We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Social Justice" Leads to Hell

I have no problem if a church wants to use something like a food pantry or a clothes closet as a platform for sharing the Gospel.  That’s wonderful.  I’m not criticizing that.  But if we simply go out and dig wells, educate people, and treat pandemic diseases (as Rick Warren espouses) without presenting the Gospel, we’re wrong.  I truly wonder how Rick Warren can be standing for, proclaiming, and defending the Gospel when he is involved in ecumenical activities with Catholics, Muslims, and other such groups — just for the sake of social justice.  Such spiritual enterprises are a clear violation of 2 John 9-11, Romans 16:17, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and many other passages. …

When we go out and give money away to people, without tying the Gospel to our actions, it is nothing but a waste of money.  Even if the money buys poor people nicer clothes, what good will that do them when they stand before the Lord?  If the money gives them an education, or ends their illiteracy, how will that help them on Judgment Day, if you have not given them the Gospel?

Brannon Howse, Twisted Scripture, Twisted Theology, p.112, 119


Joe said...

I think we play games with our "faith." We give lip service to Jesus being numero uno, but we sure do put other things first. We had a food pantry, but the people we were working with did not want the gospel to be a part of it, so we broke off from them and are planning to start our own...WITH the gospel.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The church a friend of ours attends has a food pantry, and they had a Mormon lady volunteering at it. The other volunteers were not supposed to approach about Mormonism because it would offend her, and we should all work together for these things. Our friend complained about it many times, and after over a year they decided the Mormon could no longer help.

Totally inane.

Dan said...

People are much more comfortable competing with the government to "help" in order to persuade, but that is a losing battle and only feeds an already hefty entitlement mentality. I know this from first-hand experience.

I don't get it really. You're already there, why not present the Gospel? I think in the end this simply points to shame for the Gospel... and that is a shame!