Social Justice is NOT Biblical by John Stapleton

Social Justice

The Bible doesn’t fit in today’s category of social justice. Last time, we talked about systemic oppression. Social justice is the natural outcome of thinking you are oppressed, which is what we are talking about today. There have been two reactions within the Church that have been disappointing.

One response is to “just preach the gospel.” Don’t get involved in all that social justice work. Don’t help people. Just preach at them. The problem is that the gospel we preach has results, you could call this indicatives and imperatives. The fact is that “through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). The implication is that “you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (verse 19).

James illustrates this as he talks about what faith is. There’s no way to show your faith if it is never active. Its fair to assume that a Christian who never helps the needy has a dead faith (read James 2).

The other response is to assume that social justice is biblical justice. (That’s the mistake I made when I shot my first video on socialism.) To be clear, it’s always necessary to define our terms. Social justice is the story of Robbin Hood, where everyone who is rich is bad, ergo we need to reallocate the wealth to those who have less. That’s stealing. Biblical justice is restitution; pay back what you damaged or stole.

Just for fun, let’s look at some of these laws:

  • If a man has sex with a virgin, he must marry her (22:16-17)
  • Liars must die (22:19)
  • You must die if you have sex with an animal (22:19)
  • You must die if you sacrifice to another god (22:20)
  • Do not discriminate against a foreigner (22:21)
  • Don’t mistreat widows and orphans (22:22)
  • Don’t charge interest when you lend money (22:25)
  • Return the items you took in a pledge (22:26; c.f. Genesis 38)
  • Do not disrespect God or the person he appointed to govern you (22:28)
  • Don’t spread a false report or gang up on someone in court (23:1)
  • Don’t favor or bully the poor (23:3, 6)
  • Help your neighbor (23:4, 5)
  • Don’t kill the innocent or the righteous (23:7)

So, what’s the point behind all these laws? Love each other!

In the words of Paul:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

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Prayer Works: Provoking God To Respond by Val Mitchell

★ Less than 1 in 10,000 Christians pray 1 hour per day ★

Does that surprise you?

Or do you think, “No wonder!  I couldn’t pray for an hour if I tried.”  Or maybe you think, “I prayed, but my life didn’t get any better. Prayer doesn’t work.”

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In Prayer Works, Val reveals:

  • Why prayer always works
  • How to pray the right way
  • How to never be disappointed by unanswered prayers again
  • Get set free from the distractions that hinder prayer

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Though Hell I Wait

Do you ever wonder if you are saved? Bought by the sacrificed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary? And that the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the grave will raise you as well?

I wonder this a lot.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God set eternity in the human heart. Sometimes I wish He didn’t. Sometimes I wish that I was left naïve to all the godliness, all the holiness, to all the eternal blessings that await those who are called and predestined (Romans 8:30).

While reading the gospel of John (John 8 last night), I think, “Man. Jesus makes it seem so easy to follow him. He wants us all to come believe and obey.”

To The Preachers

I wonder when God called on Paul to be an apostle, he would cause such heart ache. If when God calls on men and women of our day to preach that they would cause such heart ache. Or if God’s going to give them a talking to at the pearly gates.

We now have preachers laying out riddles unto salvation. I wonder if it is inappropriate to quote what Paul said about orderly worship that “God is not a God of disorder” (1 Cor. 14:33).

We also lay the “Once Saved, Always Saved” mantra. Not to bring up the teaching of losing one’s salvation, but the concept of “Once”. Like all at once you will be saved. Disregarding all of the scripture that tells us to seek.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)

The same Apostle Paul tells us that we a predestined (Romans 8:30) also tells us, “How can people believe if not told?” (Romans 10:14-15).

The Highway To Hell

Why do some preachers make me feel like I’m on this highway to Hell and there is only one off ramp? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that there is any other way unto salvation than Jesus Christ. What I’m saying is that either you believe the first time you hear the gospel or you just stay on that highway, there’s no way to be saved.

Testimony Time:

I learned of Jesus Christ when I was 5 years old. I learned, I went to church, I played on the worship team, but I was still addicted to trash on the internet and other things I won’t even share.

It was in writing, which required serious study of the Word of God (not a puffy 30 minute Sunday message), that I saw the holiness of God. I saw my sins as utter perversions that ruined God’s design. Every political argument, every school shooting, every natural disaster, it’s because of me.

What ever will bring order back to this chaos? God reclaiming the throne will bring back order.

I learned what God called of me:

  • I laid my sex life under the authority of God.
  • I laid my anger under the authority of God.
  • I laid my lust under the authority of God.
  • I laid my greed and money hunger under the authority of God.

Will I ever be welcomed into this new order of peace? Not unless you raised your hand, said the prayer, or walked the aisle at church. If you missed that chance, then you’re obviously trying to do it of your own strength and good deeds, and there is nothing for you.

You missed your exit. I should say, I missed the exit.

Sexually Immoral or Godless Like Esau

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. (Hebrews 12:15-17)

I wrestled with this verse and many others that also claim that my sins have made me completely un-save-able (Hebrews 6:4-6). Esau knew what he was giving up for that meal from his brother, Jacob (Gen. 25:29-34). Did I not know that my sins were against God? Do we not all know?

(Note: I believe that Esau wept at the time he lost the blessing implying that though we may weep at the Judgment Seat (2 Cor. 5:10) after our death, we still have time to repent and ask for forgiveness while we live.)

Though Hell I Wait

Though Hell I wait, my prayer most nights are to sit in the presence of God. To sit as a child sits to listen to his father. The place of rest and refuge. To have God explain things to me, not in selected Bible passages, riddles and confusion.

Though Hell I wait, I will share of the goodness of God. I will share of God’s love and grace and mercy. I will share of God’s holiness and order.

Though Hell I wait, I will dream and fantasize of seeing all of what God’s hands have done. I will consider what my eyes would see if given the opportunity.

Though my heart longs for the days of peace under God’s rule, I fear that it is to Hell I will go. Because I missed my exit.


(Note: If you are preaching a lawless gospel, you are preaching a godless gospel. And if you are preaching a graceless gospel, you are preaching no gospel at all (John 14) )

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Author Natasha Grantz Interview

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Author Natasha Grantz has written The Culture Challenge: Trading In Your World View For An Eternal Perspective and A Changed Heart: An Intimate Look At A 15 Year Old’s Journey Through Life And Loss. She was an adopted bi-racial child who grew up struggling with identity crisis, teen pregnancy, tragedy and more. She has come through with a desire to share of God’s hope and wisdom to a lost and hurting world.

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Author Michael Furlonger God: The Master of Sin and Satan The Beautiful

Author Michael Furlonger has been working on this project for a few months now. While he has been keeping it under wraps to the public, he is getting ready to share. Before he opens up the floodgates of all these amazing Christian authors and bloggers, he wanted to share a bit about himself. In the identical format that he would use with others.

Author Michael Furlonger has published two book, God: The Master of Sin and Satan the Beautiful and Assurance of Salvation: How To Find The Assurance Of Your Eternity. In today’s interview, Michael Furlonger shares on his faith, books, and his website.

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Exodus/Slavery/Abortion

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Exodus, Slavery, And Modern Day Abortion

I know that this topic of The Exodus, Slavery and Abortion is going to get some backlash, but I want to spitfire some thoughts on the matter. Feel free to share your thoughts, but please be respectful

For the past year I have been taking online Christian college courses. Unfortunately, I cannot share the full videos, but I will share small written portions.

I’ve been wanting to share on this for some time, but haven’t been able to. So I’m taking some time to share what I’ve learned and discovered. And some thoughts of my own that I’ve been considering.

The Backstory

The “Exodus” story should be understood at the origins of Genesis 37 of Joseph being sold as a slave into Egypt. As you read Genesis 37, 39, 40 and 41, you read the story of God being with Joseph as a slave, a prisoner, and a dreamer. In Genesis 41, Joseph is lifted out of captivity by Pharaoh himself and raised to lead Egypt through the upcoming years of famine.

In Genesis 42-46, we read of Joseph’s brothers, the ones that sold him into slavery, going to Egypt to get food and grain in the years of famine. Unknowingly, the man who was giving them the food they need, was their brother, Joseph. Once Joseph makes himself known, the brothers go back to get their families and their father, Jacob, to come back to Egypt to live.

“I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen. 45:4-7)

When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’…” (Gen. 45:16-18)

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-But someone might say, “Well, yeah. That’s true. But four and a half months a year, the Nile floods and all these fields would have been, at that time at least, under water. So what then?”

Location

-We’re on a hillside here in the Western Desert of Egypt. But it’s not an ordinary hillside. We’re in one of the key places of the Middle and New kingdom of Egyptian history. In front of us, the Nile River Valley, and just across, the modern city of Luxor – or Thebes as the Greeks called it. That was more or less the religious center of Egypt at the time of the Exodus. On this side is where the pharaohs and the queens chose to be buried after the period of those pyramids, which was the kingdom before. 

Now, not everybody got to be a tomb carver and a temple builder. Some had to make bricks. “But come work for me. There’s a lot of work when you’re a pharaoh. So come work for me during those four and a half months.” And that was the Egyptian system. 

So you would say, “Well, where would I live?”

And Pharaoh would say, “Do you want this apartment? It’s got three rooms.” 

To you, it’s fairly small, but by their standards, that’s pretty nice. “Really? What do I get paid?”

Payment

Pay was an upper middle-class amount. Some in currency probably – gold or silver. But mostly in food and other necessities. They were paid in oil and grain and wine and that Egyptian specialty, beer. It was, honestly, by their own description– and nobody ever thinks they’re overpaid obviously– by their own description, it’s a pretty good salary. 

But how much do we have to work? I’ll bet this is long hours.”

“Well,” Pharaoh said, “I’ll tell you what.” 

Honestly, this is the record. “We have a ten-day week here in Egypt. I’ll let you work a ten-day week. You can have a two-day weekend.” At one point in Ramesses III, a three-day weekend. “Eight hours a day will be enough.” 

The Exodus

Above, we see that life was pretty good.

Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” (Ex. 1:6-10)

I shared this time line that I want us to fully understand. Because of Joseph, his family, the Israelites, were welcomed into the land of Egypt. Not only were they welcomed, but they were given the best of the land.

As time goes by, a new king takes the thrown (maybe it was the son of the former Pharaoh, maybe not). The king decides to put slave masters over them (Ex. 1:11) making their lives hard making brinks, mortar and work in the field (Ex. 1:14). He goes on to say to the Hebrew midwives,

“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. (Ex. 1:16- 17)

And we all know the story of Moses (Ex. 2): He is spared, put in a basket and pushed down the river, picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as an Egyptian.

Slavery

I believe that we can all agree that slavery is wrong. As much as people only like to focus on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, slavery has been going on for millennia’s, and even today (2020 AD), it’s still going on. Note that if you look at pornography, you’re endorsing a slavery empire.

The point that I want to bring up is that the time of the slavery of the Jews were oddly good. While in the desert, free from captivity, they wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!”…  “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” (Numbers 11:18a,20b). Before you think that they were captive to Moses, they weren’t. Many did leave.

Back to the Exodus story and Moses:

…she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him, Moses… (Ex. 2:10)

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Ex. 2:11-12)

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian… (Ex. 2: 15)

So, I’m setting the stage of what is going on here: Israelites have been in Egypt as slaves for 400 years (Gen. 15:13; Acts 7:6). After 320 years of slavery, Moses was born: 40 years in Egypt+ 40 years in Midian (Acts 7:23, 30).

People may also say that God encouraged slavery. While a case can be made that God allowed slavery, He spoke against slave trading (Ex. 21:20; 1 Tim.1:10) and continuously reminds the Hebrews that they too were slaves in Egypt.

Frank Turek’s Slavery And The Bible for additional details.

Plagues

For 320 years, there has been this slavery going on in Egypt. But the outcry didn’t come until the slave masters were placed over them and were told to throw every Hebrew boy into the Nile (Ex. 1:22).

Moses, a Hebrew boy, is put in a basket and brought out of the Nile by the Pharaoh’s daughter and is raised as an Egyptian. In Acts 7, we are told that he learned all the wisdom of Egypt. And at the age of 40, he kills an Egyptian slave master and flees to Midian. After 40 years in Midian, where he marries and has 2 sons, he speaks with God through the Burning Bush (Ex. 3), Moses returns to Egypt to bring the Israelites out of slavery (Ex. 4).

And what does God do? He brings plagues.

“I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord…” (Ex. 12:12b)

You see, the Israelites had lived there for over 400 years, working the fields and building bricks for the temple. And you can only imagine that if all you hear about are these other gods, you’ll start believing in them and praying to them.

So every plague that is brought on the Egyptians is to counter their Egyptian gods.

Perhaps, like me, you are wondering, why not just give the Hebrews the land of Egypt? After all, they worked it, it was a good land.

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices…” (Lev. 18:2-3) 

Child Sacrifice

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deut. 18:9-11)

Frank Turek’s On Child Sacrifice among other topics

I bring up these verses to gain a much better scope and understanding of Egypt and the slavery that occurred.

Modern Day Abortion

I shared a lot of details about the slavery of the Hebrews and about the sacrifices because a lot of what was going on in Egypt is still going on today.

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) popularly became the founder of Planned Parenthood. While there is nothing wrong with having a clinic focused on the health and welfare of patients, you want to be cautious when they’re concerned:

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