Moving the Goalpost

“You’re making a mountain out of a molehill,” my more progressive friends would say. They assured me a decade ago that no one among churches of Christ intended to use instrumental music as worship. Over the ensuing years, however, these same friends have begun using instrumental music in their worship services.
“No one among churches of Christ doubts inerrancy,” my more progressive friends assured me. “Certainly,” they scoffed, “anyone denying inerrancy would leave the church.” These same friends now publicly deny the total accuracy of the text of Scripture.
My more progressive friends have likewise shifted their position concerning the role of women in the church and the fixed plan of God’s way of salvation. Everything seems to be in play, and nothing seems certain.
A Slippery Slope
Continually, on every issue imaginable, the progressive element in the church has shifted further to the left. Dialogue with proponents of the Community Church approach has become like playing football against a team that has the luxury of moving the goalpost any distance they choose.
Their guiding principle is not fixed and objective, but fluid and subjective. The overriding issue is not “what is right,” but rather “who is right.” My more progressive friends, as a matter of policy, are unwilling to drive a stake in the ground and set boundaries on any point of doctrine.
They now deny the reality of eternal punishment in hell, the essential nature of baptism for salvation, and the need for biblical authority to structure the work and worship of the church. Like watching the bar in a limbo contest, I keep asking, “how low can you go?”
The Full Assurance of Faith
I fear there is nothing to hold the Community Church Movement back from embracing every vile error imaginable. Apostasy is cumulative by nature, a duplicitous downward spiral. As the apostle Paul warned Timothy, “?evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13, ESV).
Consider the Disciples of Christ and the Episcopal Church. A generation ago, no one would have imagined either group embracing homosexual activism. However, the same disregard for Scripture that opened the door to the ordination of women has paved the way for practicing homosexuals to fill the pulpits of these apostate denominations.
I actually feel sorry for my more progressive friends. In compromising with the unbelieving world, they are abandoning the eternal assurance of the gospel. In denying the truths they find unpleasant or inconvenient, they are losing the framework that upholds all truth. In the end, having compromised everything, they will find themselves left with nothing.

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  1. Greg,
    You said, “”No one among churches of Christ doubts inerrancy,” my more progressive friends assured me.?Certainly,” they scoffed, “anyone denying inerrancy would leave the church.” These same friends now publicly deny the total accuracy of the text of Scripture.”
    That does not make sense to me. Greg, Are you sure that you are understand what your “more progressive friends” are saying. It sounds like you need to go back and really listen to what your “more progressive friends” are saying.
    Could it be that they are saying that the different versions of the Bible have errors in it? The Bible itself does not have errors in it but you do know that the different versions of the Bible have errors in it. That is what they might be saying but you just misunderstood them. It would be good for you to go ask them to explain what they saying. Let us know what they say.
    You said, “These same friends now publicly deny the total accuracy of the text of Scripture.” Can you give us an exact example of what you are talking about and tell us who said that? If you do not have the time to contact them, I would be more than happy to contact them myself and ask them about this. Then I could come back to you and explain to you what they are really saying. Just let me know if you need me to do this for you.
    Are you sure that your “more progressive friends” are not resetting the goalposts to where God originally set them?
    You said ?My more progressive friends have likewise shifted their position concerning the role of women in the church? Who exactly are your more progressive friends who ?have likewise shifted their position concerning the role of women in the church? and exactly how they ?have likewise shifted their position concerning the role of women in the church?? If their position is wrong, then how exactly is it wrong? Are you sure that they just shifted their position back to God?s position? This might just be another one of your misunderstandings of your ?more progressive friends?.
    You also said, ?My more progressive friends have likewise shifted their position concerning the fixed plan of God’s way of salvation.? Are you sure that you and your ?more progressive friends? are talking about ?the fixed plan of God’s way of salvation.? Or you and your ?more progressive friends? are just talking about ?the fixed five finger plan of Walter Scott?s way of salvation??
    Greg, how exactly has ?Dialogue with proponents of the Community Church approach has become like playing football against a team that has the luxury of moving the goalpost any distance they choose?? What are you talking about? Can you expand on this? Do you think that the church should be not involved in the community? Do you not think that the church, which is just a group of Christians, should not be a guiding light in the community?
    Greg, Why do you think that your ?more progressive friends? guiding principle is not fixed and objective, but fluid and subjective? Are you sure that you are just misunderstanding your ?more progressive friends?? Have you talked to your ?more progressive friends? about what you think that their guiding principle is? Why do you think that ?the overriding issue is not “what is right,” but rather “who is right.”? Why do you think that your ?more progressive friends, as a matter of policy, are unwilling to drive a stake in the ground and set boundaries on any point of doctrine.?? Did your ?more progressive friends? really tell you that they ?are unwilling to drive a stake in the ground and set boundaries on any point of doctrine.?? This sounds to me like this is another one of your misunderstanding of your ?more progressive friends?. Greg, you really need to talk to your ?more progressive friends? about things that could be just a big misunderstanding. Would it not be great to find out that this is just a big misunderstanding on your part?
    I do not feel sorry about your misunderstandings but I do feel sorry for you if you are not willing to discuss your misunderstanding with your ?more progressive friends?.
    Or . . . it could be that it is they that have a misunderstading. If so, have you talked to them about it?
    Greg, I am praying for you,
    Thomas Edward

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