Progressive Christians ARE Christians, we are not a sub group of Christianity, rather we feel we have found a flavor of Christianity that Jesus would best be associated with. We are Christians who preach the gospel of love and salvation from self. A message of love, a desire for peace and tolerance to all people; this is a general description of what progressive Christianity is about. This is counter to many in the conservative evangelical world who hold to strict theological doctrines and dogmas in fear of hellfire and brimstone. Progressive Christianity does not embrace fear. As the scripture states “perfect love cast out all fear.” (1 John 4:18). In many ways our flavor of Christianity can bring many together in unity around the simple idea of love.
It is time to forget about your mother’s Christianity and step into the new age. I am speaking primarily of hardcore fundamentalism. When I was growing up it was all about hellfire and brimstone and salvation of souls. I was so scared half the time that I think I was “saved” every Sunday. You do not need to be a theologian of any status to understand that this is not what Jesus wanted. Bringing people into the church by way of fear is no better than putting a knife to ones throat and telling them “convert or die.” Who wants to enter heaven under compulsion? Would you really be entering heaven? Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven being within our mist. Yes, Jesus did also speak of hellfire, sin, and evil; yet humanity has overemphasized the darkness and forgot the light.