Reclaiming Jesus is a document signed by some leading progressive evangelicals which, as Jim Wallis, founder and President of Sojourners, claims is meant “to change the narrative about both politics and faith.”
Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered a sermon for the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is one of its most popular backers.
Curry told the Miami Herald. “Maybe, the Spirit is helping us to reclaim Christianity, not as ideology, not as anybody’s political party – Jesus can’t be bought – but to re-center Christianity and to have it named and heard as grounded in the teachings of Jesus who said, ‘Blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit,’ the Jesus who taught us, ‘Love God and love your neighbor.'”
However, Curry, as well as his other liberal cohorts, speak, as a former chaplain to the Queen said, of “amorphous love without judgment.”
After carefully reading the Reclaiming Jesus statement, I am struck with how seemingly sweet it sounds, but it’s only saccharine sweet. It’s appealing to the undiscerning, but it’s really just a white-washed tomb full of dead men’s bones. It’s merely socialism with a religious veneer. Though it claims to be non-political, non-partisan, it’s actually an effort to start a movement away from President Trump, away from conservative public policies, and away from theologically conservative evangelicalism. It is, in fact, the same liberal theological mush that has been stunting the growth of, splitting, and destroying mainline churches for several decades.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, told OneNewsNow that its signers make Karl Marx look like a conservative. “I think as you lift the veil, what this really is is one more attempt by the Never-Trump Christians to try to diminish or take away the very positive things that are going on.”
Christian apologist Alex McFarland faulted the statement’s implication that Scripture demands open borders.
McFarland told OneNewsNow, “I pray that people will not be mislead by the religious lingo sprinkled throughout this document and by the either accidentally or intentionally crafted logical fallacies that permeate this very unsettling tome called Reclaiming Jesus.”
McFarland rightly argues the statement is a “misstatement of the Gospel.”
I especially take umbrage with Statement Six of the document where signers contend that the “America First” philosophy is a “theological heresy for followers of Christ.” Statement Six, in my estimation, is an assault on patriotism – something that belittles and disparages it as a religious duty.
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Source: Christian Post