Progressive Christianity & Polyamory: A Match Made in Hell

Over 15 years ago I made a prediction to my Evangelical friends that the legalization of same-sex marriage was inevitable in the United States.
 
My argument was that there simply wasn’t anything in the Constitution to stop it. The only way it could have been slowed down, is if we would had preemptively adopted a constitutional amendment stating that marriage was between one man and one woman alone, a long time ago.
 
At the time I argued that rather than waste our political capital trying to stop same-sex marriage; we should have been putting that political energy into ending abortion, where we could make a constitutional argument under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment that unborn children are not receiving equal protection (but that is another article).
 
However, what I did not foresee at the time was the number of Evangelicals who would turn to progressive Christian theology in order to attempt to make same-sex relationships acceptable within the Evangelical church.

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My De-conversion Story…

I’m admittedly a church nerd.
 
That means that not only am I a disciple of Jesus, but that I also love to study churches;
 
…what makes them succeed or fail; why some people stay committed to Christ and others fall away; and why some try to change Jesus by rejecting orthodox Christian theology.
 
To that extent, I have had a morbid fascination with the recent trend of “de-conversion” stories.

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How is Discipleship Not Salvation by Works?

One of the great debates surrounding discipleship is if it equates to salvation by works. For being a disciple of someone intrinsically requires the disciple to “do something.”
 
Because, a disciple is someone who attempts to obey and imitate their master by knowing and keeping their master’s words, teachings, commands, and example. And it is clear from the 250+ references in the New Testament that we are to be disciples of Jesus. So how then does that not equate to salvation by works?
 
One point of clarification is that good works are at the very least associated with salvation. Scripture is clear that one cannot simply “get saved” and then not be conformed to the image of Jesus by imitating Him as His disciple.

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