False doctrines within the Christian community that produce destruction.
As any other Christian, sometimes we ask ourselves “why is it that people who call themselves Christians aren’t living like one?” This question is important because our lives should be a reflection of Christ because it is Christ who is living in us.
Galatians 2:20: 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
What I have learned recently is that one of the reasons behind this is a lack of understanding of the foundation of our beliefs and a false sense of security that people seem to have because they have been taught a false doctrine that provides no salvation or edification to the individual. So that instead of there being real change in the person, they seek to change the meaning of scripture to justify and align it with their erroneous beliefs. The Word of God does not change with time or society but rather, it should produce a change in the individual. I am afraid that some have gone so far away from this concept that they have compromised the Word of God. Today, I want us to examine "Progressive Christianity."
This post is meant to simply reveal a truth to people regarding one of the many false doctrines out there. One of them being “Progressive Christianity.” Here are some of the statements that I am quoting directly from their sites (I will not name names and encourage you to do your own research).
They say: “THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS OUR WAY OF BEING FAITHFUL TO GOD. BUT IT IS NOT THE ONLY WAY.”
John 14:6: 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
They say: “Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning with an open mind and open heart, than in absolutes or dogma”
Jeremiah 17:9: 9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Colossians 2:8: 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5: 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
They say: “We aren’t fundamentalists. We don’t believe the Bible is the inerrant or infallible word of God.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17: 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Isaiah 40:8: 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."
John 6:63: 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Matthew 4:4: 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "
John 17:17: 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
This teaching is dangerous because there can’t be a true conversion or salvation through these teachings because in order to be saved you must believe and have faith in Jesus Christ, and that faith is evidenced to man through your obedience to Christ. If you don’t believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God than you don’t know Jesus because in John 1:14 the bible says that Jesus is the Word and no one can come into heaven if it’s not through Jesus. In Matthew 7:20-24 Jesus says that many will come to him saying Lord and his response is “depart from me I never knew you.” The very basis of our faith is being in a relationship with Christ and knowing Him.
My prayer for my brothers and sisters in Christ is that you will not be deceived by these false doctrines that will only lead to destruction and that the Lord will give you the discernment to test the spirits, and finally, that He would reveal truth to you because the truth will set you free! I will leave you with this scripture. God bless you all!
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.