In her new book, Another Gospel, Alisa Childers argues that “progressive Christianity is not simply a shift in the Christian view of social issues. It’s not simply permission to embrace messiness and authenticity in Christian life. It’s an entirely different religion—with another Jesus and another gospel.” On this episode, Shane Rosenthal talks with Alisa about her experience in a progressive church, and why she ended up concluding that a false gospel lies at the heart of this movement.
During my journey of doubt, I wanted to know what defined Christianity and what has made it unique in the world for the past 2,000 years. Because, if I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t true, I wanted to make sure that what I was rejecting was the real thing. So, I made sure I went back to the earliest possible resources. What blew my mind was that every time I read an early Church Father or a pre-New Testament creed, I found that the core message of Christianity was consistent.Alisa Childers
The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity
Author: Michael Kruger
Not long ago, Michael Kruger came across a list of ten principles set forth by proponents of progressive Christianity. They are, in effect, a new Ten Commandments. What is striking is that they are far less about God revealing his desires and far more about man expressing his own. Yet each of these commandments is partially true. That is what makes this list, and progressive Christianity as a whole, so challenging. Half-truths can sound quite appealing until you recognize their foundations and implications. In The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity, Michael Kruger diagnoses and critiques each of these tenets and offers a brief biblical and theological response.
Christianity and Liberalism
Author: J. Gresham Machen
This classic defense of orthodox Christianity, written to counter the liberalism that arose in the early 1900s, establishes the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism has remained relevant through the years ever since its original publication in 1923. It was named one of the top 100 books of the millennium by World magazine and one of the top 100 books of the twentieth century by Christianity Today.
Author: Alisa Childers
Another Gospel? describes the intellectual journey Alisa took over several years as she wrestled with a series of questions that struck at the core of the Christian faith. After everything she had ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Bible had been picked apart, she found herself at the brink of despair . . . until God rescued her, helping her to rebuild her faith, one solid brick at a time. In a culture of endless questions, you need solid answers. If you or someone you love has encountered the ideas of progressive Christianity and aren’t sure how to respond, Alisa’s journey will show you how to determine―and rest in―what’s unmistakably true.