Beliefs

Because we are inter-denominational we have many sets of beliefs. Here are the ones find in most Christian Churches but more in progressive churches.

God

We believe that God, the Creator, is the “the only true God” (John 17:3). He is the God of the Old Testament who revealed himself as Yahweh to the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others. He is the God of the New Testament who is the Father of Christ and the heavenly Father of all Christians. He is, Holy and separate from all His creation.  He is the Almighty, who has always been and who always will be, and His chief characteristics are love and truth.

The Holy Spirit

The original text of both the Old and New Testaments was all capital letters, so it is from the context that we must determine whether the text is speaking of the “Holy Spirit” or “holy spirit.” We believe that “the Holy Spirit” is another name for God. God is called “the Holy” and “Spirit,” so we would expect that, along with many other names of God such as Yahweh, El Shaddai, the Ancient of Days, and the Blessed One, He would be called “the Holy Spirit.”

Progressive Christianity represents a post-modern theological approach, and is not necessarily synonymous with progressive politics. It developed out of the Liberal Christianity of the modern era, which was rooted in enlightenment thinking. As such, Progressive Christianity is a “post-liberal movement” within Christianity “that seeks to reform the faith via the insights of post-modernism and a reclaiming of the truth beyond the verifiable historicity and factuality of the passages in the Bible by affirming the truths within the stories that may not have actually happened.”

Progressive Christianity is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed, and environmental stewardship of the earth. Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to “love one another” (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, and tolerance, often through political activism. Though prominent, the movement is by no means the only significant movement of progressive thought among Christians.

Progressive Christianity draws on the insights of multiple theological streams including evangelicalism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, pragmatism, postmodernism, Progressive Reconstructionism, and liberation theology. The concerns of feminism are also a major influence on the movement, as expressed in feminist and womanist theologies.

Though the terms Progressive Christianity and Liberal Christianity are often used synonymously, the two movements are distinct, despite much overlap.

As Christian of the left, we generally approaches homosexuality differently from other Christian political groups. This approach can be driven by focusing on issues differently despite holding similar religious views, or by holding different religious ideas. The Christian left who have similar ideas as other Christian political groups but a different focus may view Christian teachings on certain issues, such as the Bible’s prohibitions against killing or criticisms of concentrations of wealth, as far more politically important than Christian teachings on social issues emphasized by the religious right, such as opposition to homosexuality. Others in the Christian left have not only a different focus on issues from other Christian political groups, but different religious ideas as well.

All members of the Christian left consider discrimination and bigotry against homosexuals to be immoral, but they differ on their views towards homosexual sex. Some believe homosexual sex to be immoral but largely unimportant when compared with issues relating to social justice, or even matters of sexual morality involving heterosexual sex. Others affirm that some homosexual practices are compatible with the Christian life. Such members believe common biblical arguments used to condemn homosexuality are misinterpreted, and that biblical prohibitions of homosexual practices are actually against a specific type of homosexual sex act, i.e., pederasty, the sodomizing of young boys by older men. Thus, they hold biblical prohibitions to be irrelevant when considering modern same-sex relationships.

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Consistent life ethic

A related strain of thought is the (Catholic and progressive evangelical) consistent life ethic, which sees opposition to capital punishment, militarism, euthanasia, abortion and the global unequal distribution of wealth as being related. It is an idea with certain concepts shared by Abrahamic religions as well as Buddhists, Hindus, and members of other religions. The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago developed the idea for the consistent life ethic in 1983. Sojourners is particularly associated with this strand of thought.

Liberation theology

Liberation theology is a theological tradition that emerged in the developing world, especially Latin America. Since the 1960s, Catholic thinker shave integrated left-wing thought and Catholicism, giving rise to Liberation Theology. It arose at a time when Catholic thinkers who opposed the despotic leaders in South and Central America allied themselves with the communist opposition. However, it developed independently of and roughly simultaneously with Black theology in the U.S., and should not be confused with it. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided that while liberation theology is partially compatible with Catholic social teaching, certain Marxist elements of it, such as the doctrine of perpetual class struggle, are athegainst Church teachings.

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We believe

in One God who created the universe and everything in it. (Isaiah 43: 10-13; Isaiah 44: 24; Deut. 6: 4; 1 Corinthians 8: 4-6)We believe that God became flesh, in Jesus Christ. So He is One with God. (John 1:1-5; John 1:14-18; Isaiah 9: 6-7; John 17:20-23; John 17:5; John 16:27-30; John 14:7-11;)We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. In saying this, We believe Mary was a virgin when she ‘gave birth’. (Luke 1: 26-38)We believe Jesus died on the Cross for our sins, that we may be forgiven. And that He was bodily raised to life on the third day. Luke 23: 33-34; Luke 24: 1-7;   Isaiah 53: 3-7)We believe we have ‘eternal life’ by accepting God’s plan of Salvation which is accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. (1 John 5: 10-12; Romans 10:9;     Acts 4:11-12; Colossians 2:6; Ephesians 3:16-19; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:5)We believe in being ‘baptized’ by full-immersion after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. We do not believe that water baptism saves a person. Salvation is

 a free gift by accepting Jesus. (Romans 6: 3-4; Matthew 28: 19; Ephesians 2: 8-10)We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit through ordinary people, and that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are relevant for today. (1 Corinthians 12, John 1: 33;           Acts 1: 5-9, 2: 1-18; 1 Cor. 14: 2-4, 14-19)We believe that the word of God (the Bible) is the only authority, and is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is the only truth that we must live by. We do not believe     or accept any other teachings and beliefs, there is only ‘One Truth’. (2 Timothy 3: 16-17; Hebrews 4: 12; 1 Peter 1: 25; Mark 13: 31)We believe that Jesus Christ will come back again to gather up His Church. (Acts 1: 11; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)We believe there is a real ‘Heaven’ and a real ‘Hell’. And where we spend our eternity is determined by which one we choose while we’re alive. There are no second chances after ‘Death’. (Revelation 21: 22-27, 20: 10-15; Hebrews 9: 27-28) We are open to who wish to worship in an affirming, Christ-centred community where questions are welcome and spiritual journeys are honoured.

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