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Last week, John MacArthur and a dozen other Christian leaders launched a website presenting The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. In the statement, the signatories claim that the social justice movement endangers Christians with “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.”
Over the course of 14 sections, the statement addresses cultural narratives “currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality” and argues that a secular threat is infiltrating the evangelical church.
At the time of this recording, the statement has received around 7,000 signatures.
The statement comes at a time when a series of blog posts and sermons attacking social justice from MacArthur, a popular California pastor and author, have sparked controversy in the evangelical community.
The harsh reaction to MacArthur’s ideas was shaped by the events of the past four years, says Washington, DC, pastor and Gospel Coalition council member Thabiti Anyabwile.
“They land in the midst of an evangelical movement that is already fraying and fracturing under the weight of the last five years, if I’m dating this back to the Mike Brown shooting and the fallout,” said Anyabwile. “Evangelicalism as a movement splintered instantly as to how they understood that issue and different quarters circled one another in suspicion and sometimes outright attack.”
Further, the statement’s specific attacks on particular nomenclature have been troublesome because its drafters haven’t defined their terms, says Anyabwile.
“They’re so imprecise in the terms that are used and defining those terms. What exactly is meant by social justice?” he said. “What are we talking about when we talking about reconciliation or intersectionality or critical race theory? These are things that are thrown out there that are red meat for one-quarter of evangelicalism and might be acceptable parlance, depending on how you define it, in other quarters.”
Anyabwile joined associate digital producer Morgan Lee and theology editor Caleb Lindgren to offer context about MacArthur’s remarks, explain how intersectionality shows up in the Bible, and what church unity (not uniformity) should look like.
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QUOTE FROM WEBSITE BELOW: "WE DENY that Christian belief, character, or conduct can be dictated by any other authority, and we deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching. We further deny that competency to teach on any biblical issue comes from any qualification for spiritual people other than clear understanding and simple communication of what is revealed in Scripture."
By What Standard? God’s World…God’s Rules~The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel
In this important CINEDOC produced by Founders Ministries, many of the problems related to the social justice agenda within the Southern Baptist Convention are put under an intense spotlight.
Resolution 9 which was passed at the 2019 SBC in Birmingham can be accessed here.
BY TOM ASCOL
EXCERPT: "The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) are committed to social justice and equality and ending racism and discrimination. We will strive to achieve these objectives in our own work by providing improved training and education. We will also deeply engage with law enforcement and other first responders to improve the relationships they form with the communities they serve. These goals are essential to peace, safety, security, prosperity, and resilience of our nation."
"This program was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number EMW-2016-CA-0097, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Preparedness Directorate, National Training & Education Division."
EXAMPLES FOR THOSE WHO DOUBT THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS PARALLEL "PHILOSOPHY":
TOBE WITMER, PASTOR OF LIGHTHOUSE BAPTIST CHURCH, NEWARK, DELAWARE REVEALS HIS SOCIAL JUSTICE DIRECTION:
THE MEA CULPAS OF IMAGINED WHITE RACISM:
Voddie Baucham and John MacArthur Provide answers for David Platt's "Racialization" Chaos
In this episode I made a commentary on David Platt's sermon on racialization and incorporate answers from Voddie Baucham and John MacArthur on the issue of social justice and critical race theory. Support the channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thegospelofch... Voddie Baucham Full Sermon may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEt-L... John MacArthur's Interview with Josh Buice may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuGKq... David Platt's Full Sermon may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUs5m...
Praying and Working for Justice: Racialization