……they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep’. And if this comes to the governors’ ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble. “So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. Matthew 28:12b-15
“A new gospel,” I remember when I heard those words uttered for the first time. I was having a conversation with someone, someone I love, someone who claims to be a follower of Christ. “’A new gospel?” I repeated in dismay. This person went on to explain to me how they had discovered a new gospel, that it was the “basic gospel” expanded. I couldn’t believe my ears; I was heartbroken to hear them relay their belief with such conviction. This wasn’t a new idea in their mind, it was something that they had been studying, learning from multiple teachers that had influenced them over a period of time. This person held the many professors, church leaders and authors in high regard, considering their teachings to be more logical, humane and intellectual than the basic Christian principles they had learned growing up. I wish I could say I handled the situation better, but I can’t, I was flooded with fear and anger. Fearful that this person I loved could be claiming these lies and angry that they were so adamant, this was truth to them now and they stood firmly upon it. I came at them with verse after verse, and they would deflect each one with a theory they had learned from their new religion. I could hear the pity in their voice for me as they spoke, they considered me to be an ignorant uninformed woman holding fast to antiquated ways. They had found something new, something better, and my beliefs and I had become offensive. They cut off all communication. This was the beginning of my journey; my introduction to Progressive Christianity, an age-old lie being presented in a new package.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2Corintians 4:4-6
It was in the Garden that the Serpent tempted Eve with knowledge, offering her a higher level of consciousness. He questioned God’s goodness and authority, he accused God of trying to keep Eve in the dark, never wanting her to truly see the light. Satan twisted God’s Word and directed her focus from truth to lies, from exalting God to exalting herself.
Progressives take the focus off of Christ and place that focus on man. They teach a relativistic view of reality, that the Resurrection is a nonliteral metaphor and Old Testament historical narratives are mythical tales. “What is true for you is truth,” that to call what God calls sin as sin is unloving and divisive. They teach that the Bible is something that should not be taken literally, especially if it interferes with an individual’s pursuit to fulfill their own desires. They accept God’s love and grace without acknowledging His justice and righteous wrath. These false prophets claim it is oppressive to force a woman to give birth to a child that may hinder her future, advocating abortion. They teach that God’s design for marriage is exclusionary and that a person may have any sort of sexual relationship they choose. The Historical Christian Church and its foundation in the Truth has been labeled as hateful. Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, the Gospel, has been replaced with Critical Theory, how we relate to man as opposed to being transformed by the Savior. Penal substitution is being denied, portrayed as an evil lie propagated by legalistic patriarchs.
“According to critical theory, sin isn’t what is wrong with the world, but oppression, which is fixed by activism, raised awareness, and the overthrow of oppressive systems, rather than the blood atonement of Christ.” Alisa Childers[i]
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27
Christ Consciousness is the idea that all things are divine and that we can ascend to a higher state ourselves, becoming like gods. This along with the idea that Hell doesn’t truly exist is taught which negates the need for a Savior and Atonement. Just as the Serpent was there to speak his lies from the beginning, these lies have been told time and again by those that serve darkness. Those that follow Progressive Christianity have not only forsaken Historical Christianity, they have embraced the statutes of the Devil himself. Progressives, New Agers and Satanists all speak the same language. The words of Aleister Crawley, spirit cooker, occultist and influential gnostic author, are indiscernible from the sermons given by some of these modern progressives. “Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law,” one of his infamous quotes. Another, “Only you can ascertain your own true will; no god, no man, no institution or nation surpasses your holy authority over yourself.” This philosophy is consistent with relativism and critical theory.
The secret society of the Free Masons has instructed its followers to believe the same false doctrine for centuries. The aim of initiation is to be taught how to become a god. In the book The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation it is written: “The ‘height’ of the Lodge (“even as high as the heavens”) implies that the range of consciousness possible to us, when we have developed our potentialities to the full, is infinite. Man, who has sprung from the earth and developed through the lower kingdoms of nature to his present rational state has yet to complete the evolution by becoming a god like being and unifying his consciousness with the Omniscient- to promote which is and always has been the sole aim and purpose of all initiation.”
In The Satanic Bible, by Anton LaVey, he writes “The real satanist is not quite so easily recognized as such….” Why? Because wolves in sheep’s clothing have been advocating Luciferian lies within the Church. Denying all that is good and true, denying the perfect plan of our Almighty God.
I have spent much time in prayer and mourning over the conversation that I had with that individual, three years ago now. The individual that introduced me to the concept of a “new gospel.” My sorrow for them has only compounded as I learned more and more of the pit of lies, they were aligning themselves with. Jesus Christ willingly went to the Cross, He suffered at the hands of man and had the Wrath of God poured upon Him as He bore the weight of our sin. He died, was buried and rose again in fulfilment of the Scriptures. God’s Word is eternal life-giving Truth. The tomb was empty!
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:5
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you must also consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:8-11