I love my people so much.
My joyful role as their shepherd/pastor/overseer is to expose and protect them from false teachers and false teaching.
I take this very seriously.
This heresy actually dates back to the 4th century (nothing new under the sun), just updated today with added layers and jargon. It’s always lurking within the church but takes the doctrinal spotlight about every ten years (e.g. ten years ago it was the “Emerging church”).
And here we are again.
Its grip stronger than ever.
Perhaps because of being homebound the last eight months with so much time in front of our phones and laptops we’ve been fire-hosed by subtle lies that feel like Christianity. Sadly, many Christians have been led astray by a doctrinal sleight of hand. And often “feelings” are the main culprit (go here, see #2)
As a pastor, I feel the weight with the apostle Paul who, in Acts 20:31, reminded his people how he warned them for three years, night and day, with tears to guard against false teaching and teachers who’d rise up within the church.
Night and day.
A pastor’s love.
That’s why any Christian who feels we should all just love each other and be unified (regardless of doctrine) has not read through their Bible.
* Paul called false teachers “wolves” (Acts 20:29).
* Jesus called them, “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matt 7:15).
* There’s this doozy in Galatians: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:9).
* Then these mic drops of Jesus to the churches in Pergamum and Thyatira regarding false teachers and teaching found in Revelation 2:12-29.
As Martin Luther put it: “Peace if possible. Truth at all costs.” Unity will fall apart on lies.
So this past weekend I took the time to expose what progressive Christianity denies and affirms.
I adapted my list from a blog post by author Alisa Childers, entitled: “Is My Favorite Author, Speaker, or Pastor a Progressive Christian?” Sound familiar?
Please check out her blog post HERE.
Should the church give space for their people to work through doubts? Yes. Sheep can wander. The pastors are shepherds to help protect the sheep from wolves and lead them back home in Truth and repentance (Revelation 2:14-16).
Wolves are another matter. You don’t pet wolves when they’re around your children. You don’t reason with wolves. You take them out. False teachers and unrepentant false believers are to be exposed, removed, and moved on.
Also, while the church should give space for congregants’ doubts, there must never be a culture of doubt. There should be room for conversations, but conversations must never be an excuse to avoid arriving at a conclusion or stance. Scripture is clear we stand on a solid foundation of sound doctrine that calls for all or nothing (Sound doctrine scriptures).
In the words of Richard Niehbur, what’s left with heretical progressive Christianity is simply this: “A God without wrath who brought people without sin into a kingdom without judgment through a Christ without a cross.”
This is not the faith which was once and for all handed down to the saints (Jude 1:3).
It’s a lie.
With the tears of Paul, I plead guard yourselves.