This is the last in my series answering the critiques of Progressive churches. The Fundagelical author from Crosswalk.com has presented "5 signs your church might be heading towards Progressive Christianity." The first four were: Progressives have a lowered view of the Bible.Feelings are emphasized over facts.Essential Christian doctrines are open for reinterpretation.Historic terms are redefined. … Continue reading Are progressive churches too lovey-dovey?
Growing up as a Fundagelical, I was taught that there was absolute truth and my pastor and church were in possession of that truth. Our car bumpers, Bible covers, and other Jesus junk were emblazoned with the saying "The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it." Disagreeing with the doctrine handed down to … Continue reading Are Progressives redefining theology?
Fundagelicals are absolutely apoplectic about progressive churches. Nasty progressives are teaching such un-Christian things like how we should love our neighbors; the Bible must be interpreted in context; and worse, Leviticus isn't a guide book on morality. I've noticed an increase in the number of articles published on how to spot, with the intention to … Continue reading How to spot a progressive church.
In Genesis chapter four, Cain and Abel sacrifice to God. Cain's sacrifice is rejected while Abel's sacrifice is accepted. This leads to Cain's anger, and later murder, of his brother Abel. I've heard a lot of sermons on this passage. However, the reason why God rejects Cain's sacrifice isn't very clear. Depending on how the … Continue reading Why did God reject Cain’s sacrifice?
The United States is a great country because of its guarantee of religious freedom. The government will not tell you how to run your church, synagogue, temple, or mosque. If you want to set up a worship center to Cthulhu you can. Pastafarians can even have their driver's license picture taken with a colander on … Continue reading Is Discrimination A Religious Freedom?
Back when I was working as a youth pastor at my Fundagelical Church, a special music group was invited for a Sunday evening service. I was expecting a group of twenty-somethings playing contemporary Christian music. That's not what we got. What we got was the Libby Family Band. They were a group of six: three … Continue reading Inspired Unicorns of the Bible
Fundagelicals are very uptight about sex. They believe that the only sex that is permissible is sex between heterosexual married couples. It doesn't matter how freaky the sex is, as long as it between married heterosexuals; it's O.K. The Religious Right believes that Father's and husbands control the sexual activity of their unmarried daughters and … Continue reading Masturbation: You can’t beat it.
Despite the scientific evidence, Fundagelicals scoff at the idea of global warming. Science is seen as a liberal plot to attack the truth of the Bible. Global warming is impossible because it's not in the Bible. In Genesis, the story of Noah and the ark, tells how God floods the entire earth. At the end … Continue reading Why Fundagelicals Don’t believe in Global Warming
Welcome to Fundagelical Scripture Twisting 101! You might want to take a few notes so you too can avoid doing all those pesky things Jesus taught. Let's start with love. That whole love your neighbor, love your enemy thing can be very inconvenient. You might have to buy a meal for a hungry person or … Continue reading Twisted Love
When I talk to my old Fundagelical High School friends and family members, it can be a frustrating experience. If I discuss a passage such as Leviticus 18:22 and attempt to contextualize it to the holiness code, limited scientific knowledge, patriarchal society, and cultural preservation, I get accused of twisting scripture and not understanding the … Continue reading The Bible is very clear, except those parts that aren’t, so we don’t talk about those.