August 3, 2016: Progressive, Indeed!

~by Susi Pittman


Christianity is the world’s largest religion with over 2.4 billion believers, 1.2 of them being Roman Catholic. We believe that Jesus IS the Son of God the savior or humanity whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament, whence springs our Judeo-Christian roots.

In the United States the four largest Christian denominations are: The Catholic Church, 68,202,492 members; the Southern Baptist Convention, 16,136,044 members; the United Methodist Church, 7,679,850 members; and the Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members. The Catholic Church is the one universal Church which traces its roots directly back to Jesus, the remaining three Christian faiths and all so-named Christian faiths in the world since, are considered Protestant, as they stepped away from the teachings of the One Apostolic Church in protest with Martin Luther.

The belief in the Gospels and in Jesus Christ as the Savior of humanity is central to all mainline Christian faiths. The grasping of ALL the teachings of Christ are embraced, though not always practiced.

However, in most every mainline Christian faith, my own Catholic faith included, there has been a seepage of heresy, peppered with a very deceptive undercurrent, that now motivates the willing minds of those who are not well-founded in true Christian teaching. It is a self-proclaimed new Christianity that cherry-picks its way through the New Testament claiming to be Christian, yet pervasively teaching a sampling of truths with a myriad of half-truths. This heresy is called Progressive Christianity. AND, it is on the rise. It is unfortunate that you and I will speak with people in our own Faiths that adhere to many things that this false Christianity presents, and who will look upon us as mean-spirited if we tend to disagree.

Much of this progressive Christianity is surfacing now in the way of social justice, appearing for all practical purposes as benevolent, spiritual and benign. Progressive Christianity selects Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to appear supportive of Our Lord’s teachings…touting that they follow Jesus by feeding the hungry, offering welcome the immigrants, ending abject poverty, offering access to healthcare for all. Progressive Christianity builds upon inclusive partnerships between wealth, gender, race and ethnic identity, education, religion, sexuality, age, politics, and physical ability. Once again hitting the noble cause of social justice. However, they completely believe that sexual preference and behavior have nothing to do with Christian principle.

Progressives do not respect Christianity as a religion and see it only as an archetype. They view Sacred Scripture as a great place for conversation, nothing more.

Their encompassing tenets embrace the belief that the Bible is not the inerrant, infallible Word of God, nor is Jesus the only way to heaven. As a matter of fact, there is many ways to the top of the mountain. That one tenet in and of itself is the open-armed, open-minded enlightenment that so many find appealing. Progressives are turned-off to there’s only one way to God theology. They wouldn’t dare say that any other belief than that would be in error, and they for sure denounce that repentance and confession and trust in Jesus is the way to salvation exclusively. Progressives claim enlightenment once again here, having moved beyond such antiquated things.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).

Oops, they must have missed this one…ah, but we must remember, they cherry pick.

The belief that there are many paths to God is to believe that there is a plurality of ways to go to Heaven. Progressives find Jesus compelling in the context of how He lived, the good news of the reign, commonwealth, or ecosystem of God, and in their own words: seek God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven by focusing on love — love for God and neighbor, for outsider and enemy. Let’s all just feel good and not judge, because if Jesus ISN’T the begin-all and end-all of Christianity, we can then begin to feel our pride swell and we can embrace what we will. Why, after all, isn’t it love only that matters most?

Careful here…beware of wolves in sheepskins.

I must recall here and now the one commandment from the Satanic Bible, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. It is in the act of pride and deceit that many souls are lost.

Progressive Christianity leaves behind truth and spins what truth there may be, offering a slippery slope down into the abyss where it is taught that the Resurrection of Jesus was not accounted for factually in the Gospels, that it was indeed a myth perpetuated by the authors. (Please note here that this discounts the miraculous holding together of the inspired Word of God and the prophecies thus recorded down through the millenniums)

One progressive site touts: See, it wasn’t just Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection that mattered. It was his life too! The life he lived is a huge part of the deal, and he asked us to do a few things if you look at his words. Not only is what Jesus said the word of God, but what Jesus did is also the Word of God.

Another swing and a miss. It was indeed exactly the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus that mattered the most in this realm and the cosmic scheme of things as deigned by Almighty God. Jesus WAS THE WORD. Once again Progressives have watered the divine stature of Our Lord down to being some type of mortal messenger running about with heavenly intentions.

Now for some hard data on the Progressive Christianity movement. One in every five Americans is a religious progressive. They are identified as young, diverse, and politically-active Americans. 23% of young Americans aged 18-33 are religious progressives. 22% are non-religious and 17% are religious conservatives. Only 29% of religious progressives think a person has to believe in God to live a moral life. Religious progressives hold a stronger appeal among the Millennials. (Public Religion Research Institute)

In every arena we are seeing a shift to a new Moral Majority

Christianity in its traditional teaching is seeing a huge decline with each generation. 47% of the Silent Generation aged 66 to 88, 34% of the Baby Boomers, 23% of Generation X and 17% of Millennials adhere to traditional Christian theology. (Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute)

Claude Fischer, a sociologist at University of California Berkley, told The Huffington Post when the findings were released in March that Americans’ move away from organized religion can in part be explained by politics. Increasingly, people identify and link organized religion with anti-gay attitudes, sexual conservatism, a whole range of those kinds of social cultural values, Fischer said.

Progressive Christianity could indeed become the morality. Just drink from the fount of liberal media, swirl in your mouth the rancid social justice policies of politicians, or gargle and swill every word of corrupt leaders filled with the froth of power. These times have been prophesied down through the ages…there would come a day when right would be wrong, good would be evil and lawlessness and entitlement would replace responsibility accountability. The battle cry of the Progressive is posted in Wikipedia for ALL to see:

Bottom Line: We welcome ALL to their place at God’s table, just as they are. All means ALL. No exceptions. We reject all attempts to define our Faith by the two wedge issues of Gay Marriage and Abortion.-WIKIPEDIA

I am sure of one very, very important truth. Almighty God, Creator of All that exists, the force that WAS and continues TO BE does INDEED by Divine Providence guide this universal plane to its eternal end through Christ the Messiah, Son of the Living God. If God wants us to be progressive, it is most certainly to be progressing to and through the WORD, Jesus the Christ.

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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