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Monday, March 14, 2011

Love Wins: A New Split in Protestant Evangelicalism

by Jimmy Spencer
Red Letter Christians

Over the past couple years we have seen a growing hostility between conservative and more legalistic traditions of Christianity here in the USA and the more progressive traditions who focus more on loving and serving others. This doesn’t cleanly break across strictly denominational lines either.

Your witnessing something big right now.
Your witnessing a new split in Protestant Evangelicalism.

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You’ll see two sides soon with a fairly slim middle. On one side you’ll have the Reformed Conservatives—entrenching and ‘expelling’ folks. On the other side you will see the Progressive Evangelicals—migrating toward work with mainline churches. This thing is going to split wide open.

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This may be the future of Evangelicalism—and we may all be witnessing the tipping poin.

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  1. I think this cat is partly correct. However, I don't think he's looking outside the box quite enough. He's not giving enough credit to a progressive mindset that refuses to recongregate under mainline church doctrine and theology.

    In other words, this thing is bigger than Spencer realizes. Bring it on!

  2. could very well be much much bigger :)

  3. Dude, where was your punctuation and why all the one liners that needed to be in a paragraph form. I felt like I was reading Rob Bell. Not that that's a bad thing, but sweet Jesus, reading that felt like trying to put a puzzle together.

    Seriously, I love what you had to say. You're confirming what I've been saying for 6 years and when the flack hit about Love Wins I just knew that this was gonna be a "line in the sand" moment that we need to watch closely.

    You're crystal ball is true and clear...

  4. I will say though that I fully anticipate this split to go far beyond evangelical protestantism. I really think it's gonna be a complete and irreversible paradigm shift. I'm not talking about the content of Bell's book, mind you. I'm talking about Bell's book acting as the Paul Revere of a larger movement than many of us can even grasp.

    Truly awesome times. We need to decide what these times will be called. What do you think? The anti-reformation?