As the old adage goes "The only thing constant in life is change". Times are always changing, but does God change? Does God evolve? Do His morals or standards change? Malachi 3:6 says this "I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed". If God isn't progressive, how then can Christianity claim to be?
Have you ever had someone say "That is your only choice"? (Why would someone say that? There is no choice involved.) What about when the plumber comes over and offers you an "exact estimate"? (Please, the only thing I can tell you for sure is that those numbers will change.) What about "acting naturally" or my personal favorite the "budget deficit" (if you are really budgeting, there shouldn't be a deficit!) These are what an English major would call an "oxymoron". A statement or phrase where two or more opposing ideas are joined together to convey an idea or to point out an absurdity. "Progressive Christianity" is just such a term; the real question is whether it is conveying an idea or pointing out an absurdity.
Recently there has been a lot of talk (and question) about how Progressive Christianity compares to Biblical Christianity. To that end, community churches dedicated to a Biblical foundation will be presenting a series of messages beginning May 17th which will deal with some of the major issues separating Progressive Christianity from Biblical Christianity. During this series, you can attend any of the participating churches and hear a similar message on the same topic. While each message will have the individual "flavor" of the particular church presenting it, all the messages will be the same (because we all believe the foundational doctrines of the Bible are true).
The purpose of this series is not to attack or denigrate anyone or any belief system; there are literally hundreds if not thousands of gods worshiped throughout the world every day (and many individual gods are worshiped in many different ways). The purpose of this series isn't to attack, but rather to answer! Questions like:
“What’s the difference?” “Does it really matter?” “How can you (I) be sure?”
These are fair and honest questions from people who genuinely want to know, and we feel they deserve fair and honest answers; answers based on what the Bible teaches regarding life and Godliness. We invite you to join us in the coming weeks and see just exactly what is in that book with all the dust on it. You won't be disappointed.