Last week, John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, led the signing of a statement that condemned evangelical’s “newfound obsession with the notion of ‘social justice,'” and was met with signatures from over 3,000 other evangelicals who supported the statement.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has responded to John MacArthur’s recent claims that evangelicals’ embrace of social justice is a threat to the Gospel.
The Christian Post reports that Moore recently sat down with the hosts of Holy Post Podcast to discuss MacArthur’s statement and social justice within the Church.
“The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” asserts that the Bible’s teachings are being protested against by “the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for ‘social justice,” stating that “values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality.”
When asked if he believed the separation of the Bible and social justice was helpful, Moore responded by saying, “No, because the Bible doesn’t put those two things in separate categories.” He continued, “Sometimes what people want to do is to essentially do with public justice what other people do with personal morality.”
“You will have people who will say anytime someone starts talking about the imperatives of Scripture — like being sexually pure — ‘That is legalism and all that matters is who I am in Christ,'” Moore continued. “Is there such a thing as legalism, of course. If someone were to say, ‘Maintain sexual purity in order that you may be acceptable before God,’ well that is legalism. But that is not what the Scripture is teaching.”
Source : Christian News Wire