6.04.2015

What is an Evangelical Christian?


christian. that word can have such a bad taste in people's mouths. people think of something when i tell them i am an evangelical christian. i normally say "Christ follower" to just mix it up a bit in hopes that they don't think of the stereotypical version.

recently, i have heard speakers call themselves Evangelical Christians who just aren't. in talking with people about this i realized i didn't really know a definition of an "Evangelical."

i was sent this and it is online - aka this is not my definition. here are the four founding points.

4 Points of Classic Evangelicalism

1) The Inerrant Word (Whole Counsel of God) as: 1) Authoritative , 2) Sufficient, 3) Effective

2) The Cross: Christ's finished work on the cross- substitutionary atonement through His shed blood for remission of sins

3) Life- Transformation: by grace through faith: 1) Repentance, 2) Justification, 3) Sanctification, 4) Eventual Glorification

4) Great Commandment & Great Commission:  1) Love for God 2) Love for Others 3) Actively and Intentionally Making Disciples

however many people do not believe these four points anymore even though they are calling themselves Evangelicals. this frustrates me so much. i would much rather prefer for people to just be honest and say what they believe.

here is the definition - 8 main points of what progressivism is. this is where some mainstream "Christians" are landing. they don't even believe the bible anymore? Yes, Shane Claiborne you are one of these people. see point one of being an evangelical. Claiborne doesn't even believe the entire bible anymore. Jesus spoke more than the red letters Shane.

i want to stop my frustrations/hurt/anger towards this (ahha maybe along full length blog post?) and just give you the 8 points that progressives came up with and what they believe. i want, for yourself to see the massive contrast to what an evangelical believes in.
remember this what they came up with. not evangelicals. here is their "mission statement"



8 Points of Progressivism 


1.  Following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred. The Sacred is an acceptance of multiple understandings of the concept of "God", including God as Nature, as the Universe, as a shared psychological construct, and/or as community.


2.  Teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey. the Bible is viewed as a record of historical human spiritual experiences and ideas rather than of historical or literal facts with intended absolutes--Modern "Biblical Criticism"

3.  Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people that includes Christians, skeptics, atheists, men, women, Lesbian,Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender. Understanding of communion as a symbol of the church community as the body of Christ.


4.  Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe (actions over words).


5.  Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.


6.  Strive for peace and justice among all people.


7.  Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth.


8.  Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.


what do you believe? 

i found it helpful to just know these definitions. it equips us when talking to people and is so helpful in my own understanding of why non-christians have such a sour taste when dealing with "christians." i have a sour taste of a "progressive Christian"


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