I used to define myself as "conservative", but that got hijacked by intolerant and (frankly) heretical teachings spouted by people who have nothing better to do than assault other people who disagree with them.
Then I felt "fundamentalist" would be a good fit. Unfortunately the "fundamentals" of Christ's message have been overlooked in some areas and criticised in minute detail in others. So I can't use that term any more.
"Progressive" has a nice ring to it, but the more I explore the concept, the more it speaks of universalism - the concept that all religions ultimately lead to the same place - and effectively gnosticism, specifically blasted by St Paul everywhere he went. It also has a disturbing habit of "de-classifying" sinful behaviour because of alleged scientific "proof" pertaining to sme behaviours. The big one currently is homosexuality, but the wheel will turn and something else will repace it eventually in the cross-hairs.
"Traditional" has never been an option for me, and the same for "Basic" and "Literal". They miss the point. I don't believe the earth is only 4000 years old, so "literal" as a part of the young earth movement makes no sense.
So I find myself pondering "Regressive" Christianity.
I've not found any references to this concept as an official way of thinking/behaving, so maybe I'm starting something here.
- Emphasises the only way to Salvation is through Jesus Christ
- accepts the teaching of Jesus as sacrosanct.
- It accepts that Scripture knows better than society when it comes to societal "norms".
- Sin is Sin. No matter whator who is commiting it - and how many concur within society
- The Ultimate place to confirm right and wrong behaviour is God's Word, not the DSM4 or 5
- All religions are not equal
- Does not condemn an individual for their behaviour, irrespective of that behaviour
- Acknowledges the Bible is not God in itself, but is the only recording of His utterances and the canon is closed
- Nobody who accepts Jesus as their personal Saviour at the rejection of all other false gods will fail to be accepted as a Brother or Sister in Him