by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Progressives in the denominational world abandon biblical authority in their efforts to bolster and validate denominationalism and its manmade doctrines and methods.
“A fundamental principle of Liberalism is the proposition: ‘It is contrary to the natural, innate, and inalienable right and liberty and dignity of man, to subject himself to an authority, the root, rule, measure, and sanction of which is not in himself.’ This principle implies the denial of all true authority; for authority necessarily presupposes a power outside and above man to bind him morally.”/1
Refusing to be bound by Scriptural authority, these denominational progressives employ whatever methods work, no matter whether God approves or not (Colossians 3:17). In the words of the Center for Progressive Christianity, they “value the search, not the certainty” in their utilization of Scripture./2 They place results over reverence for Biblical truth. If it draws crowds, it becomes God’s will.
God’s true people have a higher calling than appeasing the hearts of men. We are drawn to bring glory to Christ by walking worthy of him (Ephesians 3:20-4:1). Paul said that we are to be “transformed by the renewing of [our] mind[s], that [we] may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
Looking to God, above everyone on earth, we proclaim him through his word and our Christian walk. Sanctification cannot occur by man’s standards and the employment of worldly words and ways. God has a higher calling (Matthew 10:34-39).
God calls for absolute discipleship and devotion to his message, method and plan. All that we do is about him, not drawing crowds, pandering to rebellious minds or smoothing guilty consciences. The transformative gospel calls us to reject all that man offers in the way of peace and replace it with Christ the Savior (John 1:1-3,14; 14:6).
Progressives in the Lord’s church have not been as digressive as those in the religious world, as a whole. These brethren emulate and admire the denominational progressives. They borrow their methods and vocabulary and, in a lesser way, follow an adapted version of their progressivism. However, a bit of poison is still poison.
Remaining true to God’s Word in the face of such an onslaught will require a steel spine and a resolute faith. The culture abhors absolute truth and this heresy is being welcomed into the church with alarming alacrity. Books espouse it and blogs enunciate it. It is like a locust plague that devours everything in its path.
It is well past time for brethren who love truth to stand up and stand out in the church. We must not compromise to keep peace, no matter how much we are challenged to do so. Name-calling may buckle our knees, we must resist. We will be mocked and ridiculed, we must shut our ears and listen, instead, to God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:12).
We must preach and teach God’s truths like never before. However, we must do so with a focus on God and his way, taking the higher road (John 14:1-6). Obsessing about the progressives is to take time away from teaching God’s will. Making a hobby of hammering on people is never productive.
God’s grace and mercy needs to be taught more than ever. Let us also ensure that we walk in Christ, so that we do not give our detractors any fuel (Ephesians 4:1). The time is short, let’s be busy in the fields of the Lord!