The “progressive christian leaders” are trying to lure you away from scripture are telling you a lie. They are manipulating your desire for the growth of God’s Kingdom. They are telling you that if you really want to love sinners like Jesus does, then you will have to shrink back/water down/edit out some of Jesus’ words. If you really want to reach this generation for Christ, you must back off your commitment to the hard teaching in his His word [marriage, divorce, same sex practices, money, etc]..
But therein is the lie—that you can love someone by withholding from them what they need the most.
What sinners need to hear is Jesus’ word. They don’t need someone telling them “peace, peace” when there is no peace (Jer. 6:14). They need to hear that God is holy and we are not. They need to hear that apart from grace, we rightly stand under the judgment of this holy God (John 3:36). They need to hear that God so loved the world that He sent His one and only son that whosoever believes in Him—and every word proceeding from His mouth—should have eternal life (John 3:16).
It may seem that the only way to reach some people will be to edit out or water down the offensive parts of Christ’s word. But it only seems that way. The truth is that there is no place too dark and no heart too hard for the word of Christ. The Lord’s arm is not too short to save (Isaiah 59:1). He is still in the business of saving to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25). There is no need to augment Christ’s word. His sheep will hear His voice.
3 The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
16 And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep. 27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.
His voice—His word—is the most compelling thing to the sheep. Indeed, they show themselves to be sheep by being responsive to what He says. Those who are not His sheep show themselves by not listening or heeding Jesus’ word.
The false teachers want you to believe that Jesus’ sheep won’t hear his voice unless you suppress/edit/ignore Jesus’ voice. Jesus is telling you that it’s Jesus’ voice that draws the sheep in. Who will you believe?
So lift up Christ’s word. Don’t shrink back. The Devil wants you to put that sword back into its sheath (Heb. 4:12). But if you really care about loving sinners, winning people to Christ, and growing His church, you must never comply [2 Tim. 2:4].
Remember, no one comes unless God draws [Jn. 6:44]. When He calls, they hear his voice and they know his voice [Jn. 10]. If they do not hear His voice and go out from us, it is because they never belonged with us to start with [1 Jn. 2:19].
The Gospel is offensive to a lost and dying world. The Gospel divides the sheep from the goats. But there is power in the Gospel for salvation [Rom. 1:16].