MacArthur sounds warning to church over 'social justice'

Saturday, September 1, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

pastor at pulpitA well-known Bible teacher and author is warning the Church that the call of the gospel and the call to social justice have become dangerously entwined.

American culture, particularly the left, has been obsessed with social justice for years now which has gotten the attention of Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.

MacArthur says social justice suggests everyone has the right to equal upward mobility, equal social privilege, and equal finances or equal resources, and he warned his Grace congregation that such beliefs mirror classic socialism.

"One word sort of sums it up and that is the word victim," he said. "Each of these segments of our population who are crying out for social justice believe that they have been victimized by others in the society."

Lately, the pastor continued, this victim status has been embraced by the evangelical church on the premise that part of the gospel is understanding the need for social justice. That, he warned, is a grave theological error.

"Social justice by its very definition is a temporal, sort of economic concept, not a spiritual concept," he explained. "So on its face, injecting a temporal, economic, sociological concept into the gospel is injecting something alien into the gospel."

The gospel is clear, the pastor said, that each man will be judged for his own sin, not the sin of his social group, and the gospel is about grace, not victimhood.

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