First Congregational Church on 5th Ave in Hendersonville is a progressive, social justice church https://fcchendersonville.org/social-justice/ . In other words they are a politically active front group for America’s communist Left http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1629800/posts.
Their website says their “Larger Community Ministry” “Identifies and acts on social justice concerns including advocacy, the environment, gun control, homelessness, immigration/inclusivity, and mental health”.
A look at the speakers they invite proves they are not a true Bible-believing Christian church:
Rev. Ed Bacon - May 31 - June 2, 2019
The Walter E. Ashley Lecture Series is excited to introduce Reverend Ed Bacon as our latest esteemed lecturer. The author of 8 Habits of Love, Ed Bacon has been a regular guest host on Oprah Winfrey's Soul Series, on Oprah & Friends Radio, and a guest panelist in the Spirituality 101 segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show's "Live Your Best Life" series. Ms. Winfrey recently named Ed Bacon a "Soul Teacher" on her "SuperSoul 100" list… He is a national voice on Issues of the Oneness of all creation, rethinking Christianity as non-bigoted, science-friendly, and love-based; as well as promoting faith and justice for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
PREVIOUS ASHLEY LECTURERS
The late Marcus Borg (1942-2015) was an American New Testament scholar, theologian and author. A fellow of the Jesus Seminar…Borg continues to be among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity and is a major figure in scholarship related to the Historical Jesus.
Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author…His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution
Brian McLaren has been named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time Magazine... He is the leader of “the emerging church,”
John Shelby Spong, was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001… His bestselling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, A New Christianity for a New World and Why Christianity Must Change or Die.Pastor of the West Hills United Church of Canada in Scarborough, Ontario and founder of the Canadian Centre of Progressive Christianity, Gretta Vosper is the author of the bestselling book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe.
Robin Meyers is the pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church, an “unapologetically Christian, unapologetically liberal” church in Oklahoma City. He is a professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, a syndicated columnist, an award winning commentator for National Public Radio.
Reverend Dr. John Philip Newell, a Church of Scotland minister, is the former Warden of Iona Abbey, a scholar of Celtic spirituality, a renowned retreat leader, and author of 15 books, including The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings.
Also, you see further in the article that they use Saul Alinsky’s rule “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”