of $50,000 in student debt—is combined with the notion of an overreaching government, then the stage is set for an entirely different landscape.
However, there has arisen another element of the campaign that truly troubles me.
Progressive Christianity is simply another name for theological liberalism and its accompanying permissive lifestyle that ignores God’s call to holiness and obedience. There is really nothing progressive about it, other than an increasing slide into sin and disobedience.
What Mayor Buttigieg and many others are seeking to do is simply redefine Christianity in their own terms—“progressive Christianity,” as it has been called. The core values of this movement have little or nothing to do with sin, the power of the cross, Heaven or hell, the deity of Christ or the authority of God’s Word.
Rather, their focus is on the universal love of God, social justice and the approval of various lifestyles with no regard for adherence to Biblical truth. So-called progressive Christianity is simply another term that allows each person to “do what is right in his own eyes” (see Judges 21:25).
Using new terms like Progressive Christianity and the Christian left may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). I believe what the Bible says is the truth.