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Relevant Magazine: Justice is a fundamental aspect of the gospel

Keshia Mcentire at Relevant illustrates why Christians who love the gospel need to respond with bold, biblical clarity to broader evangelicals’ latest infatuation with the social gospel:

The definition of social justice is, “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” In a just society everyone would receive fair, equitable and impartial treatment and have access to the same outcomes.

Ultimately, our greatest example of how the Church should approach justice is found in the word of God and the teachings of Christ Himself.

James 1:27 states that, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The thing that sticks out about that verse is the fact that is not all about the bettering of oneself, but also the bettering and protection of the world’s most vulnerable people. Furthermore, in Luke 4:18 Jesus says, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Clearly, justice is not only compatible with the gospel, it’s one of the reasons God sent Jesus to the Earth and it is a fundamental aspect of it.

Source: The Church Should Be at the Forefront of the Fight for Social Justice – RELEVANT Magazine

Ryan Martin

About Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as the associate pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of Religious Affections Ministries. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Northland Baptist Bible College, and has received further training from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn. (M.Div., 2004; Ph.D., 2013). He was ordained in 2009 at Bible Baptist Church of Elk River, Minn. (now Otsego, Minn.). He has a wife and children too.

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Ryan is the associate editor of Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). He contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and is the author of Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: "The High Exercises of Divine Love" (T&T Clark, 2018).

One Response to Relevant Magazine: Justice is a fundamental aspect of the gospel

  1. This definition of “social justice” is a profane novelty of words: Furthermore, it does not rightly distinguish between Law and Gospel. Government enforced redistribution of wealth may be a way for politicians and magistrates to be generous with other people’s money, but it is contrary to true charity. The Apostolic Dogma on Social and Political Morals is that a truly charitable form of giving must be voluntary and motivated by self-denial and the glory of God and not of servile fear or of necessity or grudgingly (2 Corinthians 9:7). Every act of government enforced redistribution of wealth under the pretext of charity involves the use of force and coercion on its subjects: but then it is no longer a charitable giving on the part of those who are FORCED to contribute their wealth to the Government for this purpose.

    Justice is a matter of Law. Every Dogma on Morals is a point of Divine Law. The Gospel is about what Christ has done so that people may get SAVED. Salvation is by grace ALONE through faith ALONE.

    Law – in the form of civilly and politically enforced human laws – cannot be an elevating force for the betterment or perfection of human NATURE: it can only act as a mere RESTRAINT against brutal, vicious, scandalous, malicious, riotous, and/or opprobrious EXTERNAL HUMAN ACTIONS.

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