Here’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good.

    It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving the faith. It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America's evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the "millennials," seems to be widening too.

    Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we've heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to "coexist," "tolerate" and "keep out of it" is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals.

    The seasoned Christian soldiers are noticing these distortions of the gospel. But for young evangelicals, the spiritual haze is harder to wade through. Desperate for acceptance in a fallen world, many young evangelicals (and some older ones) choose not to take Christ out of the chapel, and so they are unwittingly killing the church's public witness. In this uphill cultural battle, mired by scare tactics and fear, three types of evangelical Christians are emerging:

    Couch-potato Christians: These Christians adapt to the culture by staying silent on the tough culture-and-faith discussions. Typically this group will downplay God's absolute truths by promoting the illusion that neutrality was Jesus' preferred method of evangelism.

    Cafeteria-style Christians: This group picks and chooses which Scripture passages to live by, opting for the ones that best seem to jive with culture. Typically they focus solely on the "nice" parts of the gospel while simultaneously and intentionally minimizing sin, hell, repentance and transformation.

    Convictional Christians: In the face of the culture's harsh admonitions, these evangelicals refuse to be silent. Mimicking Jesus, they compassionately talk about love and grace while also sharing with their neighbors the need to recognize and turn from sin.

    http://www.charismamag.com/life/culture/22494-how-the-new-christian-left-is-twisting-the-gospel
     
  2. Use of Time

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    Another "sky is falling" point of view that fails to realize the three types of Christians described below go back to the days of Jesus himself and aren't quite exclusive to millennials. You know what the bigger problem is? Churches turning on each other over inconsequential things while the outside world laughs. I hear the persecution excuse from traditional churches all the time but for some reason the articles that keep popping up are the ones like this. The mere existence of a contemporary church is not a knock against traditional churches. If people are leaving traditional churches, maybe it would be a good reason to figure out why that is instead of trying to blame other churches.
     
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    Then there are pastors who spend most of the day on the Internet instead of taking care of their flock.
     
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    RevMitchell, you and I butt heads a lot on this forum, but on this post, you are unfortunately

    EXACTLY RIGHT! :thumbs:
     
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    We mustn't forget the fourth type of "Christian". It's the mean, nasty, politically driven Christian who talks a good game, but shows nothing of the love of Christ for Him or neighbor and is willing to compromise on every command if it means winning a political election and "returning our country to what it used to be".

    Every issue with this type of Christian is about politics.
    The truth about their true convictions is often exposed by their self-contradictions.

    i.e. Pro-life for the unborn, but unloving and uncaring about the living.

    Yes this type of Christian is most dangerous because he fails to see a need for repentance for like the misguided homosexual offender, he thinks he's doing nothing wrong.
     
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    The author of the article has written for Concerned Women of Amaerica and Glen Beck's The Blaze, so it isn't surprising to read her concerns being expressed in the "sky is falling" dire terms.

    There isn't anything particularly new in the article and the conclusion that "we must uphold the authoritative word of God" is as old school fundamentalist as it gets.

    There are legitimate criticisms that could and should be directed a modern christianity, but the chicken little approach combined with a oversimplified conclusion fails at the task on just about every front.
     
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    That's right Z-man
    Us Pro--birth folks absolutely care nothing about a baby after its born.
    You see all those centers to help pregnant women, those that provide food and shelter, churches who provide assistance to poor families, agy that provide good homes to babies....
    Well, Z-man - you caught us with our pants down - all those so called assistance groups are only fronts to make you think we really care........
     
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    Is this a problem?
     
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    Is there something wrong with upholding the word of God as being authoritative? Didn't know it was old fashioned. I guess Paul was old fashioned too then. "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness..."NASB (2 Timothy 3:16)
     
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    Right belief doesn't mean right approach. Complex culture with complex questions need more than "just belive the bible more" answer.
     
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    I'm sorry but the statement you quoted and what you have said here are two completely different things.
     
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    I read the article at the link provided. Where are these churches the author continually references? How about naming some names and some pastor's names? The author name-checks plenty of traditional evangelical leaders but doesn't out a single compromiser.

    Examples:
    1. Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, and .... you'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise.

    2. Popular liberal evangelical writers and preachers tell young evangelicals that if they accept abortion and same-sex marriage, then the media, academia and Hollywood will finally accept Christians.

    3. I can offer you is a glimpse into the world of a twenty-something who sees thousands of young evangelicals being spiritually and emotionally targeted on Christian university campuses, in college ministries and at churches nationwide by a growing liberal movement cloaked in Christianity.


    OK, who are these people? I want names.
     
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    So the unborn isn't living? You've adopted pro-Sodom, pro-death CBT's rhetoric.
     
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    Excellent article.
     
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    One of the attractions of fundamentalism is simplicity, left-right, black-white. The problems of the church in the USA are much more complex. To suggest as the author did that just "believe the bible more" will bring about the change needed is an oversimplification. Fundamentalism specializes in oversimplification.
     
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    If you're asking me the question, I don't need you to answer for me. And if I had intended to say that, you would have READ it.:wavey:
     
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