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D6 Family Ministry recently released a podcast titled A Biblical Response to Progressive Christianity. You can go here to listen to the interview where we dive into a riveting conversation with Alisa Childers, the renowned author of Live Your Truth and Other Lies. Childers sheds light on the increasing popularity of the Progressive Christianity movement and the biblical response to it. Her insights are stirring, and they provoke us to critically question and reflect on our beliefs and understanding of faith. Alisa dissected its influence on contemporary culture and, more importantly, the Christian response it necessitates.

Childers points us toward the subtle signs that indicate a shift in the belief system of a church or a pastor toward the Progressive movement. She encourages us to keep our eyes open and hearts grounded in our faith and built on biblical truth, even when confronted with divergent perspectives.

Understanding Progressive Christianity

In the ever-evolving religious landscape, the term “Progressive Christianity” has emerged as a significant touchstone. Childers argues that Progressive Christianity, with its web of enticing lies, often leads us to place ourselves on the throne. While the secular world champions self-love and prioritizing oneself, we must remember why the gospel of self is perilous for Christians. In fact, Progressive Christianity emphasizes action over belief; what you do over who you place your faith in. Childers cautions us to approach this surge with a healthy level of skepticism. She urges us to remain alert for signs that may indicate a shift toward Progressive Christianity.

Spotting the Signs

  • Pay close attention to how the Bible is discussed. In Progressive Christianity, the Bible often appears as the first domino to tumble. If God’s role seems negligible and the conversation seems excessively human-centric, it’s likely Progressive. Progressive Christianity often emphasizes the human element of the Bible, which could result in the undermining of its divine authority. If a church or pastor focuses excessively on the human authors and disregards (or redefines) the inspiration of God, it might signal a shift from traditional beliefs to a more progressive stance.
  • Another telltale sign is the absence of discussions about sin and redemption. If a sermon or discussion rarely focuses on sin and redemption, that is a red flag. The progressive discourse usually packages the gospel more like a social justice movement, concentrating on worldly liberation rather than spiritual redemption.
  • Watch for the danger of embracing the “gospel of self.” Childers raises concerns about the gospel of self and its potential dangers to Christians. In an era where self-love and self-promotion are often encouraged, the allure of this gospel could be deceptive. Childers reminds us that Christianity is not about finding oneself, but about denying oneself, taking up one’s cross, and following Jesus. She emphasizes that Christianity does not provide quick-fix solutions for peace or happiness but is rooted in the biblical truth of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

Remember, every successful lie contains a thread of truth. Be discerning. In a world where faith can often be met with resistance, Childers prompts us to brace ourselves for challenges and persevere in our commitment to the teachings of Jesus. 

Childers’ insights serve to equip us to navigate the complexities of our faith and stand firm in our convictions. Christianity requires us to submit to Jesus’s authority, which is a tall order in a culture where voicing biblical truths can make us unpopular. But remember, Jesus’s promises were not about gaining worldly approval but about enduring persecutions and tribulations for the sake of the Kingdom. Let us stand firm in our faith, understanding that we might be a minority but resolute in our pursuit of truth. It is time to recapture the true message of Christianity and prepare ourselves for the challenges that lie ahead.

Are you interested in learning more about Progressive Christianity and its impact on the church? Do you want to be equipped to discern truth from deception and defend your faith in a challenging world? Then join us at the D6 Conference 2025! Do not miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded believers and strengthen your resolve in Christ. Register here: 

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