Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity

Are the Mennonite Brethren leaders trying to quiet legitimate concerns about having Shane Caliborne speak at their upcoming youth convention without fully understanding the controversy?

Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity
By Dave Hunt
The Berean Call

Q: I recently heard the term “progressive Christian” in conjunction with some controversial speakers, Jim Wallis and Shane Claiborne, at a Lifest Music Festival. I’m not familiar with the term or the controversy surrounding the speakers. What can you tell me?

A: Jim Wallis and Shane Claiborne’s beliefs place them among socialist, or “progressive,” Christians who advocate deeds and actions that they believe will achieve justice and peace upon the earth. Wallis is the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine. He oversees a Washington, D.C., Christian community of the same name and is one of President Obama’s spiritual advisors. Claiborne studied under Tony Campolo* at Eastern University, did a 10-week internship with Mother Teresa in India, and later started a “new monastic” community in Philadelphia that ministers to the poor.

Claiborne’s Christianity majors in “good works” yet is rooted in the experiential, often expressed through mysticism. His frequent ecumenical statements speak of a “mystical” bonding between “people of faith”:

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*NEW: Note: Tony Campolo’s pathway of choice had led him to accept homosexuality in the church:
Tony Campolo Comes Out of Closet in Support of ‘Full Acceptance’ of Homosexuality in Church


6 thoughts on “Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity

  1. Re:
    “Shane Claiborne who will be speaking at the U.S. Mennonite Brethren conference’s 2011 youth convention in San Antonio, Texas.”

    Shane Claiborne is a dynamic speaker that is very popular with many young people. He preaches a powerful social gospel, which is actually “another gospel” according to the Bible. Paul was very clear about those who preach “another gospel”, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”, Gal. 1:8.

    There is no doubt that Shane has a love for the poor and needy, but is that the “Gospel of Christ”? Christ’s first message in the Gospel of Mark was, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel”, Mar 1:15. We cannot take for granted that all the young people are “born again” believers. Good works will follow when people are truly “born again”.

    Some MB youth leaders believe that Shane would motivate the young people into action, this is wonderful. But the social gospel will not result in eternal life. In order to make the ‘gospel’ more appealing Shane has changed some of the wording in Mathew 5. See http://emergingchurchconcerns.wordpress.com/shane-claiborne-rewrites-matthews-gospel/
    Who gave Shane permission to change some of the wording?

    The Bible warns us not to add or take away from God’s Word. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” Deut.4:2. Also in Rev. we read, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” verse 18. Could it be that since there are so many Bible translations presently that we no longer are troubled, when learned men change the wording in God’s holy, eternal, word?

    Do the MB youth leaders know of no men, who will proclaim the “Gospel of the Bible” as it is written?

    John 3:7

    • Dear Sir,
      While I understand that I am some 17 months out of date, I do not use a computer, am new to the Internet, and, being disguted by it, do not browse about. I did, however, out of curiosity, have a “look about” under “Mennonite” to see how such is represented.

      I do NOT know of these various personalities that are mentioned, but get the essence of what is seemingly happening in the world today. In noticing your comment, I do want to applaud you for that concluding paragraph!!! I essentially ‘gave up’ after publishing my thesis on “Religious Humanism” in 2003, and following outrageous vilification and slanders against my character, left the world to its own devices. Accordingly, I have no knowledge of what is occurring now, nine years later.

      I had thought that folk who were capable of making discerning comment – such as you have done here – were all but extinct. Thank you for raising my morale a wee bit, this day!
      I remain,
      Yours very sincerely,
      Philip Livingstone

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