Have you ever wondered what do “progressive” Christians believe? Have you thought about how to rebut or refute their beliefs using the Word of God?
The term “Christian” often refers to followers of Jesus Christ. But what do people mean when they use the term “progressive Christian”?
What Is a Progressive Christian?
The label “progressive Christian” can mean many things. Sometimes, it refers to a specific denomination or group of denominations. Other times, it refers to a philosophy or theology that is distinct from the historic, orthodox understanding of the Christian faith and doctrine.
The word “progressive” is often used as a synonym for “liberal,” but that is a limited definition of the term. Generally, when people say they are “progressive Christians,” they are referring to those who believe in certain beliefs that are in direct contradiction to the Bible.
So what do progressive Christians believe? Here are 9 beliefs of most progressive Christians and why they go against the Word of God (Note: Get out your Bible!):
1. ‘Jesus was a socialist.’ The Ten Commandments speaks against envy, which is really the basis for socialism.
2. ‘Jesus’ vision was for a transformed society, not an ‘afterlife fantasy about heaven, but a vision for a new society that would be better than the one we live in now.‘ John 14:1-4 completely refutes this errant belief:
“1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Jesus was talking about Heaven, not a ‘heaven on Earth,’ but HEAVEN above with God the Father.
3. ‘Jesus didn’t want to start a religion in His name, but rather He wanted to advance His message through a movement.’ Read Matthew 28:18 and 16:18. Jesus wants a Relationship with His children, not a Religion or even a movement. His desire is for a personal relationship with each of us.
4. ‘Jesus didn’t come to die and reconcile humanity to the Father, because they’re one in spirit with God, and not separated from Him by sin.’ Read 2 Corinthians 5:19
5. ‘Christianity, as we know it, is really based on the “theories and doctrines of Paul” and not the teachings and life of Jesus, as Paul’s writings comprise 13 books of the New Testament.’
2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”
2 Peter 1:21: “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
6. ‘The belief that Jesus was God the Creator in the flesh, in human form is false.’
John 8:57-58 57 “Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 10:26-30 “26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
7. ‘Jesus taught that we all share in the same spirit that empowered His character and life.’ This belief is really far from the truth. Jesus and God are absolutely sinless! Conversely, humans are born in sin, so we obviously can not share in the same spirit – the Holy Spirit, who is also perfect and sinless.
Isaiah 64:6-7 “6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us because of our iniquities.”
8. ‘Jesus didn’t teach that following Him is the only way to heaven.’ Oh, yes He did!
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
9. ‘Jesus didn’t teach that we should anticipate His second coming to “save the world and end suffering” but rather that we should take responsibility for saving the world and solving suffering ourselves.’
John 18:36 “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
It would be very hard to save a world that is not here on Earth. The Kingdom of Heaven is not here on Earth and we mere humans can do nothing to save our world or save ourselves. Only Jesus Christ and His Father in Heaven can save us – even save us from ourselves!
So What Do Progressive Christians Believe?
Certainly nothing that can be substantiated in the Word of God, that’s for sure!
What are your thoughts on this? Do you consider yourself a “progressive” or “woke” Christian? If so, you may want to start reading the Bible more often.