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Book recommendation: The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity

This book is a great take-down of common “Christian” Left half-truths and outright lies.  It is a shorter and easier read than J. Gresham Machen’s classic 1923 book, Christianity and Liberalism, which I’ve also been reading (hard to believe it is almost 100 years old, as it still perfectly describes “Christian” Left wolves and their theology).

I loved this endorsement, especially the part I put in bold:

Don’t let the brevity of this book fool you . Mike Kruger has written a trenchant critique of the intellectual bankruptcy and theological deviancy of progressive Christianity. Churches , pastors , students , youth groups , Christian schools , and Christian colleges would do well to appropriate the wisdom in this short but devastating little book .  Kevin DeYoung , Senior Pastor , Christ Covenant

A couple excerpts from the book:

In 1923 , J . Gresham Machen , then a professor at Princeton Seminary , wrote his classic text , Christianity and Liberalism . 1 The book was a response to the rise of liberalism in the mainline denominations of his own day. Machen argued that the liberal understanding of Christianity was , in fact , not just a variant version of the faith , nor did it represent simply a different denominational perspective , but was an entirely different religion . Put simply , liberal Christianity is not Christianity.

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On top of all of this , one might understandably be confused by the progressive appeal to Jesus as a guide for morality when many progressives won’t, in fact , follow Jesus ’ moral teaching! For example , are progressives willing to stand by Jesus ’ plain teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman ( e.g . , Matthew 19 : 5 – 6 ) ? Or that he is the only way of salvation ( John 14 : 6 ) ? If not, then why the eagerness to appeal to him as a moral teacher?

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Jesus never said the problem with the Pharisees is that they are too concerned with orthodoxy . The problem with the Pharisees was legalism (putting man – made laws ahead of God’s) and hypocrisy (saying one thing and doing another). And the two often went together . It wasn’t that they cared too much about good theology , but that they cared too little! Their theology was a mess. It glorified man , twisted God’s own priorities, and selectively followed God’s law. This raises an important point. Teaching people good theology is not the problem, but the solution. Teaching people good theology is a vital , essential way of caring for them. Rather than viewing theology as something that harms and oppresses people, we should be reminded that good theology actually comforts and liberates people. The Pharisees harmed people precisely by teaching them (and modeling for them ) bad theology.