The hidden Ponzi scheme of Progressive Christianity.
What is progressive Christianity?
Imagine that Christianity is like either a church or a house. As a community, people seek spiritual shelter within the church, and in their personal lives they seek it within their own home, so we will use a church as an example, but it can also flow over into the home.
A church is a structure which is built on a foundation, and in the traditional church it was built on the foundation of the unshakable bedrock of the Word of God as revealed in the bible. The Apostles and Saints then provided the framework and structure of the building and the congregation of devout Christians fill the church with its furnishings and the Holy Spirit. We know from Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) Jesus says “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
What the progressive church seeks to do is to lift the church up off its foundations, cart it away to a new site which is a pile of shifting sand, plonk it down and then evict the Holy Spirit and the furnishings of worshiping God and replace them with idols and demons. Those demons them mimic the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit and successfully deceive the congregation through highly emotive experiential “truths” and false revelations. The uncanny resemblance of kundalini manifestations in some hyper-charismatic churches is not a coincidence.
The reasoning behind the choice to shift the foundation of the church is so that Christianity can fit in with a world lost in darkness. That’s exactly what the bible advises AGAINST doing. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In other words, you need to know the true word of God from the bible and engage your mental faculties in order to seek an understanding of it, and not be deceived by false hope or empty promises.
The bible already has instruction for how to set a foundation for the church in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (NKJV) “According to the grace of God, which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one of you take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” [my own emphasis]
Because the foundation of the church is no longer the sturdy bedrock of the Word of God, when it comes to difficult periods of life such as losing a job, contracting a terrible disease, being divorced from your spouse, the death of a loved one etc. there is no foundation to turn to and lean on in order to get through it.
Because the prosperity gospel of progressive Christianity has removed all of the parts of the bible which deal with times of trial and replaced it with a manifestation ideology. They tell people that God only provides blessings, not curses, and therefore if trouble visits your house, it was entirely your own fault and God has abandoned you.
This is a grotesque lie.
It’s designed to undermine a person’s relationship with God, which is why my opinion is that progressive Christianity is a deliberate attempt to demolish faith. It’s also the oldest lie in the book (literally) and the basis of the story of Job. God doesn’t allow Job to endure trials because He’s trying to prove His own glory, He allows the trials to testify that Job is worthy of God’s love and not a fickle believer who is only righteous when things are going well, which is what Satan accuses Job of.
When you are conformed to the values of the materialistic world and think that God is merely an optional extra or some kind of genie who grants wishes, you build on shifting sand which eventually erodes beneath you and the house collapses. It’s a little bit like the progressive churches are dodgy housing developers who sell houses where they have extensively cut corners and then as soon as you notice cracks appearing, they file for bankruptcy so you can’t get compensation.
Somewhere up the chain of their hierarchy they’re aware of the Ponzi scheme. At the very least the entities planting the ideas are. Everyone else is lost in the deception, trying to make it work for their life and feeling a deep sense of shame and personal failure when it doesn’t.
In true Christianity, when the storms come and damage your house, the bedrock remains and you can rebuild. God never promises that troubles won’t arise, but He promises that you will be better able to weather them if you put trust in Him.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV) Jesus says “Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
At the end of the day, you might be a little weather-beaten, but you won’t be spiritually homeless.
Isiah 25:4 (NKJV) says “For you have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
So how do we seek true love from God? How do we know when it’s real?
In his book, The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis dissects different forms of love and in particular compares Gift-Love with Need-Love. He describes Gift-Love as a sense of doing someone else a favour by loving them, rather than a heartfelt need for proximity; “It would be a bold and silly creature that came before its Creator with the boast ‘I’m no beggar. I love you disinterestedly.’” This is the form of almost cynical love which Satan espouses as the only possible variety because as soon as someone fails to be perfect they immediately become un-lovable and the gift-giver can revoke their gift and walk away. Satan would advise humanity to never approach love from a place of need or vulnerability because it is disgusting and pathetic to him, and shames us for being “selfish” in our needs.
But it isn’t pathetic to God. Instead, he is the anxious Father waiting on the road for his son to return home so he might provide the comfort and support his child badly needs, as in the parable of the prodigal son. God needs to be needed in our lives. As Lewis put it; “…no one calls a child selfish because it turns for comfort to its mother; nor an adult who turns to his fellow ‘for company’… Since we do in reality need one another…”
C.S. Lewis explains how difficult times can become an opportunity to fully know the love of God when we previously could have taken it or left it from a height of complacency: “A very strange contrary follows. Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry for help?” Because we are so unlike the divinity of God, we cannot offer Him anything He needs other than our confession that we truly need Him in our lives. Often this sort of approach to offering love is very humbling, which is why we don’t seek it unless we have to.
It would be easier for us to offer love from a place of strength and independence so that we can reject before we are rejected and hurt before we become hurt. It’s the reason why it is easier to give charity than to receive it.
Love is a risk which demands vulnerability, and we cannot receive love if we don’t acknowledge that we need it. Romans 5:5 (NKJV) says “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” This describes the quenching of our thirst for love as Jesus said to the woman at the well when He promised living water (John 4:14).
You have to ask for it first but you’ll never ask if you never need and the prosperity gospel tells you to seek all of the earthly satisfactions so that you may never be in need again. Progressive Christianity also rejects the notion that we fall short of God’s plan as mere humans and that we need His Holy Spirit to edify us and make us whole. Instead, they push a notion they call “Christ-consciousness” which claims an equal footing to God and removes the necessity of God.
True love is inter-dependent not independent. The Gottman Institute of relationship research has been studying couples for decades and they emphatically state that relationships don’t last unless people know this basic truth and take care of the relationship from the knowledge that the other person’s love really does matter. Of course, this can’t be one-sided, which is why we can’t just demand that God loves us regardless of how we treat Him while we ignore His basic requests for the health of the relationship.
When we fail to put love into perspective as both a necessity and a responsibility, then we effectively push it away and treat it with cynicism. When we prepare for disappointment, we become disappointing.
And that’s progressive Christianity in a nutshell: disappointing.
For further reading and in-depth analysis of the doctrine of progressive Christianity I recommend two books:
Another Gospel by Alisa Childers
Doctrine of Demons by Carolyn Hamlett & Loren Grace
I also made a video on how Hitler invented “positive Christianity” as a way to pervert the bible and justify genocide: