I know that often times it is a fool’s errand to take on the utterly foolish. That is kind of what I’m doing when I critique the article Social Justice is a Christian Tradition — Not a Liberal Agenda written by Stephen Mattson over at Sojourners website. Just the fact that the article is published at Sojourners should be alarm enough for the discerning Christian, given that behind the site is the heretic Jim Wallis. You can read Neil’s posts about Jim Wallis here. Neil has lots of posts about this heretic and has been battling Wallis and his followers for years. It will not take you very long to see what a false teacher Wallis is when you see some of the evidence put forth by Neil.
That brings us back to the article above. We can start simply with the title since the author claims that he is not pushing the “liberal agenda.” As you read the article, you will find that he is doing nothing but pushing the liberal agenda. You will note this by the way he refers to what Jesus was doing, what the Bible says, and making gross generalization about what Christians believe without actually supporting his statements using scripture, or, evidence of any kind. In other words, Mattson is counting on your ignorance of Scripture, Christ, and the church as he presents another Christ, with another gospel, and of another spirit. This is how false teachers operate. They uses the words of the faith, without the evidence of the faith to mislead the weak.
Mattson starts by appealing to overly emotional side of his typical readers. If you know liberals at all, they let their emotions guide their thinking, which is why they can be so easily misled. Not that emotions are bad, but our emotions, actions and beliefs, should be guided by scripture, not emotional appeals.
But the Bible tells us that Jesus cared deeply about the social causes around him.
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Samaritan lives matter.”
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Children’s lives matter.”
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Gentile lives matter.”
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Jewish lives matter.”
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Women’s lives matter.”
Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Lepers’ lives matter.”
These statements should be alarm enough for the discerning believer, given that Jesus said none of the above, directly or by implication. This is how false teachers draw away unstable minds. They say things that Jesus might have said, as long as that Jesus fits their image and purpose. There is a real strong admonition against adding to God’s word in the last few pages of the Bible, but I’m sure the gang at Sojouners have never read it, nor their readers.
Jesus was really clear about His purpose. First, He came to save that which was lost. Secondly, He came to save all that the Father gave Him. Third, He came to save His flock.
Even though Jesus loves everyone, even to the point of dying for their sins, he went out of his way to intentionally help specific groups of people — the alienated, mistreated, and those facing injustice.
So saying “Black Lives Matter” and participating in a movement seeking justice, positive reform, and empowerment is one of the most Christ-like things we can do.
Mattson makes the claim that Jesus was after the alienated, mistreated and those facing injustice. This always sounds so noble when one says it. But again, those facing injustice was not on His radar, simply because He is the only just judge. He will judge rightly and man’s judgment is always marred by sin. We don’t need a call for more just judges, we need repentance and salvation from our own poor judgment. Liberals clearly fail to understand the problem. They are not equipped to judge justly in the first place. This is why organizations like Black Lives Matter are so morally bankrupt. Why is this so? It is so because BLM is not about true justice in the first place. The entire point of the organization is a lie. They don’t seek justice for all blacks, just the criminals killed by the cops. They won’t say a word about that thousands of blacks killed by other blacks in Chicago, or Houston, or any other major city. And worse, they are not concerned with the number of black babies that are butchered every year in the call for sexual liberty. So the entire premise of BLM is off base.
BLM does not need us coming alongside of them, encouraging them in their misguided, hate-filled endeavors. What BLM needs is salvation from their own sinfulness. The members of BLM, and all who help them, are slaves of the most wretched master in human history: slaves to sin and death. This is why the Jesus of sites like the Sojourners is so limp. They are not appealing to the Christ who came to save sinners from death and sin, but to one of their own emotionally-misguided notions. They love their pretense of Jesus, but hate the Christ who is, the Christ who reigns, the Christ who is sovereign over all creation, and the Christ who is our ultimate and final judge.
So while the people at Sojourners mention Jesus all the time, please realize that they are not speaking of the Christ revealed to us in Scripture. They don’t believe in Scripture, and therefore cannot come to the knowledge of truth that leads to salvation. Jesus to them, is not a Savior or King, but a social-justice engineer made into their own image.
He didn’t come to save the self righteous, but those who understood they were in need of a savior to the point that they would trust in Him for salvation, not the social causes of the 21st century liberal agenda.
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’[a] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:11-13).
Jesus, as His name indicates, was out to save His people. He was looking for sinners. I know that liberals love to say that these people were the “disenfranchised” of their society, but that is a term and construct that is not found in Scripture. If we are going to actually help those who are in need of saving, we need to use the language of Scripture and quit thinking that all we need to do is offer a cup of water to the poor, and we have done our duty. What is most necessary is actually preaching the gospel.
Mattson, and Wallis, don’t believe in the gospel. They give lip service to Jesus dying on the cross, but then chunk the rest of scripture because it doesn’t meet there purposes. You can see this because of Mattson’s claim that the most Christ-like thing we can do, is participate in his liberal agenda of “Black Lives Matters.” The truth is, we act in vain if we do not take the gospel with us, and point others to the gospel as our only hope.
This is the same mistake people like Mother Teresa made. Reaching the poor without the gospel is merely making their personal journeys to hell that much smoother. In the end, what did she do? What has BLM done to truly help? How has Sojourners truly expanded the Kingdom of Christ? Without the gospel, they have done nothing to help anyone.