Monthly Archives: May 2018

Remembering Their Sacrifice – Memorial Day

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“Social Justice” – A Positive or Negative

The truth about social justice is put forth in a resolution that is under consideration by the Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention which will convene its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in June 2018. The resolution is written as follows:

“Whereas the social justice movement and worldview are being promoted worldwide, and are being presented using various labels such as eco-justice, economic justice, racial justice, and global justice, to name a few, and

Whereas social justice by definition is based on the anti-biblical and destructive concepts of Marxist ideology, and among other things is interested in redistributing wealth, opportunity, and privileges within society, and

Whereas social justice activism should be considered evil in that it is a vehicle to promote abortion, homosexuality, gender confusion, and a host of other ideas that are antithetical to the gospel, the Christian worldview, and God’s call to holiness (1 Peter 1:16), and

Whereas social justice is now being promoted and enforced by governments worldwide, with Canada being one example that as of 2011 developed Social Justice Tribunals, and is seeking to enforce Bill C-16, a bill passed in 2017 that in application sees it as a hate crime to use the wrong gender pronoun to describe an individual, and

Whereas social justice is deceptive, in that well-meaning Christians become unwittingly drawn into such ideology under the false assumption that social justice equates to standing up for people’s rights and compassion, and

Whereas social justice is based on Marxism and Postmodernism, and should be opposed because of its anti-biblical stance and worldview, and although Christians are attempting to blend social justice with Christianity, they must realize that to accept social justice ideology is to invite liberal theology and liberation theology into our churches, schools, and institutions, and

Whereas authoritative voices have warned against such, for example on the May 2010 “Glenn Beck Program” when Jerry Falwell Jr., declared that social justice was “insidious,” and Glenn Beck warned of a “perversion of the gospel” and called on Christians to “run as fast as you can” away from churches who start teaching social justice because of the toxic nature of social justice, and

Whereas social justice is showing it’s true colors at George Washington University and other campuses in 2018 where they are holding classes and seminars seeking to combat “Christian Privilege,” and attacking Christianity for it’s prominence in society using the social justice ethic, wherein the seminar at GWU students are taught “American Christians receive things they don’t deserve and are not worthy of getting,” and

Whereas Southern Baptists ought to furthermore be warned by the example of the Methodist and Episcopal denominations that have already embraced the social justice movement, and instead of growing in number, these same denominations continue to lose membership at an alarmingly fast rate, and

Whereas we have a present crisis point in the Southern Baptist Convention, in that the same social justice has been recently defended and promoted by Russell Moore of the ERLC within the Southern Baptist Convention, with Dr. Moore writing multiple articles and hosting events promoting social justice, and

Whereas the social justice agenda in the Southern Baptist Convention has become pervasive in some seminaries and state conventions, even to the point that it is apparently an unwritten rule not to speak against the social justice movement, or one’s job or position will be in jeopardy, and

Whereas we are repeatedly warned in Scripture concerning such error and being deceived, with Ephesians 5:6Hebrews 13:9, Colossians 2:8, and 1 Timothy 4:1 being just a few of these warnings, and

Whereas social justice and Christian ethics are clearly antithetical to each other in the areas of tolerance, sexuality, gender, human life beginning at conception, and in general the role of a believer and the purpose for good works being to glorify God, and

Whereas social justice differs from the New Testament in that social justice expresses compassion for certain groups they deem as “victims” while hating those with whom they disagree, rather than following the command of Christ to love everyone, and especially our enemies (Matthew 5:44), and

Whereas social justice warriors routinely shut down speech that they disagree with, often with violence as part of their “social justice,” instead of “seeking to live at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18) and

Whereas social justice destroys lives by convincing people they are victims who are right to magnify even the most minor of offenses, and to note every disagreement or slight as a “microaggression,” and to complain rather than obey scripture and “count it all joy,” (James 1:2) and

Whreas true Christian theology builds people up to be resilient in the face of trials, but social justice seeks to stoke discontentment (1 Corinthians 10:10Hebrews 13:5), and

Whereas our own denomination must reject this harmful social justice philosophy in it’s entirety, and

Whereas biblical doctrine and the Christian ethic must be chosen over social justice, then be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Dallas, Texas, June 13–14, 2018, decry and reject the terms and framework of social justice as insufficient to adequately reflect the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian worldview; and be it further

RESOLVED That the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention be encouraged to avoid the terms “social justice” and social justice warrior” when referring to Christian ethics or activism, and that the Holy Scriptures be used as a guide without mimicking the verbiage of the Anti-Christian social justice movement, and be it

RESOLVED That all SBC Colleges and Universities be encouraged to review their teaching programs with special attention given to Humanities Departments to ensure that Marxist based social justice is not being taught in our colleges, universities, and seminaries, and be it

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches in preaching, teaching, and in discipleship to address the issues of racial reconciliation, poverty, the environment, sexual and gender issues, immigration, and education from a Christian worldview and reject the ideological underpinnings and verbiage of the social justice movement.”

(http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/sbc-social-justice-resolution/)

 

Why I’m No Longer Roman Catholic – A Testimony

Dr. Fred Tarsitano gives a clear Biblical testimony in this video, “Why I’m No Longer Roman Catholic,” as to why, although born and raised in a Catholic family in New Jersey and a staunch adherent to the Catholic traditions, found new life in Christ based upon the blood of Jesus Christ Alone and not upon the added good works of man for salvation, for “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our Righteousnesses are as filthy rags… There is none that calleth upon Thy Name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee: for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities,” Isaiah 64:6-7. It is only through the sinless perfection of Christ salvation is able to be obtained, for Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.

Rejected by God

God’s Word is plain as to what displeases Him, for before the inhabitants of the Southern Kingdom of Judah were carried away captive to Babylon, the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom were taken captive to Assyria for their sins against the LORD God. The sins the Northern Kingdom repeatedly committed against God had reached full capacity of His cup of wrath which was poured out upon them for their disobedience.

Twenty years prior to being taken captive to Assyria, the Prophet Hosea warned the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom it would come to pass they would say, “We have no king, because we feared not the LORD… None at all would exalt Him,” (Hosea 10:3; 11:7). Recorded in 2 Kings 17 is the sins that brought the Northern Kingdom to its demise:

  1. They feared other gods
  2. They walked in the statutes of the heathen
  3. Did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD
  4. Built high places in all their cities to worship idols
  5. Set up images and groves in every high hill and under every green tree
  6. Burnt incense to idols
  7. Wrought wicked things to provoke God to anger
  8. Served idols

“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the Law… Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God,(2 Kings 17:13-14). Therefore they:

  1. Rejected His statutes and His Covenant
  2. Followed vanity and became vain
  3. Went after the heathen round about them
  4. Left all His commandments
  5. Made them molten images
  6. Made a grove to idols
  7. Worshipped all the host of heaven (sun, moon, and stars)
  8. Served Baal
  9. Caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire
  10. Used divinations and enchantments
  11. Sold themselves to do evil to provoke God to anger

“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of His sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only… The LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight. For He rent Israel from the House of David.”