Christ vs. Social Justice

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Pioneers of yesterday’s ‘Emergent Church Movement,’ such as Doug Pagitt, have become acolytes for the Democrats.  Mangling Jesus’ promise in John 14:12 in a move that sounds eerily similar to Joel Osteen’s exegetical magic, Pagitt’s book Outdoing Jesus: Seven Ways to Live out the Promise of ‘Greater Than’ merely substitutes the miracles of the Social Gospel for those of the Prosperity Gospel…  [T]he (‘Christian’) faith has become a Christless cloak for group narcissism, which is also known as identity politics…  Is the right to life anything but a social justice issue?  To defend civil protection of marriage as between one man and one woman is just as much a concern for social justice as the defense of equality before the law for all…  We defend traditional marriage because we love God and our neighbors, including those rebelling against God’s created order.  In fact, the very phrase ‘social justice’ comes from a long history of Christian influence from Augustine to the present…  In the 1970s, Francis Schaeffer awakened American evangelicals to the scandal of abortion-on-demand and euthanasia…  I understand why many Christians bristle at the term ‘social justice.’  Over the past decade, it has been coopted for a radical liberal agenda. ‘Fundamentalist’ in its bullying demands, the secular Left has been remarkably successful in its sweeping experiment of social engineering.  And it happened with whiplash speed…  [I]n the 1920s, American Protestantism divided into ‘modernists’ and ‘fundamentalists.’  The former gave up Christianity for a  Pelagian  anthropology and  Arian  Christology, paving the way for today’s gnostic secularists.  While posing as liberal and open-minded, the secular Left exhibits what remains of its revivalist fervor, moral superiority, and censorious finger-wagging.  One can hardly imagine a more self-righteous modern ‘Church Lady’ than the average CNN talking head or college student body president.  Pressing the imagination, such representatives employ legalistic rhetoric for what are essentially antinomian principles.  There are no moral absolutes, except the ones the priests of the Left agree upon—and for which they are willing thereafter to persecute others for questioning…  Conservative parents and pastors have every reason to be concerned when the younger generations bring secular brainwashing into the church…  The fact that we are no longer under the old covenant theocracy does not obviate the fact that God holds people accountable, not just for private sins but for public ones…  God takes his righteousness, or justice, seriously because he created the world naturally good and humans in his own image.  There is a created origin, purpose, and goal — that is, a nature — that we did not and cannot choose or unchoose for ourselves.  Take away justice and you deflate the whole cosmos of its ethical significance.  If the creator of the visible world is someone or something other than the sovereign God, then nothing we do matters…  No one is justified by refraining from homosexual practice, but those who are justified are new creatures in Christ, required to abandon such a lifestyle.  Abortion is not the unpardonable sin, but does that mean Christians are free to sin?  With the apostle Paul, we must say,By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?‘ (Rom. 6:2)…  On the one hand, we know that we cannot transform the world into a perfect society, any more than we can attain perfection in personal holiness…  On the other hand,we press onin repentance and faith — not only in guarding our hearts against pornography but also against our complicity in [true, biblical] social injustices…  Justice matters, because the Creator-God matters…  Just because our good works cannot justify us does not mean that they do not glorify God and serve others.  Just because God’s common grace in the City of Man merely restrains sin, rather than cancel its debt and bondage, does not lessen its value.  Just because we will not reach perfect justice between neighbors in this age does not mean we should not reach for greater justice than we see around us.

https://www.whitehorseinn.org/article/redeeming-justice/

[Dr. Horton — unfortunately, unfairly, and not infrequently — also condemns all self-identifying “conservative” Christians in that essay by confusing and conflating false, legalistic “conservatives” who believe they can change hearts and minds by simply changing godless laws (rather than by exposing the logical and moral errors inherent to godless laws —  Acts 17:16-21 ) with true, gospel-centered conservatives who understand that conservatism is the appropriate, righteous, and therefore biblical response to God’s grace rather than a means to merit God’s grace or impose His will.  Horton also gets several other things wrong in that essay (which I will address below) but he does get this much right in his criticism of aggregated — rather than rightly defined and segregated — conservatives, but only if my parenthetical insertion is included.]

[C]onservative Christians often share more in common with their leftward nemeses than they suppose.  For [some of] them… politics is the sharp end of the spear: change the government and political policies, get enough judges on the bench, and America can become a ‘Christian nation’ again…

[The “conservatives” about which Horton made that statement — sans my parenthetical insertion — are not true conservatives.  Horton is right, therefore, to criticize the false “conservatives” he is actually addressing, even if his mislabeling them misidentifies them.  The other errors Horton makes in that essay — quoted at length above because he does make some excellent, factually correct points therein — relate to his lack of awareness of the details surrounding true conservatives’ criticism of radical, anti-Christian  environmentalism  (including the  global  warming  hoax ), the  left-wing  social justice agenda (which this page addresses), white  racism  (Horton completely ignores black  racism ), the actual  dearth  of political preaching from evangelical pulpits (see the From The Pulpit” section on that cited page; Horton falsely claims there is an excess of such preaching), and other subsets of  liberalism’s  anti-Christ-ian goals and political agenda to reach those goals.]

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What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force?
Robbery.
What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him?
Social Justice.

Thomas Sowell, Ph.D., Economics

https://twitter.com/ThomasSowell/status/1226253414809493504

Sowell

and…

Social Justice is a modern form of collectivism founded in 19th century Hegelianism, the same fundamental philosophy behind the theological movements of  Modernism and  Neo-Orthodoxy [both of which became the] foundational principle[s] behind [atheistic] Marxism , [ anti-Christian Socialism , [and anti-Christianpolitical  and  theological Liberalism .”

https://www.theaquilareport.com/social-justice-vs-the-gospels-liberty-of-conscience/

and…

What should Christians believe about economic policy and social justice?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/what-should-christians-believe-about-economic-policy-and-social-justice/

and…

Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine The Gospel

http://www.wordfoundations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/social-justice-beisner.pdf

and…

Th[e] social ‘gospel’ approach [to preaching, a.k.a. ‘social justice’ or ‘woke’ preaching] is nothing other than a bullying technique and classic legalism… this very approach we are seeing unfold in our times became the cause of the emptying of the churches in the U.K [in the mid-20th century]

https://www.agradio.org/when-your-pastor-becomes-a-social-justice-warrior.html

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Critical Theory & Social Justice: Are They Compatible With Christianity?
Short Answer: No, because the former are core concepts of  modern liberalism , which is antithetical to Christianity.

http://www.dennyburk.com/critical-theory-social-justice-and-christianity-are-they-compatible/

… &

The Incompatibility of Critical Theory and Christianity

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/incompatibility-critical-theory-christianity/

and…

The Satanic Origins of Certain Equality and Justice Doctrines

https://www.monergism.com/blog/page-hells-playbook-subterranean-origins-certain-equality-and-justice-doctrin

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Witches do not hide their involvement in the violent [2020] protests [against alleged racism by police]…  The hashtag #witchesforblm serves a meeting place for practicing witches who want to learn how to cast protection spells, draw occult sigils, and hex police.  Five days after the hashtag started, it garnered 10 million views on the TikTok app…  The witches are part of a growing movement mixing [liberal] politics and the occult.  Numerous books of spells have been published since the 2016 elections advising occultist activists how to invoke the powers of darkness for [exclusively liberal] political causes.  Witches and satanists are appearing more often in public to push their agenda and display their scorn for God and His Law.  Such occult activism appears at odds with past leftist policies.  The left used to follow a secular outlook that did not recognize spiritual powers of any kind. It always tried to keep politics and Christianity separate by labeling Christian action as superstitious.  However, the left is now welcoming witches and occultists with their dark arts into the public square.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/witches-and-satanists-have-teamed-up-with-leftists-to-destroy-america

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The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage
For the last 20 years, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors rise above, remain, or descend into poverty.  The research is astounding.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/03/research-proves-no-1-social-justice-imperative-marriage/

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