All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16
If there’s one thing the progressive church movement (PCM) is good at, it’s down playing the word of God. When they do use scripture, they’ll go on about the “red letters” and how they’re following those words. But that’s not what they’re doing. The PCM has a nasty habit of justifying and endorsing sinful lifestyles and they’ll use the name of Jesus like a club, to beat anyone with an opposing viewpoint down.
Now, on the surface, the PCM looks and sounds like a nice, respectable organization that is promoting Jesus and His teachings, just like any other church. That is, until you dig a little deeper and discover what it is they’re really advocating. Leaders of this progressive movement are pushing a theology based on worldly thinking and ideas. They’re lifestyle is one that has a resemblance to Christianity but in their thoughts and actions they reject God and embrace a life of sin. This is contradictory to the life we should be living. James tells us in his writings that friendship with the world (sinful living) is to be an enemy of God.
Certain leaders in the PCM love to tell you how they are humbly following the “red letters” of Jesus, to promote an environment of inclusion and unity. They’ll use some of those letters to try to prove the existence of a Jesus, who’s only teachings were about loving everyone the way they are and not being a jerk. What they won’t tell you is that Jesus’ ministry, from beginning to end, was about repentance. In the book of Matthew, Jesus begins preaching by saying “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” All throughout the gospels Jesus’ message of repentance is repeated over and over. His last command to His disciples, is that repentance and remission of sins should be preached.
Nothing about repentance is spoken anywhere in this movement. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen the opposite put out. That a loving God would never abandon His creations to an eternity in Hell, so repentance isn’t necessary. God will bring everyone to Himself no matter what. This isn’t just bad theology, it’s an abomination and a lie, birthed by the spirit of antichrist. Anyone teaching this, is teaching a different gospel and that person, according to the apostle Paul, should be cursed.
The message of what Jesus did for us on the cross and His resurrection, is the good news we all need to hear, but the PCM has chosen to not only ignore it, but to reject it. This along with every part of the Bible that isn’t printed in red is thrown out as useless garbage.
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.” Luke 10:16
Here’s some “red letters” the PCM seems to have missed. When I talk to progressives about scripture and they want to reject my views, they tell me I must have read too much Old Testament or anything after the gospels. By saying this they dismiss everything in the Bible that isn’t in red. Yet in this verse, Jesus says that when a disciple speaks he is representing Him and his words carry the same weight as if Jesus was there Himself. During Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, Peter went out to preach. He told the crowd to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God dwells in us as Christians, teaches us the truth, and helps us remember what we have heard and read. The importance of the Spirit cannot be overlooked in sharing the gospel, yet leaders in the PCM constantly espouse views that fly in the face of biblical truth because they don’t have the Spirit in them. They dissect the Bible like high schooler’s cutting apart frogs in science class. They don’t understand what they’re seeing but they lay it out like they know what they’re doing. The followers of this movement are as blind as their leaders. They sit at their feet taking in every misspoken word like manna from heaven. Without the Spirit of God they can’t rightly divide truth from fiction but we who have the Spirit see and hear them for who they really are. We know that every word in the Bible is directly from God and that we can put our faith in them without question.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Another way the PCM goes about denying the word of God, is to call it an ancient text that cannot be understood and is outdated. They’ll also tell you that while the Bible may have been inspired by God, it was written by flawed men and those flaws found their way into the Bible. If you accept either of these ideas as truth, then your theology is extremely messed up. The writer of Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that the Word of God is living. It’s not a dead book, that no one can know. Every time I read it, I’m in awe of how powerful the words are. Reading the bible truly renews my spiritual strength and reinforces the lessons I’ve been taught. These words were relevant for the people then, as well as for us today. When I’m told by a follower of the progressive church that the Bible can’t be taken as truth because the men who wrote it were imperfect and that made the Bible imperfect as well, I wonder what goes through their minds. Apparently, we humans are stronger than God, because our will and what we want can supersede Gods will. God wanted this written down so that not just the people then would know it but it would continue into the future until Jesus comes to collect His bride. Do you think God would let His word be altered? Is He so weak and unknowing that anyone with a pen could change what He wanted to express? I believe the Bible is without error. To think otherwise is detrimental to a Christians thought life. Seeing as how the PCM doesn’t want to preach anything but the “red letters” and even then not all of them, why even use the Bible? The PCM leaders could just as easily quote the Dali lama or Gandhi or even use those motivational calendars as a source for their teachings.
and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15,16
Peter hits the nail on the head here. As it was then, so it is today. There are some untaught and unstable people taking the Bible and twisting what it says, to fit into their own sinful agendas. A lot of people are buying into their tripe. Whether it’s because their knowledge of spiritual matters is weak and they don’t know any better, or they want to live a lifestyle of sin and yet have the illusion of Christianity, their reasons are a mystery. It has been and always will be my prayer that someone reads this and God opens their eyes to the truth. God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of Him, but as long as there are false teachers and false doctrines going out, then the spirit of antichrist will draw people away, and in the end they will be condemned to an eternity apart from God.