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They were right. Now you know who to follow

By Elizabeth Prata

Three years ago this week, a group of Christian men gathered in Texas to hammer out a Statement to affirm the Gospel and to deny the social justice movement. The Social Justice Movement (SJ) and its philosophies had been infiltrating into evangelical churches. The result was a published “Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel“.

The same week, Todd Friel of Wretched.org published an absorbing video called “The Gathering Storm: A Split in the Reformed World“. In it, Friel made the prediction that race would be the issue that bubbles to the surface in the basket of issues social justice covers, and would be the fault line that splits believers in the faith from each other. He predicted that race issues would become the ground for schism.

They were right. Those men hammering out the Statement on Social Justice statement were:

Not pictured, initial signer Darrell B. Harrison. Note: Friel and Challies were present for the meeting but did not sign the Statement.

Front row L-R, John MacArthur, Michael O’Fallon, James White, Craig Mitchell, Justin Peters, Josh Buice, Phil Johnson, Anthony Mathenia.

Back Row, L-R: Todd Friel, Tom Ascol, Jeremy Vuolo, Voddie Baucham, Tim Challies, Tom Buck

Now you know who to follow.

Initial Signers
John MacArthur
PASTOR, GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH

Voddie Baucham
VBM

Phil Johnson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GRACE TO YOU (also GraceLife Pulpit)

Josh Buice
PASTOR, PRAY’S MILL BAPTIST CHURCH, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT G3 MINISTRIES / G3 CONFERENCE

Tom Ascol
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDERS MINISTRIES, GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH, PASTOR

James White
DIRECTOR, ALPHA AND OMEGA MINISTRIES

Justin Peters
JUSTIN PETERS MINISTRIES / KOOTENAI COMMUNITY CHURCH

Tom Buck
SR. PASTOR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH LINDALE

Jeremy Vuolo
GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH / TMS STUDENT

Darrell Harrison
DEAN OF SOCIAL MEDIA, GRACE TO YOU (Also podcast Just Thinking)

Michael O’Fallon
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, SOVEREIGN NATIONS

Anthony Mathenia
PASTOR, CHRIST CHURCH

Craig Mitchell
PRESIDENT, ETHICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY CENTER


What IS “social justice”?

There was a huge push for social gospel work in missions then that began in the very late 1800s and reached its peak in the 1910s and began to wane after WWI.

The premise of the work was that if missionaries or lay-Christians in their everyday environments could show the love of God in doing good, rectifying deplorable conditions, it would spark an attraction to Jesus in the recipients of the benevolence. Moreover, if the hindrances to faith are removed, i.e. that if the recipients did not have to worry as much about their next meal or getting coal or firewood to stay alive, it would also spark an interest in Jesus.

I wrote about social justice often in 2018, here is one of my essays titled It is true that the Prodigal Son only needed a sandwich and a bed? that outlines the issues. Out of the Social Justice basket of problems (poverty, education, race, inequality, alcoholism, crime, war…) has risen one particular issue: race, just as had been predicted.

The leaders above were ahead of the curve. How did they know the mess that social justice, critical race theory, and LGBT issues would seek to destroy the faith? How were they so prescient? They are strong in biblical knowledge. They stand on the word. Doing so gives an eye-opening ability to clearly distinguish doctrines of demons and the doctrine of our Holy Lord. Being so embedded in the word of God gives an ability to see patterns in human behavior over time, philosophies and fads that rise and fall, and rise again.

The lengthy ministries of most of these men, their character unblemished by scandal, and their warnings years ago about the infiltration of these issues, have proven themselves true. Here are some resources if you feel led to research social justice, critical race theory, or other race or social issues contributing to the confusion of the one and only mission Christians have: witness to the Gospel, preach the Good News, and make disciples in His name.

Resources

Articles related to each part of the sections of the Statement on Social Justice.



This 2017 article from a site I’m unfamiliar with, The Conversation, gives a succinct overview of the history of the social justice movement, and extends into predictions for the future:

How the social gospel movement explains the roots of today’s religious left


Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and “Woke” Christianity: video explaining the issues very well

Critical Race Theory vs. Real Racism part 2 of the above, video


The Gathering Storm: A Split in the Reformed World, Todd Friel of Wretched

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3 thoughts on “They were right. Now you know who to follow

  1. Been following John MacArthur and Phil Johnson now for about 20 years. Recently introduced to Voddie Bauchum and Justin Peters ministries. Strong men in the Lord. Learned about Tim Challies through one of your posts, Elizabeth. Thank you for this post, and bringing to our attention the ‘watchmen on the wall.’

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