Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The social gospel: a doctrine of demons

One subtle doctrine of demons is the social gospel. The social gospel teaches that followers of Jesus should be seeking social justice and helping the material needs of the needy because such works make one right with God. It claims that such works are needed to be done by a person to get right with God. Jesus did indeed command His followers to give to the needy (Matthew 6). He did indeed command His followers, not just the rich young ruler to give up their possessions. He commanded: Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth (Luke 12:33).  It must be made clear that this was a command to His followers, not just the rich young ruler which many Christians claim to be. Such is a doctrine of demons!

The Bible makes it very clear that no one is justified by any works whatsoever. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Galatians 2:16). It is purely by the blood of Jesus that one can be saved, by faith through grace alone, by Christ alone. 

However, the social gospel implicitly purports that one's good works of social justice can make one more right with God. While the Christian should be just in his or her ways as commanded by God, seeking earthly social justice as the ultimate goal is different from being just to follow the ways of God. Seeking earthly social justice as the ultimate goal is not to follow God, but to seek earthly treasure, and therefore, be hostile against God. The spirit of seeking earthly justice is the dominant spirit behind most 21st century non-government, non-profit organisations. Such organisations are under wisdom that is earthly, sensual and demonic, and their fruit is that of seeking justice for earthly reasons, and not to please God.

The social gospel perverts the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not the gospel. It insults God by purporting that one's good works can make one right with God, and that one should seek justice to make the world a better place, instead of pleasing God. It is a human-centred Gospel, and therefore a friend of the world. Seeking to make the world a better place contradicts pleasing God. Seeking to make the world "a better place" is to express love for the world by holding onto the treasure of the world.Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).

The true Christian is an enemy of the world. He rejects the world. This is not to hate the people of the world, but to dogmatically hate the ways of the world without exception. 

The social gospel is a doctrine of demons that must be purged from the church!