From “Doublespeak: the language of deception, part 5:
“Progressive Christians brought us the emergence/emergent/emerging Church movement (EC). “The words Emergence and Emergent are often used synonymously,” says Carl Teichrib. “There is a difference: Emergence refers to the larger context of global change. Emergent is the new Christian reaction to this world shift. There are various degrees attached to this church movement, making it difficult (and dangerous) to use a single brush stroke when dealing with this issue. This does not negate ‘contending for the faith,’ it does mean, however, that we must be careful when attaching labels.”
I have no problem labeling the EC apostate. I’m not alone. Listen to how Pastor Ken Silva describes EC:
“The term Emergence Christianity, which adherents such as Phyllis Tickle see as the new reformation, itself incorporates more than just a nod to emergence theory of evolutionary science; and many in the EC believe that, right now, mankind is evolving upward into a higher state of consciousness.
“For such as these, their practice of neo-Gnostic Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism is where they think that they’ll actually be receiving this “transformation” from God; that’s why, in their minds, meditation in an altered state of consciousness known as Contemplative/Centering Prayer is so important.”
To some EC leaders, words mean pretty much whatever they want them to mean. They are in fact master wordsmiths. (Source)
According to Wikipedia:
Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to “love one another” (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, often through political activism. Though prominent, the movement is by no means the only significant movement of progressive thought among Christians.
“Emerging ‘progressive Christianity’ is changing the way evangelical/Protestant missions is being conducted,” observes Roger Oakland. “The idea is that you can go for Jesus, but you don’t have to identify yourself as a Christian or part of the Christian church. This concept spills over into some missionary societies too, where they teach people from other religions they can keep their religion, just add Jesus to the equation. They don’t have to embrace the term Christian.” (Source)
Gary Gilley reveals, “The social gospel became the hallmark of the liberal church because the liberals had emptied their message and ministry of biblical truth and were left with no other ‘good news’ than solving physical problems. Sadly, evangelicals today are increasingly adopting the missional, social gospel of liberalism.” (Source)
What Progressives Say About Themselves
The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity–We are Christians Who…
What is Progressive Christianity? What Do they Believe? Is It Biblical?
Progressive “Christian” Leaders (in no particular order)
Pope Francis, Richard Rohr, Marcus J. Borg, Gregory Boyd, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, John Dominic Crossan, Diana Butler Bass, Rob Bell, Alan Chambers, Hillary Clinton, Nate Collins, Greg Coles, Bart Ehrman, Peter Enns, David Gushee, Rachel Held Evans, Brandon Hatmaker, Jen Hatmaker, Bill Hybels, Lynn Hybels, Tony Jones, Timothy Keller, Ann Lamott, Brian McLaren, Bekah Mason, Carol Howard Merritt, Chrissy Messick. Beth Moore, Russell Moore, Barack Obama, Doug Pagitt, Elaine Pagles, Fred Plumer, John Shelby Spong, Warren Throckmorton, Carrie Underwood, Matthew Vines, Rick Warren, Ken Wilson, Karen Swallow Prior, Scot McKnight and a host of others. Also included are same-sex attracted (SSA) “Christians”; gay “Christians”; LGBTQ+ “Christians.”
Following is The Statement On Social Justice & The Gospel, September 2018
In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ’s church, we wish to clarify certain key Christian doctrines and ethical principles prescribed in God’s Word. Clarity on these issues will fortify believers and churches to withstand an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Specifically, we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality. The Bible’s teaching on each of these subjects is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for “social justice.” If the doctrines of God’s Word are not uncompromisingly reasserted and defended at these points, there is every reason to anticipate that these dangerous ideas and corrupted moral values will spread their influence into other realms of biblical doctrines and principles.
We submit these affirmations and denials for public consideration, not with any pretense of ecclesiastical authority, but with an urgency that is mixed with deep joy and sincere sorrow. The rapidity with which these deadly ideas have spread from the culture at large into churches and Christian organizations—including some that are evangelical and Reformed—necessitates the issuing of this statement now. More
Initial Signers: John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, Phil Johnson, James White, Tom Buck, Anthony Mathenia, Michael O’Fallon, Tom Ascol, Darrell Harrison, Craig Mitchell, Justin Peters, Jeremy Vuolo and Josh Buice.
Be A Berean
Bible believing Christians must compare each claim of people who are in the Progressive Christian (social justice) movement with what God’s Word says. “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment. He has promised wisdom to all who seek it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5).
Marsha West’s articles
Doublespeak: The Language of Deception, part 4 part 5
Jen Hatmaker’s Revision of Truth
Liberals changing word meanings with intent to deceive
Liberals created the culture of evil and death, part 3
Progressive Christians and their doctrines of devils
Purpose Driven dismantling of Christianity, part 3
The “Progressive Christian” Charade
Social Justice Is An Attack On the Sufficiency of Scripture by Josh Buice
Slouching to Ancient Rome (Follow up to Revoice: Sliding Into Heresy) by Peter Jones
Revoice: Sliding Into Heresy by Peter Jones
5 Facts About Tim Keller/Follow up to ‘Tim Keller’s Full Endorsement of Being Gay & Christian’
Tim Keller’s Full Endorsement of Being Gay & Christian
Albert Mohler Forbids SBTS Faculty From Signing “Social Justice Statement”
The Life & Teaching of Social Justice Jesus (satire)
Bart Campolo says Progressive Christians turn into atheists. Maybe he’s right
Have your cake and eat it too Christianity by Greg Koukl
Heil to the Coming Progressive Utopia by Peter Jones
How the Social Gospel is Becoming the Dominant Theology in Evangelicalism by Jeff Maples
Jim Wallis, Progressive “Cleric” Tortures Bible to Promote Intolerant Islam – Berean Research
The Coalescing of the Christian Right With Apostolic Dominionism by Ken Silva
The Immorality of Liberals by Selwyn Duke
The Left vs. Reality by Lee Duigon
The Social Gospel Yesterday and Today, Part 1 Part 2 by Gary Gilley
The Usurpation of Evangelicalism by Social Action Warriors by Al Baker
Social Justice and the Gospel — The Statement Framers panel. In this informative panel discussion with Dr. Josh Buice, Dr. James White, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Tom Buck, Phil Johnson, and Dr. Tom Ascol, Sovereign Nations Founder Michael O’Fallon leads the presenting scholars in a exploration of the postmodern crisis within the Christian Church. NEW!
Defining Social Justice: meaning, movement, mission–Voddie Baucham
Todd Friel of Wretched Radio – Part 2
Josh Buice examines intersectionality
Phil Johnson examines Virtue Signaling
The New Missiology – Doing Missions Without the Gospel
Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity Bringing together the voices of top [progressive] Bible scholars and church leaders–including Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, Brian McLaren, Helen Prejean, and John Shelby Spong–pastors David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a “progressive” Christian.
Views expressed by individual authors and/or sources don’t necessarily reflect those of Marsha West