A headline to a religious website boasted that a person had become less evangelical and more progressive in his faith. People speak in such terms with not the least bit of awareness of Scripture, all the while pretending to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The name of Christian does not tolerate degrees of this or that, or divisions into this or that group. A Christian is who he is by the grace of God and the truth of the gospel.
A Christian is not of the world. He belongs to Christ. As such, he wears no name but the Lord’s and seeks no truth but the Good News. The Lord refuses to share his glory with the honors of men.
The history of religion is a history of division. This is why we seek to return to the New Testament, where the original plan of faith is set forth.
It is not an act of hubris to jump all those centuries of “church” history, but an act of humility, because it sets aside the theologies and departures of man in order to embrace the simple model of Christ.
Scripture is sufficient. We seek to live in a manner worthy of the name of Christ. Our gospel is the simple plan of salvation. Men many call themselves after their denominations, theologies, or leaders. Following Christ means rejecting all these to become nothing more or less than the children of God.