Two conservative leaders are banding together in a proactive fight for the hearts and minds of young Christians, who they say are being lured into socialism under the guise of compassionate Christianity.
Liberty University's Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA are launching a new think tank called The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty. Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Kirk said they hope to answer the oft-asked question, "was Jesus Christ a socialist?"
Christian apologist and author Dr. Alex McFarland is the founder and organizer of Truth for a New Generation, one of the premier apologetics conferences in the United States. McFarland says the question about Jesus being a socialist is very relevant with today's Christian youth.
"Young people, even those within the Church, even Christian young people nowadays, are being so influenced with ideas about social justice and Critical Race Theory and socialism," he tells OneNewsNow.
The Falkirk Center promises to be proactive in pushing back against the left's efforts to convert young Christians to a socialist viewpoint of the gospel. They even want to model their fight on how President Donald Trump takes on his battles: using social media aggressively – and making news, not reacting to it.
McFarland says he's seeing a lot of young Christians fooled into thinking Christianity is an offshoot of socialism. In contrast, he points out, socialism and communism are not voluntary but are, in fact, forced and coerced.
"[Under those forms of government] the state becomes 'God' and leaders who impose egregious living conditions on their subjects exempt themselves," McFarland described. "And so, Christianity certainly is not the mother of socialism or communism."
And it's a hill worth dying on, he adds. "Horribly misguided people in the body of Christ today who somehow want to make the social justice, progressive left palatable to young people and recast Christianity [are] unbiblical, unwise, and must be spoken against," he contends.