|The Social Gospel And Racial Theology
Venom From The Pulpit
|At Cobblestone Road, we expose apostasy and unscriptural teaching in the light of the Holy Scriptures. The "social gospel" and "black theology" are no exception.
The Lord Jesus said in Luke 12:1, "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
Most our readers have heard of the "Social Gospel," which takes Christ's teaching and applies them to every day social problems. Proponents of this "gospel" believe that the primary purpose for the church is "social reform;" they are seeking to build a "Kingdom of God" on earth. Many do not believe in Christ's Second Coming. They are not pre-millennial. They deny the Roman’s Road of preaching. Salvation is not the focus. It instead seeks to deal with the material things-- hoping that something “spiritual” will develop. Rick Warren seems to be one of these proponents. It’s “about deeds, not creeds.” Well, without a correct Biblical creed, you are leading someone down a false road, regardless of how good your deeds may be.
The social gospel preaches that God is “against oppression.” This is true, but not entirely in context of Scripture-- for throughout the Bible we read that God allows situations in our lives that we may find Him. He has placed you and me where we are that we may seek Him. He allowed our ancestors to be where they were in order to find Him. Our life upon earth is a vapor and then it is gone. So it is imperative that one have the opportunity to seek Him—and men seek God in the
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us…
The social gospel is an ecumenical effort. Ecumenism abandons "creed" and calls for churches to take up the "cause of Christ" which they say is to reach out into the community. They seek a mission they believe is “more relevant” to society. The trouble is that it is a false gospel. Jesus did not come to establish an earthly kingdom. He came to set the captives free from sin. Oppression existed during the time of the Early Church-- and never was a saint called to oppose government! They were called to be a Light in darkness. The True Gospel of Christ is the salvation of the soul—from sin—and is always relevant for it deals with the ever degenerate sin-sick world we live in.
Christians are in the world, yet not of this world. Christ commissioned His disciples to preach the Gospel to the utter most parts of the earth. The Gospel is the core message of Christianity-- that Jesus Christ saves and Him alone! The professing church no longer sees this message as relevant. They want to do the Sermon on the Mount, and abandon the Cross of Christ in their message. Yet administering food and clothing to the poor WITHOUT telling the poor of the Savior is unprofitable, unscriptural and tragic. The Lord Jesus told us to minister to the poor, to give generously to the poor and the apostle James tells us, in his epistle, that pure religion undefiled is to visit the orphans and widows and to keep one's self unspotted from the world. But this is to be done in conjunction with the preaching of the Cross. The message is that Christ died for our sins and is risen and lives evermore to save all who believe on Him as Savior. The Social Gospel leaves the Cross of Christ and exchanges it for the "social, relevant issues" of our society. Yet if you visit the local Christian homeless shelter downtown and hear the testimonies of people who WERE on skid row but received Christ while at the mission, you will see that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who saved them from their sins first and THEN transformed their lives.
RACISM FROM THE PULPIT
Every true born-again Christian will love his neighbor, regardless of status or ethnicity. None of us alive in the USA today have ever been slave owners and a true Christian should never be a racist. There are a few controversial preachers
in the United States, which have abandoned the preaching of the true Gospel to preach their social gospel with a focus on racial issues, racial equality, etc.—
with labels such as, “Black Theology,” “Hispanic theology,” “Native American theology,” “Asian theology” and even “Womanist theology.” "Black Value System"-- It’s not Biblical. It’s about their “self-esteem” – "black pride" feeling good about their ethnicity, while putting the blame upon "the white man." Where is that in the Bible? Well, it’s not in the Bible. The true Church of Jesus Christ is composed of both male and female; and all races—and we all read the SAME Bible, and have the SAME Savior, who is Jewish, by the way. If your Savior is not Jewish, then you have received a false Christ.
Ronald Kessler, chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com, wrote:
"In sermons and interviews, Dr. Wright has equated Zionism with racism and Israel with South Africa under its previous policy of apartheid. On the Sunday after 9/11, Wright said the attacks were a consequence of violent American policies. Four years later, Wright suggested that the attacks were retribution for America’s racism." http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/Obama_Church_Racism/2008/01/07/62285.html
James H. Cone, the founder of current black liberation theology wrote the following shocking words:
"Black theology cannot accept a view of God which does not represent God as being for oppressed blacks and thus against white oppressors. Living in a world
of white oppressors, blacks have no time for a neutral God. The brutalities are too great and the pain too severe, and this means we must know where God is and what God is doing in the revolution. There is no use for a God who loves white oppressors the same as oppressed blacks. We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject God's love." [A Black Theology of Liberation, p. 70]
Racism should never be tolerated in a society but at the same time, a preacher is not called to be in the political spotlight putting more fuel on the fire; he is called to preach that ALL men are sinners and in need of the Savior and to minister the Word in context, apart from rationalization, to the people. The preacher is called to forgiveness and to preach forgiveness to his own congregation. Stirring up hatred for another race is not true Christianity and holding this current generation accountable for the sins of the past generation is also unfruitful. No one born in the USA is born a slave. So many of the White Americans alive today descend from immigrants, who came to America in the Twentieth Century, to escape poverty, oppression, etc. The people alive today have nothing to do with slavery. Yet the white man is blamed for the slavery of 150 years ago. As hard as this is to do, it is necessary to forgive and MOVE ON. The Apostle Paul said, “Forgetting the past…” The Lord Jesus told us, “Love your enemies…” The Lord Jesus said that he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
The Bible tells that God is a refuge for the oppressed:
Psalm 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times
Psalm 10:17-18 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Notice above that God hears the desire of the humble, not the proud.
Anthony B. Bradley wrote on Glenn Beck’s website: “Black Liberation theology actually encourages a victim mentality among blacks. John McWhorters' book Losing the Race, will be helpful here. Victimology, says McWhorter, is the adoption of victimhood as the core of one's identity--for example, like one who suffers through living in "a country and who lived in a culture controlled by rich white people." It is a subconscious, culturally inherited affirmation that life for Blacks in America has been in the past and will be in the future a life of being victimized by the oppression of Whites.” http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/9520/
Adolf Hitler grew up with a “victim” mentality. The root sin of Hitler’s ideology was envy—envy of the Jewish people in Europe, who were rich, prosperous and in prominent positions. Envy always turns into murder in the end. The Bible says that if one has hatred in his heart, then he is a murderer. And as long as man is unregenerate, there will ALWAYS be oppression.
1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Some people have said, "the white people are not our brothers." Well, the Lord Jesus says differently. Read the story about the Good Samaritan in Luke 29. The Samaritans were despised by the Jews, yet the Lord used that story to illustrate WHO our "neighbors" are.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The following quote was found on worldnetdaily.com
What the black community wants, Cone says, is for God to assist in its goal of destroying "the white enemy."
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is
a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community
... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.
Regarding Cone’s theology, synova’s blog wrote the following:
Missing the central idea of Christianity itself... that individuals have access to God through Jesus Christ... isn’t a minor sort of thing. Christians will certainly say that Jews are and always will be God’s chosen people, but Salvation happens to individuals only, to you or to me, with no regard to our group membership or the privilege or hardship of our lives. With no regard to our GOODNESS. The best person has sinned and is unworthy on their own merit to approach God. The worst person is no different. The murderer is welcomed as easily as the righteous man.
This is central to Christianity.
That some people don’t like that doesn’t give them leave to change what they don’t like. Redemption is a unique concept that is hard for a lot of people to understand or accept because it seems to go against Justice. And it does. A compassionate God loves the oppressor, the murderer and the rapist.
A man might willingly die for his friends, but who would die for those who are his enemies? That’s what Jesus did.
Yes, the Romans Road is forgotten. The new “racial power” pastors have forgotten the fact that none are righteous—no not one. They have forgotten why
it is that Christ came to earth! It was to die for our sins—not to start a worldly kingdom. Jesus never told us to “crush the oppressors.” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” To single out your race or single out another and call one good and one bad is not Biblical. God made ALL races and ALL FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. Man is a sinner in need of the Savior!
According to a McClatchy article:
“WASHINGTON — Jesus is black. Merging Marxism with Christian Gospel may show the way to a better tomorrow. The white church in America is the Antichrist because it supported slavery and segregation.
Those are some of the more provocative doctrines that animate the theology at
the core of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Barack Obama's church.”
The white church is the antichrist because of its past? What kind of Nazi inspired propaganda is this? When you single out every white church as being "antichrist"-- it becomes evil-- and it too is racism. The black people of America were slaves, oppressed, and it was evil but has Rev. Wright not read his history? At the present, history is being rewritten to cater to everyone's "sensitivities." The entirety of truthful history has been forgotten. It was the WHITE church-- Mennonite, Baptist, Methodist, etc, who stood up in the face of slave industry
and risked their own lives to free the black slaves. It was political white abolitionists abroad like Wilberforce, a devout Christian, who would not rest
until slavery was abolished in England. And it was Abraham Lincoln—a white, republican president, who signed the emancipation proclamation.
Isaac Newton Arnold, an eye-witness to the Civil War, wrote in his book, The History of Abraham Lincoln, and the Overthrow of Slavery, in 1866:
“Slavery was ever the only seriously dangerous cause of division among the states. The people of our country were essentially one, with a common Anglo-Saxon lineage, a common religion; one in language, one in literature, and one in law and history. That portion of earth called the United States, is well adapted by physical conformation, to be the home of one national family, and not of many. Remove slavery, and the people would gravitate into a homogeneous nationality. This antagonism, between free and slave labor, produced a great conflict of ideas, fierce, earnest, and violent; at last in 1861, it became a tremendous conflict, both of ideas and of arms; a conflict of thoughts and principles, of laws and constitutional enactments, as well as of vast armies; a conflict, the magnitude of which has no parallel in past history… This terrible civil war, this baptism of blood, through which the nation has passed... The soldiers of Grant and Sherman, Thomas and Sheridan, who marched from Cairo to Savannah, from the Potomac to New Orleans, will feel that the country is now doubly dear to them. They have bled for that country; and not a family in the land but has given its sacrifice to death, that the Republic might live. In so glorious and imperial a manner have the American people fought this great struggle for liberty, so grand is the theatre of their future, that the imagination does not set bounds to their coming greatness.” http://books.google.com/books?id=ZC4OAAAAIAAJ&
Yet history today is being re-written... Every white man was “evil.” Anyone
who believes this doesn’t know their history. Slavery has existed since the
Fall of mankind and continues to this day around the world in Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, as well as underground even in the West. Man
is a sinner in need of the Savior. The heart is blackened, tainted with sin—man’s heart can never be rehabilitated—no, he must be born again—born from above, with a new heart and a new mind wherewith he will serve the Lord.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The heart is evil and desperately wicked and all men are born sinners and are slaves to sin. A man who does not have Christ as Savior is still a slave-- a slave
to sin. The Christian man who may be oppressed by society is free because of Christ Jesus.
The preacher’s goal should be evangelism to all, not economics. It’s about regeneration, not “revolution.” The Bible tells us to obey magistrates, to pray for those in authority. There is no license given in Scripture for a pastor to challenge the authority of government, regardless of how much he may disagree with the status quo. He is to pray for government officials. The preacher who endorses a political candidate simply because of his race is just as much a racist as the one who votes against that candidate because of his race. “We’re just voting for our own…” It’s called bigotry and ignorance.
Just because a candidate/person claims to be a “Christian” or is a preacher doesn’t mean he/she really believes and obeys the Bible. Many Christians need to wake
up and stop being so gullible! And many preachers need to repent and to get back to preaching the Roman’s Road TO ALL people. The Lord Jesus died for the human race and calls all men to repent but they refuse for they love darkness rather than light.
And the Bible never condemns the Believer in Christ for being rich. The apostles simply instructed Believers not to be “high-minded” and that they would be “willing to distribute” to the less fortunate within the church body. And pastors were instructed not to be preferential to the rich but to treat all equally. (See 1 Timothy 6:17-18 and James 2:3)
James 2:1,9 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Lord of glory, with respect of persons...But if ye have respect to persons, ye
commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
Racial theologians target their message toward their preferential race. Yet the
Bible is written for everyone. To take bits and pieces of the Bible and form some kind of “catering” to a specific race to “help them cope” is not theologically sound. The Lord Jesus loves every one but men do not come to Him to be saved-- for they love darkness, rather than light.
To have pride in your race, nationality, culture-- it's idolatry! And God hates pride—He hates a “proud look.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Notice the last one—sowing discord among brethren.
Townhall.com columnist, an African American, Armstrong Williams, wrote an article titled, "Sunday's Dirty Secret." The following is an excerpt:
Arriving in Washington DC during the 80's, my most difficult challenge was finding a church home. Having grown up in the Pentecostal and Methodist faith Sunday worship was a staple of my weekly routine. For almost 10 years I canvassed the nation's capitol seeking a church that would nourish my fleshly failings and remind me of what our creator expects of us as human beings. What was consistent in going from pulpit to pulpit was that ministers were more interested in political rhetoric, the endorsement of political candidates, and the denouncing of some government or community proposal, than the gospel. It was quite disheartening for many years knowing that ministers were not teaching or preaching the word of God, but that their sermons were becoming political rallies. I was stunned at the blame cast upon the White man, the racial divisive, and all the things that seemed to divide and separate us from our neighbor. Then in 1995 I attended First Baptist Church in DC where the Rev. Frank Tucker presided and my spirit finally found what it was seeking. I will never forget meeting with the Pastor prior to joining and expressing my feelings about what I was looking for in a church. I made it clear that my interest was in the word of God and not political rallies, condemnation of America, and various politicians occupying the pulpit on Sunday. He shared my concerns and promised that this wasn't the case at his church. Since being a member of Pastor Tucker's church for about 13 years, he's never disappointed my spiritual yearning...
It is impossible for Senator Barack Obama and his wife to have patterned Rev. Wright's church and not have embraced his teachings and vision of America. My minister does and has always had a profound impact on my outlook about life and strengthening my spirit to forgive the transgressions of this world and not to induce more hate and separation. I find it difficult to believe Senator Obama when he tells us that he was unaware of his Pastor's vicious message from the pulpit and that had he known there
would have been condemnation. Many black intellectuals are still angry for what they perceive as the continuous crippling effect of racism and slavery in America on their careers. The irony is that many
of their children have embraced this country, finding success and prosperity, while their parents continue to allow their wounds to be nurtured in this hopeless mindset preached from the pulpit.
Michelle Obama’s expression of how for the first time she was proud of America was indicative of the influence of her Pastor.
Pastor Anthony T. Evans wrote:
“We as black people cannot base our relationship with God, or our understanding of God, on our cultural heritage. Jesus is not asking blacks to become white or whites to become Jews, but he insists that all reflect God's truth as given in Scripture. Where culture does not infringe upon the Word of God, we are free to be what God created us to be, with all the uniqueness that accompanies our cultural heritage. However, the truth from Scripture places limits on our cultural experience." Biblical Theology and the Black Experience (Dallas: Black Evangelistic Enterprise, 1977)
The following is written by a Black minister, posted on IBD Editorials:
Pulpit Racism Leads Blacks To Destruction
By THE REV. JESSE LEE PETERSON | Posted Friday, April 04, 2008 4:30 PM PT
Racism in the pulpit has been an ugly reality in the black community for some 40 years. Yet, it took the mad rantings of Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. to bring it to our national consciousness.
For the sake of the future of our great country, it is time we spoke frankly about this insidious cancer.
Many black pastors have said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week because whites go to their churches and blacks to theirs. However, the question has never been asked, "What role are black preachers playing in keeping the races from coming together on Sunday morning?"
It's apparent to most Americans that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, the NAACP, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the liberal elite wing of the Democratic Party are racist, but until the recent controversy surrounding Rev. Wright, black preachers have hidden their racism behind their pulpits.
I have interviewed and debated more than 400 preachers (mostly black) on my radio show, including members of Trinity United Church of Christ, and "Black Liberation Theology" experts like Professor Dwight Hopkins and others. I am all too familiar with the false theology of these racist black preachers.
Wright, Hopkins and their ilk attempt to use their pulpit, the Bible and God himself to hide the evil that lies within their hearts. They use the anger of black Americans to keep them demoralized, dependent and Democrat. Whenever black congregants hear these pastors blame whites for their own failings many rejoice because it takes away the responsibility of looking at themselves. These preachers derive power from the failure of their subjects.
These same black preachers claim to be called by God, but how is it that a minister can be called by
God and have hatred in his heart?
Many black pastors preach one message before a white audience and then another in front of a black audience. When only blacks are around, their true hatred of whites comes out but goes uncorrected by other blacks. This is the reason that racism in the pulpit has remained hidden.
Black ministers whose hearts are filled with hatred must be confronted and corrected, just as whites must be corrected when they are wrong. Black churches are setting a very dangerous trend in our country. They are leading most black Americans down a road of total destruction.
These "leaders" attempt to blame their hatred of whites on slavery or excuse their racist sermons by labeling them "Black Liberation Theology." To blame past slavery for hate speech is a lie. In 2008,
blacks are only enslaved by their own anger.
I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said we must overcome evil with good. Dr. King knew that if blacks were to hate the challenges that were put before them, they would not be free.
Fifty-three percent of black Americans attend church, more than any other race (Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University, 1997). Yet, when you look at the black family and community, there is
little sign of God's presence. Most blacks cannot think for themselves, due to their debilitating anger.
Need proof? Ninety percent of black Americans continue to vote for the Democratic Party, even though many have suffered for generations under liberal Democratic leadership in cities like Detroit and New Orleans. Does this sound like critical thinking is taking place?
Further evidence that God is not found in most black churches is the acceptance of homosexuality, women having babies out of wedlock, the destruction of marriages, adultery, lying and cheating. How can this be if God called the leader of the church?
Every day we're seeing the fruits of bad seeds sown. For example, Kwame Kilpatrick, Democrat Mayor of Detroit and a professed "Christian," was indicted and charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and other counts after sexually explicit text messages were found to contradict his denial of an affair with
his top aide.
City Council members and citizens have called for the mayor to resign. Yet, Kilpatrick refuses to step down and has accused his critics of being racists. Some 60 black ministers have publicly backed Kilpatrick in his defiance.
In order for black America to turn around, they must take back their lives from false preachers. Fathers need to come back to their families, learn to work hard, guide their children, and love America (this is their home, not Africa). They must drop their anger, and find the truth within themselves, not inside corrupt, racist churches.
Then the Rev. Wrights of this world will no longer have the power to destroy the bond between decent Americans of all colors.
Peterson is founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, and author of "SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America." He's also host of "The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show." For more information, visit www.bondinfo.org.
We wrote the following a couple of years ago in another article but will include it here, since it pertains to this issue concerning race:
One cannot help but notice today that the churches are still separated into "their
own kind." How there are African Jesus pictures on the walls of black churches
and Hispanic Jesus pictures on the walls of Hispanic churches. And white "Jesus" pictures within white churches...everyone has their own bible... designed for a specific ethnic group so that everyone can "feel good" about their ethnicity. Such is completely ridiculous in the Light of the Scriptures.
God made all races and the Body of Christ is composed of every nation, tribe and tongue. We should worship the Lord together in spirit and in truth! What a shock it will be for some Saints when they finally find out that Jesus is Jewish and that their past (including ethnic heritage) died with Him at the cross and that they are citizens of Zion, with a new heritage...that of the Saints. We are to forget the past. Just because our ancestors were "this or that" does not apply to the Children of the King. We are raised and seated with Christ Jesus! We have a new life in Him. We were all sinners before we received Christ. We were all in bondage but Jesus has set us free. Why then do we separate ourselves into ethnic groups? Do we love our "heritage" or do we love the Lord? Something to think about. The worldly man will be a racist and the media is fueling racism by constantly pointing out the "differences" between the races. One thing all races have in common....
NO ONE wants to live in a neighborhood where there is crime except the hoodlums. And the only answer to neigborhood crime is the preaching of the Cross of Christ-- for it is Christ Jesus alone who saves the soul, and transforms the lives of individuals.
The Saints of God should have love, compassion and understanding toward one another and towards the poor. A true Believer is color-blind and should welcome all Believers into his church, regardless of race or status. A person will find cruelty in the world...they will encounter racism or injustice but it should not be present within the Church. The Lord sees one color when He looks at us, it is the blood that Jesus shed for us at Calvary.
CHARITY WITHOUT JESUS’ NAME
The social gospel is a white-washed sepulcher. It’s a car with no engine. It has gone off the true path. Preaching social issues is not the answer! A true Christian outreach will reach out to the poor with the salvation of the soul as primary. The poor we will have with us always but everyone needs the Savior. Now, to preach the Cross of Christ without a heartfelt concern for the welfare of others makes
the message ineffectual. Good ministry flows from the heart and is impartial.
Our compassionate Savior empowers us for Christian service and we should love others and do unto others. People only see your faith by your deeds but it must be the Holy Spirit working through you and the Holy Spirit points people to
the Lord Jesus Christ. Good works are evidence of our faith in Christ and we are known to be Christians by remaining true to the Faith and having love toward others. The Lord fed those He ministered to but He was very concerned about
the soul. He came into the world to SAVE His people from their sins. He died for us and He lives to save anyone who come to Him by faith.
A pastor who spews venomous racial hatred from his pulpit has failed the Lord Jesus Christ. The pastor who does good deeds but does not tell others of the saving power of Jesus Christ does not obey the Gospel. The Church should not be a social club where people "hang out." The church should not be about “political rallies” and fundraising, etc. Leave the politics to the candidates, leave it to the lawyers.
And far too many small churches open their doors for the service and then once the service is over, the doors close until next week. They don't reach out to the poor, they don't seem to have a zeal for lost souls. They may preach the Cross in their services but they don't take the message in outreach.
The modern mega-church has many outreaches but the trouble is that most of what they are doing does not minister the Gospel-- they have left the message of the Cross out and have mixed what they do have with the leaven of worldliness. They have "social-club" activities for the community with the intended goal of attracting the world into their church…entertainment for the goats, and starvation for the true sheep.
The Lord Jesus told His Disciples to go out and preach the Gospel and He will bring in the people that HE desires into the church. To adopt "Christian" principles but leave the Lord Jesus Christ out of the picture is the travesty of the social Gospel. They have a humanitarian Christ and a "form of godliness" but deny its power-- for the preaching of the Gospel "is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. " (Romans 1:16).
Yes, faith without works is dead but in doing good deeds, a Christian must never hide the message of the Cross of Christ—he can never veer off the Roman’s
Road in reaching a soul but rather every Christian ministry must point to the
Lord Jesus Christ or it is not Biblical. If you really want to see a change in
your community, then preach the untainted Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Quit pushing racism from your pulpit. Preach the Lord Jesus Christ! He died to save us from our sins-- and He transforms every person from the inside out!
Colossians 1:19-21 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Pastors preaching racism need to repent! Repent and turn from your sins.
Galatians 3:27-29 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye
be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In John 17:21, the Lord Jesus prayed, That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
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