SOCIAL GOSPEL IS NOT CHRISTIANITY….DON’T GET IT TWISTED!
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…..I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:7&14).
“Beware of any social gospel apart from the blood of Calvary. Do not mistake sociology for religion.” Millions of people are under the false assumption that giving to the poor and feeding and clothing the homeless, and making donations to a humane cause is Christianity! They believe that they have secured their place in Heaven…wrong!!!! That could not be further from the truth. If that was so, the poor would not go to heaven and the rich would. We cannot buy our way to Heaven! We cannot work our way to Heaven! In contrast, millions of Christians are laboring in the social order more diligently than they are laboring in Christ. Christians have become social servants and are neglecting to execute THE GREAT COMMISSION; many houses of worship are vigorously trying to prove to the world that they are one of them! Social Gospel is not Christianity….Don’t Get It Twisted!
What is the Social Gospel? It is a social organization based on social interaction and social etiquette and rules. It determines what is humane and inhumane. Its standards are designed to dictate ones social behavior and morality in the world. Social Gospel determines what the human flesh is allowed or forbidden to do. It also sets the moral boundaries for society and they are implemented through the laws of man. The Social Gospel is inferior to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Its pattern of righteousness never reaches beyond the foundation of sin because its motive is driven by sin. This social organization is in constant competition with the Gospel of Christ, which is tries, but fails to emulate!
Here’s where it gets “TWISTED.” The Social Gospel is trying to mimic the works of Christ, by portraying itself as righteous, by imitating Christian missionary work without the love and spiritual power of Christ! What am I saying, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, and no marvel; Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, Therefore it is not a great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (II Cor. 11:13). Focus Church!!…The Social Gospel, is attempting to take the place of the Spiritual Church by a false reproduction of the works of the Body of Christ. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24). In the Social Gospel godless people are ordaining other godless people and marrying godless people. Joyfully, they are making mockery of the Church!
In contrast, the Church is struggling to be aligned with the Social Order! The Church is surrendering its superior spiritual position of authority for a powerless non-Christ position in the Social Order! “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9). The Church is called to lead the Social Order into repentance! Yet, the Church is following the Social Order straight to HELL! Christ ways are far above the ways of the Social Order and it is not and never will be equivalent to Christianity; no matter how hard they try to deceive themselves and the Church!
The Church is called to preach down Babylon, not build it back up again! God is tearing it down! Christians represent the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of the Social Order. This Social Order is under the judgment of God for its sins and the Lord is calling his people to serve him IN THE BODY OF CHRIST! “Render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s and unto God what is God.”
What is Christianity? It is the GOOD NEWS! It is a message that Jesus Christ, for our salvation, entered into human history in a unique way to tell of God’s revelation and his plan of salvation for humanity. Christianity is message of hope and love and everlasting life. It is not about money, politics, economics or social order. But it about soul saving and repentance from sin and damnation. It is about following the events of Pentecost, which mark the beginning of the witnessing life of the Church.
Christians are called to excel in Christ, not in the Social Gospel. The true Christian is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and can do great works in the name of Jesus. The Social Order just change laws and the rules when they can’t get people do what they want them to do! “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24). Social Gospel is not Christianity…Don’t Get It Twisted! He that has an ear, hear what the Lord has to say! Amen and God bless you! For the record, this is for the world!
Written by Jessica L. Matthews