In the Spotlight
Frank Bergman September 25, 2023
From Slay News
An Anglican minister has blasted the notion of “progressive Christians” as an “oxymoron.”
Deacon Calvin Robinson has warned that liberals are Christianity’s “greatest” threat and declared that a person cannot be a Christian and a progressive.
He argues that those who claim to be “progressive Christians” are “fake.”
Robinson is a free Church of England minister and prominent British conservative commentator.
Robinson is warning that liberalism, communism, and neo-Marxism are the “greatest” current threats to the Western Church.
In an interview with Fox News, Robinson argues that the liberal, “neo-Marxist” thought has infected the minds of some leaders and congregants in both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.
He says that this leftist ideology is “one of the devil’s tools” and is being used to destroy Christianity from within.
Robinson, a staunch proponent of Christian orthodoxy who uses his media platform to warn about relativism and liberalism supplanting clear Christian teaching, claimed that Christians who prioritize liberal ideas of inclusivity are “twisting” the truth of Christianity.
Robinson gave his statements amidst complicated times for Christians and Catholics in the West.
In recent months, a contingent of Roman Catholic bishops in Germany have insisted on blessing same-sex unions; Anglican bishops have given serious thought to updating the “Our Father” with gender-neutral pronouns; and Pope Francis has knocked American Catholic conservatives at war with liberal ideologies, claiming they have a “reactionary attitude” and ascribing a character of “backwardness” to them.
American Christians at large have also found themselves confronting an encroaching culture of “anti-racism,” “climate change” activism, and a radical LGBTQ agenda.
Robinson was firm and clear about what this prevailing culture of liberalism presents for Christians in the West.
He declared, “Liberalism is the greatest threat to [Christianity] – current –because it’s one of the tools that the devil is using.”
The minister described liberalism as so dangerous because it’s “rooted in twists of the truth.”
After stating that Islam is “famously a Catholic heresy,” he said, “but liberalism is even more warped in terms of taking something that sounds compassionate, sounds empathetic, but isn’t actually fully true in order to get people to believe in it, such as, you know, trans queer theory, gender theory, critical race theory.”
Further, Deacon Robinson explained each of these radical liberal ideas “come from one place.”
“And it’s really, I mean, we call it ‘neo–Marxism,’ but it’s really communism, which we know is incompatible with the Christian faith because it is the work of the enemy,” he explains.
He recalled that “so many popes, so many cardinals, so many good holy men throughout history have said this quite explicitly.
“And so, we shouldn’t let our guard down for communism.
“We certainly shouldn’t let it for neo-Marxism, and therefore we should not let our guard down for liberalism.”
When asked about Christians who believe they can support liberal ideologies or consider themselves progressive Christians, Robinson was emphatic.
“Progressive Christianity is an oxymoron,” he said.
“You can either be a Christian or you can be progressive.”
He explained, “The Christian faith is inherently conservative because it provides a set of values that are seen by the modern world as conservative – ideas such as marriage is between one man and one woman, that God made us male and female, and he made those different.
“You know, we’re not equal in terms of being the same.
“We’re equal in terms of dignity and worth.
“But we are complementary and different for a purpose.”
Doubling down on his condemnation of progressive Christianity, Robinson said, “Progressive Christianity is about twisting the truth again.
“It is all a lie. You can either have the truth or not the truth.
“The truth is objective, right? So you have truth or lie.”
The deacon then provided an analogy, claiming that progressive Christianity is as Christian as a transgender “man” is biologically male: “And progressive Christianity – I see it much like trans – like a trans man.
“The word trans in that sentence means fake, right?
“A trans woman is a fake woman. A trans man is a fake man.”
“A progressive Christian is a fake Christian.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.
“They put that little caveat before it to let you know, that they’re not really doing what the thing comes after it is.”