If you wish to be equipped as a Christian, you need to have your Bible and your eyes wide open. In other words, 1. know the Word. 2. understand the strategy waged by the so-called "Progressive Christian" movement that is working overtime to cast doubt on (or downright attack) the Bible's teachings. The following will help you with No. 2. "Fundamental Christianity has so let the air out of the room. They get so much air time, it's almost scary," intones Matthew Fox, one progressive thought leader in a video trying to encapsulate the need for the Progressive Christianity movement. Sprung from the Emergent, post-modern era, PC is the latest manifestation of what many Bible-believing Christians say is a move away from absolute truth.
If you're up to it, gird your loins and check out this video of those voices strategically and intentionally coaching Christians to think about their faith in a whole new, different and exciting way that fits better with the Third Millennium than the old way of thinking that what God said is timeless:
This movement isn't for those of us who believe that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work, as it states plainly in 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Instead, Progressive Christianity is for "thinking Christians" who "understand that the Bible didn't fall out of heaven," but instead is a group of man-made writings that may or may not point to the god of your understanding and the Jesus of your agenda. There are many progressive groups in this camp, all claiming some flavor or another of believing in a Jesus. The LIVING THE QUESTION organization produced this video, and their site even has a searchable feature so that you can find a PC discussion group (the site boasts to have 6,000 worldwide) near your town.
Over at the PCA (Progressive Christianity Alliance), a group that calls itself a "Mustard Seed Revolution of Grace, Love and Inclusion," their website lists these "allies" and partners who are working toward changing Christianity as we know it:
Below is a listing of some of our friends in ministry and and organizations that our members and clergy are involved with. While there is much diversity in these listings; we all hold a common desire to serve God and love one another in a visible and tangible way; although our focuses differ.
The Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology AzFCT is a network of individuals and groups who welcome opportunities to explore progressive religious ideas through lectures, dialogue and in-depth reflection.
Brigid’s Circle ~ Celtic Christian community
Epochalyhpsis A new vision for what Christianity could be in the 21st century.
Progressive Christianity Network-Britain. works to promote and support open and contemporary Christian understanding. We provide a network of local groups across the country, publish a radical quarterly newsletter, and organize regular conferences and events.
Reclaiming God A Website for the rest of us …
www.adoramus.co.uk – UK based progressive Christian Church (Old English Catholic), Right Reverend Peter Sanders-White
www.adoramus-swindon.co.uk – Uk based progressive Christian Church (Old English Catholic), Father Mark Paris
www.adoramus-derby.co.uk – Uk based progressive Christian Church (Old English Catholic), Brother Richard
www.stchristopherscommunitychurch.weebly.com/ – (adoramus-Rotherham) – Uk based progressive Christian Church (Old English Catholic), Father Barry Frier
Permission to Speak – “a meeting place for the sharing of the Spiritual journeys of its readers, recognizing that being Spiritual and being religious are not necessarily the same”
A Time to Embrace Web site dedicated to respectful dialogue and reconciliation around the inclusion of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers in Christ.
Atlanta Pride Pride Begins With You
LesBePure.com is a new way to Rethink, Respond and React! Check out this new way of encouraging the LGBT community to a higher standard. We also have an online community for Christian ladies. Join for free!
I’m a Gay Christian hopes to be a shining light of God’s Love and Truth to the LGBT community. Find Christian resources and daily encouragement. Videos, Devos and Christian Music are just a few cool things you’ll find!
Mend the Gay Gap We want to call attention to the great distance between the Church today and the LGBT Community. We are working with pastors and communities to Mend the Gay Gap.
Toward Dawn ~”holds that love is greater than faith, and that our
relationships with God and with each other are more important than any article of faith.
Spiritual But Not Religious ~ 50 Million people are SBNR
Homebrewed Christianity ~equipping grassroots theologians for tranformative thinking, engaging and living.
Transforming Theology ~Transformative thought for progressive action
Different Voice ~ “Embrace life. Nurture spirituality. Inspire change.”
Straight, Not Narrow To bridge the gap that exists in the body of Christ
Bulletproof Faith A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
We invite you to visit the following Blogs by our friends:
Progressive Christianity and the Law “an academic blog exploring the influence of Christianity on our legal system, as well as the legal profession. In particular, the focus of this blog is the influence of “progressive” Christianity, as opposed to a more conservative, politicized view of the Christian faith.”
The Bible Unlocked