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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/)

 

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The Atheist Delusion

For those who in their own mind try to deny the existence of God, Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications speaks with several willing participants of the Truths of God’s Creation and His Word, showing them the fallacy of their thinking. Transformation takes place for some as they begin to clearly see the error of their way and consider what they had refused to understand before. A powerful presentation with breathtaking views of God’s Creation, “The Atheist Delusion” uncovers the root of atheistic belief.

The Iniquity of Us All

In Isaiah 59 we are told exactly why man is separated from God:

“Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,                                                                    and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”

BECAUSE:

  1. Your hands are defiled with blood
  2. Your fingers are defiled with iniquity
  3. Your lips have spoken lies
  4. Your tongue hath muttered perverseness
  5. None calls for justice
  6. None pleads for truth
  7. They trust in vanity
  8. They speak lies
  9. They conceive mischief
  10. They bring forth iniquity
  11. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs [venomous serpents]
  12. They weave the spider’s web [entangle others]
  13. Their works are works of iniquity
  14. Violence is in their hands
  15. Their feet run to evil
  16. They make haste to shed innocent blood
  17. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity
  18. Wasting and destruction are in their paths
  19. The way of peace they know not
  20. There is no judgment in their goings
  21. They have made them crooked paths

Whosoever goeth therein shall not know Peace.”

RESULT:

  1. Judgment is far from us
  2. Neither does justice overtake us
  3. We wait for light, but behold obscurity
  4. We wait for brightness, but we walk in darkness
  5. We grope for the wall like the blind
  6. We stumble at noon day
  7. We are in desolate places as dead men
  8. We roar all like bears
  9. We mourn sore like doves
  10. We look for judgment, but there is none
  11. We look for salvation, but it is far off from us
  12. Our transgressions are multiplied before Thee
  13. Our sins testify against us
  14. Our transgressions and our iniquities, we know them:                                                               a. Transgressing against the LORD                                                                                                     b. Lying against the LORD                                                                                                                    c. Departing away from our God                                                                                                          d. Speaking oppression and revolt                                                                                                     e. Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood

BECAUSE:  

Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:

  1. Truth is fallen in the street
  2. Equity cannot enter
  3. Truth fails
  4. He that departs from evil makes himself a prey

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 

                            “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”  

What is Truth?

Man has been in a search of Truth since time began. Some look to science, others to the stars, while others are encouraged to look within themselves for Truth. Some have even given themselves over to a life of solitude in an attempt to find Truth. It was Pilate who asked Jesus in John 18:38, “What is Truth?” Little did Pilate know Truth was standing before him and is closer than anyone realizes in their quest for Truth.

In the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His encounter with Pilate, Jesus’ prayer to The Father in John 17 began, “Father, the hour is come; Glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” As Jesus continued in prayer He revealed the source of all Truth, “Thy Word is Truth” (v 17). The Apostle John begins his book, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1). Just as Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness by distorting the Truth of God’s Word (Matthew 4:1-11), he continues relentlessly seeking opportunities at every turn to keep man confused as to what is Truth and what is the source of all Truth, causing man to wander in the wilderness of this world without hope.

The Truth of God’s Word reveals:

All we like sheep have gone astray  (Isaiah 53:6);

All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God  (Romans 3:23);

All need to call upon the Name of the Lord  (Romans 10:13);

All need to repent of sin  (Acts 17:30);

All need to be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth  (I Timothy 2:3-4);

All need His free gift of Salvation  (Ephesians 2:8);

All need to hide God’s Word in their heart that they might not sin against Him  (Psalm 119:9-11).

In a court of law we are admonished to tell the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. What is Truth? God’s Word is Truth. “For the Law was given by Moses, But grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ,” (John 1:17).

“Jesus answered…

To this end was I born,

and for this cause came I into the world,

That I should bear witness unto the Truth.”

John 18:37

“Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD”

The testimonies of fifty priests who sought peace with God only to find it non-existent in the teachings and rituals they performed in the Roman Catholic Church are found in this 346 page book full of the truths of God’s Word and the salvation offered to man in Christ alonFar From Rome Near to Gode, plus or minus nothing. In Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD, edited by Richard Bennett and Martin Buckingham, the priests reveal their years of study of unbiblical dogma, their unbelief while priests in the ability to forgive sin in the confessional booth and on the battlefield, the fallacy of their ability to turn the wafer and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ, the self-flagellation that took place in the monasteries to atone for sin, and much more. Each priest testifies to their lives being transformed by the Word of God once they actually read it and found written such passages as “There is one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” in I Timothy; “By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves” in the Book of Ephesians; and the forbidden Book of Hebrews they were discouraged to read which speaks of Jesus as the High Priest having sacrificed Himself once for all and is now set down at the right hand of the Father making intercession for man, not Mary or “the saints” being intercessors.

Some of the priests entered the priesthood as young as eleven and twelve years of age. Others entered with the intention of finding God and serving Him. After years of studying for the priesthood and years of serving in parishes, colleges, and on mission fields their lives were as empty, hopeless and far from God as when they began. Searching for God on their own outside of the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church, God led each of them to Himself through His Word and changed them into new creations in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). When their old lives passed away and all things became new they each determined they could no longer remain in the Catholic Church teaching and preaching its heresies and false doctrine. Not only did God give them new lives in Christ but new direction in serving Him, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel message in pulpits, on mission fields and in Gospel ministries with the desire of revealing to other Catholics the error of their way by believing in a Pharisaical, man-made system that is contrary to the Word of God.