Who Is Jim Wallace?
Who is Jim Wallis? Depending on your religious background and location you may have or may not have heard of this very prominent and influential leader within the liberal Progressive Christian movement. In this article we will focus on the following areas; a quick synopsis of Wallis’ pass and his theological beliefs.
To understand who Jim Wallis is we have to look Wallis’ early years. Jim Wallis was born on June 4, 1948 in Detroit Michigan. He was raised in a traditional evangelical Plymouth Brethren family. Wallis graduated from Michigan State University and attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.
Wallis in his early college days began to show his progressive liberal agenda as he became active in the very progressive socialist group called the Students for a Democratic Society. As Wallis became more involved in his activism he found himself being arrested 22 times for acts of civil disobedience. Wallis has been involved in antiwar activism during the Vietnam War, and wrote in 1974 that it was a “brutal, criminal war.”  In 1976 he wrote in his book Agenda for Biblical People that the United States is a “fallen nation.” Wallis received criticism for this statement and for his liberal progressive agenda presented in his book.
Today Jim Wallace is better known as a liberal progressive Christian activist more than a just a political activist. He is the found and editor of Sojourners magazine along with founding the Washington, D.C. based liberal progressive Christian community of peace and social justice know as Sojourners. Some of Wallis’s other well-known accomplishments among liberal Christianity include being the spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama. He is also well known for starting the movement known as the Red-Letter Christians. (See are article: “Who Are the Red Letter Christians?”) As far as liberal progressive Christianity goes Jim Wallis is considered one of the movement’s foremost influential and powerful figures of present time.
Now that Jim Wallis’ progressive liberal pass has been documented and exposed let’s look at what are Wallis’ theological beliefs. To better understand what Jim Wallis believes as a Progressive Christian we must define what Progressive Christianity is. By defining what Progressive Christianity is we also will be able to define what Wallis believes as a progressive Christian. Progressive Christianity is the name given to a movement within contemporary Christianity characterized by the willingness to question tradition. It should be noted that this movement is on the fringe of biblical Christianity. Those within the movement hold to the acceptance of human diversity with a strong emphasis on social justice, to the point of misrepresenting the message of the bible. In other words they believe in care for the poor and the oppressed and environmental stewardship of the Earth. This “love” of the Earth is how the unbiblical “green agenda” or “Green Cross” was started under the Progressive Christianity movement. Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to "love one another" (John 15:17) within the teaching of Jesus Christ. Within this teaching is where the group The Red Letter Christians was formed. The beliefs of Progressive Christianity have lead to a focus on compassion, promoting justice and mercy, tolerance, and working towards solving the societal problems of poverty, discrimination and environmental issues, especially by social and political activism. Sadly it has done so at the cost of the most important person in the bible Jesus Christ. This movement also have taken Christ’s message of Salvation and turned it on its head making it a worthless token of good deeds and self promotion.
The above description of progressive Christianity sums up the core beliefs of Jim Wallis in a nutshell. Who could disagree with a cause that promotes such meaning full agendas? Very simply put the bible and the Word of God . In the progressive Christian movement leaders like Jim Wallis are notorious for misrepresenting or twisting what the Bible states on the topics of; the poor, earth stewardship, social justice and especially questioning what contemporary Christianity holds as traditional Christianity. To fully understand the problems and concerns with the Progressive Christian movement see our article entitled “What is Progressive Christianity?”
After looking at a brief history of Jim Wallis and what he believes we can see that he is one of America’s most powerful figures within the Progressive Christian movement today. While many progressive Christians may hold Wallis up as the Apostle Paul of this era, he is definitely no Apostle Paul. Instead Jim Wallis is more like the Judas of modern Christianity betraying what is biblical Christianity for a man centered, man promoted and man filled Gospel of self worth.
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 Goodstein, Laurie (15 March 2009). "Without a Pastor, Obama Turns to a Circle of 5"
 "Evangelical Minister Jim Wallis Is in Demand in Obama's Washington"
 Wallis, Jim, "The New Regime," The Post-American, October 1974, p. 3. Cited in Angela M. Lahr, Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares, Oxford University Press, 2007, p. 185.