I decided to sign The Statement on Social Justice & The Gospel. After hearing Dr. James White discuss it on his show, The Dividing Line, and reading some of the other statements by people I trust and admire, like Samuel Sey and Darrel B. Harrison, it is important to support the statement given what is at stake. Simply put, the social justice movement is an attack on the gospel itself, the Bible, and the church.
For those who don’t know, the social-justice movement seeks to bring about equality by assigning sin to certain races because those in that particular race have been more successful economically. It is basically pitting one-color of skin over and against another color of skin in a false quest of equality. It’s very emotional, deceptive, and opposed to the gospel itself. Samuel Sey summarizes it this way:
Social justice is about perceived injustice, not proved injustice. It is an unending, unhelpful, unsatisfying thirst to fill broken cisterns. It doesn’t affirm human rights. It doesn’t advance the gospel. It isn’t the gospel. It worships the critical theory, not Christ.
It also avoids the sinfulness of humanity and seems to indicate that some races (a term I reject) are more sinful than others. This is why there can be books entitled Can White People Be Saved? that actually are given legitimacy. At the heart of the entire movement is a rejection of Scripture. None of the arguments for social justice are rooted in Biblical exegesis. They do quote the Bible. There are a verses here and there that SJWs love to put forth, but they rip them out of the context of the greater picture of God’s redemption in history.
Again, generally speaking, they will quote Zechariah 7:9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.” But you will not see them look to the Bible for what it says is true justice. We cannot bring about true justice apart from God’s Law. The SJWs want nothing to do with God’s Law, after all, it condemns one of their pet projects: life without sexual restraint. In other words, it rejects the Seventh Commandment, and all the supporting laws that give us a sexual ethic in the body of Christ.
This is why the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel is necessary. It deals with the topic from the starting point of Scripture, as Scripture defines the terms. Hopefully, more Christians will follow the lead of those who have written the statement and look to Scripture to shape their views on race (again, a term I reject) and sexual ethics. SJWs also reject the Tenth Commandment, you shall not covet your neighbor’s property. So you can see why they are so selective in what Bible verses they use.
Here are a few of the things that I really appreciate about the statement.
First, they point out the obvious for Christians. Our only authority is the Bible and what it says concerning race, sin, and injustice.
WE AFFIRM that the Bible is God’s Word, breathed out by him. It is inerrant, infallible, and the final authority for determining what is true (what we must believe) and what is right (how we must live). All truth claims and ethical standards must be tested by God’s final Word, which is Scripture alone.
WE DENY that Christian belief, character, or conduct can be dictated by any other authority, and we deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching. We further deny that competency to teach on any biblical issue comes from any qualification for spiritual people other than clear understanding and simple communication of what is revealed in Scripture.
This is why Sola Scriptura is so vitally important to the body of Christ. We are still fighting that battle today. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into situations with people in the church, supposedly god-fearing Christians, who will not turn to the Bible to see what it says for a given situation. Of course, they don’t because they know the Bible trumps their “feelings” which is what the entire Social Justice Warrior movement is based upon.
I also appreciate the way the writers showed what it is that they affirmed, and what they deny. This makes it really clear what they intend to convey to their audience.
Notice what they are willing to say in the denial: “we deny that the postmodern ideologies derived from intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory are consistent with biblical teaching.” An improvement could have been definitions on intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory, but what they are doing is standing against the politically-correct zeitgeist of academia, culture, and politics. I will try to define those terms in the coming days. But for now, know that the best place to start in understanding the problems of the world is Scripture, not our politically correct culture.
Because they started with Scripture, which is where all Christians should begin when it comes to our beliefs, views, and practices, I signed the statement.