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John MacArthur announces plan to begin addressing the recent “social justice” trends in Evangelicalism

I’m very happy to see that John MacArthur plans to begin a series of blog posts addressing the recent “social justice” trends within Evangelicalism. A snippet from his first post:

The evangelicals who are saying the most and talking the loudest these days about what’s referred to as “social justice” seem to have a very different perspective. Their rhetoric certainly points a different direction, demanding repentance and reparations from one ethnic group for the sins of its ancestors against another. It’s the language of law, not gospel—and worse, it mirrors the jargon of worldly politics, not the message of Christ. It is a startling irony that believers from different ethnic groups, now one in Christ, have chosen to divide over ethnicity. They have a true spiritual unity in Christ, which they seem to disdain in favor of fleshly factions.

Evangelicalism’s newfound obsession with the notion of “social justice” is a significant shift—and I’m convinced it’s a shift that is moving many people (including some key evangelical leaders) off message, and onto a trajectory that many other movements and denominations have taken before, always with spiritually disastrous results.

Over the years, I’ve fought a number of polemical battles against ideas that threaten the gospel. This recent (and surprisingly sudden) detour in quest of “social justice” is, I believe, the most subtle and dangerous threat so far. In a series of blog posts over the next couple of weeks, I want to explain why. I’ll review some of the battles we have fought to keep the gospel clear, precise, and at the center of our focus. We’ll see why biblical justice has little in common with the secular, liberal idea of “social justice.” And we’ll analyze why the current campaign to move social issues like ethnic conflicts and economic inequality to the top of the evangelical agenda poses such a significant threat to the real message of gospel reconciliation.

I hope you’ll see that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25)—and that’s never more true than when we are talking about the strategy God has chosen for the spread of the gospel and the growth of Christ’s kingdom.

Source: Blog Post – Social Injustice and the Gospel

Here are some other resources that address what I believe to be the central problem with how many Evangelicals today are approaching the issue of race and “social justice”:

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

One Response to John MacArthur announces plan to begin addressing the recent “social justice” trends in Evangelicalism

  1. Too bad John MacArthur is unfamiliar with the OT prophets – who were the greatest SJWs men have known – though we might quickly throw Moses and Jesus in their along with the Paul…. Oh, and some guy named James blistering the wealthy for their evil.

    How much time was spent speaking truth to power??????? Just read the text!!!!

    How strong were the condemnations were against the rich and politically powerful – that John MacArthur seeks to align himself with. How strong were the addresses against their violence and theft from widows, orphans, poor, oppressed, those easily taken advantage of by those in power. Nothing different than we see by phony evangelical church leaders of our day who love the praise in the middle of the marketplace – and will cry Lord Lord in that day….

    Well, seeing this is from John MacAurthur – his shamefulness and false words contrary to the pure and holy Word of God – spoken through chosen prophets – will never surprise me.

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