This is from a discussion I had that was started by my post, ‘Open’ Christianity kills me
So what exactly is open Christianity? Youtube is down
“Open” Christianity is basically the belief that God is whatever you want Him to be. Here’s a quote from a leading supporter of ‘Open’ Christianity.
OPEN CHRISTIANITY invites you to love God and your neighbor as Jesus did, and to let go of any religious doctrine that blocks love’s way. Open Christianity invites you to follow Jesus’ way of loving even the unlovable, without needing to believe the unbelievable. It looks at Christianity as a living, changing language of the heart and soul. – Jim Burklo
The problem for many Christians is that Christianity is about Truth. That God is perfect, holy and unchanging. But open Christianity allows for personal interpretations and liberties that the scriptures (aka God’s Word) don’t allow.
When you watch the video, you’ll see the Hospital Chaplin hem and haw at answering some tough questions. Her problem is that she doesn’t want to admit that we are never “good enough” for God. That our only saving grace is that Christ Jesus has taken the punishment of God’s wrath in our place, and that it was only because he was good enough for God, that his sacrifice could absorb the wrath we deserved.
So open christianity is applying the principles of christian love but with no belief in the supreme being or the scriptures.
Close, Open Christianity seems to think God is ONLY love (no wrath or judgment) and that the scriptures are merely guidelines and moral examples (rather than absolute truth of who God is)
It’s important to read the Bible with the right perspective. The bible isn’t a moral guide book, but the story of Jesus. The key to understanding while reading the scripture is to look to see how it points to Jesus. The old testament (OT) looks forward to Jesus. it demonstrates that despite having the ‘Law’ they (god’s people) still could not obey God perfectly. The new testament (NT) shows that despite being unable to obey, God still accepts us because God the Son (Jesus) took our punishment and God the Father sees us as he sees Jesus – perfect and holy.
But this new righteousness that Jesus gives us is not free to everyone, but only those God the Father has chosen to give it to. And his decision is His alone and not based on anything we do or do not do. But those who He has given it to, show their gratitude in behaving like Jesus in humility and charity and love.
Read this quote from Jim Burklo’s blog to fully understand what Open Christianity is…
Since The Center for Progressive Christianity came into being in 1994, it has succeeded in widely spreading the term “progressive Christian” around the world. It embraces a non-literalistic approach to the Bible, a pluralistic understanding of the faith in relation to other religions, openness to metaphorical and non-supernaturalistic interpretations of Christian tradition, and commitment to practicing the faith to make the world a better place…
…I’m a progressive Christian who
* keeps the faith and drops the dogma
* experiences God more than I believe in any definition of God
* thinks that my faith is about deeds, not creeds
* takes the Bible seriously because I don’t take it literally
* thinks spiritual questions are more important than religious answers
* cares more about what happens in the war-room and the board-room than about what happens in the bedroom
* thinks that other religions can be as good for others as my religion is good for me
* goes to a church that doesn’t require you to park your brain outside before you come inside
* thinks that God is bigger than anybody’s idea about God
* thinks that God evolves
Do you have any “elevator speeches” you’d like to add to this list?
Compare that to what John MacArthur says about the Emerging Church…
Sound, biblical doctrine is a necessary aspect of true wisdom and authentic faith. The attitude that scorns doctrine while elevating feelings or blind trust cannot legitimately be called faith at all, even if it masquerades as Christianity. It is actually an irrational form of unbelief.
? Dr. John MacArthur
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