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Why The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel?

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September 14, 2018 8:00 pm

Why The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel?

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September 14, 2018 8:00 pm

“Social justice is a gospel issue.” If you’ve heard this said once recently, you’ve likely heard it dozens of times.

This phrase has become the rallying cry of prominent evangelical leaders, many of which are under 50, who believe that Christians and the church have the duty to rectify perceived injustices against blacks, women, homosexuals/transgenders, and other designated oppressed groups...

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The statement on social this in the gospel that is the topic we discussed today with Caleb Eisner right here on the Christian world view radio program where the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God. They in Jesus Christ, I'm David Wheaton, the host, and a website the Christian world social justice is the gospel issue.

If you've heard that said once recently, you've likely heard it said dozens of times this phrase social got a justice is the gospel issue has become the rallying cry of prominent evangelical leaders, many of whom are under 50, but some over 50 who believe that Christians in the church have the duty to rectify perceived injustices against Blacks, women, homosexuals, transgender's and other designated or perceived oppressed groups. The pushes become so strong so quickly that another group of evangelicals where he that social justice initiatives and associations will lead to compromise of the actual saving gospel has written the statement on social justice in the gospel. Some are calling at the Dallas statement because it was written in Dallas so this weekend on the Christian world of you, Caleb Eisner, who is the founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation and also the author of the booklet social justice versus biblical justice. How good intentions undermine justice and gospel joins us to discuss why this statement was written who the leaders are on both sides and what the church's role is with regards to these issues of justice was get to the first segment of the interview with Caleb Eisner Kell.

Thank you for coming back on the Christian really today to talk about this recent statement on social justice in the gospel and I just want to read the first few paragraphs of this statement which is linked at our website the Christian really. it says in view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christchurch. We wish to clarify certain key Christian doctrines and ethical principles prescribed in God's word clarity on these issues will fortify believers and churches to withstand an onslaught of dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel misrepresent Scripture and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Specifically, the statement says we are deeply concerned that values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity manhood and womanhood in human sexuality. The Bible's teaching on each of these subjects is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for quote social justice if the doctrines of God's word are not uncompromisingly reasserted and defended at these points. There is every reason to anticipate that these dangerous ideas and corrupted moral values will spread their influence into other realms of biblical doctrines and principles last paragraph we submit these affirmations and denials for public consideration not with any pretense of ecclesiastical authority, but with an urgency that is mixed with deep joy and sincere sorrow rapidity with which these deadly ideas have spread from the culture at large into churches and Christian organizations including some that are evangelical and reformed necessitates the issuing of this statement.

Now we grieve that in doing so, we know we are taking a stand against the positions of some teachers whom we have long regarded as faithful and trustworthy spiritual guides. It is our earnest prayer that our brothers and sisters will stand firm on the gospel and avoid being blown to and fro by every cultural trend that seeks to move the church of Christ. Off course and then it goes into the statement which has affirmations and denials on the following subjects of Scripture image bearing justice, God's law sin gospel salvation. The church, heresy, sexuality and marriage complementarity knows him race and ethnicity, culture, and racism.

That was a long introduction.

Kell had apologize for that. But why the need to write this statement on social justice in the gospel.

Why does there need to do this you think well I really what you wrote explains that made pretty well.

There's really a whole lot of confusion going on with undermining of biblical teaching on onset of righteousness on various certain behaviors. For instance, we have effort by many people to say what we just need to accept all homosexuals transgender's saw into our churches, so affirming that somehow in the what God calls us to repentance said that doesn't mean that we reject sinners from our churches if we did not reject the reject also were all sinners but what we what we do require must requires that there be repentance for said acknowledgment is rather than an attempt to justify it and save it. In fact, it's not just one example. There are many other ways that happens. But fundamentally, especially for myself. I signed because I have recognized for many years. The whole idea of social justice really undermines biblical meetings of both justice and grace and therefore threatens the gospel distorts the gospel and distorts the message that we need to bring to a lost and dying world. If we don't get our understandings of both justice and grace biblically. We are going to be preaching a false gospel that means it's a gospel that is not as is the true gospel. The power of God for salvation to everyone who believes Caleb Eisner with us today on the Christian review radio program, the founder of Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation. Their website is Cornwall He is also the author of social justice versus biblical justice.

A booklet that is subtitled how good intentions undermine justice and gospel and they are specially reprinting this right now with a copy of the new statement on social justice in the gospel in it and tell you how you can get it from the Christian real view today so who are those talks about certain segments within evangelicalism pushing for this phrase is used over and over again. Social justice is a gospel issue for those pushing social justice as a gospel issue and what did they exactly mean by that phrase. It is used so much will not always clear exactly what they mean by phrase social justice as a gospel issue. The gospel is the good news. Grammarians would call it indicative it tells what has happened is the good news of what Jesus Christ is done for our salvation. He died for our sins. He rose again from the dead as alcohol summarizes prescribed 16 gospel presentations when people come to Christ by faith are reconciled to God and begin to learn what he tells us we should do in our lives that comes not into gospel into what's called law law what Americans call imperative expresses a command requirement and we must always distinguish gospel and wants not opposed to action but are distinct in what I fear often happens for those who are saying that social justice is a gospel issue is first of the confusing law and gospel and then second, they are expanding the definition of the gospel way beyond the biblical boundaries of knowing we do have to recognize the Bible uses the word gospel in a variety of different ways. It's good news that your child is healed. See, it's good news that the kingdom of God is coming, but particularly as to the salvation of sinners from the wrath of God. The gospel of Christ died for us in Scripture is buried and rose again. And when we extend that and start to treat other things as they were part of how we are reconciled to God.

Then we begin to teach day of works righteousness version gospel, which is exactly what Paul wrote passionately against in Romans and Galatians is also. So what social issues are those pushing social justice trying to rectify and then importantly, what is their plan what is their means of of rectifying these perceived injustices will address the second part first.

Unfortunately, what seems to happen was that the plan for rectifying these things always winds up being some kind of a demand for government to require everybody do something right. And that's actually not terribly surprising because the Bible actually teaches us very clearly what was 13, but God ordained the state to enforce trust designs the church to be the vessel and vehicle of his grace, we organize the state to pursue justice and so indeed it is a matter of justice that all people should be treated exactly alike, regardless of their dedicated regardless of whether, for example, they are behaving in manners that the Bible says are sinful or in matters that the Bible says are righteous.

If that's justice, then of course your station require the kinds of issues that they will address. Well we can all be summed up in the word oppression, unjust treatment of some people while others are common forms of racism and sexism. Those things are indeed oppression things about all Christians should be concerned what happens all too often is the all inequalities between any identifiable groups get ascribed to oppression when in reality there are many other contributors inequality and even more important than that all inequalities tend to get depicted as injustices, whereas little understanding of justice requires that Medicaid inequalities are entirely trust and indeed can only be set aside by doing injustice. That's interesting answer. Thank you for that Caleb Eisner with us today here in the Christian real view, the founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation is an excellent organization Cornwall Why is that the younger reformed group of evangelicals. How did they become so motivated by social justice. Is it something that was neglected by the older generation or what you think. Okay, listen to an interview with Kalb Eisner today of the Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation and also was involved with the topic were discussing today that the crafting the signing of the statement on social justice in the gospel, by the way, these are all linked at our website the Christian real would highly recommend this is a critically important issue. This issue of social justice divisions are happening. This is the I say may be the hottest topic right now in evangelicalism and there are going to be ramifications from this and so I would highly recommend you dig in and understand this issue we have the statement listed on our website and the preview for today we have a couple of excellent articles one by John MacArthur were highly recommend you read that we another one by Kevin DeYoung on the website. Also, you can order this social justice versus biblical justice booklet by Kalb Eisner and they have just reprinted it with a copy of the statement social justice in the gospel in it is coming soon. You can order the donation of any amount to the Christian real view. You can give us a call at 188846 2233 or you can write to us will give that information throughout the rest of the program today stating we have much more coming up on social justice rep. This first break the day in the Christian review. I'm David Wheaton in his DVD, the death of discernment. Mike Gendron uses the analogy from a W those red cells are like faith.

They carry life-giving oxygen to every part of the body white cells. On the other hand, are discernment they pounce upon dead and toxic matter and carry it out of the body. Each member in the body of Christ is white blood cell, we need to identify doctrinal error and make sure it gets out of the body. That's the only way that the body of Christ can remain strong. The death of discernment DVD contains two messages by Mike Gendron. You can order it for donation of any amount to the Christian worldview. None of the tale is $15 plus shipping. Go to the Christian world.more more, 1888 646-2233 or write to Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331 back on the Christian real view radio program today. I'm David Wheaton just want to say to those in the Carolinas is in the southeast being affected by this hurricane we been watching it following you. You had not forgotten.

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We just are that you can do through this and I know people become and to help with very very difficult trial right now but just know you are in our our thoughts and our prayers today in the program were talking about the statement on social justice in the gospel commonly called the Dallas statement because it was crafted in Dallas and I were talking with Kalb Eisner about a use assignment when the signers of it is also the founder of Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation in the author of a social justice booklet which were offering today will tell you how you can get that at the end of the segment with get back to the second part of the interview with Kalb Eisner. Why is that the younger reformed group of evangelicals.

How did they become so motivated by social justice is a something that was neglected by the older generation or what you think.

Winston Churchill once said something like if you're not a little part. If you're not a conservative passage third is because you nonetheless. Not literally true, of course, but grasps an important thing, compassion is relatively easy to grasp easy to feel, but figuring out what really truly helps those in need as much more difficult because Walter Williams stated in slacks load what I think is one of the most brilliant statements in all discussion of poverty and oppression efforts to address the truly compassionate policy requires dispassionate analysis truly compassionate policy requires dispassionate analysis time to feel compassion and there's nothing wrong with but it takes a great deal of time to do the kind of wind and deep study of human nature of social relationships of how people respond to different sentencing circumstances yields sufficient understanding to craft a policy socialism appeals to you, largely because they lose most of their lives on the receiving end of unearned entirely proper.

They haven't had long called to discover the unearned benefits can't go on forever, but it will be applied to slice pieces and distribute there has to be flour and water, sugar and apples, of all people who produce those things and all things necessary or production and none of those things comes free, thrilling, well said Kalb Eisner again today on the Christian real view. I like to mention, just so listeners have an idea of where certain Christian leaders are coming down on this particular statement on social justice in the gospel and correct me if I'm wrong. If I get any of these wrong those who have signed this.

There were some of the main signatories are John MacArthur, Bodie Balcom is Pastor James White Alpha Omega ministries Justin peters Tom ethical course you calcined it as well. Those who seem that they won't sign this. I have three categories you did sign won't sign in on the sideline won't sign did the founders of the Gospel coalition that organization Tim Keller, DA Carson, I don't believe John Piper will sign this Russell Moore from the ethics and religious liberty commission, the entity of the Southern Baptist convention. Albert Mohler, I don't believe is going to sign this Mark Denver capital Hill Baptist in Washington DC Ligon Duncan reformed theological seminary for Beatty on you, but we lay a a well-known pastor on the East Coast, David Platt and also Matt Chandler.

I believe that group of people in the night might be correct if I'm wrong. They may, but I'm getting the sense that they are many of them have been proponents of this integrating some of the social justice ideas into the church. I don't think there's an assignment and some of those on the sideline that may or may not sign it but are definitely not. I don't think it would be against it will be people like Alister beggar can ham from answers in Genesis, Todd Friel, Paul washer. This particular group I just mentioned these names I would say are more in the conservative side of evangelicalism you do take people like I have attended the shepherd's conference in Los Angeles for many years and you can almost count on the fact that can be John MacArthur Al Mohler Mark Denver Ligon Duncan and Steve Lawson are going to be five or the big keynote preachers at that conference and you can see that list.

I mentioned that many of them are are in opposite sides of this particular issue of this social justice statement so the Long what have getting to the question Kalb that is this statement going to created a division amongst more theologically conservative evangelicals. Well, you know already has created some division unless you just made every one of those groups because I know who I respect men who are my friends and who I trust you to be my friends. Despite the fact that we differ over whether we ought not to sign this particular statement of I don't think that were beyond the point of feeling that vision good people, good intentions, following the spectrum is the Christian church has through the centuries through debate and dialogue, little by little results. She's pretty well so I think we can through respectful dialogue make progress on this will is a true story about Scott. We need a lot of patience it took from the mid-third century Sentry to iron out the doctrines of the Trinity of the teenagers and the one person of Christ and the church is still struggling now exactly how it's justified and sanctified what roles Grace works Christ and the sacraments play and thus a struggle is been going on for over 500 years so I really don't think it should be terribly surprising that there's some division. Paul actually wrote in first Corinthians that is important that there be divisions among us so that she was who is approved of God may be no that is when we achieved real disagreement which GK Chesterton says a very difficult thing to do because a lot of people's understanding when we achieved real this agreement, then we can really begin looking for reasons pro and con, and make some progress. Clarification again Kalb Eisner with us today on the Christian real radio program of the Cornwall Alliance for the stewardship of creation. Their website is Cornwall Let's get into some of the roots of social justice. Some will say that it's actually not only social justice. It's really socialism or with its roots from Karl Marx or or liberation theology is that extremist to think that about social justice with being the final essay by this this group of evangelicals now trying to push it to different people define social justice differently and I acknowledge that in my booklet.

I offer some of the greatest ones. For example, many people many laypeople, special interests assume social justice just means justice on a societal scale is distinct from justice between two individuals that define infected with the proper thing we ought to see right except historically that's not what the phrase meant to those who coined it over a century ago and made it popular to then it meant some approximation of equality of opportunity and outcome, some approximation of equality as well. Healthcare, education, social standing, influence whatever measures you might choose among all people.

That is pretty solidly Marxist notion, but what most people know Marx himself got it from the historical descendents of the radical Anabaptists of the Reformation era who renounced private property repudiated. Stephen insisted that not only material property leaving the wives should be held, something that resulted in violent revolution services to leading Protestants and Roman Catholics alike responded by coloring calling for the imperial government to put these things down forcibly, which unfortunately led to some serious wars and starts one of the radical Anabaptists descendents Scott, Robert: who in the early 19th century preached against private property of all species living comments you actually planted half a dozen or so comments in the United States while doing so. He also helped to serve the public education not as blind except the Oneida community in upstate New York, which survived precisely renounced his dualism became quiet was Marx read: an evening dedicated the first edition of the first volume of logos, desktop et al., 20 so social justice has a particular pedigree and we have to recognize how that pedigree shapes the thinking behind those who who are the most important promoters of who by the way, are not vertices. Evangelicals who are now jumping on the social justice and and and who I think are most part on aware of or sufficiently cautious about the associations and ideas that are hooked to set my my follow-up question to that is you've had a long history of interacting with this idea of social justice and of course you written that the booklet on it, but you've also seen it.

The idea of social justice be used to advocate for humanistic definitions of environmentalism are policies of environmentalism. What have you seen happen to Christians who go down this social justice route with the danger here.

Okay Kalb Eisner will answer that question after this next break here in the Christian really really appreciate Kalb Eisner. He's a clear and specific preacher, speaker and his organization Cornwall alliance Cornwall is one you should look into and consider supporting the do great work. Also consider getting a copy of his booklet social justice versus biblical justice. They just reprinted it to include this statement on social justice in the gospel in order for a donation of any amount to the Christian really just go to the website, the Christian reviewed outdoor or call us one AAA Explorer 622 33 and also write to us back after this more in social justice and David.

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What have you seen happen to Christians who go down this social justice route with the danger here. Well, particularly in terms of environmental a variety of things happen. Social and the environmental most important one is they will embrace social structures that unintentionally but really track people in power and since a clean, helpful, beautiful environment is a costly good and poor people can't afford my cost of goods. That means prolonging poverty and that means prolonging environmental degradation. If you want to see the dirtiest parts of the city where well you rich rich commercial areas of the poor neighborhoods of the poor commercial areas because there's something morally inferior people, rich people sometimes it's quite the opposite.

Rather, simply because that's a sad consequence of poverty mainly poor cattle for to keep the place clean as well as the rich even more important, though, I believe, is that they tend to become confused about the gospel, which is why I wrote my book entitled social justice versus justice.

How good intentions undermine justice and gospel by confusing justice and grace. Social justice distort gospel drives the right gospel of works righteousness, the very thing reformers protested against the very thing, against which Paul so passionately in Romans, you can order this booklet social justice versus biblical justice is a 44 page booklet for a donation of any amount to the Christian really this is been a very popular resource for us in the past and now it's just been reprinted.

Not only that it's been added had an addendum onto it with the statement on social justice in the gospel that were discussing today with Kalb Eisner on the founder of the Cornwall alliance for the stewardship of creation. Okay, so what is the biblical role for Christians in the church in terms of social issues cattle like racism and gender, sexual preference, economic disparities, immigration all the social issues that are are being coined as these are social justice issues that Christians in the church need to need to rectify what is the biblical role for Christians to be involved. The prophet Micah really well. He said he was showing you old man. What does Yahweh require justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God notices doing justice and loving mercy on their very different things. Justice means rendering to each his due. So someone's due punishment for sin or crime. Justice personnel is done. Something will work. Justice means rewarding, but mercy is very different. Mercy means rendering good to someone, even if he doesn't deserve it hasn't earned even if in fact is something quite different. As Paul explains in the 13 does state justice, not mercy and what it tries to minister mercy and justice which is essentially what I think the social justice movement wants and winds up doing injustice to others.

Our task is.

As Christians, as all to say that everyone forgot solo will be due's only begotten son, that whoever believes in him might not perish but have everlasting life to tell everyone in times of ignorance God overlooked but now all people everywhere to repent because he's fixed date on which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ who is appointed as assurance call raising is time for us to say Peterson people Jerusalem transpired in one shared crucifixion of the Lord of glory repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and he will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, our task is also to treat others with true justice to welcome and care for the widows and orphans.

Stranger the gospel of Christ died for our sins, was buried has to be first and foremost locale. We just appreciate the clarity with which you speak to this issue of social justice and I were thankful for you, Cal your voice in the midst of this this discussion. This debate going on right now was very thankful for all that you do not just on this issue, but still the program is just a treasure trove of Solomon: instruction for thousands of millions of Christians, to God be the glory for anything. I am of this program does and I know you you think the same as well so Kelly appreciate your coming on the Christian really only just wish nothing but God's best, and grace to you and your family. Thank you same to you. That was Kalb Eisner. Everyone from the Cornwall alliance for the stewardship of creation. Think it was important and very informative interview today with him.

He had some very sharp insightful things to say and will have this linked will have this audio on our website. The Christian really. probably later today.

Saturday, September 15. Right now will try to link it by later today. In case you missed any of the interview and again the social justice booklet is being reprinted to include this Dallas statement on social justice in the gospel to 44 page booklet were offering it for donation of any amount is or the usual ways. By going to our website the Christian calling us in our office at 1888 646-2233 or writing to us at Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331. All of that contact information is given in the minute following following the program today. By the way, if you call and you just get the voicemail just leave your name and number. When someone volunteers will call you back. Keep in mind that this weekend we have our event.

Our golf and dinner event coming up on Monday and so were all pressed right now. We may not get back to you till Tuesday to go ahead and costly. The message you get your order in and will I will get back to you. Of course you can always order online are or where to go from here.

I have so much summary papers and frame you have that I have the statement on social justice in the gospel here and I can read that whole thing. You can read it for yourself.

I would have to encourage you to do so. That's a link to our website and the preview for today's Read the statement social justice in the gospel and you can choose whether or not you'd like to sign it and I think that's one of the most concerning things right now about this whole issue of social justice is the fact that that the divide being being taking place before our eyes in and what was considered to be, the conservative everything. I don't mean politically conservative mean theologically conservative side of evangelicalism. As I mentioned to Carol and asked them the question about the divide you. You have is that as I said, I'm again I'm not sure who will sign and who won't.

But just from reading things and getting a sense of where people stand on this issue. I get the sense that the Gospel coalition that organization you read a tweet from them in a second, but that organization is not for this statement at all. Therefore, the promotion of social justice there there founders Tim Keller and DA Carson, then you have other prominent evangelical conservative evangelicals and in that wing.

The general area of evangelicalism in John Piper, Russell Moore from the ethics and religion religious liberty commission. Albert Mohler from Southern Baptist theological seminary Mark Denver Capitol Hill Baptist Church Ligon Duncan, the Gazette is the present reformed theological seminary for Beatty on you, but really has been on the forefront of this push for social justice David Platt to Matt Chandler to young very popular pastors. I don't think any of them. I think they would definitely not sign this document and I'm not sure why.

Why think when you read it.

I don't see what's so controversial. I think it would perhaps cast them in the light as being not woke about this this what you think is an imperative and important issue now for evangelical take up the social justice issues in it. The troubling thing is that many of those men conference together shared pulpits, together with the other men who have signed this document or in the crafting of it like John MacArthur and voting Baucom and James whiten Kalb Eisner and Justin peters and many others. You'll see in the signatories of the statement, social justice, so this this is going to be something to really pay attention to how this plays out and what this does to this formally theologically conservative and of evangelicalism. This is a big issue because on one side you have those a safety go down this road of of promoting these worldly socially.

Social justice type issues and causes the gospel is going to be marginalized to the gospel is easily forgotten. The associations get to be bad. It compromises things whereas the other side.

Those are in favor everything know this is the gospel issue member how we start the program today that social justice is the gospel through that phrase is being overused over and over and over again. So after this last break of the day here were going to come back and reread a couple other things that tweet from the Gospel coalition that gives you an idea just what they think about social justice and how important it is. Also get into call me a link to our website by John MacArthur you really need to read this one. The injustice of social justice take all this and it's important to sharpen your worldview would back Rafer this time David Wheaton. Here's my kindred fee, kneeling his DVD and apostasy will see how apostasy is the result of Satan's relentless attacks on the church will also look at four steps that characterize a churches drift into apostasy, then will look at the history of the church, a chronological development of the Roman Catholic religion and its drift into apostasy and lastly and most importantly, what are you and I to do in the midst of this great apostasy in the growing ecumenical movement. The DVD is titled Roman Catholicism's drift into apostasy and contains two messages, you can order it for donation of any amount to the Christian world. Normal retail is $15 plus that Christian world.or or call one 846-2233 or right to Box 401, Excelsior, MN 551 final segment of the day here on the person with your radio program were talking about why the Dallas statement on social justice in the gospel. Why was that necessary to write because it's definitely caused sides to be taken here that I've read a couple of quotes by the Gospel coalition the Gospel coalition.

If you're not familiar with. It is a group of this is from their website is a group of pastors and churches in the reformed tradition that means from know the the doctrines of the Reformation and the doctrines of grace, that sort of thing that put the gospel of Christ at the center of all activities is from the Gospel coalition then there's a lot of different pastors that you would know that are part of that may have a conference and they write blogs in this website and so forth. If the fellowship of those focused on the gospel well. They have become. I think very clearly the Gospel coalition on you read this tweet is very become a proponent of integrating social justice into churches affect. Here's what they say. Just recently they had this tweet. The gospel opens our eyes to the fact that all are well. Even well for which we work hard is ultimately an unmerited gift from God.

Therefore, the person who does not generously give away his or her wealth to others is not merely lacking in compassion but is unjust to see that if you don't give away generously give away and didn't say how much effective way to others is not really lacking compassion. It's unjust.

You are unjust. If you don't give your your your money away you see how they turn grace into law. There see way to give the Bible wanted to be cheerful givers to give away out of compassion and mercy another turning into a lot, but it's unjust if you don't do this your legally defrauding someone else in legally maybe prosecute wise, but they're creating a biblical command on it. Your unjust or is another one is a tweet from the Gospel coalition Christian churches must work for justice and peace in their neighborhoods through service, even as they call individuals to conversion and the new birth. Now that may seem like a good thing.

I will be should be for justice and peace. But what does that exactly mean what issues of justice are they talking about and list include the fact that they are as as they called people to convert the new birth. I'm glad they they introduced that and that tweet because that's such a key component that's what typically get lost in the means of all these social justice and if initiatives but again it goes back to Christian churches must work law.

This you must do this otherwise you're your fall. Your your sending basically what they're saying injustice. This is not define what is what is justice.

And so it was you look at these different issues the social justice issue. This concept, there is lots of causes that are grouped together and most of them to be totally honest are typically those causes which are fostered and stoped within the politically liberal side of things in politics so it's it's ending perceived racial, gender and sexual inequalities. It is the welcoming of illegal immigrants.

If the other issues like universal healthcare in a higher minimum wage labor laws helping the perceived old pressed any of these these victim groups, but I think before anyone gets drawn into the social justice causes as a believer. They need to serious. Can we consider several questions in the first and most important question is, is the example of Jesus and his apostles as the example from Scripture. Is this what they did.

Did Jesus spend his ministry time he spent his life pursuing social justice did he tried to change structures and systems did he try to physically release those who he perceived to be oppressed if he did he march did he do citizens that he block traffic leasehold signs did he do the things the answer is absolutely not. He focused on spiritual change in people's hearts because he knew that would change everything else and you look at Matthew 25 or look forward Jesus that free the oppressed that the spiritual freedom from slavery to sin. They had nothing to do with any sort of oppressions that always take place in our fallen world. There were many more injustices when Christ was walking the earth and the heart now II think there are many more lie. I think in some ways a life in America. At least with this or that way is far more just now than it was in the time of Christ.

When slavery was just a way of life. Back then, that the Roman occupiers the treatment of the Jews was was highly and just tax collectors you would take way more than they were were due from the Jewish people. There was if you were a leper you were banished. You are just put out the side of the treatment of women was just horrible.

Back then, consider chattel so what did Jesus do all the things was he taking up almost causes no he was preaching the biblical gospel of repentance of sin and faith in himself, so that a heart will be converted, and they have a have a whole new creation, a whole new world view on life that sought compassion and try to help those who were oppressed and those who were need voluntarily, not through some legal you must do this or you're not saved or you're being sanctified. Other questions you need to need to be asked about before wading into the that the social justice pool. Is there actually an injustice taking place inferences today were were told over and over again by the social justice folks that there systemic racism against Blacks not not just individual cases of racism but systemic societywide will is that actually true. They are police targeting unarmed black because of their ethnicity. That's were told. But is that actually true.

We read something by Heather McDonald been studies on this and other people to study thing though this is not actually true. Yet there are cases of police or they've done too much. They should be prosecuted for that but systemic. No, that has not been proven are Blacks not hired because of their ethnicity are Blacks denied loans the better business because of their ethnic ethnicity are schools in black neighborhoods bad because government is racist against them doesn't want them to succeed. Another word before you jump into an what you perceive as an injustice issue, you better make sure this actually injustice going on because if there is not actual injustice.

What you are doing is you are helping the perceived impression oppressed, to believe a lie that's actually not taking place other questions to ask by taking action in my being unjust against someone else.

For instance, if you're hiring in your church based on some Serta ethnic quota that you think needs to be met certain percentage of skin colors on your elder board will if you're hiring one person with a skin color over another one that you're hiring the less qualified of the more qualified your being unjust to the qualified candidate.

The more qualified candidate.

Now you're committing injustice yourself lots.

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