Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a local evangelical, nondenominational church. We cherished the sense of community we found among the loving and authentic people we met there, and the intelligent, “outside the box” pastor who led our flock with thought-provoking sermons. Sadly, the church started going off the rails theologically, and after about a year and a half, we made the difficult decision to leave. Today that church is a self-titled “Progressive Christian Community.” Back then I had never heard of “progressive Christianity,” and even now it is difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a progressive Christian.
However, there are signs—certain phrases and ideas—that seem to be consistent in progressive circles. Here are five danger signs to watch for in your church: 1. There is a lowered view of the Bible One […]
1. There is a lowered view of the Bible
One of the main differences between progressive Christianity and historic Christianity is its view of the Bible. Historically, Christians have viewed the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative for our lives. Progressive Christianity generally abandons these terms, emphasizing personal belief over Biblical mandate.
Comments you might hear:
“The Bible is a human book.”
“I disagree with the Apostle Paul on that issue.”
“The Bible condones immorality, so we are obligated to reject what it says in certain places.”
2. Feelings over facts
In progressive churches, personal experiences, feelings and opinions tend to be valued above objective truth. As the Bible ceases to be viewed as God’s definitive Word, what a person feels to be true becomes the ultimate authority for faith and practice.
Comments you might hear:
“That Bible verse doesn’t resonate with me.”
“I thought homosexuality was a sin until I met and befriended some gay people.”
“I just can’t believe Jesus would send good people to hell.”
3. Essential Christian doctrines are open for reinterpretation
The signs are not always obvious—sometimes they are subtle and mixed with a lot of truth. Progressive Christianity can be persuasive and enticing, but carried out to its logical end, it is an assault on the foundational framework of Christianity.
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