Those who look for counterfeit money don’t study counterfeits, but the real deal so they will know a counterfeit when they see one.
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
The term, “Progressive Christianity,” has been an increasingly popular topic. It is used to describe “new and diverging ways” to look at God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, salvation, and heaven/hell. The problem with many of these beliefs is that they do not take God’s Word (the Bible) as His truth revealed to mankind, which would mean that the Bible would not be the standard for truth. I personally believe that the Bible is God’s revealed truth to mankind. It is from the Bible that I learned who God is, who Jesus is and why He came, and who the Holy Spirit is and about His desire to live in and with me. He is with me right now confirming this very truth.
At the same time, especially after reading several books containing writings from early-era Christians, my view of Scripture has grown to include the humanity of the writers as they were carried along by the Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). As we read the Word today, Christ lives in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17) and we hear His voice–but, it can sound a whole lot like our own, so we need each other as we study the Scriptures to help us get a collective view of God through the lens of Jesus.
My hope is that we will continue to gain a solid foundation of truth and strive for unity around the basic truths of the Gospel. Let’s pray for each other that God will make all things clear to us (Philippians 3:15).
Abba, I know that Satan loves to twist Scripture and use it for his own use. I also know that he deceives and tempts mankind on a regular basis–even Christians! We ask you to “fill us with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives” (Colossians 1:9). Help us to understand and to be patient with each other. Amen.